Much buzz on Nkemdiche, while other commitments pile up big numbers

The Clemson Sports Blog

Elbert County's Tyshon Dye runs the ball against North Oconee.

Elbert County's Tyshon Dye runs the ball against North Oconee.

There has been much jabber and chatter on the Robert Nkemdiche front this week.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has run four different stories concerning Nkemdiche's recruitment in the past three days, including a Q&A with his mother, Beverly, who is currently back in the U.S. to see her sons play - Denzel in Ole Miss's game Saturday against Georgia in Athens, and Robert in his Senior Night game at Grayson High on Nov. 9.

What she said has Tiger fans justifiably nervous, since she seems to dismiss the possibility of visiting Clemson while she's in the states.

Here is what she told the AJC:

"I've never been to Clemson...I've not talked to anybody from Clemson's team. I don't want to go there because that's out of my way. There is nothing that would take me there...I'm not going to travel all over the place just to talk to coaches. No, I won't. I'm not being cocky or anything. It's just not in my schedule."

The AJC has ran a story concerning Robert Nkemdiche's visit to Georgia this week, another quoting Denzel Nkemdiche saying that he believes his brother will end up playing with him at Ole Miss, and another in which Robert Nkemdiche says he's going to 'shut down' his recruiting for now and focus on his high school team.

What's clear is that Nkemdiche's commitment to Clemson won't be a done-deal until signing day; and that's nothing less than Clemson expected when the Tiger coaching staff accepted Nkemdiche's commitment during the summer.

Just as Ole Miss is working hard to pull Nkemdiche away from Clemson, the Tigers' recruiters have been relentless in their pursuit of Tramel Terry of Goose Creek, S.C., who has twice committed to Georgia but is, by all accounts, still undecided between the Bulldogs and the Tigers.

Terry, who is rated by ESPN as the No. 1 player in the state for 2013, will visit Georgia for the Ole Miss game this week, and then plans to be in Clemson for the Maryland game next weekend. Terry could play any of several positions in college, but Clemson is recruiting him as a running back/receiver hybrid for Chad Morris' offense.

A running back already committed to Clemson's 2013 class - Tyshon Dye of Elberton, Ga. - will miss he remainder of his senior season after breaking a bone in his ankle last weekend.

Meanwhile, 2014 running back Jae'lon Oglesby of Daniel High in Central, S.C. is closing in on a 2,000-yard rushing season after a school-record 385-yard performance last week against Seneca.

The record that Oglesby broke had stood for almost 40 years. He averaged 16.7 yards per carry, and scored on runs of 99, 73, 67, 35 and 5 yards.

The Tigers' other 2014 running back commitment, Dalvin Cook of Miami Central (Fla.), scored on an 88-yard fumble return in his team's 35-17 victory over Northwestern last week.

Clemson linebacker commitment Dorian O'Daniel rushed for 156 yards and two touchdowns in Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) High's 30-0 victory over Bishop O'Connell. O'Daniel needs just 32 more yards to top the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season.

Mike Williams caught six passes to 186 yards and a touchdown in Lake Marion (S.C.) High's 26-6 victory over Andrews.

Jadar Johnson snared a 28-yard touchdown pass in Orangeburg-Wilkinson (S.C.) High's 14-2 win over James Island.

Jordan Leggett had six receptions for 151 yards in Navarre (Fla.) High's 44-28 victory over Fort Walton Beach.

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fq1126 writes:

What happened to Dabos rule about commits not visiting other schools?

KerryCapps writes:

I think the issue in the past (i.e. with Marlin Lane, R.J. Prince, Isaac McDonald and others) was with committed players visiting elsewhere without informing the Clemson coaching staff of their intentions...

brookesdad729 writes:

Man this guy is just becoming more of nuisance in my opinion! I think that he thinks more of himself than anyone and the press doesn't help matters. Honestly I'd be surprised if he signs with us and if he's going to be that much of a pain good riddance!

campusfriar writes:

brookesdad729, why are you frustrated at Nkemdiche when all he has ever said is that he is going to Clemson? Are you really ok with just shrugging off the overall #1 recruit in the nation on D because of the press?! Relax. Here is a prescription for one chill pill. Take whenever you need. Endless refills. Also, AJC is known to run articles based on nonfactual information. Their journalists graduated from ITT at the bottom of their class.

kellytown writes:

I totally agree His mother seems as if she is looking for some $$ for him to sign, We should let him continue on down the line, I'am sure its to much drama between the 2 and we really don;t have the time for her in the golden corner of s.c. either so do us all a favor stay away. ! player do not make a team.

omnipotent1 writes:

Is AIM going to start publishing articles from the Enquirer? Same authenticity as the ajc.
And there is no rule about visiting, but about being honest and not lying to Dabo as Marlin Lane did.

Chessababy writes:

Looking back at his mothers remarks notice how many times she says "Me" and "I". She isn't going to Clemson b/c it's out of her way?? Wow, that sounds like a mother who is more about herself rather than her son. Robert sounds like a Momma's boy who is not showing maturity to make his own decision. The meaning of "commitment" isn't showing in his actions and it sounds like he isn't learning it from Momma. This Clemson fan wouldn't be upset at Dabo cutting him lose. We need ALL IN players..not a Momma's boy.

Bleedsorange writes:

If he signs great, if he doesn't ?#(; him every recruit in the country will wish they signed with us next year.

MoncksTater writes:

We need Nkemdiche's talent and impact. I am concerned his mother may be a bad distraction..but he has committed to the Tigers and until that changes I will welcome him to Death Valley .

TUN writes:

This whole Nkemdiche drama has been fabricated by the press. There is no story here despite what some may think. If anything is clear from the interview with Mrs Nkemdiche it is that she is completely ignorant about the American university situation and is attempting to pressure her son in to going to a school that she knows virtually nothing about. For that matter she knows nothing about Alabama other than it has won the National championship 2 out of the last 3 years. What should be reported here is not someone's ignorant statements but rather the fact that this decision by Robert will be an enormous test for him as a man as to whether this will truly be his decision or his mother's. For his sake, I hope it is his decision free from any efforts to manipulate him into going to Mississippi. It should be his decision because he alone will have to live with it.

TUN writes:

I think readers of the AJC interview with Mrs Nkemdiche should find it disturbing and unsettling that she has so little respect for one's spoke word. When someone makes a verbal commitment, that is a real commitment and should (in most circumstances and under most conditions) be honored as if it were a written one. We live in a society where people can, are, and should be held responsible for their verbal commitments and Mrs Nkemdiche's rather cavalier dismissal of her son's verbal commitment is as disappointing as it is troubling. Of course, we know there is no legal obligation here but the matter goes to the question of character. There still may be good reasons why Nkemdiche should not go to Clemson but his mother's words on verbal commitments are troubling. I can tell you this, every coach who gets a verbal commitment from a player believes that is meaningful commitment (or at least it should be).

TUN writes:

Finally, will someone kindly guide this benighted lady to the objective evidence of the ACC's preeminence as an athletic conference. There is no collection of schools that balances rigorous academics with competitive athletics as well as the ACC. Its combination of private and public institutions is simply the best in the country and the most definitive proof of that fact is the recent addition of Notre Dame to its fold. Notre Dame could have joined any other conference including the almighty SEC but it chose that conference which first best fit its academic profile and secondly its athletic competitiveness. Clemson University's international reputation as one of America's most distinguished universities is known to all who are informed about such matters and its athletic programs are elite attracting the finest student athletes in the country. Perhaps Mrs Nkemdiche should take a moment, listen to what her son has said about Clemson and Dabo Swinney, and do a little investigation into these schools before she opens her mouth and reveals her ignorance.

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