High school coach says Robert Nkemdiche has de-committed from Clemson

Gwinnett Daily Post report says Clemson still in the running for No. 1 prospect

Robert Nkemdiche (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott, CUTigers.com)

Robert Nkemdiche (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott, CUTigers.com)

The nation’s No.1 overall recruit is no longer in Clemson’s fold – and where he winds up might remain a mystery until national signing day.

The Gwinnett Daily Post is reporting this morning that Robert Nkemdiche, the nation's No. 1 football prospect, has de-committed from Clemson.

The newspaper's website quoted Grayson (Ga.) High coach Mickey Conn as confirming Nkemdiche's de-commitment.

Conn, who was Dabo Swinney's roommate at Alabama, said Nkemdiche notified the Clemson coaches of the decision on Sunday.

"I think he's still very interested in Clemson, but he's got a brother who goes to Ole Miss and he's got other schools that he likes as well," Conn told the Daily Post. 'He's going to clear his mind and take some other visits."

Nkemdiche’s brother, Denzel, is a sophomore linebacker at Ole Miss, and their mother, Beverly, a Nigerian politician, has expressed a desire for them to play together.

Beverly is visiting from Nigeria, and last week she told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that she “wouldn’t go out of her way” to visit Clemson, two hours from the family’s suburban Atlanta home.

Conn said he expects Nkemdiche to take his time with this decision with a likely decision on National Signing Day, Feb. 6.

Conn said Clemson, Ole Miss, Alabama, LSU, Florida and Oregon are among Nkemdiche’s favorites.

“At this point, I think it's a family decision," Conn said. "The family's going to get together and make the best decision for Robert.”

RebelGrove.com – a Rivals.com site which covers Ole Miss – initially reported that Nkemdiche had de-committed from Clemson Wednesday night.

When contacted by the AJC Wednesday night, Nkemdiche said he was still committed to Clemson but there was “nothing final yet” and he was “just undecided.”

Reached by ESPN on Thursday after the news of his de-commitment broke, Nkemdiche declined to discuss his recruiting status. Nkemdiche's mother, Beverly, also had no comment about her son's status.

"I'm not talking to anybody about anything," Nkemdiche said. "I'm not talking about recruiting anymore. I'm not talking about recruiting with anybody."

Nkemdiche and his family are scheduled to make an unofficial visit to Ole Miss on Saturday.

Two Grayson teammates, defensive back David Kamara and tailback Wayne Gallman, committed to Clemson before Nkemdiche made his choice.

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brookesdad729 writes:

Good! Now we can move forward! I wish you the best buddy, but we gotta recruit someone who wants to be here!

Bleedsorange writes:

One thing I would like to point out is who cares. He and his mom will continue this crap until he signs so they feel famous.

campusfriar writes:

This is his decision not his hating mother's decision. She obviously has a vested interest in her son's fame being that she is a politician and needs the press coverage for herself to lift her in the Nigerian polls. We might still get him but only if he stands as a man and decides for himself where he wants to go not what mommy wants for herself. Where ever he goes, we will never know if he stood up for himself and chose his school of choice, but he will. That will rest on his shoulders for the rest of his life.

PtownDawg writes:

I think Dabo should "offically" withdraw the scholarship offer, so there is no doubt...if you don't want to be here we don't need you. One player a team does not make. We will survive without him and mommy.

Bleedsorange writes:

in response to PtownDawg:

I think Dabo should "offically" withdraw the scholarship offer, so there is no doubt...if you don't want to be here we don't need you. One player a team does not make. We will survive without him and mommy.

Exactly the motto is "All In" not "maybe?" The program should pull the offer. Dabo showed his resolve with Sammy lets see what happens.

Lynx26 writes:

in response to PtownDawg:

I think Dabo should "offically" withdraw the scholarship offer, so there is no doubt...if you don't want to be here we don't need you. One player a team does not make. We will survive without him and mommy.

Preach! I don't like the sound of this at all. Yes he's good- we know that. But an injury or not treated like a king(becomes unhappy=transfers) and we're without him again.
So trust me when I say this... Thanks but no thanks. It's been a long journey w/out him even being in uniform yet. We're "ALL IN" forever not just sometimes.
Nexxxxxt...... ?

Lynx26 writes:

Ok enough already with the degrading... It's a 17 yr old kid. Life goes on for all of us. Either he was coming or he wasn't, zero in between.
Wish him the best as well as us the "ALL IN" crew.

Let's smack MD 37-14 and continue gaining a killer instinct for the beasts that are to come (NC State, USC, & Bowl game). All 3 that we were killed by last yr.

Leggo Clem!

brookesdad729 writes:

in response to PtownDawg:

I think Dabo should "offically" withdraw the scholarship offer, so there is no doubt...if you don't want to be here we don't need you. One player a team does not make. We will survive without him and mommy.

"One player a team does not make". Dude! I love the Yoda! You rock, and it is so true!

gnyce1971 writes:

before we start bashing the kid. we got to remember he he is a kid. i think he decommitted to please his mom and stop getting bothered by every media outlet asking if he still committed. now he can relax a little bit and be a kid.i still think he signs with clemson. but waits to nsd so he will not go through this again. but if i am wrong best wishes to the kid we will be fine.

fq1126 writes:

in response to PtownDawg:

I think Dabo should "offically" withdraw the scholarship offer, so there is no doubt...if you don't want to be here we don't need you. One player a team does not make. We will survive without him and mommy.

Dabo has stated that his policy is , any player who commits to Clemson and continues visits will have the offer removed, and will be free to go anyplace else. BUT, that didn,t happen in this case. Stick to your own rules, and these 17 year olds will not be able to play you like a love struck teenage girl.

cuGIZ82 writes:

Glad he has finally made a decision...CU will continue to recruit top notch talent but more importantly young men who want to be there. GO TIGERS!!!

tigerpaws44 writes:

I agree that it is hard for a 17 yr old to make up his mind, especially considering all the hype and top ranked teams that are interested, but come on...where are the morals today? Did his `political party` (mom) not teach him the importance of a commitment? Just another example of how our world is all screwed up! Wish you the best and hope you have a good career, but one star player does not make a championship team! GO TIGERS!

kellytown writes:

This drama is not worth the gain!! This is a 17yr old and he is going to do what his agent tells him to do and thats his Mother. Send a Clear and Real message drop him and continue on.We have a very good recruiting class and its going to get better. Lets go win the rest of our games this is what we need to focus on.GO TIGERS

tw30241 writes:

in response to fq1126:

Dabo has stated that his policy is , any player who commits to Clemson and continues visits will have the offer removed, and will be free to go anyplace else. BUT, that didn,t happen in this case. Stick to your own rules, and these 17 year olds will not be able to play you like a love struck teenage girl.

Dabo's policy for recruits is if you are going to visit other schools, inform the Clemson Coaches about them before going. In the cases you are referring to about him pulling offers, those recruits had told the coaching staff they were done with the recruiting process and were fully committed to Clemson, and then the coaches would read about them going on visits later on in the news without being informed.

TUN writes:

Forget about Nkemdiche and his henpecking Nigerian mother. Let's go get Mont Adams and build a beast of a D-line that Nkemdiche will wish he could be a part of. I will say this again in case Robert didn't hear it: Ole Miss is not even in the same class as Clemson...they have never won a national championship let alone their own division. Are we really supposed to believe that they can compete with the likes of Alabama and LSU or hold their own against Florida, Georgia, South Carolina etc.? Let's get real. You go there and you play in obscurity for a team that is .500 at best. On the other hand, you go to Clemson and you will be playing for an elite program contending for a BCS bowl every year. It's a no brainer for informed and intelligent people.

TUN writes:

Plus who wants to live in Mississippi? NO THANKS, too many rednecks!!!!!!!!!!!!

TUN writes:

in response to TUN:

Forget about Nkemdiche and his henpecking Nigerian mother. Let's go get Mont Adams and build a beast of a D-line that Nkemdiche will wish he could be a part of. I will say this again in case Robert didn't hear it: Ole Miss is not even in the same class as Clemson...they have never won a national championship let alone their own division. Are we really supposed to believe that they can compete with the likes of Alabama and LSU or hold their own against Florida, Georgia, South Carolina etc.? Let's get real. You go there and you play in obscurity for a team that is .500 at best. On the other hand, you go to Clemson and you will be playing for an elite program contending for a BCS bowl every year. It's a no brainer for informed and intelligent people.

Correction: in 2003 Ole Miss was a co-champion of the SEC West.

They have never won their division outright. The one year they finished first in their division they had to share that honor with LSU. Not much to boast of I must confess.

Of their 6 SEC titles throughout their history, their most recent title was 1963!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Almost half a century ago!!!!!!!!!!

cuGIZ82 writes:

Teenagers change their minds all the time...we should never become excited about a recruit until he signs his LOI. He may decide to recommit but either way we are a CLASSY group and we recruit well.

68Scot writes:

To those of you that get all your news from the O&W here's a link where RN says it was his decision and he told clemson coaches last Sunday. Why is O&W still sticking with story on him not de-committing? Seriously take the orange glasses off for a minute. If you had two sons that were good enough to play for Div 1 schools wouldn't you want them to play at the same school where you could see them both play at the same time? http://espn.go.com/college-sports/rec...

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