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.