Robert Nkemdiche says he's still committed to Clemson but 'undecided'

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

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

— The recruitment saga of No.1 national prospect Robert Nkemdiche took another bizarre twist Wednesday night, with Nkemdiche declaring that he is still committed to Clemson – for now.

RebelGrove.com – a Rivals.com site which covers Ole Miss – reported that Nkemdiche had decommitted from Clemson and committed to the Rebels. 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.

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.”

The Grayson (Ga.) High School defensive end surprised many observers in June when he committed to Clemson while on an unofficial visit. He is the nation’s consensus No.1 recruit and would make an immediate impact on the Tigers’ defensive line.

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

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kellytown writes:

I heard yesterday that he is going to be at ole miss for the game on saturday.So the drama continues, His mother can;t visit Clemson but can go to ole miss maybe i am missing something. This is the forth time he has visited ole miss and I know his brother is playing for ole miss, I hope we get him however it seems like he will do what mom wants him to do. So like I have said in the past 1 player don't make a team.

greersc writes:

I would love to see him inn a Tiger uniform, but sounds like he has momma pulling him away. If he comes, great, if he doesn't, best of luck to him and his family.

michtiger writes:

Great player but sounds like a project that not worth the drama. hope he reads the papers about the racial outburst at ole miss campus Tuesday. We want team members who want to be at Clemson.

Lynx26 writes:

Very true- if he comes he comes... We'll have a 1st rounder again on the D Line. If he doesn't .... We tried.

Either way we're goin 12-1 , 11-2 next yr. #Fact

brookesdad729 writes:

Kinda of tired of hearing about him really! There's a lot of other players out there that can be developed into a great DE. With all of the hype going on with him, I'm not sure he's a team player anyway but I don't totally blame him, the media just takes stuff and runs with it too. You're a good player but you're not indispensable! Time to look for a replacement. I would be totally surprised if he comes to us, but we will be fine without him. Go Tigers!

omnipotent1 writes:

All this is coming from ajc which has developed into an Enquirer level rag, but what do you expect from greg wallace? Tired of ajc and gw rehashing the same old chit.

TUN writes:

I think the Staff needs to be patient with him, continue to cultivate their relationship with, and allow him to make his own decision without any pressure. He should get no special treatment. The obsessive media which clearly has too much time on its hands needs to back off and let this young man make his own decision. In the meantime we need to focus on landing Mont Adams. In my opinion he would be as good or better than Nmemdiche. I personally do not like all of the attention on Nmemdiche. I think it reinforces an individualism which is inimical and harmful to the concept of team first individual accomplishment second and I think it adds undue pressure on a young man who is obviously being pressured by his henpecking mother. I hope he makes his own decision free of external pressure even if that is not Clemson. There are few things more emasculating than letting your mom make big life choices for you.

68Scot writes:

It seems like it is official now, numerous reports out saying he told Clemson coaches Sunday that wanted to de-commit.

porkchop writes:

Hope Robert N. can sort it all out and think he will(Mom's care and have great influence). If he wants to play winning football, Clemson is a great fit for him. But keep an eye on commit DE Elijah Daniel of Avon, Indiana. He may be as good or better in the long run. Elijah Daniel is a beast ready to be released!

TUN writes:

in response to 68Scot:

It seems like it is official now, numerous reports out saying he told Clemson coaches Sunday that wanted to de-commit.

What are your sources?

TUN writes:

in response to TUN:

What are your sources?

TUN writes:

Looks like big Robert Nkemdiche (6'4" 270 lbs) has been henpecked by his mother. Oh well, I say good bye and good riddance. Clemson doesn't need the drama. They will be fine without him.

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!

TrevorT writes:

in response to Lynx26:

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!

You are right that there's no need to degrade the kid, but facts are facts. He is making himself out to be a bit of a momma's boy. And what about his buddies who followed him from Grayson that he's now hanging out to dry. True, he's a young man, but he needs to prepared to live with the consequences of his choices. Wish him the best and hope he does the right thing in the end.

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