Had Robert Nkemdiche listened to Dabo Swinney in the first place, he could have saved himself quite a bit of anguish.
He would have also cost every recruiting website in America a jillion hits.
Nkemdiche's media-fed recruiting saga took a turn toward sanity last week when the nation's No. 1 prospect de-committed from Clemson and reopened his recruiting.
As 'news' it was a non-event.
Nkemdiche was already planning to take his five official visits; he was, and is, deeply undecided between playing with his brother, Denzel, at Ole Miss, or with his friends, David Kamara, Wayne Gallman and Nick Schuessler, at Clemson.
If Nkemdiche had listened to Swinney, he'd have delayed his commitment decision.
Swinney, as a rule, discourages early commitments unless the players are staunchly and irrevocably...well, committed.
Nkemdiche was, undoubtedly, as 'committed' as a 17-year-old with all the options in the world could possibly be when he informed Swinney of his decision during a visit to campus last summer.
The young man had no idea what he was getting into.
From the get-go, there was an air of disbelief in certain SEC-oriented media circles that the nation's premier defensive end would even consider going anywhere other than Alabama or LSU or Florida or Georgia. For the past three-plus months, Nkemdiche's every move and thought has been dogged by questions about the strength, and sincerity, of his commitment.
Nkemdiche didn't create this circus - he just stepped into the center ring.
He's been above-board with Clemson's coaches as the saga has unfolded, and that's what separates his situation from others in which the Tiger coaching staff has cut ties with committed prospects when they've chosen to visit elsewhere.
He may well end up at Clemson, yet. His mother's wishes cannot be dismissed, but it's just as likely that when push comes to shove, he'll get the opportunity to make his own decision.
It just hasn't been made yet.
He's once again, in the official jargon of the recruiting game, 'uncommitted' - as well he should be.