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Clemson has more work to do to hold on to the commitment of defensive end Robert Nkemdiche.
The Tigers have commitments from two of Nkemdiche’s teammates at Loganville (Ga.) Grayson High School – running back Wayne Gallman and cornerback David Kamara.
But Nkemdiche, the nation’s No. 1 prospect, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that Clemson needs to offer Grayson defensive back Ryan Carter to “seal the deal” with Nkemdiche’s recruitment.
“I am waiting on Clemson to offer Ryan; when that happens, it’s locked … it’s a done deal … it’s over,” Nkemdiche told the AJC.
So what if Clemson doesn’t offer Carter, whose offer list includes Ole Miss, Arkansas State, Southern Miss, Tulane and Georgia State? Nkemdiche said he would take a stronger look at Ole Miss, where his brother, linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche, is a redshirt freshman.
Carter, who told the AJC he would “probably commit rather quickly” if Clemson were to offer, said he and Robert Nkemdiche have had conversations about attending Ole Miss.
“We’ve all talked about going to Ole Miss together if that doesn’t work out with Clemson,” Carter said. “Robert’s brother is there, and he’s definitely trying to get us to go there.”
Clemson has a tough choice. It can offer Carter and secure Nkemdiche’s commitment (according to him) or hold off and risk losing Nkemdiche to Ole Miss or perhaps another school.
Offering Carter could be seen by some as a “5-for-1″ deal to land Nkemdiche, whose former teammate, quarterback Nick Schuessler, decided earlier this week to leave Mississippi State to walk on at Clemson.
For the record, Grayson coach Mickey Conn told the AJC if Clemson offers Carter, it would be because of his ability, not Nkemdiche’s influence. But that idea would certainly be in question now that Nkemdiche has made his desire to play with Carter so public.