Clemson defensive end commitment Robert Nkemdiche isn’t happy with the media’s coverage of his recruitment.
Specifically, he’s unhappy with Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Nkemdiche, the nation’s No. 1 prospect from Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga., said so with a twitter post on Tuesday.
Micheal Carvell from Ajc is just causing problems for my recruitment no one pay attention to what he has to say about me , it’s made up.
— robert nkemdiche (@Robertusmagna_1) September 11, 2012
It was Carvell who wrote in the AJC about Nkemdiche’s desire to see teammate Ryan Carter receive a scholarship offer from Clemson, which has already received commitments from two of Nkemdiche’s teammates. But that story ran on July 6.
“I am waiting on Clemson to offer Ryan,” Nkemdiche said at the time. “When that happens, it’s locked … it’s a done deal … it’s over.”
But Nkemdiche’s recruitment isn’t over, at least according to his mother, Beverly.
“His decision is not final,” she recently told ESPN The Magazine. “He’s just a teenager, and people are forgetting that. We had never discussed Clemson, and I am unhappy with Clemson. I’m not there, so I don’t know for certain, but I feel like Robert was pressured into this situation.”
If this story is what has Nkemdiche unhappy, there’s no reason to point the blame at Carvell. He hasn’t appeared to do anything untoward in his coverage of Nkemdiche.
Carvell sent the following message to Nkemdiche on Tuesday:
@robertusmagna_1 It was ESPN that wrote story w/your mother “upset” at Clemson, not AJC. But it’s all good!
— Michael Carvell (@RecruitingAJC) September 11, 2012
This is just the latest story during the somewhat dramatic recruiting process of Nkemdiche, who has entertained interest from such schools at Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Ole Miss, among others.
The important thing for Nkemdiche is to do what’s in his own best interest. If that means signing with Clemson, that’s what he should do. If he wants to look at other schools before he makes a final decision, he should do that. The rules of the recruiting process invite him to explore all options before he signs with a school.
Because once Nkemdiche signs, all the options will belong to the school. And signing with the wrong school could certainly leave him unhappy.