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‘Undecided’ Nkemdiche Still Committed To Clemson

Robert Nkemdiche is still committed to Clemson.

But the star defensive end from Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga., doesn’t know where he’ll go to school.

RebelGrove.com reported Wednesday night that Nkemdiche had decommitted from Clemson. Nkemdiche said he was still committed to Clemson when reach by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution but admitted his recruitment is far from over.

“Nothing final yet,” he told the AJC via text message.

Nkemdiche plans to visit Ole Miss this weekend to watch his brother, Rebels freshman linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche, play Vanderbilt. Ole Miss has continued to make a strong push for Robert Nkemdiche, who denied rumors that he plans to change his commitment this weekend.

“No, that’s not true,” he said. “You know how they do with rumors and everything on the Internet.”

Nkemdiche’s mother, Beverly Nkemdiche, has made it clear to several Internet sites she wants her sons to play together at Ole Miss.

“I don’t want a case where they have games in two different states, and I will be running around like a rooster, or not go to one (game),” she told the AJC last week. “Every parent would really want that. It’s my wish for it to happen, but I’m not going to put pressure on anybody. If it happens, great. If it doesn’t, OK. But I would really love for them to play together, as well as have the power of two – where two people  come together and play as one.”

Meanwhile, it’s appearing less likely Robert Nkemdiche will play football at Clemson.

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LaGrange Lineman Commits To Tennessee

Tennessee has received a commitment from defensive lineman Joe Sanders from Troup High School in LaGrange, Ga.

Sanders told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he picked Tennessee over offers from South Florida, Western Kentucky, Central Florida, Eastern Kentucky and South Alabama.

“I committed tonight because I had it made up in my mind that I wanted to go to Tennessee,” Sanders told the AJC on Wednesday. “I liked the atmosphere, the coaches, and how they push you once you’re down there.”

There have been questions about the future of Tennessee coach Derek Dooley, who has a 15-19 record since becoming the Vols’ head coach in 2010. Sanders told the AJC he’s not concerned about Dooley’s job status.

“I’ve heard things but I haven’t really looked into it,” Sanders said. “Coach Dooley hasn’t said anything about that, so it doesn’t mean that much.”

Sanders is the 19th prospect to commit to Tennessee’s class of 2013.

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Beverly Nkemdiche Wants Sons At Ole Miss

Beverly Nkemdiche’s mind hasn’t changed. She wants her sons to play football together at Ole Miss.

Denzel Nkemdiche is a freshman linebacker at Ole Miss. Robert Nkemdiche is the nation’s top defensive end prospect at Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga.

Nkemdiche has been committed to Clemson since June but has continued to consider other schools. And his mother has made it clear she would like her son to sign with Ole Miss.

Beverly Nkemdiche said so again in a recent interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“I don’t want a case where they have games in two different states, and I will be running around like a rooster, or not go to one (game),” she told the AJC. “Every parent would really want that. It’s my wish for it to happen, but I’m not going to put pressure on anybody. If it happens, great. If it doesn’t, OK. But I would really love for them to play together, as well as have the power of two – where two people come together and play as one.”

One thing should be pointed out: Beverly Nkemdiche lives in Nigeria, where she works in politics as a state legislator. It seems odd she’s worried about missing one of her son’s games when she resides in a different country.

Robert Nkemdiche will be with his parents in Athens, Ga., this weekend to watch Ole Miss play Georgia. The Bulldogs have continued to recruit Nkemdiche, which adds to the dilemma of his college decision.

“With Georgia, you never know what could happen,” Nkemdiche told ESPN RecruitingNation. “I could start falling in love with them again after I visit. They have open arms toward me and I have open arms to them going in. We will see what happens.”

Clemson will continue its heavy pursuit of Nkemdiche, who has two Grayson teammates committed to the Tigers’ 2013 class. Beverly Nkemdiche, who has expressed an unhappiness with Clemson in the past, told the AJC she hasn’t spoken with a member of Clemson’s coaching staff.

“I’ve never been to Clemson,” she said. “I’ve not talked to anybody from Clemson’s team. I don’t want to go there because that’s out of my way. There is nothing that would take me there. What took me to Ole Miss was Denzel. I haven’t been to any other school. Honestly, if Denzel was not at Ole Miss, I wouldn’t have gone to Ole Miss.”

And Robert Nkemdiche probably wouldn’t be considering Ole Miss if not for his brother. But Denzel’s presence has Robert thinking hard about playing in Oxford.

“Ole Miss has a good chance to get me because at the end of the day, I could wind up wanting to play with my brother,” Nkemdiche told ESPN. “I still do not know what I am going to do.”

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UGA Commit Mustafaa: ‘I’m Just Taking My Visits’

Georgia linebacker commitment Naim Mustafaa insists his commitment to Georgia is firm despite his decision to visit other schools.

Mustafaa, who attends Alpharetta (Ga.) High School, visited Tennessee on Oct. 20 and still plans to take a trip to Oklahoma State. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that his level of commitment to Georgia hasn’t changed.

“I couldn’t put any percentage on it,” Mustafaa said. “It’s still the same. I’m still committed to Georgia, and there’s no reason for a change. I’m just taking my visits.”

AJC writer Michael Carvell asked Mustafaa if Georgia is in danger of losing his commitment following his trip to Tennessee.

“No sir, I’m committed to Georgia,” Mustafaa said.

He said he plans to visit Oklahoma State because it was one of the first schools to offer him and has stayed in touch during the recruiting process.

Georgia Tech has also continued to pursue Mustafaa, who told the AJC he might visit Georgia’s top in-state rival. Mustafaa’s father, Reggie Rutland, played defensive back at Georgia Tech from 1983-86.

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Update: Nkemdiche Deletes Anti-Reporter Tweet

Robert Nkemdiche’s unhappiness with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution seems to have settled down.

The Clemson defensive end commitment from Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga., tweeted this week that Michael Carvell of the AJC was “causing problems” for Nkemdiche’s recruitment. That statement appeared to be very off base when looking at Carvell’s coverage of Nkemdiche’s recruitment.

Nkemdiche appears to agree as he has since deleted the tweet following a conversation with Carvell. Here’s the latest from the AJC:

“When I contacted Nkemdiche, he was specifically upset about the story saying his mother was ‘upset’ at Clemson and ‘it was not a done deal.’ After being informed that the story was reported by ESPN and not the AJC, Nkemdiche deleted the tweet.”

What happens next with Nkemdiche’s recruitment is anyone’s guess. He will surely continue to hear from several schools, including Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Ole Miss, where his brother, Denzel Nkemdiche, is a redshirt freshman.

And speculation on the future of the nation’s top prospect will continue to build.

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Wiggins: I’m ’100 Percent’ Committed

Cornerback Shaq Wiggins from Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Ga., maintains he’s “100 percent” committed to Georgia.

But that doesn’t mean he’s finished looking at other schools.

Wiggins told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he plans to take official visits to five schools this fall: Georgia, Florida, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

“In talking with some players that came before me, one of the things they wish they would’ve done was to visit other schools,” Wiggins told the AJC. “I don’t want to make the same mistake. My parents want me to visit other schools to have something to compare to Georgia. But I don’t think anybody will compare to Georgia.”

Georgia fans will naturally worry about the strength of Wiggins’ commitment while he visits other schools. Wiggins said there’s no need.

“I can see where (UGA fans) might worry but there’s nothing to worry about,” he said. “I’m 100-percent committed to Georgia. I talked to the coaches over there on Monday. Nothing has changed between me and Georgia.”

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Nkemdiche Unhappy With Reporter

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.

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:

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.

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Georgia Recruit Hears From Fan

Was he a Georgia fan or not?

It’s tough to tell, but we do know a man recently called Georgia defensive back commitment Steven Nelson to gather information on his pledge to the Bulldogs. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“I get phone calls almost every day from college recruiters and reporters,” Nelson told the AJC. “He called me up, and I forgot what his name was. The way he was talking, I thought he was a reporter, so I stayed on the phone. He was just trying to convince me to stay with Georgia, told me how good of a player I was, and wished me a good year.”

That’s because this person wanted Nelson to stick with his commitment to Georgia. He reportedly posted the same desire on twitter and a message board on the Georgia Rivals website UGASports.com.

But there’s no proof this person is actually a Georgia fan. He could be posing as a fan of the Bulldogs to try to get the school in trouble.

That’s because NCAA rules prohibit fans from contacting prospective student-athletes. That includes Facebook, twitter and telephone calls.

Georgia is aware of the situation involving Nelson but hasn’t been able to determine exactly what happened.

“Based on the information at this time, there’s not enough information to conclude that there’s a rules violation,” Jim Booz, Georgia’s senior associate athletic director for NCAA compliance, told the AJC.

What’s clear is there will continue to be more headaches to deal with in every compliance office in America.

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Georgia Lands Junior College Safety

Georgia received a commitment Tuesday from safety Shaquille Fluker from East Mississippi Community College.

“I picked Georgia because when I was there, it was a nice facility to be around and nice people to meet – and me knowing that there have been a lot of people that came and played for Georgia have really been known, and gone to great places,” Fluker told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“So with me wanting to be a part of that, and wanting to be known, I was thinking Georgia could help me with that, as being part of that tradition.”

Fluker is Georgia’s 26th commitment for the class of 2013. Another safety pledge for the Bulldogs, Tray Matthews from Newnan (Ga.) High School, was surprised to see Georgia land Fluker.

“It affected me a little bit, but the more I thought about it, it’s part of the game,” Matthews told the AJC. “I don’t know. I guess Georgia feels like I might switch, and they had to go pick up another safety. I don’t know what’s going on with that.”

Many have wondered what’s going on with Matthews’ recruitment. He maintained last week he’s “100 percent” committed to Georgia but also said he plans to take five official visits this fall. He confirmed that plan to the AJC on Tuesday.

Still, Matthews said his commitment to Georgia won’t change because of Fluker’s pledge to the Bulldogs.

“It doesn’t affect me because there’s going to be competition, regardless, since I’m going to be a freshman and there are players there (in college) already,” Matthews said. “I guess it will just mean more competition, and I’m fine with that.”

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Nkemdiche Wants Clemson To Offer Another Teammate

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.

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