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Coach: Nkemdiche No Longer Committed To Clemson

Defensive end Robert Nkemdiche has decommitted from Clemson, according to his high school coach.

Loganville (Ga.) Grayson High School coach Mickey Conn told 247Sports Nkemdiche decommitted from Clemson on Sunday.

“It was a family decision he made with his mom and dad,” Conn said.

The preference of Nkemdiche’s mother has been well established. She wants her son to play at Ole Miss along with his brother, freshman linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche.

Robert Nkemdiche, who plans to be in Oxford this weekend to watch Ole Miss host Vanderbilt, denied he had decommitted from Clemson when contacted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday night.

“Nothing final yet,” he said via text message.

Not even close, it seems.

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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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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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Nkemdiche’s Mother: ‘His Decision Is Not Final’

The recruitment of Clemson defensive end commitment Robert Nkemdiche is not over.

That’s the story if you ask his mother, Beverly. And ESPN’s Zach Schonbrun did recently for a story that will appear in the Sept. 17 issue of ESPN The Magazine.

“His decision is not final,” she told ESPN. “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 decision.”

Nkemdiche’s mother isn’t there (Nkemdiche resides near Loganville, Ga.) because she currently lives in Nigeria, where she works as a state legislator. Robert communicates with his mother weekly by phone or through Facebook, according to ESPN.

Nkemdiche’s story is different from his mother’s. He maintains his commitment to Clemson is firm.

“I’m going to Clemson,” he told ESPN.

And he plans to be there for three years. Nkemdiche, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 1 prospect by ESPNU, has made it clear his first priority is to make it to the NFL as quickly as possible.

“I want to make an impact and in three years go to the NFL,” he said. “That’s what I’m going to do. You can put that in bold, too.”

That’s a bold statement for sure. It could also be true if Nkemdiche reaches his potential.

But until then, the biggest story will be about Nkemdiche’s final college decision. He told 247Sports he plans to visit Clemson this weekend, along with Grayson High teammates Ryan Carter, Wayne Gallman and David Kamara. Gallman and Kamara are committed to the Tigers while Carter is being evaluated.

Nkemdiche, who has also considered such schools as Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Ole Miss, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in July that his recruitment would be finished if Clemson offered a scholarship to Carter.

“I am waiting on Clemson to offer Ryan; when that happens, it’s locked … it’s a done deal … it’s over,” Nkemdiche said at the time.

Nkemdiche says his recruitment is over now. His mother says it isn’t. The rest of us are left to wonder.

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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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SEC Headlines 6/16/2012

1. Unlimited texting and phone calls – now available to a college coach near you.

2. Reaction from Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin: ”There are some cases where you’re going to turn off a lot of players and then there are others who will like it. It will depend on who you’re recruiting.”

3. Missouri basketball coaches like the new NCAA rules allowing more structured workouts in the summer.  “It’s phenomenal,” associate coach Tim Fuller said.

4. Florida basketball will open its season against Georgetown on the deck of an aircraft carrier.

5. “The possibility of four games on naval ships next season exposes the lack of leadership at the top of college basketball.”

6. Why the next few days are critical for former Florida gator Bradley Beal.

7. 18 months later, Harvey Updyke is going to trial next week.

8. Memorial service for former Auburn player Ladarious Phillips.

9. Kevin Sumlin likes having Kliff Kingsbury in charge of the Aggies offense.  ”He’s a student of the game and he’s one hell of a quarterback coach. We’re fortunate to have him.”

10. Mark Bradley: “The governing body of intercollegiate sports runs the playoff for every intercollegiate sport at every level — except for big-time football…”

11. Alabama trustees approve and name  the $2.8 million Champions Plaza.

12. Reverberations felt from Robert Nkemdiche’s decision to go to Clemson: Alabama recruiting options along the defensive line. LSU explores its options.

13. Tiger Stadium is getting a makeover.

14. When it comes to Georgia’s most important games in 2012 - Tennessee comes in at No. 7.

15. Former Tennessee players recall their days with Phillip Fulmer. Al Wilson: “We all believed in Coach Fulmer.”

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Report: Nkemdiche Chooses Clemson

Defensive end Robert Nkemdiche has committed to Clemson, according to a report from TigerIllustrated.com.

The news comes one day after Nkemdiche’s teammate and friend at Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga., cornerback David Kamara, committed to the Tigers. Grayson running back Wayne Gallman is also committed to Clemson.

Nkemdiche is widely considered to be the nation’s top prospect for the class of 2013. He has also considered schools such as Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Ole Miss, where his brother, Denzel Nkemdiche, is a redshirt freshman linebacker. Alabama was once thought to be the favorite to land Robert Nkemdiche.

Nkemdiche still has plenty of time to change his mind. Despite his commitment, you can expect plenty of schools to keep recruiting Nkemdiche until he has officially signed with a school.

UPDATE: The news of Nkemdiche’s commitment to Clemson has been confirmed by Scout.com and 247Sports.

Gallman posted a photo on Twitter of the Grayson trio wearing Clemson gear:

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SEC Recruiting Headlines 5/25/12

1. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel is ready to recruit the Southeast.

2. Auburn is preparing – and hoping – for another Big Cat weekend.

3. Florida coach Will Muschamp talked recruiting while he was in Tampa this week.

4. Did Georgia make a staff hire aimed at landing Robert Nkemdiche?

5. Sporting News has this list of the nation’s top uncommitted quarterbacks.

6. Linebacker Matt Rolin from Ashburn, Va., will visit South Carolina this weekend.

7. South Carolina and North Carolina lead for running back TJ Logan from Greensboro, N.C.

8. Here’s a recent story from the trio that committed to Arkansas this week.

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Robert Nkemdiche: ‘I’m Just Not Ready Yet’

Defensive end Robert Nkemdiche from Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga., no longer plans to announce his college decision on May 18.

“I’m just not ready yet,” Nkemdiche told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “This is one of the biggest decisions of my life. I want to go see some new places, and go back to some other places to spend more time with the coaches and to check out the campuses. It’s a big decision, and I want to get it right.”

Nkemdiche, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 1 prospect by ESPNU, has maintained a top five list of Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss and Clemson. Many analysts have called Alabama the leader with Ole Miss in play because his brother (defensive back Denzel Nkemdiche) is a member of the Rebels.

Other schools, such as Florida, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt and Southern California, have remained in contact with Nkemdiche with the hopes of entering his recruitment.

The long list of suitors is a reason Nkemdiche has decided to delay his decision.

“I’m probably going to try to take all my official visits and then pick the best school,” Nkemdiche told the AJC. “I probably won’t take any visits during the season because I want to stay focused on my main goal – and that’s helping our team win another state championship. I’ll probably wait until after the season and then go visit schools and stuff.”

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Nkemdiche Making Return Trip To Clemson

Clemson continues to make a strong impression on Robert Nkemdiche.

The defensive end from Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga., will return to Clemson on Monday for a visit along with teammate and close friend David Kamara.

Clemson has continued to be included in Nkemdiche’s list of top five schools, along with Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Ole Miss. Florida, South Carolina and Florida State have also been mentioned as schools of interest.

And add Vanderbilt to that list. Yes, Vanderbilt. Nkemdiche and Kamara plan to visit the school’s campus on March 24.

That news shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. Vanderbilt quarterback commit Johnathon McCrary told MrSEC on Feb. 18 that Nkemdiche would take a look at the Commodores.

“(Nkemdiche) said he’s actually interested in Vanderbilt,” McCrary said. “That says a lot about his character.”

Still, Vanderbilt should be considered a longshot at best to land Nkemdiche. But the Commodores could make a push for Kamara, who has picked up offers from Ole Miss and Mississippi State in the last week.

Kamara told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Clemson, Arkansas and Florida continue to evaluate him.

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