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Clemson Struggling To Keep Top Recruit

TIGERS LOOKING INCREASINGLY LIKELY TO LOSE STAR PROSPECT ROBERT NKEMDICHE Earlier this year Robert Nkemdiche – the No. 1 high school recruit in America – verbally committed to play college football at Clemson.  Wait … Clemson?  A member of the “Anybody Can Compete” conference? Yeah … we couldn’t believe it…

TIGERS LOOKING INCREASINGLY LIKELY TO LOSE STAR PROSPECT ROBERT NKEMDICHE

Earlier this year Robert Nkemdiche – the No. 1 high school recruit in America – verbally committed to play college football at Clemson.  Wait … Clemson?  A member of the “Anybody Can Compete” conference?

Yeah … we couldn’t believe it either.

Of course a few months later word surfaced that Nkemdiche’s family members, particularly his mother, weren’t happy with his decision.

So … what’s the latest on this 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive lineman from Loganville, Georgia – who is rumored to be the best high school player to come out of Georgia since Hershel Walker?  According to a story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, things aren’t looking so good for Clemson.

Nkemdiche’s mother is raising fresh questions about her son’s commitment to play for the Tigers – while reaffirming that she wants Robert to play at Ole Miss with his brother, Denzell Nkemdiche.

“I don’t know if he’s so attached to them,” Beverly Nkemdiche says of her son’s verbal commitment to Clemson.  “I’m not sure. Again, I can’t say. He has not expressed to me that he truly, truly wants to be there. When we talk about it, I will say how important it is for him to play with his brother. I’m not going to hide how I feel about wanting both boys to play together. If that makes me a bad person, so be it. I want my boys to play together, period. He has not expressed too much that he wants to go to Clemson, or that I’m stopping him from doing it. That has not been the case.”

Ruh-roh …

Beverly Nkemdiche also indicated that she stays “in touch” with Alabama coach Nick Saban on Facebook – yet another troubling sign for Tiger fans.

Nkemdiche was recruited to Clemson by the school’s first-year defensive coordinator Brent Venables – who was brought in to shore up the Tigers’ defense after it gave up a humiliating seventy points against West Virginia in the 2012 Orange Bowl.  Clemson (7-1, 4-1 ACC) is currently giving up just under 25 points per game – No. 50 nationally in scoring defense.

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65 comments

Smirks November 2, 2012 at 8:29 am

I really hope they don’t talk him into playing for a team he doesn’t want to play for. Let the kid play for Clemson if that’s what he really wants! Damn, and I’m a Carolina fan.

This guy’s going to be a grown man, let him choose his own destiny. Cut the cord.

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Original Good Old Boy November 2, 2012 at 11:22 am

Screw that. I hope momma gets her wish whether he likes it or not.

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CL November 2, 2012 at 8:48 am

I agree, with the caveat that his mom raises a good point about whether her son was pressured to commit when he was there without his dad. I would be uneasy about that as well if it were my child. She did not mention it, but I also would not like the idea that my son might feel pressure to stick with a school to deliver those scholarships for half his high school team. But assuming that is where he wants to play, then it is his life.

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Petey November 2, 2012 at 8:53 am

So mom’s sole reason for him going to Ole Miss is his brother is there. Maybe mom needs to stay out football and do what she does best, work the welfare system. If he wants to play at Clemson, let him go to Clemson. If he wants to play for Middle Eastern Tennessee State Community College let him do so.

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GreenvilleLwyr November 2, 2012 at 10:09 am

“Maybe mom needs to stay out football and do what she does best, work the welfare system”

Racist much?

If this were a white mother expressing concern over what college her son might attend, I doubt you would have this attitude.

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toyota kawaski November 2, 2012 at 10:50 am

she is a member of the Nigerian Legislator and commutes from ATL at about 2500 a clip i dont think the welfare system supports this family

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Damn WHITE people! November 2, 2012 at 11:16 am

His father is a doctor — a family physician. His mother owns a business and is in the Nigerian legislature. These folks are highly educated. The sons are good students,too. Their work ethic is probably light years beyond your lazy, entitled ass.

You racist football fans kill me. You want these black kids to play for your team. But you can barely hide your disgust for them and their families. Get over your racist self.

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Crooner November 2, 2012 at 11:36 am

Ann Coulter says racism is dead.

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ppeter pecker November 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm

No, but another USC player just did your mom, anal too!

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Petey November 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm

ppeter pecker – Considering she’s been dead for over a decade, that just proves that a nigger will stick his dick in anything.

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Steve Lowry November 2, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Work the welfare system?? You obviously are only assuming she is on welfare because she is black. Good job looking like a completely uninformed racist idiot.

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same ol' same ol' November 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Depends on whether she worked the welfare system, no?

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Frank Howard November 2, 2012 at 9:06 am

I didn’t make much money coaching at Clemson, but I didn’t work as hard as these young fellows do either. I only had to lay sod in Memorial Stadium or clean up the locker-room.

When a farm boy from Orangeburg or Clarendon county, a steelworker’s son from Pittsburgh, a longshoremen’s son from New Jersey, or a boy from the “mill hill” in Spartanburg or Greenville got a scholarship offer, he was only too glad to get it. It was his ticket out and to an education.

These young coaches nowadays have to beg, cajole, babysit, and kiss the rear of 18 year olds who take special pleasure in jerking them around.

Robert seems to have a level head. His Mama, on the other hand, seems to be a damn fool.

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toyota kawaski November 2, 2012 at 10:52 am

shut up and go have coffee with pitchfork ben.

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Darth November 2, 2012 at 9:22 am

West Virginia scores again!

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CNSYD November 2, 2012 at 9:26 am

Darth,

So did Florida!

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UF scored again? November 2, 2012 at 10:08 am

you do realize florida scored less points vs us than FSU did against you right?

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haha November 2, 2012 at 10:12 am

yeah, if your trying to burn USC with the Florida game, you might want to say “USC turned the ball over agai”n. thats the way florida scored, but to try the florida score again joke when its still less points than you gave up VS fSU isnt that helpfull to you.

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CNSYD November 2, 2012 at 11:29 am

haha,

What would happen if a frog had wings? TDs off turnover count the same as any other TDs.

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CNSYD November 2, 2012 at 11:31 am

UF scored again?,

But USCe fans have been claiming that they have the best defense to ever play college football. That is why it matters.

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Petey November 2, 2012 at 11:38 am

Did another USC player just commit suicide?

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oh peter November 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm

no, but another usc player just did your mom

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haha November 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm

CNSYD, I dont object to the attempt at the joke, and I agree that the WV scoring joke has run its time, but SC’s D only gave up 180yards and like 1 score drive not off a TO so if it werent for the TO it would not have been that high and you know that too. now excuses are like buttholes and everyone has one, so I cant make an excuse, but to compare the florida game to the WV game is a strecth, and before that Florida game Dabo did proclaim that the whole world will be “talking about the clemson D”. clemsons D gave up 9 td’s that game (1 turnover got the 10th one so I dont count it) As for USC VS UF our offense sucked ass that game, and you cant expect a D to save you 4 times inside your own 15 yard line. Shoulda woulda coulda, your right, but thats a stetch to compare is all I am saying

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haha November 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm

and if a frog had wings, then there would be a good frog wings joint instead of frchicken wings. thats probably not as funny as I thought it was before I typed it but it oh well

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haha November 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm

crap 2 posts ago i meant “before the WV game” not florida

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HELLO! November 2, 2012 at 9:27 am

She doesn’t want her son to play for a vaunted ACC title? THAT makes her a bad person. Bwahahahahahahaha!

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Frank Howard November 2, 2012 at 9:43 am

Naw, she thinks her son is gonna be another William Faulkner at Ole Miss.

As to Alabama, George Wallace might have been her Uncle. Otherwise, I can’t figure the attraction.

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Groundball November 2, 2012 at 10:06 am

Maybe it’s the level of competition in the ACC. Maybe she wants her son to play against the best and have a safety net being around his brother his freshman year in college. Maybe this has nothing to do with football at all.

But maybe it does ….. This was to be a big year for the ACC in terms of respect for their football teams. The first week was huge with teams playing out of conference. The only big win was a nail biter for Clemson against an Auburn team that has managed only 1 win since.

Clemson is a great school and has a good football team, but I have to agree with the interview WCCP had with Tommy Bowden before the year that the ACC is the 5th best conference in the NCAA. His ranking: SEC, Big 12, Big 10, Pac 10, ACC …

Maybe if Clemson leaves the ACC and goes to the Big 12, they can manage to hang onto this kid. Just kidding …

This has nothing to do with Carolina because what they do or don’t do in football has nothing to do with Clemson. Dabo can pad his record in the ACC though and help him get a job in a “big boy” conference one day.

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cola guy November 2, 2012 at 10:41 am

I love that his mom is so concerned about watching her boys play together and she has LIVED in Nigeria since 2009 and rarely makes the trip back to the States. Robert has been living with coaches and others in the community while his Mom has been a Politician in Nigeria. She sure seems to have her priorities in order.

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toyota kawaski November 2, 2012 at 10:53 am

she lives in ATL and goes over for sessions

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Petey November 2, 2012 at 11:40 am

So mama is in the Nigerian legislature, but lives in the US. I bet her constituents love that.

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cola guy November 2, 2012 at 12:51 pm

No she lives in Nigeria and is only in Atlanta for a few weeks at a time. She will be in the states for two more weeks and then back to Nigeria.

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JoeSchmoe November 2, 2012 at 10:43 am

If your Mama spends 10 months a year halfway around the world being a politician, are you going to listen to her??

The kid is not waivering at all. Look at who is doing all the talking the mom and the brother and the idiots at the AJC who want to write about it every week.

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Damn WHITE people! November 2, 2012 at 11:34 am

Hell yeah he’s going to listen to his mama. It’s …. HIS MAMA! And he’s going to listen to his big brother, too, who is a lock for all SEC freshman team. He’s among the league leaders in tackles and is blossoming into a terrific player.

And he is not going to hold his mother’s public service in Nigeria against her. He comes from an accomplished family that rightly holds such commitment in high regard. I’m sure he is proud of his mother’s sacrifice.

Not listen to his mama? GTFOH

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BradWarthenSucks November 2, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Probably an illegal alien looking for another free ride.

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Mike Traynor November 2, 2012 at 11:49 am

Let;s be honest.

I don’t want him to go to Clemson because he is a good football player and I am a Carolina fan.

That’s all.

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Bill November 2, 2012 at 11:52 am

She and the other colleges, especially Alabama, better be careful. It appears they may have already violated NCAA Rules against this type of recruitment. He may not be playing anywhere next year, as Clemson will certainly protest where ever else he goes. A logical move to Ol Miss might be his only other choice. Anywhere else will bring out the NCAA investigators in Mass.

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haha November 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Clemson cant “protest” if he goes somewhere else. a verbal doesnt mean he has to go there. he has until signing day to decide and then on signing day he sends in a letter of intent. thats when it is official. the protest might be some fans upset, talking about it, but Clemson has nothing they can do about it if he signs to play somewhere else.

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Skidmarks November 2, 2012 at 11:59 am

Go with God. Go with Saban.

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Seriously? November 2, 2012 at 12:20 pm

At the end of his latest recruiting video through Georgia Rivals, he said himself hat Clemson is still way out in front. He said 80/20 as a matter of fact. Not every kid thinks about conference when they choose a school. That’s a retard myth put forth by places like ESecPn to make the SEC the greatest thing since Fitsnews conception. The facts are simple…His two best friends are heading to Clemson…His teammate that he lived with for a year is transferring into Clemson…his coach was Dabos roommate at Bama…the kid wants to go to Clemson. All the SEC loving retards just can’t believe he’d want to go to the ACC. The fact is that he’s not picking the ACC…he’s picking Clemson. Clemson fans don’t running around waving a conference flag like the pitiful coots. That’s all the Shamecocks have had to hang their hat on all these years. They definitely haven’t had a football team. I mean Spurrier has elevated you guys to being a middle of the road sec team…and that’s fine coaching…but keep on waving that flag like it means something. Bet Bama fans don’t chant SEC after victories.

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haha November 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm

but lately he keeps beating clemsux so if the gamecocks dont have a football tema, what does it say about your “best” that even beat em?

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Seriously? November 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm

This is the golden age for USuC football. Enjoy it. 2nd three game win streak in the “rivalry” history. It ends this year. You defense looked great against Rocky Top.

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haha November 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm

keep playing in them little leagues and talk about the days of old. 4 peat this year as Spurrier makes Dabo his bitch yet again. The most exciting part of the game for tater fans is going to be that gay slip N slide entrance they do with the “WHHHEEEEEEEEE” yell at the bottom as they kick thier legs to the side. Your team sucks and your coach is even worse and until you win again you cant say jack. At least another few years before you will (if at all with dabo at the helm). We will go yet agian with no more than 2 losses in the best conference.

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Original Good Old Boy November 5, 2012 at 11:13 am

Lot of words you are using there to convince somebody (yourself?) that he’s still coming to Clemson.

80/20 odds, LOL. He’s just trying to find the right way to break the bad news to Clemson’s coaches. He might use his mom as an excuse, as it “Sorry Dabo, I really wanted to come there but momma wouldn’t let me.”

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Really? November 5, 2012 at 11:58 am

You are right we don’t.

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A face in the crowd November 2, 2012 at 12:20 pm

If he has major talent, he should avoid the ACC.

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Petey November 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Why doesn’t he want to come play for God’s gift to football… Spurrier? It appears that USC isn’t even on the list.

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haha November 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm

cant get em all, and being on the list doesnt mean jack if you cant get him. oh but we were on the list so that must mean something. no it doesnt.

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toyota kawaski November 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm

petey i want my cheesebuger plate 1/2 and 1/2 you DAM grease drinking Greek NO SLAW

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BradWarthenSucks November 2, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Toyota, I bet you’re used to ordering a 1/2 and 1/2.

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toyota kawaski November 5, 2012 at 9:39 am

just add cock at the end brad

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Jeffy01 November 2, 2012 at 3:03 pm

You must have a math degree from clempsin if you think FL scored as much, as often and as easily as West by god Virginia

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billybilly November 3, 2012 at 6:45 pm

I dont want to jinx it, but its been 3 stories since a post from Big T. (at the time of this post his last post was oct 28th on the story of lattimores knee.) I’m a gamecock fan and am totally ok with the “quiet” too. I wonder though, is this a record?

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Jim Sweet November 5, 2012 at 9:20 am

This boy can come be a tiger and play for a real team or be a looser and go to the sec and get handed a’s and pumped up with roys and all that mess.

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haha November 5, 2012 at 10:35 am

yabba dabba doodoo dabo gonna luz 2 dem coots

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Hold Up Naw November 5, 2012 at 9:23 am

Clemson isnt struggling, the AJC just keeps digging on a dead story and wont leave a kid alone who has made up his mind on where he intends to play college football. Not to mention that the AJC keeps failing to mention what little impact Nkemdiche’s mother has had in his life to date. Its apparent Robert made up his mind months ago, this is just one paper not happy with the decision still casting doubt.

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HELLO! November 5, 2012 at 10:14 am

Surely Clemson’s racial history, which according to the school’s newspaper “continues to bubble underneath the Solid Orange”, played a roll in the viewpoint of Nkemdiche’s mother’s thoughts on Clemson. Why should her son by part of the 7% of blacks who compose Clemson’s student body (whereas 30% of SC citizens and 12.6% of Americans are black) when most of those blacks are only permitted on campus to play sports in the pitied ACC? Sure, Ole Miss has a terrible racial history, but its ability to transcend that history in the modern era has received broad acclaim, even if in the process it has failed to attain status at the top rated university in the nation!

http://www.thetigernews.com/news.php?aid=7176&sid=2

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Really? November 5, 2012 at 11:55 am

I am a Bama fan and would love to see him go there, but would also like to see him go to Clemson. But, as a mother, I can understand why she would like for both boys to play together. I think he will end up doing what mama wants. After all, we all know if mama aint happy aint nobody happy. These boys usually end up listening to their mamas anyway. Besides Bama is so deep we will be just fine.

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Scooter November 7, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Coots, Clemson has won as many conference football championships, in the last twelve months, as you have won in your existence. And don’t hand me the ACC crap, you only won one the whole time you were in the ACC. And Duke still holds a winning record over you. You suck.

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blah....;.. November 8, 2012 at 11:38 am

good try. the ACC aint shit anymore you know it the whole world knows it. The gmaecocks would have won the last 3 acc titles in a row and you know it you cant beat us anymore you suck and so does your team. get over it loser.

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Scooter November 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm

The old man has been at USUCK for 8 or 9 years and still no championship. I hear that old refrain of
‘next year.” Nothing has changed.

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blah....;.. November 8, 2012 at 12:58 pm

thats what clemson fans are saying right now. ” next year no? next year, really? ok then next year, again? ok next year. ” well you will say it again in a few weeks and prove the best you got aint jack. have fun in pop warner league and lose to us again. the “old man” is whipping that young punks ass year in and year out and will get us there, Again we would have won that crap league of yours 4 in a row this year, and you really know it to be true. and guess what max prep has your golden boys’ coach confirming he in fact did decommitted from Clemsux today. next years savior is going to ole’ miss not you. oh no, what are you going to do? thats right play a weak schedule all year then lose the only games that are hard and still try to claim the ACC means something.

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Scooter November 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm

BLAH, you have a severe comprehension problem. However, we will give you a pass seeing that you graduated from USUCK. I am assuming.

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blah....;.. November 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Scooter, I dont need a pass from you little boy. Go back to ClemSUX and cry about losing your new golden boy and the 4th in a row to the Gamecocks.

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