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.”
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.