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Consensus No. 1 2013 recruit commits to Clemson

Robert Nkemdiche

As one of the nation’s top running backs in the Class of 2013 proved Wednesday, a verbal commitment literally means nothing until pen is put to LOI paper in February.

That said, Clemson just landed a huge verbal “nothing”.

As first reported by TigersIllustrated.comand later confirmed by multiple recruiting websites, five-star defensive end Robert Nkemdiche gave his nonbinding verbal commitment Thursday to Dabo Swinney‘s Tigers (So much for the Big 12 talk impacting their efforts on the recruiting trail, eh?).  Two of Nkemdiche’s high school teammates have already committed to the Tigers, but the move is nonetheless surprising in both its timing and the school selected.

Back in early May, and roughly 10 days before a scheduled announcement was set to take place, the Loganville (Ga.) senior-to-be bid an about-face by stating that he would be delaying his decision so he could focus on his final season of high school ball.

“I’m probably going to try to take all my official visits, and then pick the best school,” Nkemdiche said over a month ago. “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.”

At the time of that announcement, Clemson wasn’t even considered one of the front-runners.  That honor fell to Alabama and Ole Miss – his brother, redshirt freshman defensive back Denzel Nkemdiche, plays for the Rebels — with Clemson, Georgia and LSU perceived to be perhaps a step below those two SEC programs on the 6-5, 250-pounder’s collegiate to-do list.

Rivals.com… and 247Sports.com… and Scout.com all have Nkemdiche as the top-rated prospect in the Class of 2013.

The only problem for Swinney and his coaching staff in landing the consensus No. 1-rated player in the nation?  They have to hold on to Nkemdiche’s verbal for nearly eight months by fending off the likes of, among others, Nick Saban.

Good luck with that, Dabo.

(Photo credit: Loganville Grayson (Ga.) High School)

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23 Responses to “Consensus No. 1 2013 recruit commits to Clemson”
  1. kozbee says: Jun 14, 2012 6:41 PM

    Nkemdiche,i hope you don`t play the game like you choose the team that recruited you.Clemson of all teams,i need a drink.lol

  2. canetic says: Jun 14, 2012 7:16 PM

    Drew Brees wants an explanation

  3. fitz66 says: Jun 14, 2012 7:26 PM

    Five star defensive end…Clemson plays defense? **cough**70-33**cough**

  4. ndnut says: Jun 14, 2012 8:00 PM

    Hold on to the verbal by moving to the Big 12! ;)

  5. jonkybon says: Jun 14, 2012 8:04 PM

    Come on John, just because your misguided and your favorite coach just got screwed six ways to Saturday (He wont last four more years at South Crapolina) doesn’t mean you have to crap on a young mans commitment. I understand these insecure sh^tcock suckers, but not a journalist.

  6. John Taylor says: Jun 14, 2012 8:24 PM

    Come on John, just because your misguided and your favorite coach…

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think Mike Leach and Wazzu are involved at all in the kid’s recruitment.

  7. timh1955 says: Jun 14, 2012 8:29 PM

    WOW! What a HUGE HUGE mistake he is making!!! Clemson is a nothing football school compared to Bama! Hopefully someone will change his mind and show him how what a totally stupid mistake this is!

  8. tinman1889 says: Jun 14, 2012 10:08 PM

    This was a quality piece of unbiased, well-written journalism.

  9. jets12 says: Jun 14, 2012 10:14 PM

    Jonkybon are you really that insecure?

  10. smadison29 says: Jun 14, 2012 10:39 PM

    Clemson will soon come under the microscope of impermissible benefits thanks to the money photo by Mike Bellamy last year after he signed and post Orange Bowl interview Dwayne Allen gave saying “Being at Clemson I’ve got more money than I have my entire life.” Too many questionable signings over recent years: C.J. Spiller, Sammy Watkins, Mike Bellamy, now Nkemdiche. The shoe will drop soon enough.

  11. jonkybon says: Jun 15, 2012 7:08 AM

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think Mike Leach and Wazzu are involved at all in the kid’s recruitment.
    __________________________________

    Did you not tell us last month that Spurrier was one of your favorites? I’m sorry I left off the ‘one of’. Doesn’t change the fact that I have never seen you suggest any players commitment was less then 100% solid the day he committed before.

    That’s the type of journalism I expect when Florio talks about the Jets or Bills. You’re better than him and that type of yellow journalism.

  12. jonkybon says: Jun 15, 2012 7:23 AM

    Jets12: I don’t know you and obviously don’t care to. Have a nice life.

    tinman: Sure it was, only because you hope for the worst at Clemson. Your kind of hater is all to prevelant. Taylor has admitted recently that he has a bias towards ‘one of his favorite coaches, Spurrier’. I shouldn’t confuse you with facts.

    smadison: You mistake Dabo for Spurrier who has repeatedly told the media that he wants to pay his players (as if he isn’t already). If you claim that Allen said that, then you haven’t heard what Larrimore and Clowney have said. Or was it Clowney’s class double? You know, that student that takes all of Clowney’s tests for him since he can’t even spell his own name correctly three out of three times.

    Talk about in secure: How is it you swarm to post anything negative you can print about a young man committing to a school he “loves” with two of his closest friends. Yet never say anything negattive about one of the most corrupt and over rated programs in the history of the NCAA. It’s probation time again at South Crapolina Y’all.

  13. nicksabansanahole says: Jun 15, 2012 11:27 AM

    Where are are the Crapolina fans that have been bashing Dabo and Clemson. After thegamecocker told us that Dabo was an idiot for talking about the Big12, the Administration came out and supported what Dabo said. Then he lands a commit from the #1 overall recruit. Yeah, Dabo is an idiot. He has been recognized for 2 years in a row for graduating football players by the NCAA and is doing things the right way. Clemson fans should be proud of what he is doing because he is changing the culture down there. Good to see someone doing the right things and having it pay off.

  14. grudenthediva says: Jun 15, 2012 2:08 PM

    “Good to see someone doing the right things and paying off families and high school coaches to land kids whom would never consider a school like Clemson otherwise.”

    FTFY

  15. jets12 says: Jun 15, 2012 4:09 PM

    Jonkybon your response answers my question. You can continue to live in the basement and type away. Hide behind the screen moron.

  16. jonkybon says: Jun 15, 2012 11:34 PM

    grudenthediva says:Jun 15, 2012 2:08 PM

    “Good to see someone doing the right things and paying off families and high school coaches to land kids whom would never consider a school like Clemson otherwise.”

    FTFY
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    Its because Dabo and Clemson wont pay coaches that Clemson lost a 2013 OLB commit, who btw is now South Crapolina’s top target.

    Since you are totally clueless, Clemson was in Nkemdiche’s top three for two years. Some Shamecock biased reporter (Phil Kornblunt) claimed he dropped out of the top six a week ago and we see how that turned out. Clemson isn’t a diploma mill like that institution in Columbia. BTW has the real Clowney even attended a single class yet himself or just his student double.

  17. jonkybon says: Jun 15, 2012 11:36 PM

    Jets12:

    Once again I am not sure why you have chosen to target me, but let me assure you I still consider youu a retaard. In a battle of wits, you can bring your entire family and I will still out class you. Now go back to being your daddy’s love toy. Now wipe the cum off your mouth and try again.

  18. jonkybon says: Jun 15, 2012 11:58 PM

    Jets12:

    I just learned why you have a hard on for me. Its the old squah, American hating, lying sack of sh^t Kevin. Has the Silver Couds Singers gotten back together or does your brother and sister still wish your 400 pound butt was dead? I thought you were doing time for she-male prostitution. When did you get out?

  19. jets12 says: Jun 16, 2012 9:08 AM

    Jonkybon you seem to be a tense individual. Wound tight are you? You could use a vacation. I hear West Virginia is nice this time of year. I know your familiar with West Virginia aren’t you?

  20. bstras2809 says: Jun 16, 2012 12:10 PM

    Why all the Clemson hate. Dabo and the Tigers have landed six 5 star recruits the last 3 cycles. This should be no shock.

    Now I’m not saying that I’m not worried about Rob recommitting and going to Alabama but it’s no surprise that he chose Clemson. Take a trip, you’ll see why.

  21. burntorangehorn says: Jun 18, 2012 10:33 AM

    timh1955 says:
    Jun 14, 2012 8:29 PM
    WOW! What a HUGE HUGE mistake he is making!!! Clemson is a nothing football school compared to Bama! Hopefully someone will change his mind and show him how what a totally stupid mistake this is!
    ==================================
    Nkemdiche almost certainly wouldn’t want to play in Alabama’s defense. I’m not saying that because of anything against their defense, because under Saban it’s been among the best in the country almost every season, but they play a three-man front that doesn’t showcase rush ends like Nkemdiche probably aims to become. I’d be shocked if he were to choose a place where he’d project to play a 5-tech or other 3-4 end role. There’s always the chance he could play a rush linebacker role for Alabama, but even if Saban were to promise that to Nkemdiche, I don’t think the kid will bite. He is 17 or 18, and already about the size of DeMarcus Ware right now, and probably senses that it’d only be a matter of time before Smart would make him put his hand on the ground and tie up linemen as a 5T.

    Anyway, I don’t think anyone disputes that Alabama is a top defensive program that is a great place for a lot of talents to develop, but for a kid who probably wants one hand in the dirt, his ears pinned back, and instructions to picture a bullseye on the QB’s jersey, it’s not the ideal place. Is Clemson? Debatable, but at least it’s a 4-3, and they just brought in a very successful Brent Venables as DC.

  22. burntorangehorn says: Jun 18, 2012 10:55 AM

    BTW, jonkybon, you’re just an awful person. What’s with all the homophobic remarks?

  23. jengibre23 says: Jun 19, 2012 4:22 AM

    I’m just glad he’s not following everybody else and didn’t go to the SEC. Way to go! Idc where you go as long as you aren’t playing in the damn SEC

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