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Offer to No. 1 recruit’s teammate would ‘seal the deal’ for Clemson

Robert Nkemdiche

While Clemson did a yeoman’s job of landing a verbal commitment from the consensus No. 1 overall recruit in the Class of 2013 last month, keeping Robert Nkemdiche in the fold over the next could prove to be the most difficult obstacle Dabo Swinney and his coaching staff have to navigate.

The defensive end, though, is making life very simple for the Tigers.  Offer a scholarship to yet another teammate — two have already received offers from the Tigers — and he’s all in at Clemson.

“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 Atlanta Journal-Constitution, referring to Loganville (Ga.) Grayson High School defensive back Ryan Carter.

“Yes, sir, if Clemson offers Ryan, it would seal the deal. There’s no ifs, ands or buts about it. David and Ryan, those guys are like family. They are like brothers to me. I’m close to them. We’ve had success playing football together and I don’t want to change it.”

The “David” Nkemdiche refers to is defensive back David Kamara, who committed to Clemson in the middle of last month and is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com.

Carter, on the other hand, is not rated by that recruiting website — he’s a two-star player according to 247Sports.com — and, aside from an offer from Ole Miss, has only lower-level offers from schools such as Arkansas State and Tulane.  Clemson, though, told Nkemdiche “they like Ryan a lot and that he’s at the top of their board.”

Package deals are far from a rarity in recruiting, but Nkemdiche’s very public stance has somewhat backed Clemson into a corner.  If Swinney offers someone of the on-paper talent level as Carter, he risks the perception of kowtowing to the whims of a 17-year-old.  If he doesn’t offer Carter, he risks losing a player who’s the No. 1 recruit according to every major recruiting service.

Nkemdiche wouldn’t outright declare that Clemson would be out if Carter isn’t offered, but did say that Ole Miss — his brother plays there as well — would garner a hard look based on the Rebels offer to his teammate.

“If Clemson doesn’t offer Ryan, it would make me look at Ole Miss a little more, it would,” Nkemdiche said. “It’s very important that I have my boys with me.”

Yeah, good luck to whichever team ultimately nets Nkemdiche’s Herbie Hancock on a Letter of Intent next February.

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18 Responses to “Offer to No. 1 recruit’s teammate would ‘seal the deal’ for Clemson”
  1. bertenheim says: Jul 6, 2012 10:38 AM

    “My boys”? Look real deep into the character of these guys.

  2. bertenheim says: Jul 6, 2012 11:36 AM

    These $3M+ coaching contracts need to contain “morals” clauses tied to the type of people they recruit to campus.

  3. burntorangehorn says: Jul 6, 2012 12:14 PM

    It’s a riot watching millionaire coaches and big athletics programs being led around by a child who dangles his signature. At least Swinney hasn’t gone all Chizik with a limo covered with magnetic decals, or Pinkel with a little helicopter. So, there’s that.

  4. tonyricemajorharris says: Jul 6, 2012 12:15 PM

    This guy is a tool. I don’t care how good he is on the field. His character stinks. He should be thankful he’s getting a full ride and move on. To bad a lot of people sensationalize recruiting the way they do. Most recruits are too green to understand they end up in obscurity

  5. bigdinla says: Jul 6, 2012 12:41 PM

    So is the number 1 prospect really worth 6 scholarships? This is getting down right insane!

  6. icebergslim369 says: Jul 6, 2012 1:38 PM

    Clown. A coach with any balls wouldnt be putting up with this. When are coaches going to learn its not worth the trouble dealing with players who are divas. This guy takes the cake If i were them why would i want to ride your coattails and get something i didnt earn? This is why some athletes think they can do whatever they want. Coaches, teachers, etc have all been enablers….z

  7. mgavin78 says: Jul 6, 2012 2:11 PM

    I would tell him to hit the road. I don’t care how good this kid is projected to be. Stuff like this kills a coach and program.

  8. WingT says: Jul 6, 2012 2:48 PM

    This Robert Nkemdiche sounds like a real clown. Surely he is joking.

    I will lose all respect for Dabo if he rolls over and gives in to this punk. Dabo should immediately tell RN to start looking for a place to live in Oxford.

  9. thraiderskin says: Jul 6, 2012 3:28 PM

    This seems really bad… I’m not quite sure what bothers me most about it, but I can definetly say I can’t stand the attitude that this kid knows what is best for Clemson’s defense.

  10. ghengy says: Jul 6, 2012 4:12 PM

    Hey Dabo, tell that prick to go pound sand and rescind his offer!

    Package deals have been around forever, extortion hasnt. Send him packing Clemson, then maybe fans in neighboring states will finally have some respect for you.

  11. thinkingboutit says: Jul 6, 2012 8:01 PM

    Well Robert….it’s complicated you see…we have an understanding of privilege, pride, dignity you know. Honor, tradition…you know…it’s complicated. All this stuff is earned you see…not developed in high school stats or measured by Rivals.com. It’s much deeper than that…it’s complicated. Hope you develop and grow up as a man…you know. Learn to shut your mouth and stuff. Enjoy your ride in Oxford my friend.

    Sincerely,
    Dabo

  12. canetic says: Jul 6, 2012 8:49 PM

    So when he inevitably gets kicked off the team in 2-3 years do they throw out all of his “boys” too?

  13. megaman59 says: Jul 7, 2012 12:16 AM

    Give the kid a break. How wise were you at 17 or 18? He answered a question honestly and gets ripped. When I was being recruited, I had the same mindset. I wanted to play with my boys or my good friends that were also my teammates. Who wouldn’t?

  14. manchestermiracle says: Jul 7, 2012 4:18 PM

    What an enormously out-sized sense of entitlement! Apparently this kid’s advisers are as immature and out-of-touch as he is….

  15. manchestermiracle says: Jul 7, 2012 4:24 PM

    So let’s say he gets his way and has an outstanding year or two at Clemson with his “boys.” When the NFL comes calling does he really think any professional team will entertain his continued desire to “hang with his boys?” At what point does he stand on his own? This punk sounds more like a 1930s gangster with his undying loyalty to his “boys” than a 21st century teenager playing a little boys’ game. Next thing you know he’ll be telling the D coordinator which schemes to use and telling the HC which players to put on the field.

  16. quitcrying says: Jul 7, 2012 11:32 PM

    clemson would be smart to to send a message to Nkemdiche & ignore his demand. the 5 stars almost always have baggage.

  17. floridacock says: Jul 8, 2012 10:16 AM

    Come on Dabo, make the offer! Won’t lessen most South Carolinians opinion of you. It’s already pretty low.

  18. jengibre23 says: Jul 8, 2012 4:11 PM

    De you have a roster with 85 people on scholarships i don’t think you wanna miss this beast. Just get his friends there and have your self a natl title contender

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