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Nation’s top recruit: ‘I didn’t give… an ultimatum’ to Clemson

Robert Nkemdiche

Suffice to say that, in an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week, Robert Nkemdiche, the consensus No. 1 overall recruit in the Class of 2013, caused a bit of a stir when he told the paper a Clemson offer to his high school teammate would “seal the deal” on his verbal commitment to the Tigers.

The intimation, of course, was that Nkemdiche could look elsewhere if Clemson did not offer a scholarship to unrated defensive back Ryan Carter — an intimation that, in essence, turned into an ultimatum with the following quote.

“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.”

Perhaps as result of the (justifiable) backlash, Nkemdiche spoke to the New York Times and attempted to “clarify” his comments.  And by “clarify” I mean “backtrack like a man possessed.”

“Of course I would want to play with him,” Nkemdiche told the Times in regards to Carter. “But if it doesn’t work out, I’ll still go to Clemson. …

“I didn’t give (Clemson head) coach (Dabo) Swinney an ultimatum about anything.  I hope he doesn’t feel obligated to offer anybody a scholarship because of my commitment. …

“I don’t want anybody to think I’m giving ultimatums, because that’s not who I am.”

Attempt at putting the toothpaste back into the tube after very publicly squirting it all over the bathroom sink, mirror and walls?  Massive fail.

And, again, good luck to the team that ultimately lands a Letter of Intent signature from Nkemdiche next February.

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33 Responses to “Nation’s top recruit: ‘I didn’t give… an ultimatum’ to Clemson”
  1. plarkin88 says: Jul 9, 2012 8:52 AM

    My question immediately becomes this…If he’s publicly asking for a scholly for his bud, what is he asking for in private conversations?

  2. thegamecocker says: Jul 9, 2012 9:07 AM

    And now we know how Dabo Sweeney operates. He is so jealous of THE University of South Carolina that he will do anything to put the focus and attention back on Clemson! I would hope the NCAA look into the matter because it certainly looks nefarious. A better strategy would be for Clemson to just beat THE University of South Carolina on the playing field. But that hasn’t happened in three years……

  3. acieu says: Jul 9, 2012 9:08 AM

    DABO the Clown at work

  4. stairwayto7 says: Jul 9, 2012 9:15 AM

    He probably wants paid more from Clemson also! Oh wait they don’t do that….

  5. santeechief says: Jul 9, 2012 9:16 AM

    To “thegamecocker” and “acieu”:

    What about this is “how Dabo Sweeney operates” or shows “DABO the Clown at work”?

    This doesn’t have anything to do with him, or how he operates. Neither his words or his actions are even MENTIONED here.

    This is about a highly-rated pospect trying to force a school to offer his un-rated buddy a scholarship, and about the prospect’s attempt to then make it sound like something less than what it was: an ultimatum.

    What’s that got to do with Dabo’s behavior?

  6. thegamecocker says: Jul 9, 2012 9:29 AM


    He is the HEAD FOOTBALL COACH! HE IS THE CEO OF CLEMSON FOOTBALL! He knows what Robert Nkemdiche wants and will do anything and everything possible to accommodate his wishes for him to play at Clemson. Don’t be naieve…of course he is aware of this and it would be capitulating to blackmail.

  7. thegamecocker says: Jul 9, 2012 9:31 AM

    Robert Nkemdiche wants his “boys with him” when he goes to Clemson? I sense this guy has been coddled and on his way to thuggery. What’s next, a new house for Mom around Clemson?

  8. nicksabansanahole says: Jul 9, 2012 9:41 AM

    Good to see the gamecocker back to work. Service was slow at the pumps last week. Clemson was the only team last year to be ranked in the Top 25 in football and in the Top 10 in the classroom. Keep running your mouth about Dabo. It just adds fuel to his fire. Dabo will take care of this situation. You stupid Gamecock fans have little respect for integrity because none of you know what it is. Gamecocker you should just shut your mouth because after Spurrier becomes the all time win leader at USuC then he will retire and you will never sniff 10 wins again. You will always be second to Clemson and I know it just tears you up inside because it comes out in your messages.

  9. nicksabansanahole says: Jul 9, 2012 9:42 AM

    Oh and thuggery. LOL. His father is a doctor and his mother is a senator in their home country of Nigeria. Don’t think he needs to be a thug or get paid. What is your next excuse?

  10. plarkin88 says: Jul 9, 2012 10:12 AM

    Gamecocker, you do realize Jadaveon was about a 4-1 deal from the Rock Hill area don’t you? You’ve got a couple of Gerald’s to thank for that.

  11. thegamecocker says: Jul 9, 2012 10:13 AM


    LOL. No time for your written diarrhea.

  12. thegamecocker says: Jul 9, 2012 10:13 AM

    Oh, and thanks for your kind words

  13. santeechief says: Jul 9, 2012 10:23 AM

    So, the “CEO of Clemson Football” is supposed to know what’s going on in the head of a 17/18 y/o college student who isn’t even on the team yet, and may never be? C’mon, let your prejudice show. No need to bottle it up inside…

  14. jonkybon says: Jul 9, 2012 10:23 AM

    @the Bipolar Gamecocker…

    No time for Nick’s written diarrhea, but plenty of time for yours?

    We all know Clemson players get advantages and the school has been placed on probation for the second time in seven years. We know Clemson has a registered sex offender on their staff and frequently has other students take classes for their star players. We know Clemson has athletes staying at premier hotels for pennies on the dollar and Clemson athletes recieved almost $70,000 in illegal benefits.

    Oh wait, that isn’t Clemson, that’s your Shamecocks!

    As a self proclaimed South Carolina grad, I understand that English was a foreign language to you. But if you could understand it, then you would have been able to read Nkemdiche’s tweets stating he never made the statements the AJC writer claimed. He was asked if Clemson made Carter an offer would that cement your commitment. RN simply said yeah. He also answered other questions stating how great it would be for his friend to get an offer. Screw it, you know the truth, but live to stir the sh^t cause your team sucks and always has.

  15. rolltide510 says: Jul 9, 2012 10:30 AM

    I think too much gets made about RN’s “drama” and “package deals”. Maybe the dude just wanted to play at Clemson.

  16. WingT says: Jul 9, 2012 10:35 AM

    I read an article about this mess by Andy Staples of SI that really started me thinking. Staples main point is that Robert Nkemdiche “… is using the only leverage he has to negotiate the best deal for himself and his friends.” Thanks Andi Staples for pointing that out – that was simply brilliant my man. Now please just go away and quit trying to act like you understand college football.

    Staples article got me to thinking about all of this and I simply want someone to help me better understand how Robert Nkemdiche’s demand is any different than Cam Newton’s father making a 180K demand for Cam signing a LOI. Here’s the math:

    180K – Cam signs up
    163K – value of scholarship at Clemson
    17K – difference between Cam Demand and Nkemdiche demand

    Here’s the Staple Article if you’re interested

  17. jonkybon says: Jul 9, 2012 10:36 AM

    stairwayto7 says:
    Jul 9, 2012 9:15 AM
    He probably wants paid more from Clemson also! Oh wait they don’t do that….

    You are grossly mistaken. Just because the Univ of South Carolina has to pay its athletes doesn’t mean anybody else has to. At Clemson athletes are required to actually attend their own classes and don’t have student doubles as Spurrier provides at South Crapolina.

  18. jonkybon says: Jul 9, 2012 10:56 AM


    Newton’s father demanded 180K on top of the full scholarship, which you didn’t account for in your math (or was it Andy Staples?).

  19. bosfaninva says: Jul 9, 2012 10:59 AM

    Clemson? Ole Miss? I thought this blog was limited to accredited schools.


  20. florida727 says: Jul 9, 2012 11:11 AM

    Tail wagging the dog? Nice try, kid. If you want to really understand the business of college football, better start surrounding yourself with more knowledgeable leeches. The ones you have aren’t doing you any favors.

  21. WingT says: Jul 9, 2012 11:14 AM

    Staples article never mentions anything about the value of what is being asked. I believe that he did point out that a Clemson scholly was worth 163K.

    I am simply asking how Cam’s demand is any different that Nkemdiches’ or better put, Nkemdiches’ is different than Cam’s. In both cases the athlete’s are asking for something of value in exchange for their commitment to playing football at the school.

  22. kozbee says: Jul 9, 2012 11:26 AM

    ( Nkemdiche said. “It’s very important that I have my boys with me.” )

    Something wrong here i would think.Having his boys imo spells trouble,Drugs,Booze,partys.Clemson imo better look at this bargain a bit closer,is he really worth what he is asking for.IMO this kid is not that bright and in other posts i would agree with most.Nkem you need to understand its your future your dealing with and having your boys so close when you become a family man will your boys become part of the family also.Time to growup and be a man and get away from the past life hanging with those that just might be looking at a free ride.Either you can`t see this or your just to stupid to relize what your future may bring.If i were clem i would tell you its one scholarship for you only unless we see your friends are worth recruiting.And by the way im sure the SEC will look at you like are you dumb to bargain with us like that.Your bargaining isn`t imo wanted in the SEC.Finishing high school and all i would of thought you were a smart kid,wrong .Sound more like a gangbanger.Dabo is one imo that would jump at anything to better uncle Clem but not smart enough to see light thru the tunnel.

  23. nicksabansanahole says: Jul 9, 2012 11:57 AM

    @Gamecocker. If my words are diarrhea, then you better wipe your face because that’s where it ends up every time. You never have an intelligent thought or response. Typical Gamecock fan. LMAO.

  24. trick321 says: Jul 9, 2012 11:58 AM

    You guys are knuckleheads. The kid wants his friend to come to Clemson. Who knows, maybe, just maybe his friend is worthy of a scholarship at Clemson, and maybe Clemson is considering offering independent of Nkemdiche’s decision. If I were Nkemdiche, I wouldn’t backpedal for a second, and it doesn’t look like he is. He is clarifying his statement for you boneheads looking for a reason to trash him. Even if his only two offers were from Clemson and Ole Miss, he’d probably want to go with his “boys” (*gasp* that’s slang!! what a thug!!!).

  25. zerox779 says: Jul 9, 2012 1:26 PM

    Breaking news: WVU just scored on Clemson again.

  26. thegamecocker says: Jul 9, 2012 2:19 PM


    Agree with your post 100% and I stated the same thought in an earlier post. If he needs his “boys”, that smacks of trouble.

  27. thegamecocker says: Jul 9, 2012 2:31 PM


    LOL!!! Well done! 70 points given up by the fantastic Dabo Sweeney Defense….a record for a BCS game! And Clemson has lost 3 times in a row to THE University of South Carolina. And they’ve lost to Carolina in Basketball (Men’s and Women’s Team). And they’ve lost to us in Baseball! Oh it is killing many of the Clemson supporters and hence some of the vitriol aimed at The Gamecocker! It’s to the point where you feel sorry for Clemson, both academically and athletically.

  28. bertenheim says: Jul 9, 2012 3:47 PM

    Come out of your mom’s basement (or root cellar) and count how many championships South Carolina has.

  29. jonkybon says: Jul 9, 2012 5:48 PM


    It was my bad. I didn’t realize at the time I commented that you meant he was asking for the 163K Scholarship for Carter. However, it is a flawing train of thought anyway since its my understanding that Clemson gives their athletic scholarships on a year to year basis and that if a student athlete fails to meet any of his obligations (academics, citizenship or on the field) the scholarships might not be renewed. It happened to Mike Bellamy (5 star RB kicked off the team after 1 season for not meeting academic requirements). It happened to a WR (forgot his name) that was arrested for the second time and thrown out of school. Clemson, UGA and UK have some of the strictest standards in the NCAA, while Spurrier continues to have among the weakest with all the loopholes.

  30. 11thstreetmafia says: Jul 9, 2012 7:15 PM

    “it is very important that I have my boys with me.” —-Wow, that comment is very troubling. This guy is a clown.

  31. jets12 says: Jul 9, 2012 9:04 PM

    All scholarships at all university’s are on a year to year basis.

  32. thegamecocker says: Jul 9, 2012 9:42 PM


    Oh hey fella! Still hangin out heh? Still a little troubled by all the whippings THE University of South Carolina has put on your Kitties heh? Apparently your 5 star wants to bring along some friends of his. You don’t have a problem with that do you? Dabo apparently doesn’t but hay, since you and your buds cut his lawn, if you have some concerns, you should voice them. Just take your dress off and have a child- to- child talk with Mr. Dabo. LOL. Jonky & Dabo! Priceless

  33. shadbeam says: Jul 10, 2012 10:07 AM

    This is totally unacceptable action, but the only recourse is not giving him a scholarship and watching him play elsewhere. But on the other hand…at least it isn’t his dad/mom making the threat like most high profile athletes’ parents.

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