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Top recruit’s mom talks Clemson, Ole Miss and love of Alabama

Robert Nkemdiche

In June of this year, Robert Nkemdiche, the consensus No. 1 recruit on the Class of 2013, surprised some by verbally committing to Clemson over the likes of Alabama and Ole Miss.

That decision didn’t sit well with the defensive lineman’s mother, who told ESPN the Magazine in September that the verbal “is not final” and that she’s “unhappy with Clemson” being her son’s current school of choice.  Instead, Beverly Nkemdiche favored Ole Miss, where another of her sons, Denzel, is a standout member of the Rebels football team.

Nearly two months later, mom is still leery of Clemson… still likes Ole Miss because of the sibling connection… and really, really, really likes the defending BcS champions.

In an expansive interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mrs. Nkemdiche, who is a government official in Nigeria, further fine-tuned her stance on the three main contenders vying for her son’s immense football talents:

On Ole Miss…

“Every parent would really want [their kids to play together in college]. It’s my wish for it to happen, but I’m not going to put pressure on anybody. If it happens, great. If it doesn’t, OK. But I would really love for them to play together.”

“If they play together, it would make more sense. The twins that play for UGA, they play together and they [complement] one another. It’s the Ogletree twins, and they play together for UGA. I watched them this past week (against Florida) for the first time, and I kind of liked that. I want to see my boys play together like that, also. There’s nothing so wrong in a mother wanting both boys to play together.”

On Clemson…

“I’ve not talked to anybody from Clemson’s team. I don’t want to go there because that’s out of my way. There is nothing that would take me there.”

“But like I said, Clemson is out of the way for me. There is nothing that would take me there. It’s not like it’s a bad school or whatever.”

On Alabama…

“My No. 1 team is Alabama. That’s one school I truly love, Alabama. But I don’t have [a] child in Alabama to take me to Alabama.”

“Alabama has a good football team. And they’re solid. They have good academics. Right now, they are undefeated. And I’ve stayed in stayed in touch with their coach on Facebook. He is a good person. I like the school but again, I would prefer for Denzel and Robert to play together.”

One of the biggest takeaways from the interview is that while she remains leery of the recruiting process as it relates to Clemson — “I would think that he was probably pressured to do it, to commit” — Nkemdiche’s mother would speak to Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney if he were to reach out via the telephone, although, again, a campus visit isn’t in the cards as she doesn’t “want to travel around just to go see a school.”

Mrs. Nkemdiche continued to stress she’s “not putting pressure on” her son to play at a particular school, that “it’s our understanding that Robert can go to any school that he wants to go to.”

As long as it’s Ole Miss or Alabama and not Clemson, it seems.

With National Signing Day a little over three months away, it remains to be seen whether Swinney and his coaching staff can maintain Nkemdiche’s verbal commitment — especially if they can’t flip the mom’s current stance.

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56 Responses to “Top recruit’s mom talks Clemson, Ole Miss and love of Alabama”
  1. indywvu says: Nov 1, 2012 12:56 PM

    I’ve said it before and I will say it again, it is HIS choice, not hers. Parents need to shut their pieholes and let their children make their own decisions.

  2. yoyobra says: Nov 1, 2012 1:21 PM

    “Alabama has a good football team. And they’re solid. They have good academics. Right now, they are undefeated. And I’ve stayed in stayed in touch with their coach on Facebook. He is a good person. I like the school but again, I would prefer for Denzel and Robert to play together.”

    That’s funny.

  3. kiopta1 says: Nov 1, 2012 1:22 PM

    Normally I would agree that they(the kids) should make the choice but its hard for parents if they either A. Want to see their kids at their alma mater or B. see their kids getting bamboozled by flashy coaches or other things.

  4. liverpoolred04 says: Nov 1, 2012 1:27 PM

    “Alabama has a good football team. And they’re solid. They have great vehicle selections. Right now, they are undefeated. And I’ve stayed in touch with their coach and the Red Elephant Club dealership on Facebook. He is a good person.”

    Can you blame her??? She’ll get a brand new ride if her son signs the papers for Alabama. RTR!!!

  5. imaduffer says: Nov 1, 2012 1:39 PM

    “I’ve not talked to anybody from Clemson’s team. I don’t want to go there because that’s out of my way. There is nothing that would take me there.”

    How about a new car?

  6. pacific123ocean says: Nov 1, 2012 2:03 PM

    I am waiting to hear which school hire’s his high school coach.

  7. jonanthans says: Nov 1, 2012 2:23 PM

    “Mrs. Nkemdiche, who is a government official in Nigeria..”

    Hey, I think this is the lady that contacted me wanting me to help cash her checks..Seems like a real honest person…..

  8. Deb says: Nov 1, 2012 2:47 PM

    @yoyobra …

    My sis-in-law earned both a nursing and a law degree at Alabama. She went through college on student loans, but my guess is that now she could buy and sell you a couple of times over. And I know she could shred your little pea brain on the witness stand before you knew what hit you. It’s not hard for a smart woman to overwhelm a fool.

  9. savocabol1 says: Nov 1, 2012 2:56 PM

    This honestly sounds like a money grab. Probably thinks her kid has a better chance of going to the NFL at a different school than Clemson.

  10. mrklutch says: Nov 1, 2012 3:25 PM

    Great academics at Alabama. Hilarious. Sounds like she needs money.

  11. Deb says: Nov 1, 2012 3:46 PM

    Oh dear, oh dear … how dare anyone challenge the prevailing view (among fans of other conferences who post on CFT) that Alabama grads might be intelligent, capable people. It’s so much more fun to pretend the school excels only at football and only then because recruiters buy recruits.

    Just keep telling yourselves that, lil boys. Alabama will keep turning out as many intelligent, capable grads as your universities … while collecting many more trophies :D

  12. cappa662 says: Nov 1, 2012 3:57 PM

    Just means the money at Ole Miss and Alabama is better than the money from Clemson. Serious.

  13. tlmoon2112 says: Nov 1, 2012 3:58 PM

    @deb – if Alabama is such a top notch academic school why did you go to Missouri instead? Just curious

  14. buckeye1nation says: Nov 1, 2012 4:09 PM

    I can certainly see her point on Clemson being out of her way. Aren’t there something like 6 direct flights a day from Nigeria to Tuscaloosa with connections to Oxford?

  15. yoyobra says: Nov 1, 2012 4:15 PM

    @Deb

    I understand why you are so sensitive as nothing quite stings like the truth, now does it?

  16. pork22 says: Nov 1, 2012 4:33 PM

    I’m pretty sure momma dropped the ball on how coaches are Facebook messaging parents and students, guess NCAA can’t monitor fbchat!

  17. emeraldcityfan says: Nov 1, 2012 5:05 PM

    America’s 10 Poorest States according to US census:
    10. North Carolina
    9. Alabama
    8. Kentucky
    7. South Carolina
    6. Montana
    5. Louisiana
    4. West Virginia
    3. Tennessee
    2. Arkansas
    1. Mississippi

    Championships aren’t everything SEC.

  18. dgbk says: Nov 1, 2012 6:30 PM

    What do poor states have to do with college football? If anything that list should make u sad and make you want to help others.

  19. imaduffer says: Nov 1, 2012 6:38 PM

    dgbk,

    You make a great point. Now, can you explain to me why anyone would want to vote for Mitt. Becase he sure in hell dosen’t care about the poor.

  20. Deb says: Nov 1, 2012 7:19 PM

    @yoyobra …

    You’re spewing an unfortunate stereotype, and bigotry–petty thinking based on stereotypes–makes me angry. Your inability to comprehend your own bigotry makes me sad … for you. Otherwise, nothing you’ve said is my truth. I have no reason to be insecure about my intelligence or accomplishments … nor do those who were born in Alabama or who are graduates of the University. Your state and school don’t define you. A smart person would know that. Pity you don’t.

  21. Deb says: Nov 1, 2012 7:23 PM

    @tlmoon2112 …

    You choose your school based on your major, not the football team you favor. Missouri has the oldest School of Journalism in the world. At the time I attended, their undergraduate journalism program was considered the best in the world, and I had the opportunity to study under Pulitzer-winning writers and editors. That’s the only place I applied.

  22. Deb says: Nov 1, 2012 7:30 PM

    @emeraldcityfan …

    What does the income per capita of a state have to do with college football talk? I’m just curious whether the people blustering on this blog about these irrelevant issues have ever studied the socioeconomic history of the South or have any idea why these states are the poorest in the nation? It’s not because people born in the South have lower IQs than people born in the North. To assume something like that, you’d have to have a double-digit IQ yourself.

    Yes, thank you, we know football championships aren’t everything. They weren’t everything when your conferences won them, either. But at least we were man and woman enough to be good sports about it rather than coming onto a blog and ranting about the income per capita as though that had anything to do with how the game is played on the field. What a sad little jerk you really are.

  23. brewcrewfan54 says: Nov 1, 2012 9:05 PM

    Just because smart people went to a school doesn’t make it a great school. There’s some pretty smart people that went to Division 3 type schools.

  24. yoyobra says: Nov 1, 2012 10:48 PM

    @Deb

    Bigotry? What in the world are you talking about? Do you know what that word means?

    You, literally, resort to name calling ( ‘fool’ , ‘pea-brain’ ) and attempt to belittle my tax bracket by comparing me to your sister-in-law of nursing and law school fame, then have the audacity to lecture me on the morality of stereotyping?

    I hold a BS and MS in Computer Science from Northwestern University. I am a software engineer for a search company in Mountain View, CA that I’m willing to bet you have used on this very day.

    Northwestern, Illinois, Vanderbilt, UNC, are good schools. Princeton, Stanford, MIT, are great schools. If these schools were clustered as data points, Alabama would be an obvious outlier. I’m not being subjective here.

    I’m not saying you can’t get a good education at the University of Alabama, but there is NO comparison when it comes to curriculum, work load, and the average qualifications of incoming students. It is an average school.

    If you truly “have no reason to be insecure about [your] intelligence or accomplishments” then quit responding like you are. I do not get upset about the obvious inferiority of Northwestern’s football team relative to Alabama’s.

  25. brewcrewfan54 says: Nov 1, 2012 10:58 PM

    Yoyobra brought it like a freight train!

  26. kozbee says: Nov 1, 2012 11:23 PM

    @ Yoyobra

    Im trying to think here if i recall a college team called Northwestern.O yes isnt that the pissy little school in the Big Ten +1 that controls the lighting system in the cellar in your conference.One thing they good for is being a bottom feeder and wishing someday to get reconized.Losers that talk alot of BS.

  27. sweatingmullets says: Nov 1, 2012 11:27 PM

    I’m a little teapot, short and stout…

  28. sweatingmullets says: Nov 1, 2012 11:28 PM

    Oh, almost forgot Go DAWGS!!!

  29. imaduffer says: Nov 1, 2012 11:51 PM

    Mr. Taylor,

    What sweatingmullets says should be banned.
    “disgusting.”

  30. sweatingmullets says: Nov 1, 2012 11:54 PM

    Why did you put disgusting in quotation marks imadoucher? Get off my blog loser you “disgust” me

  31. afsgtret says: Nov 2, 2012 2:28 AM

    bama cant count. they think coming in 3rd in conf, lose the bowl game that year, ranked 20th by the ap , they should be crowned national champ. who gave them the crown in 1941? it sure wasnt the ap.

  32. tlmoon2112 says: Nov 2, 2012 5:29 AM

    @deb – ok thanks for the answer. Makes a lot of sense. However, Im not a journalist and I suspect most of the folks here aren’t journalists either. We’re just college football fans. I had no idea we were competing with pros here to have our voices heard so I may have to just stop posting here altogether.

  33. norcalirish says: Nov 2, 2012 6:22 AM

    Lmao @ this entire story

  34. jonkybon says: Nov 2, 2012 8:16 AM

    imaduffer says:
    Nov 1, 2012 6:38 PM

    You make a great point. Now, can you explain to me why anyone would want to vote for Mitt. Becase he sure in hell dosen’t care about the poor.
    ___________________________________

    Our Kenyan POTUS loves the poor. In fact, Obamination loves the poor so much he wants us all, except his muslim brothas, to be be dirt poor. How much longer can we Libtards keep blaming Bush for all the spending Obummer voted for? Who cares if Osh^t fired his top General and Admiral because they wanted to send a relief force to Benjghazi or missles at the very least. Nah, we’re better off getting our brave men and woman in service slaughtered.

    Support World Terrorism!!! Support the Muslim Brotherhood!!! Give OmyGod four more years to destroy America!!!

  35. igottz5onit says: Nov 2, 2012 8:41 AM

    Honestly it seems like her not being able to get to Clemson might be an incentive for her son to go there.

  36. foreverlsu says: Nov 2, 2012 9:40 AM

    sweatingmullets says:Nov 1, 2012 11:27 PM

    Haha nice emoticons Deb, you are such a loser. I know you’re just upset that you have more fingers than teeth. Alabama AND Missouri are both garbage states so have fun screwing your 2nd cousins till the day you die.
    ____________

    …and this post says a lot about the state you reside in, mullet. Care to disclose what state you live in?

  37. foreverlsu says: Nov 2, 2012 9:43 AM

    emeraldcityfan says:Nov 1, 2012 5:05 PM

    America’s 10 Poorest States according to US census:
    10. North Carolina
    9. Alabama
    8. Kentucky
    7. South Carolina
    6. Montana
    5. Louisiana
    4. West Virginia
    3. Tennessee
    2. Arkansas
    1. Mississippi

    Championships aren’t everything SEC.
    _______

    Welcome to COLLEGE FOOTBALL TALK, emerald. Sounds like a loser mentality to change the subject. Oh, and I could go off on the emerald freakin city …but I’ll stick to CFT.

    Don’t hate the SEC over jealousy, just find a way to win.

  38. sweatingmullets says: Nov 2, 2012 9:48 AM

    I’m a little teapot, short and stout…

  39. Deb says: Nov 2, 2012 11:35 AM

    @tlmoon2112 …

    It’s not a competition, it’s a football blog. I comment because I love the game. Should I stop commenting because I have a degree in journalism?

  40. sweatingmullets says: Nov 2, 2012 11:39 AM

    Too bad DEB picks her favorite teams based on which uniforms she likes the best. It’s so annoying when people like her try to talk football, she should go to a Martha Stewart blog or something, stay off the men’s page.

  41. Deb says: Nov 2, 2012 11:43 AM

    @yoyobra …

    Why would a well-educated man feel the need to come onto a football blog and ridicule the academic standing of a university, or the intelligence of people from an entire region of the country? It’s a football blog. If you want to talk smack about the game, fine. You weren’t man enough to do that. You wanted to take it to a different, nastier level. Don’t whine when you throw sand in other people’s faces and they throw it back in yours. I don’t have to defend myself. But yes, I will defend my team and my region.

  42. sweatingmullets says: Nov 2, 2012 11:47 AM

    I’m a little teapot, short and stout…

  43. yoyobra says: Nov 2, 2012 12:34 PM

    @Deb

    Wow. I’m not sure how to make this any simpler for you, so I’ll change tack: Northwestern has not played Alabama in football this year, yet I can imagine you feel that Alabama is the better team. Tell me why that is.

  44. Deb says: Nov 2, 2012 12:48 PM

    yoyobra …

    Wow. I’m not sure how to make this any simpler for you, so I’ll type slowly: Your opening comment on the article ridiculed this recruit’s mom for saying Alabama has good academics. My comment about my sister-in-law, a Bama grad, responded directly to you ridiculing Alabama academics. My follow-up comments to you and others have stayed on that path. You may keep changing tack as many times as you want. I’ve never lost sight of the original discussion.

  45. yoyobra says: Nov 2, 2012 1:38 PM

    @Deb

    Tack doesn’t mean change discussion, it means change approach. As a journalism major I’m surprised you don’t know that…but as this discussion is with you, I’m really not surprised.

    I really hate getting into debates with people like yourself as people with low levels of emotional intelligence always get hysterical and irrational about EVERYTHING. However, seeing as how you are a journalist that is in your nature; to sensationalize, right?

    The change of tack I mentioned earlier boils down to this: you, me, and everyone else on this planet considers Alabama a much, much better football team than Northwestern. This is not due to a conspiracy against people from the North, nor is it because Northerners are all, individually, bad at football. The system that Nick Saban has put in place, from practices to disciplinary measures, to enforcement of attention to detail, to recruiting, etc….the aggregation of which results in an outstanding football team, clearly superior to all others and recognized as superior by official ( the BCS, AP / Coaches / Harris polls, etc. ) and general bodies ( the US population ).

    When you compare the academics of schools like UCLA, Emory, Georgia Tech, Cal with a school like Alabama it is the exact same argument. From the type of students recruited, to the official recognitions ( US News Best Colleges, Forbes Best Collegs, etc. ) to purely statistical comparisons ( average SAT scores, research dollars, etc. ) everything points to Alabama not being in the same class. In fact, it falls several orders of magnitude outside that class.

    For the exact same reason that you argue that certain schools don’t deserve to be part of the BCS discussion due to their strength of schedule, I and everyone else on the planet argue that Alabama does not deserve to be called a ‘good’ school as it doesn’t apply the same level of academic rigor as the other schools discussed.

    I am positive you are going to argue this with more nonsensical rubbish but that’s the truth, and you need to build a bridge and get over it.

  46. Deb says: Nov 2, 2012 1:49 PM

    yoyobra …

    Sorry … not reading another diatribe. You’ve beaten this dead horse to pulp. You behaved badly and were called on it. Grow up and get over it.

  47. yoyobra says: Nov 2, 2012 1:53 PM

    @Deb

    It’s OK. I would be tempted to run and hide too.

  48. Deb says: Nov 2, 2012 3:44 PM

    yoyo …

    ROFL … you must be new here. Baby, I don’t run and hide from lil boys. Nor do I keep engaging with them while they endlessly try to untwist their panties. It’s a football blog. Some of you Northern boys try to feel better about your football teams by ridiculing the SEC on academics. I prefer talking with B1G fans who know their football and don’t have such fragile egos.

  49. yoyobra says: Nov 2, 2012 3:53 PM

    @Deb

    I’m from Charlotte, NC you idiot. You keep making this out to be an attack on the South, which is truly mind boggling. Many of the outstanding schools I mentioned are in the South. Do you realize that? You say that you prefer to discuss football but when I change tack by making a football argument you feign umbrage like the self-righteous hypocrite you are so you can ‘stick to the discussion’. So which is it, you clown? And even though I’m sure you have 10 babies and have difficulty tracking their names, I’m not one of them.

  50. Deb says: Nov 2, 2012 5:07 PM

    yoyo …

    You really are having a hormonal meltdown, you poor thing. You made a nasty and completely unnecessary comment about Alabama’s academics. I responded with a comment about Alabama’s academics. I didn’t respond to you with a comment about the South. I’ve also been responding to emeraldcityfan, who did comment about the South.

    I don’t know what schools you’ve mentioned other than Northwestern because I haven’t read anything you’ve written that’s run longer than a paragraph. I don’t care where you are from. I don’t care what tacks you take. Your comment was about Alabama’s academics and that can’t be turned into a football discussion. Sorry. If you want to start a new discussion, that would be fine. But you just want to keep ranting and making personal attacks. Not only have you lost the thread of the original discussion, you seem to be unraveling altogether. Bless your heart.

  51. yoyobra says: Nov 2, 2012 5:13 PM

    @Deb,

    I’m beginning to believe that you are special. Or maybe, it’s just that you’re from Alabama. Is there a difference?

  52. yoyobra says: Nov 2, 2012 5:16 PM

    @Deb

    I don’t know what schools you’ve mentioned other than Northwestern because I haven’t read anything you’ve written that’s run longer than a paragraph.

    Is that because your head begins to hurt?

  53. Deb says: Nov 2, 2012 5:16 PM

    yoyo …

    It can’t be that I’m from Alabama. I’m not from Alabama.

  54. Deb says: Nov 2, 2012 5:17 PM

    No, yoyo, but my time is valuable and I am multi-tasking.

  55. yoyobra says: Nov 2, 2012 6:18 PM

    @Deb

    Farting and typing is not usually considered to be multitasking.

  56. lasseter1113 says: Nov 8, 2012 6:39 PM

    @yoyobra

    The recruits mother said, “they have GOOD academics”, she did not say they have the BEST academics or GREAT academics so I ask you what is wrong with that? Will a degree from Alabama not get you a good job in the “real world”? And then there is this:

    “I’m beginning to believe that you are special. Or maybe, it’s just that you’re from Alabama. Is there a difference?”

    Does it honestly make you feel better to belittle a whole state full of good people just to try and win a pissing contest on a college football blog? Have you ever even been to Alabama? I know it’s just the internet and I shouldn’t take it so personal when someone close minded like you basically suggest that my ALL of my friends and family have a mental handicap just because they are from Alabama but quite honestly I am sick of it. Just because Alabama excels in college football and has a higher ranking and better record over the past few years than most other teams people feel like it is necessary to come on here and make sure everybody knows that we are one of the poorest states in the country. Then they call us things like redneck, toothless, and suggest that we have sex with our cousins. It makes me very sad for my children that they have to grow up with the stigma that being from Alabama is something to be ashamed of when it is far far from the truth. I will teach my children just as my father taught me that you don’t judge someone by the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, or what part of the country they are from. The Civil War has been over for quite some time folks, can we please move on?

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