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More recruiting drama surrounds nation’s No. 1 prospect

Robert Nkemdiche

Beverly Nkemdiche’s wish that her son, consensus No. 1 recruit for the class of 2013 Robert Nkemdiche, commit to either Alabama or Ole Miss might come true yet.

Or not. Maybe. Possibly. We’ll see.

Nkemdiche has been verbally committed to Clemson since June of this year, much to the public chagrin of his mother. As of Wednesday night, he’s apparently making use of the “non-binding” part of that “commitment.” RebelGrove.com first reported last night that Nkemdiche had decommitted from the Tigers.

Or not. Maybe. Possibly. We’ll see.

Shortly after the RebelGrove report went live, Nkemdiche told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he had not switched his commitment from Clemson to Ole Miss, where his older brother, Denzel, plays.

Nothing final yet,” he told the paper. When asked if he was still committed to Clemson, Nkemdiche replied “Yes. Just undecided.”*

So… ?

The breaking news here is that there’s a high school senior unsure about where he wants to go to college — and that is totally fine. But it probably doesn’t help that his own mother is actively pushing her own agenda rather than taking a vested interest and listening to what her son wants (or thinks he wants).

“I’ve not talked to anybody from Clemson’s team,” Beverly Nkemdiche told the AJC last week. “I don’t want to go there because that’s out of my way. There is nothing that would take me there.”

Cool story. Let us know what y’all decide in February. Until then, you might want to lock your doors and board up your windows to prevent media access because the fascination isn’t going away on its own.

(*Nkemdiche’s high school coach has stated that his star player has decommitted from Clemson)

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34 Responses to “More recruiting drama surrounds nation’s No. 1 prospect”
  1. floridacock says: Nov 8, 2012 10:07 AM

    Surprised, with Clempson’s history, he should be driving around in a big Cadillac and have a big, fat bank roll, by now.

  2. manchestermiracle says: Nov 8, 2012 10:20 AM

    Here’s hoping his mom backs off and stops making it all about her. No better way to make your son’s college career more difficult than it already is than to put your own priorities above his.

  3. dchambers144 says: Nov 8, 2012 10:34 AM

    @floridacock: What are you talking about? I’ll admit I am a Clemson fan (graduated in 2002); but I don’t recall Clemson having any recruiting violations. In fact, haven’t most of the recent allegations come from SEC schools (see Cam Newton). On another note, this kid; or more accurately his mother, seems like a real piece of work. Not a huge loss if he goes somewhere else. At this pace, he’ll decommit from Clemson, attend Ole Miss, transfer to Alabama and be ineligible by his Sophmore season.

  4. flatfoot8 says: Nov 8, 2012 10:35 AM

    Funny thing – everyone is talking about Robert M. except Clemson’s Coach Swinney. ????

  5. lbijake says: Nov 8, 2012 10:39 AM

    Word on the street is that he is an early enrollee at Harvard. His mother is angry as she was hoping for Yale.

  6. cmb79 says: Nov 8, 2012 11:14 AM

    Wow, I understand that parents want what is best for their children, but this is nothing more than a mom not wanting her baby to grow up.

    If he decides to stay close to home, and that’s what he decides for himself is one thing, but not this.

  7. savocabol1 says: Nov 8, 2012 11:51 AM

    Over/Under is two years into his college career that the NCAA is investigating him for something.

  8. trick321 says: Nov 8, 2012 11:51 AM

    “Clempson”… spoken like a true southerner (although it’s better than “Clampson” I suppose)

  9. dgbk says: Nov 8, 2012 11:52 AM

    I dont even think it is an issue with staying closer to home they are from GA. Uga never was in play for him. It seem like she will hate to travel to two different locations to see her sons play. So if he pick ole miss great and if he pick bama it’s not that far from ole miss. It’s sad either way she is putting her needs over his.

  10. bigrockrolls says: Nov 8, 2012 12:06 PM

    If Swinney were talking about him it would be an NCAA violation. Coaches can’t speak about specific recruits in a public setting until after they’ve signed an LOI.

  11. tonyricemajorharris says: Nov 8, 2012 12:52 PM

    Buyer beware

  12. tonyricemajorharris says: Nov 8, 2012 12:53 PM

    Nice parenting

  13. floridacock says: Nov 8, 2012 1:22 PM

    @dchambers144 You are a bit young to remembeer and I’m sure they don’t talk about it at Clempson, but they have the distinction of winning a national title in football in 1981 and the next year going on 2 years probation for buying it. Only school ever to do it.

    “On November 21, 1982, the football program was placed on probation for a 2-year period to include the 1983 and 1984 seasons. This sanction was enforced on the program by the NCAA Committee on Infractions due to a lengthy history of recruiting violations meant to gain an athletic advantage. These recruiting violations took place from 1977 through the Tigers’ 1981 National Championship season and into 1982, under the administration of two head coaches, Charlie Pell and Danny Ford. The Atlantic Coast Conference imposed a third year of conference penalty.

    Over 150 documented violations were found to have been committed under NCAA bylaws in the categories of improper recruiting inducements, extra benefits to student-athletes, unethical conduct, improper financial aid, improper campus visits, improper transportation and entertainment, improper use of funds, improper employment, improper recruiting contact, and distribution of cash to players by members of the coaching staff.[10]”

  14. dchambers144 says: Nov 8, 2012 1:33 PM

    @floridacock- Point taken, and you’re correct, I am a little young for that (born in 1979). That being said, 30+ years and multiple coaches is a little bit of a leap to cry recruiting foul. That would be like SMU recruiting the guy and everyone crying foul because they were given the death penalty in 1986.

  15. nicksabansanahole says: Nov 8, 2012 1:39 PM

    Why do Gamecock fans have such a little big man complex with Clemson? Is it because they have won 3 in a row in a rivalry that they would have to win about 30 in a row to make it considered a true rivalry? Who cares if this kid changes his mind and goes to Ole Miss, Alabama or Georgia? Whatever decision he makes he will be beating the hell out of Scar anyway he chooses. Clemson is building a solid program the right way and if the kid chooses not to be a part of it, there are a bunch of other kids that would love to take his place. One player does not make the team, just look at Clowney. He is an unbelievable talent but he can’t do it on his own either. Kids change their minds everyday. They shouldn’t even be allowed to have “commitments” since it’s non binding anyway. Just have signing day. Too bad there is such big money in “amateur sports.” No wonder these kids have such a hard time dealing with it when you have freaks out there badgering a high school kid on his twitter or facebook account belittling them from basically being a kid. Grown people should grow up and learn that while football is fun to watch, go to, and cheer for, that its ridiculous to have your life revolve around a game.

  16. flatfoot8 says: Nov 8, 2012 2:11 PM

    RN’s high school coach has just stated that he did decommit from Clemson. Still has Clemson in his top group. Won’t make a decision until NSD.

  17. flatfoot8 says: Nov 8, 2012 2:17 PM

    Wow, 2 minutes later, RN denies that he has de-committed. However, media sources close to him says that he has. Who knows but the shadow!!??

  18. lowtalker says: Nov 8, 2012 2:26 PM

    I am very impressed with the head coach at Northwestern . . . . . why wouldn’t he want to go there . . . . . and he could hang out with all of the other 4.0 students . . . . . oh, yeah, never mind.

  19. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 8, 2012 2:27 PM

    I think this is all about barbecue. Everybody knows that South Carolina BBQ tastes like mustard soaked cat food. Alabama is the Holy Grail of Que and Oxford is close enough to Memphis to be able to figure out how to smoke a shoulder properly.

    I’ll bet if somebody asked Beverly whether she would rather see one of her kids play football, or chow down on a plate of pulled pork and smoked chicken she’d whip out a fork and knife from her purse.

  20. patriottony says: Nov 8, 2012 2:45 PM

    Clemson has a long tradition of 1st/2nd rd NFL selections from the Def Line…it’s just a fact. If he goes to a second tier SEC team..he will be on a losing team year in and year out,,,not get the exposure he needs to be a high draft pick. But since his momma rules his life,,,he will end up like Cam newton,,,all bluster,,infractions,,and a NFL failure.

  21. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 8, 2012 2:56 PM

    Tony, you dont have a friggin clue what you’re talking about. Ole Miss has a long history of putting guys in the league and if that “patriot” tag has anything to do with New England you should know that.

    Hugh Freeze will probably be named COY this season, and even if his program was “second tier”, which its not, even a 3rd rate SEC team gets more exposure and respect than a school in one of the worst football conferences in the country. The ACC is irrelevant.

    SEC = better level of competition, more TV exposure, and more high profile draft picks. Sorry, thats just a fact and if you’re playing in the SEC the league will find you.

  22. flatfoot8 says: Nov 8, 2012 3:58 PM

    Official – his mother won’t go back to Nigeria until her son de-commits. We’ll see what happens after she leaves.

  23. igottz5onit says: Nov 8, 2012 4:02 PM

    Wow houndofbasker…just lost what little credibility he had when he said Alabama had better barbecue than south Carolina. South Carolina has very little going for it, true enough, but no one that has ever had Maurice’s piggy park bbq would ever bother going anywhere else for pulled pork.

  24. tmb333 says: Nov 8, 2012 5:21 PM

    This is why there should be no verbal commitments. A player should be able to sign whenever he is ready to commit and the school is ready to take him.

  25. dcviking says: Nov 8, 2012 5:31 PM

    @flatfoot8 –

    Does that mean she doesn’t need my help to get that money out of her bank account anymore?

  26. seanemac75 says: Nov 8, 2012 6:38 PM

    If the kid was smart, he would go to Clemson to get away from his mother and I really hate saying that. Why do i have the feeling she would be a mother like on the soup commercials. If he changes his mind because if his mother and things don’t work out, he will hate her. Is that what she wants? He is making the decision where he is comfortable. His friends are suppose to be going there. I only hope he makes the decision based on his needs and future.

  27. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 8, 2012 7:17 PM

    at igottz5onit:

    Maurices? LMAO Who the hell eats that crap? And furthermore, who the hell eats that crap inside a KKK Museum? Holy hell, Maurices. hahahahaha

  28. grudenthediva says: Nov 8, 2012 9:15 PM

    Guess Dabo didn’t have a spot on the coaching staff for the kid’s high school coach. He should talk to Tony Steward’s old coach to see just how much he can bank when Clemson comes calling.

  29. clemsonstillsucks says: Nov 8, 2012 11:14 PM

    Thankfully some sub-Arctic school isn’t number one or Mama would be looking for her baby boy to go there (much to his chagrin).

    The fact of the matter is that if Clemson were a top 3 team Mama would be all about it. As a Carolina fan I find a certain level of satisfaction in that.

    As a parent I hope Mama backs off and let’s her baby boy choose the school he wants.

    I hope this young man isn’t one of those that has to hire a team of bodyguards to keep the family away if and when he goes pro.

  30. clemsonstillsucks says: Nov 8, 2012 11:18 PM

    BTW – LMMFAO at the Maurice’s comment…now that is funny.

    Anyone knows that true SC BBQ ain’t mustard based. But if that’s as far as you made it in geography (and the frozen food section at Giant Food) then so be it.

  31. igottz5onit says: Nov 9, 2012 12:57 AM

    People that actually like things that taste delicious eat Carolina gold bbq sauce (yes Maurice’s is racist though, which is what I think you were trying to say with your incoherent rambling) but apparently baskerville prefers the salty testicle flavor of Alabama “que”.

    I don’t know what a Giant Food is but since you do it’s probably somewhere white trash bandwagon gamecock fans shop and I’m ok with not knowing.

  32. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 9, 2012 1:01 AM

    Hey Sucks,

    My wife is from SC and her dad has drug me to BBQ joints all over the place….mustard is all I’ve ever seen. You’re just in denial.

  33. rsmeans says: Nov 9, 2012 7:37 AM

    If he is in it form short term money the PAC12 or BIG 12 is the place to go. But they are both arena and football conferences but they have teams like Oregon, Oklahoma, USC and Texas they will pay them well. Unfortunately few will ever make the NFL first round. If development and winning NC’s is the goal then obviously an SEC team particularly Alabama is the place to go.

  34. aggielandproud says: Nov 11, 2012 12:05 PM

    After yesterday alabummer might be left in the cold on his decision. just have to sit back and follow the drama.

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