Robert Nkemdiche: Pumped up about first-ever visit to LSU

Robert Nkemdiche

Robert Nkemdiche wore the Grayson green (and a Jets caps) to Clemson's practice on Monday

Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s No. 1 overall college prospect, visited Clemson for the second week in  a row on Monday with his best friend — who was offered a football scholarship by the Tigers on Monday.

Nkemdiche told the AJC he enjoyed his return trip to Clemson, and looked forward to visiting LSU on Saturday.

“It will be first time seeing LSU; I’m ready,” Nkemdiche said. “I think it will be very, very fun.”

Nkemdiche and his best friend since the sixth grade, Grayson DB David Kamara, will leave for LSU on late Friday. They are unlikely to visit Vanderbilt on March 24 because of travel constraints. The following week, Kamara will go to Mississippi State, which offered him last week, while Nkemdiche is unsure.

Back to Clemson: Nkemdiche and Kamara had a school holiday on Monday, and spent about four hours at Clemson’s spring practice, meeting with coach Dabo Swinney and players such as Heisman hopeful Sammy Watkins.

“Coach Swinney knows about the whole thing about Robert and I wanting to go to college together and he was like, ‘I want to make this clear: We were recruiting you before that was out there … even if Robert doesn’t come here, you still have an offer to Clemson University,” Kamara told the AJC. “That really meant a lot.”

It meant so much that Kamara immediately declared Clemson as his leader, with Ole Miss and Mississippi State as his other offers. Arkansas may be next to offer.

“I like Coach Swinney; he’s a real good guy,” Kamara said. “I like the atmosphere and football tradition at Clemson. I could see myself playing there.”

Grayson DB David Kamra has 3 D1 offers in a week

Grayson DB David Kamra has 3 D1 offers in a week

There are some connections between Grayson and Clemson. Dabo Swinney and Grayson coach Mickey Conn played football and roomed together at Alabama. Clemson is also the leader for another Grayson 2013 prospect, RB Wayne Gallman, who has 10 early offers, including UGA, South Carolina, Auburn, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Vanderbilt.

“Coach Swinney reminds me a lot of my high school coach,” Kamara said. “They are both great men and great coaches. I admire them both.”

As far as Nkemdiche, the biggest thing in Clemson’s favor – like with UGA — may be its proximity to the Grayson area. Nkemdiche has a strong support system around him at Grayson. Clemson is 100 miles away, and is far enough away where Nkemdiche could fully enjoy the college experience but also close enough to his network of friends and family for any needs. That’s UGA’s main attraction, too.

Alabama is the longtime frontrunner for Nkemdiche, who also has Ole Miss, UGA and Clemson near the top of his list. He is also interested in LSU, Florida, Oregon and USC.

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97 comments Add your comment

gadawgs

March 12th, 2012
11:36 pm

Probably gotta call BS on that one Dabo.

A person SMART enough to know......

March 12th, 2012
11:41 pm

They have a better chance of winning Championships at Clemson than Ole Miss, Miss St, and UGa.

clemson

March 12th, 2012
11:49 pm

if you like your classes taught by foreign graduate assistants – clemson is the place for you! it’s hard to believe that they have the gall to charge full tuition for the half-ass, first-time teaching talent they put in the classrooms. disgusting.

A person SMART enough to know......

March 12th, 2012
11:56 pm

MC What is wrong with that? They still have to pass classes to get to 12th grade? They do have the whole summer to visit colleges but only a few weeks to get to the next grade.

Clemson Phd

March 12th, 2012
11:58 pm

I’d go to Clemson before I went to UGA. Clemson has a better tradition, better campus, better-looking co-eds, and a better coach. I like Dabo because he’s not afraid to make staffing changes to make the program better. He cut loose his defensive coordinator to get a better one. In the same situation, Mark Richt would’ve given the DC a raise. How else can you explain Bobo being around this long?

BigDawg

March 13th, 2012
12:05 am

Clemson, how was your visit to GT this past fall?!

BCS Tiger

March 13th, 2012
12:12 am

Can’t wait to see them both rubbing the rock and running down the hill next fall! Sounds like he’s ALL IN Baby!

7576DAWG

March 13th, 2012
12:20 am

If Kamara wants to get a scholarship from a major 1-A school by using his good friend Robert Nkemdiche’s influence then all the power in the world to him. If Kamara ends up going to Clemson and his friend go’s there too it will be okay if he plays for three or four years but if Kamara never see’s the field then I hope that AJC and the other media will expose Dabo as a fraud and lier. If Kamara plays a lot then I have no problem with the offer Swinney made.

A person SMART enough to know......

March 13th, 2012
12:22 am

Between “Yaba Daba Do University” or “Any Gimmick Will Do University” I would pick Auburn on the Lake over the Penal Colony in Athens.

Just Saying

March 13th, 2012
12:36 am

@smart 11:41
A better chance of winning championships at Clempson than Ole Miss Miss State or Georgia. Hmmmm, let’s see, what kind of championship can Clempson win? State of S Car….nope, ‘ol ball coach is kicking that orange butt……oh right…..the mighty ACC championship, that’s it. Now does anyone remember just how well the ACC champions played against W VA in the Orange Bowl???? Come on people, didn’t WVa from the lowly Big East put up 70 on Dayybow’s team??? Thats a record I’m certain will be celebrated for years to come by Clempson faithful, most points ever in a bowl game. Clempson – ACC, oh boy that’s some really big time football.

If RK ends up at Clempson how long before Mickey Conn joins the Clempson staff?

Ole Miss has the older brother, they’ve offered the best friend, seems they should be the leader.

A person SMART enough to know......

March 13th, 2012
1:13 am

“Just Saying” I don’t know how Clemson did but UGa lost to UCF 2 years ago in the bowl. Got killed in the SEC CG last year and lost to a Big 10 team in MSU. Hahaha. Clemson was still a CHAMP and UGa was a Chump.

Bad Dawg

March 13th, 2012
2:10 am

RN is going to Alabama he is just enjoying his trips throughout the southeast. Who still thinks UGA wins the Missouri game? Damian Swann is talented but lacks experience. Richt seems to be screwing it up again by not being prepared going into his 12th year as the coach. What is the excuse gonna be this year? If UGA loses more than one regular season game he should be on the hot seat right? GO DAWGS!

top 5

March 13th, 2012
2:39 am

when will Nkemdiche schedule his presser to announce his preliminary top 5?? will the presser be televised on local TV???

Tdawg

March 13th, 2012
3:23 am

Wow and I thought the Bama fans were delusional. Not saying that Robert and his side kick won’t end up at Clemson. Anything is possible, but to say that Clemson has a more storied program is probably the biggest bunch of bull that I have ever heard in my life. Clemson may very well get a shot at he NT before Georgia, but look where they play. One of the biggest joke of a conference in the country. Georgia lost to a very good Michigan State team I don’t care what anybody says and Clemson was littery blown out of Miami. Georgia owns Clemson’s arse and they know it.

A person Smart. Please, I’ve laughed enough already at the Clemson fans post and here is someone claiming to be smart and is obviously borderline retarted and know’s nothing about college football. Clemson hasn’t been revelant sense ole Danny Ford got his cheating arse run out of town. Fool the the only thing that Auburn has over UGA is that they pay their players better. Maybe you should go back to doing something that you’re good at mr Smart. Probably something like knitting.

jddawg37

March 13th, 2012
4:56 am

it has to suck to be the second class in south CAROLINA!! Hahahahaha

cgee

March 13th, 2012
6:44 am

I hope Mr Ncomidonichioeenceee doesn’t make a decision any time soon. The paper will fold and close shop because there will be nothing to write about once he decides.

DOG2

March 13th, 2012
7:13 am

Only thing Clemson is known for is IPTAY = Its probation time again yall. Hell if the nerds from North Ave, beat them in 2011!

Bandwagon Bammer

March 13th, 2012
7:32 am

RN must be interested in playing for a team that gives up 70 points to an average WVU team.

BobDawg

March 13th, 2012
7:36 am

CLEMSON PHD, really, really?? I travel thru both Clem-son and Athens on business travels and it is still a spot in the road thru a cow pasture…. just another school on our border….

Danny G

March 13th, 2012
7:56 am

What does a PHD from Clemson get you? A job writing fictitious blogs for free at the ajc? I wouldn’t hang that diploma on the wall in your trailer.

A Father

March 13th, 2012
8:03 am

Good article MC, following the trail of RN from here on out will be quite interesting.

Blackoutanyone?

March 13th, 2012
8:21 am

Well no dawg was arrested last night. That’s the good news. The bad news is yall gave CMR an extension and he doesn’t recruit half as hard as the AJC does.

MC…. I applaud your efforts but RN will not be signing with UGA. He wants to win championships and be coached by the best. That closes the door on UGA and proximity won’t open it. I see Kamara eventually choosing his own path at a school who wants him as the player not as RN’s best friend.

Blackoutanyone?

March 13th, 2012
8:23 am

14 National Championships 22 SEC Championships

ROLL TIDE!!!

Ogeechee Dawg

March 13th, 2012
8:31 am

Clemson is working hard to raise the program beyond ACC relevancy.

HOWEVER – CDS and Clemson fans need to be careful when talking how great Clemson is historically. Yes, Clemson has had some outstanding teams in the past but for th emost part – they have been a middle of the road program. I do miss our series as the teams really went hard against each other.

Be careful about speaking about tradintion – For example:
Against UGA – Clemson has played 62 times.
Yet, have only beaten UGA 17 times (tied 4 times).

Against Auburn: Clemson has played 48 times.
Yet have won only 12 times (tied 2 times).

Against GT: Clemson has played 77 times.
Yet Clemson has won only 25 games (tied 2).

What is important is RECENT TRENDS. What has happened the last 10 years, 5 years, 3 years.

I hope UGA/Clemson can get back together soon – always a good game.

Augusta bred

March 13th, 2012
8:39 am

@Bad Dawg; How can anyone be prepared for 2 db’s to be kicked off for stealing and another 2 getting arrested? Don’t be stupid man! Just so happens he had the state of GA’s #1 CB and #3 overall playing lights out as a WR! Not bad for a backup plan!

Dekalb Fan

March 13th, 2012
8:45 am

Enter your comments here How are they taking all of these trips every week. The visits are not free and some one has to pay for gas , hotel, food.

Ryan37914nc

March 13th, 2012
8:47 am

I am starting to lose respect for kamara and every one else in this equasion. Coaches and players alike. Package deals are made by desperate parties. RN you are almost 18, do you really need your sixth grade pal to be by your side the rest of your life? Kamara, I think is prout to ride coat tails and pressuring his bff. That being said, I don’t know if Kamara is worthy of these offers, but I suspect he is not. If this is the case, I will be embarassed and surprised if Kamara got offered a scholarship by Alabama in attempts to secure RK!

Lakedawg

March 13th, 2012
8:51 am

@Blackie—-Believe we agreed that number was 8 did we not?

Know we agreed that 1925, 1926, 1930, 1934, 1941, and 1973, or complete fabrications in the mind of Bammers only.

Will be happy to post some facts on those if you have forgotten so quickly.

Do believe Dkemdiche is all Bammer and trying to get his buddy a scholly somewhere first.

The Bear

March 13th, 2012
8:53 am

@Lakedawg up to your old antics and bad math skills

Lakedawg

March 13th, 2012
8:54 am

Right on Augusta bred, bad doggie can[t help acting stupid because,,”stupid is as stupid does”

AnnapolisDawg

March 13th, 2012
8:56 am

A person SMART enough to know……

March 13th, 2012
1:13 am
“Just Saying” I don’t know how Clemson did but UGa lost to UCF 2 years ago in the bowl. Got killed in the SEC CG last year and lost to a Big 10 team in MSU. Hahaha. Clemson was still a CHAMP and UGa was a Chump.

“I don’t know how Clemson did” Are you serious?!?! You might have just sealed the deal for the dumbest comment ever provided on a football blog. Don’t come on here trying to sound intelligent with your UGA bashing if you don’t even know that a record was just shattered in the Orange Bowl (yes, that would be the bowl game Just Sayin is talking about). Now run along and discuss something you do know, like how many minutes it takes the fries to turn crispy in the fryer.

Ryan37914nc

March 13th, 2012
8:57 am

its 9 in the ap era, look it up, one more then Notre Dame for the most in cf history. bear won 6, Stallings 1, Saban 2. You can count, can’t you?

Lakedawg

March 13th, 2012
8:58 am

Blackie said 14 minus 6 fantasys equal 8. Forgot Bear you are adding in Alabama math!

Ryan37914nc

March 13th, 2012
9:00 am

fine, if it means that much to you to be wrong. Do you think the south won the civil war too?

The Bear

March 13th, 2012
9:03 am

Count how you may. Let’s talk about 1 that’s an easy starting point right? The hard part is counting backwards to 1980.

Roll Tide

raymond

March 13th, 2012
9:05 am

I think Mr. Nkemdiche is gonna be one of those recruits who really enjoys the recruiting process and likes the attention. He is also making it very obvious that you will have to make him happy by offering his friend or anyone else he wants to bring with him. Let him go to Bama and put up with Saban’s crap.

Ryan37914nc

March 13th, 2012
9:07 am

i wouldn’t be born until four years after Herschal carried that team on his back.

Ryan37914nc

March 13th, 2012
9:09 am

Saban will tell him to walk before tolerating any demands from a hs fb player. Are you kidding me?
I think RN knows that too.

Tiggers

March 13th, 2012
9:24 am

Clemson has a better tradition then UGA? Only a Clemson grad would think or say that which speaks volumes for the education the moron received from Clemson. Unbelievable.

Real Problem

March 13th, 2012
9:26 am

We have 5 more years of being fair to good, nothing more. RN is probably Bama bound and without his buddy. Saban runs the ship and rules with a hard hand….something we do not have at Georgia:(.
Blind man can see it on the sidelines….SAD.

Ryan37914nc

March 13th, 2012
9:27 am

Raymond “Let him go to Bama and put up with Saban’s crap.” Im confused, does crap mean something different where you life. Does crap mean 2 National Championships in three years, a 48-6 record in the last 4 years, a heisman trophy winner and a heisman finalist in the last 3 years? Oh, and apx 12-14 NFL First round picks in 3 years.

Blackoutanyone?

March 13th, 2012
9:29 am

Lake… We can debate the total number of National Championships Alabama has won in football. All you need to know is it is the most. What’s funny is of my comments you only take exception with our championships. No comment on this weekends arrest or CMR’s extension. Lol

Big Crimson 75

March 13th, 2012
9:33 am

Lake — if anything the # is LOW.
We were the BEST TEAM IN THE COUNTRY IN ‘66 — but Politics kept us from the Title!! btw — your precious puppies were still all white in ‘66 too.

To many — not saying myself — the REAL # is 17.

Ryan37914nc

March 13th, 2012
9:42 am

I think if we (bama) can split with georgia on Vonn Bell, the 105 leter rb, Adams, and tunsill. That would be a win. anybody know where these guys stand?

Contractor

March 13th, 2012
9:42 am

Yabbo Dabo is pathetic. I get so sick and tired of him trying to peddle Clemson’s “amazing and traditional” past that it is near sickening. I can appreciate a passionate coach, but a guy like Dabo that talks trash when his coached teams can’t hold it on the field is pathetic. Clemson has a great and die hard following, but I hope these guys don’t go to Clemson with hopes of winning National Titles and even ACC Titles as they are few and far between at Clemson. Recruiting in the past few years for Clemson just shows that being ranked high in recruiting circles doesn’t always bring results. I’m a Georgia fan, and I know I am probably being hateful and hypocritical to a lot of people, but atleast Georgia has put together some decent teams the past 10-15 years, atleast winning more conference titles that Clemson. And I am also a realist about Georgia and that we are very close to the Clemson of the SEC, but atleast we tend to win more than they do with more of a chance to win the big one. Plus we have the fortunate stance of playing in the toughest conference in America.

tiger

March 13th, 2012
9:47 am

he should forget all these southern schools and go where the weather is perfect for every day for practice, go to san diego state.

Ryan37914nc

March 13th, 2012
9:53 am

went to ncaa.com Bama AP era NC years Bear Bryant (1961,1964,1965,1973,1978,1979) Gene Stallings (1992) Nick Saban (2009,2011,more to come). thats NINE AP era National Championships. This is not an oppinion!

Big Crimson 75

March 13th, 2012
9:58 am

From the bleacher report regarding the ‘66 Team

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Let me end with this tidbit of information for those that believe Alabama claims titles willy-nilly. Notre Dame won the national title in 1966, in part to the infamous “play for the tie” game against Michigan State, finishing 9-0-1. 1966 is known as the year of “The Missing Ring” among Alabama faithful. While two selectors have the Tide champs in the NCAA records book, Alabama does not claim it.

Alabama finished the 1966 season undefeated at 11-0, trounced No. 6 Nebraska in the Sugar Bowl 34-7 and remarkably gave up only 44 points all season with six shutouts. Alabama finished third in the polls, arguably as a backlash for the team still being segregated and the civil rights strife in the state at that time.

Football legend Vince Lombardi was asked what it felt like to be the greatest football team in the world just after winning Super Bowl I in January 1967. He said, “I don’t know, we haven’t played Alabama yet.”

Cdpridg

March 13th, 2012
10:00 am

This blog aint about no Clemson or there crappy coach…or about no stinkin bama and their cheatin coach!!! It is about the DAWG!! As ALWAYS!!