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.”
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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