One of Robert Nkemdiche’s teammates has committed to Clemson.
Will the nation’s No. 1 overall football prospect follow?
“I don’t know; I think that’s all up to Robert,” said Wayne Gallman, the running back from Grayson High School who committed to Clemson.
Nkemdiche, who is rumored to have Alabama and Ole Miss as his co-leaders, endorsed Gallman’s commitment to Clemson.
“It helps Clemson a lot with me,” Nkemdiche told the AJC on Wednesday night.
Back to Gallman: The 6-foot-1, 197-pounder said he picked the Tigers among his 10 offers, which included both UGA and Georgia Tech. Gallman said the runner-up was Florida State, although he didn’t have a scholarship offer from the Seminoles yet despite making an unofficial visit there last week.
“I loved everything about Clemson and I knew in my heart that’s where I wanted to go,” Gallman told the AJC.
Gallman said UGA was his second runner-up. “There was nothing wrong with Georgia. All the schools were great. It was just the feeling I had for Clemson.”
Clemson is hoping Nkemdiche (pronounced Kim-DEE-chee) has the same feeling.
The 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end has Alabama, UGA, Ole Miss, Clemson and LSU among his leaders.
Nkemdiche, who is tentatively scheduled to commit on May 18, had thought about attending spring practice at Alabama or UGA but did not make it. He went to Florida for spring break last week and has the prom this weekend.
What’s in Clemson’s favor with Nkemdiche? It’s only 100 miles away from Grayson, allowing Robert’s friends and family to attend his games. There’s a personal connection between Grayson coach Mickey Conn and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, who played football and roomed together at Alabama. Clemson has also offered Nkemdiche’s best friend since the sixth grade, Grayson DB David Kamara.
Gallman has a 2.5 GPA and plans to major in Communications or Sports Medicine. Gallman is Clemson’s first commitment from Georgia after the Tigers were shut out completely this past year.
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