Robert Nkemdiche: Clemson gains favor after teammate commits

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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.

Will Nkemdiche follow Grayson RB Wayne Gallman (pictured) to Clemson? (AJC)

Will Nkemdiche follow Grayson RB Wayne Gallman (pictured) to Clemson? (AJC)

“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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116 comments Add your comment

D

April 12th, 2012
1:37 am

This dude is all Alabama. They pay more.

Zzz Dawg

April 12th, 2012
2:25 am

If Robert or someone who know Robert is reading this, please tell him to google the words “Nick Saban GREYSHIRT” to see what Alabama is really all about. Robert, you need to go to the University of Georgia and play for a fine Christian man like Coach Mark Richt. He has outstanding values and character, and will take care of you, even if you get hurt. I pray for you to make the right decision young man. It’s not Alabama.

Crimson Crush

April 12th, 2012
2:27 am

Achievement in life always pays more always pays more . 5 first round NFL draft picks coming up . Welcome to the real world

7576DAWG

April 12th, 2012
3:12 am

For someone who is suppose to be the number 1 player in the country he should be acting like a leader instead of a follower. All you hear is will he follow Foster to Alabama ? Will he follow Gallman to Clemson? Will he follow his brother to Mississippi?
Surely he is smart enough to know if he is as good as everybody says that he will play for 3 years and 4 years from now he will be playing Pro ball, without his brother, Gallman or Foster. Point being he needs to grow up because he will be forced to do it in 4 years anyway . He needs to go where he wants to go not sign somewhere because somebody else is going there.

clay

April 12th, 2012
4:27 am

It’s not even close. Alabama all the way. Now if Georgia would have done there job and got his brother then it wouldn’t even be close for Alabama to get him.

UGA Friend

April 12th, 2012
6:01 am

My comment is really a question for you, Mike.
When and why did the recruiting process turn into a “tail waging the dog” event?
Nowdays, its the high school player making the references as to which school is in my top five or who is number one one my list. As an older college fan, I remember when the college made the media headlines by telling us who they believed were the top prospects on THEIR list and then weve very s3elective in offering schlorships. There were no long periods of hype to get thes kids full of themselves.

I am not knocking you because I realize you are doing your job in today`s world. I just do not understand why recruiting has changed to the point where we have these kids making so many
statements like RK is making such as his teammates make him interested in a school. I agree with 7576 DAWG`s post above.
Can you give me som e insight Mike?

jmfsu

April 12th, 2012
6:06 am

Hard to count anyone out. Ole Miss has his brother, Clemson will offer Robert’s high school’s janitor to land Robert, and Bama is Bama.

If I’m a Bama/Ole Miss guy, Clemson scares me here. Dabo is a great recruiter and they are shady as all get out when it comes to recruiting.

We Run the East

April 12th, 2012
6:40 am

If you are the top prospect in the nation are you really gonna play in a 2nd or 3rd class league like the ACC? Do yourself a favor Robert, go SEC, any SEC team is better than Dumbo Weenie adn Klimpson or any other ACC school.

Clogged Drain

April 12th, 2012
7:04 am

@ Zzz Dawg If anyone knows Robert please tell him to Google UGA players who left the UGA program. And don’t give me this mark Richt is a good christian man story. Robert is already a good kid. UGA is awful.

Still time for a change.

Salty

April 12th, 2012
7:07 am

JMFSU….put some proof behind ’shady’…or simply keep your trap shut. Recruiting is out there for everyone to see…especially on the top players.

Bama Fan#2

April 12th, 2012
7:32 am

Let’s compare Ole Miss,Tiger H! and Alabama.
NEXT AND NEXT
Alabama NC’S end of story!! RTR

Eddie

April 12th, 2012
7:43 am

Hey Clogged drain—should be Clogged brain—–just saying

Beast from the East

April 12th, 2012
7:53 am

Clemson needs his services more than any school in the country. Got 70 hung on them by a Big Easy team. That’s hard to do.

KeepDreaming

April 12th, 2012
7:55 am

Bama is not going to Greyshirt this kid, I promise you.

Big Wally Butts

April 12th, 2012
8:04 am

It’s always fun to see grown men try in a blog to induce an 18 yr old to join their favorite team. Damn guys, get a life.

bill

April 12th, 2012
8:08 am

This kid is not up for sale. Whoever gets him won’t have to cheat to get him. Lsu leads but watch out for Clemson

Game Changer

April 12th, 2012
8:10 am

GA needs to quit living off the SEC and start living off GA is a winning top caliber team with character, image, leadership and respected by opponents, currently this is not the case. LEADERSHIP, LEADERSHIP, LEADERSHIP 2012 is the last opportunity for Mark Richt and crew to move GA forward. This is a huge time in the current times of UGA FOOTBALL. The GA student body is embarrased by the actions of the GA football players, the AD department and the continuing spiral down of the program. Students speak that they are afraid of modern media and cell phone photos yet our football players think they are xxx stars videoing themselves with girls. The very fact that this type pattern of behavior continues speaks volumes about the ” LEADERSHIP “, whom starts with Mark Richt and Staff along with Greg McGarity.

Big Wally Butts

April 12th, 2012
8:16 am

Game Changer @8:10

So I can assume that you would rather have Petrino?

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

April 12th, 2012
8:51 am

7576DAWG
April 12th, 2012
3:12 am

For someone who is suppose to be the number 1 player in the country he should be acting like a leader instead of a follower. All you hear is will he follow Foster to Alabama ? Will he follow Gallman to Clemson? Will he follow his brother to Mississippi?
Surely he is smart enough to know………… NO I am Smart enough to know. LOL

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

April 12th, 2012
8:52 am

He could really use some Eye Shadow and Lipstick with those earrings.

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

April 12th, 2012
8:56 am

jmfsu
April 12th, 2012
6:06 am

Hard to count anyone out. Ole Miss has his brother, Clemson will offer Robert’s high school’s janitor to land Robert, and Bama is Bama.

If I’m a Bama/Ole Miss guy, Clemson scares me here. Dabo is a great recruiter and they are shady as all get out when it comes to recruiting.

An FSU guy calling another school SHADY? hahaha I just blew my coffee through my nose on that one.

overATED

April 12th, 2012
9:06 am

LOL, Has anyone actually seen this guy play?…He is OVERATED..Against good comp, he is easily handled, he plays in a very weak 5A reigon ..Montavious Adams is clearly the best DL in the state and it’s not even close!

Jimmy Crack

April 12th, 2012
9:12 am

What a click tease this guy is.

Either Robert is just having some sadistic fun with all the fan bases and he really knows where he is going, or he is waiting for Alabama to back the Brinks truck up to his mama’s door.

Big Crimson 75

April 12th, 2012
9:18 am

This guy is playing the system for as much as He can. If anyone thinks He’s going to Ole Miss or Clemson — their nuts.
I don’t care how many of his lesser talented homeboys they waste scholly’s on.
This is what it’s always been — Bama vs. LSU.

Blue

April 12th, 2012
9:22 am

Yeah, overrated; we should take your opinion over someone else’s that scouts. Rigggghhht. Yes, I watched him in the SC game against Walton. He was going up against some D1 commit linemen. And he absolutely manhandled him. And when a guy like Chuck Oliver on 680 the fan (who has been a GA high school football coach) says this kid is the best football player in highs shool he has ever seen, and I saw and thought the same thing when I saw him, you’ll forgive me if I don’t change my mind (and other schools don’t change their mind) based on your inane rant. YOu’re probably Montavious Adams mom, dude…

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

April 12th, 2012
9:26 am

Chuch Oliver ain’t nothing special and only Dwag fans care for his opinion.

4,478

April 12th, 2012
9:26 am

2.5 GPA in High School? Someone please tell Gallman that he will be a Sociology major.

Big Crimson 75

April 12th, 2012
9:27 am

blue — those all what you refer to as jealous/envious UGA fans. Upset the # 1 & formerly # 2 prospects in the State/Country haven’t sniffed their Team, well that is unless you consider free trips to Athens so they can man-handle a few co-eds recruitment.
…….and Montavious Adams isn’t going to UGA either.

Big Crimson 75

April 12th, 2012
9:28 am

Big Crimson 75

April 12th, 2012
9:31 am

Smart — the Barners think Fat Oliver hung the moon also.

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

April 12th, 2012
9:36 am

Bi Cri i can’t listen to .uck B & Suck O for more than 15 minutes on the radio for I want to puke.

Big Crimson 75

April 12th, 2012
9:46 am

If you want to die of laughter.
Find old video of Buck Belue “throwing” for the Jax Bulls!!!
The art of quarter-backing was set back a Century!!

Pawwll

April 12th, 2012
9:47 am

Zzz Dawg, are you God trolling as a Dawg fan? B/c you apparently know what’s best for this young man. I guess if playing for the top program in the country, under the best defensive mind of this generation, having the opportunity for multiple national championships, and receiving an all but guaranteed high draft grade fits your criteria as a poor choice, he should definitely look elsewhere.

If you google Alabama Greyshirting all of the hits wind up back to this hack’s blog. Nothing against Jawja, it’s a great program, but seriously, take off your red and black blinders dude.

Flo-Ri-Duh

April 12th, 2012
9:51 am

Foster is bought and paid for by Bummer. They even got him transferred to Bummer for his senior year. What is unknown by most is that Foster moved to Georgia from Bummer. So, Bummer is really his home state. As for Nkemdiche I don’t see him going to Clemson but I hope he does since it is obvious that UGA is not high on his list. Clemson’s defense was beyond awful last year and that is will probably go to Bummer. No way he is going to Ole Miss.

Without Hershel, UGA is Vandy without the education

April 12th, 2012
9:55 am

2.5 GPA and major in Sports Medicine; what a delusional moron.

Pawwll

April 12th, 2012
10:07 am

Some of you Jawja peeps are so the pot calling the kettle black with your allegations of other programs paying for players. Well check this, I know first hand of two instances where your own boosters paying players.

Case A: Going back, I remember when Champ Bailey happened to get the same brand new Tahoo the same day as an aquintance who’s father happened to be the largest Jawja booster at the time. Think John Holmes little brother, here. Anyone who knows anything about the program knows exactly to whom I’m referring.

Case B: How do you think Charles Johnson’s mama got transportation to / from games in Athens and aroudn the SE from the projects of Hawkinsville, GA? Something to do with a local car dealer?? The same dealership where he “worked” every summer during his high school and college years? Perhaps. Also, he just happened to recently save a local restaurant owner from foreclosure by buying his note. The same owner who was a “mentor” to Charles in high school.

See how this works? At least I provided specifics in my accusations. These are examples of instances in which I know occured, and I’m not even a Jawja homer. It happens at every school in the country, so quit throwing rocks at glass houses.

Big Crimson 75

April 12th, 2012
10:18 am

Flo-id-iot — Where do you come up with this stuff?
Do you believe your own BS.
“What is unknown by most is that Foster moved to Ga from Bama!!!!”
Foster is from West Point, Ga. Born – Raised. Unless, West Point has been annexed by the state of Alabama w/o the knowledge of the Union, I’d say that qualifies as being from Ga.
Troup Co. did not want Coach Flowers fired. For those of us who know what happened in Troup Co., no one will/can blame Foster & several of his Teammates for leaving the County.
The Troup Co. Board of Education is RUN by Lagrange High grads — Troup Co.’s biggest rival. Lagrange High, typically THE TEAM from the County, has been down for the past couple of yrs while Troup High has been on an up-swing.
The Board Members, out of jealously, coaxed up trumped up charges against Coach Flowers, which led to his dismissal last month.
Foster & OTHER Players have left Troup because of this.
“They got him to transfer to Bama for his senior yr” — yes – that was all in the master plan to have him transfer to a High School in our rivals back yard.
Flo-id-iot — continue on with your retardation.
TroupCountyDawg — I expect to hear from you in regards to this matter. Some of your brethren, as usual, are having delusions of grandeur — Again.

freespirit610

April 12th, 2012
10:25 am

@overATED I’ve watched Robert play since he first stepped on the field in the 7th grade and I know him personally. I’m not sure what game you watched that gave you the impression that he is over rated. I am a true die hard Grayson fan and I never miss a game because my daughter cheers for them. So stop hating on him, jealousy doesn’t look good on you.

JT

April 12th, 2012
10:26 am

Er, how can a team be his “runner-up” if they haven’t even offered?

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

April 12th, 2012
10:27 am

Without Hershel, UGA is Vandy without the education
April 12th, 2012
9:55 am

2.5 GPA and major in Sports Medicine; what a delusional moron.

Majoring in Sports Medicine in college for Athlete students means Illegal Drugs & Alcohol.

Rick James

April 12th, 2012
10:36 am

This is one circus that I will be glad to see come to an end..

Charlie Hayes

April 12th, 2012
11:04 am

Yeah, I don’t really care. As long as Grantham is the DC at UGA, he will develop underrated players to be better that the high rated players. Look at UGA’s secondary. Three starters were all three star recruits and one of them was an All American. I know they have pot and abuse issues. But, outside of that Grantham worked with what he had and turned them into great players. Same with a DT, DE and ILB. If Adams, Nkemdechie and Foster want to go out of state them good luck to them. We will gladly take a 4-star or 3-star guy and develop him in our system. The key is that those kids want to be BULLDOGS and will work hard to get into the spotlight.

Game Changer

April 12th, 2012
11:29 am

charlie hayes: Todd Grantham and laktos have the skill to coach up players, no one else on the whole staff can do this. When, not if, Todd Grantham leaves, these same players signing today will be up the creek without a paddle.

Dawg Man

April 12th, 2012
11:57 am

Dream Team, Saban is a cheater, Urban Myer is a liar, boo hoo, be a real man and come to UGA where you’ll never get gray shirted ’cause players are quiting and getting kicked off the team so fast, we don’t even know if we got enough to play our spring game.

You're a good man Charlie

April 12th, 2012
12:11 pm

Becuase most georgia fans think the number of recruiting stars is all that matters. Most of what I see on here is sour grapes that Saban and Les Miles are getting better players and attempted insults because Tech is only getting 3 star players.
Now to Grantham, cussing at college players and defending his on player for classlessly taunting another teams coach……he is something to be proud of, maybe you can hire Bobby Petrino to replace Bobo if you’re happy with Grantham.

Toothless Bammer

April 12th, 2012
12:23 pm

Do all players from Grayson have a haircut from the 1980’s? Nkemdiche skunk fade looks like he stepped of the 1985 Soul Train Awards and Allman and his flattop looks like he stepped off a Kid N’ Play video shoot.

Big Crimson 75

April 12th, 2012
12:25 pm

RIP Kurt Crain.
The Guy was a great Player @ Auburn back in the day. Better than Kevin Greene, IMO.
Memorial Services are today, I believe.
SEC Nation pay your respects.

bucket

April 12th, 2012
12:29 pm

I am hearing from recruiting services that LSU might be a bigger player for Nkemdiche than Alabama fans think. Word is Nkemdiche sees himself more as a 4-3 DE than a 3-4. I think he could play in either scheme, but this may give Clemson a better shot as well.

I Know Gwinnett Football

April 12th, 2012
12:31 pm

Nkemdiche will be a bust wherever he decides to go to school. Very immature and is definitely a follower. I repeat a bust. I am a GT man and we never had a shot at him and i am glad.

getting old

April 12th, 2012
12:38 pm

This is getting old. Them offering my friend is really helping them with me? Make your own decision kid. Seems a bit primadona no matter how high he is rated. Wonder how hard he works?