Robert Nkemdiche: Clemson lands nation’s No. 1 recruit … “It’s family man!”



Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s No. 1 overall college football prospect, has committed to Clemson.

The 6-foot-5, 275-pound defensive end from Grayson High School made the unexpected announcement during a visit to Clemson on Thursday.

“It’s family man!” Nkemdiche said in a text message to the AJC, confirming his commitment to Clemson.

Robert Nkemdiche (No. 1 jersey) in Clemson gear with his Grayson teammates, sent out by Wayne Gallman on Twitter

Robert Nkemdiche (No. 1 jersey) in Clemson gear with his Grayson teammates, sent out by Wayne Gallman on Twitter

There’s a lot of connections between Nkemdiche and Clemson that would make it feel like a football family: Two of his Grayson teammates, DB David Kamara (Nkemdiche’s best friend since middle school) and RB Wayne Gallman, have already committed to Clemson. There’s an extra level of trust with Clemson coach Dabo Swinney because he roomed together and played football at Alabama with Grayson coach Mickey Conn, who has helped Nkemdiche navigate through the recruiting process. Clemson is located only 100 miles away from Grayson High School, keeping Nkemdiche within close proximity to his support network.

It was an amazing turn of events for Clemson, which traditionally recruits well in the state of Georgia. Clemson failed to sign any Georgia prospects last February and now has  landed the nation’s No. 1 prospect from Georgia, along with two of his teammates.

Nkemdiche and Kamara went to Clemson on Wednesday for a three-day visit, and Kamara set things in motion by committing to the Tigers soon after arriving on campus. The next day, Nkemdiche followed with his pledge to the Tigers. The timing was surprising because Nkemdiche had been hinting that he would likely wait on making his college decision until after  his senior season — so he could take some official visits.

Clemson has been listed among Nkemdiche’s favorite schools, along with Alabama and Ole Miss. Robert, at one time or another, has also expressed heavy interest in UGA, LSU, Mississippi State and Florida, among others.

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Frankly

June 14th, 2012
7:05 pm

FL Jacket

June 14th, 2012
7:05 pm

Congratulations Robert! We look forward to reading you on the Triple-Option next Fall…they need you

We Run the East

June 14th, 2012
7:11 pm

A waste to committ to any league except SEC. Must not want to win championships, or beat anybody. Conn is selling the kid short pumping up freakin’ Dabo?! Bad choice in a bad league!

North Georgia Dawg

June 14th, 2012
7:11 pm

Well, at least he’s not going to another SEC school. Congrats, Robert and good luck at Clemson.

Tuckdawg

June 14th, 2012
7:12 pm

Well If he can actually get some more to follow maybe an acc school will actually hv a chance at nat champ but then again they wld still hv to beat an SEC school so probably not

kingdaddy

June 14th, 2012
7:12 pm

Just too damn funny…

cmon man

June 14th, 2012
7:12 pm

Wait wait wait I thought nick saban gets any player that he wants!

FL Jacket

June 14th, 2012
7:14 pm

East…the first 2 picks in the NFL Draft were from the PAC 12 and the Big 12. Where you go doesn’t matter.

Everybody repeat after me, and then imagine that real people shout this about their own conference!

ACC! ACC! ACC! ACC!

JL

June 14th, 2012
7:18 pm

Looks like We Run The East is jealous…

Paddy

June 14th, 2012
7:18 pm

Good luck young man.

Big Daddy

June 14th, 2012
7:26 pm

Wow…I can’t believe a top recruit turned down Satan. I didn’t think that happened.

kerryb

June 14th, 2012
7:26 pm

How long do you guys think that will last? It’s a long way from June to February. You think the top coaches are going to give up? You think he is not going to want a lot of attention anymore?

Mountain Dawg

June 14th, 2012
7:27 pm

UGA Fan Foreva

June 14th, 2012
7:27 pm

Seriously, who wouldn’t want to play in the best league in the country. I mean I didn’t expect him to go to UGA. But the SEC sends more kids to the pros and wins more championships. I mean the SEC has the whole package. No disrespect to Clemson a great school and a good football program, but I just don’t get it.

Adds

June 14th, 2012
7:28 pm

ACC school? Really? Must prefer to be a big fish in a small pond. Doesn’t want legit competition? Oh well, good luck.

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

June 14th, 2012
7:28 pm

Still think before the LOI is FAXED Ole Miss might back into the MIX.

Mariettafan

June 14th, 2012
7:30 pm

70-33!!!! Remember that ball game young man? I understand if you want to go somewhere that you can be assured of playing as a freshman, but do you really want to play in a fourth tier conference on an average team? Hard to impress scouts when you’ll be double-teamed every play (as Clemson doesn’t exactly have a bunch of talented d-linemen like you’ll see at an SEC school).

SECya

June 14th, 2012
7:30 pm

I hope he has fun winning 8 games a year and not playing in a meaningful game at all. At least he will be in good shape when he goes to the NFL in 3 years.

Score Check

June 14th, 2012
7:30 pm

Coach Sick Satan = SCUM
Coach Sick Satan = SCUM
Coach Sick Satan = SCUM

Tweak your knee and he leaves you twisting in the wind

kerryb

June 14th, 2012
7:34 pm

I love it when you see a Tech fan gloating because a good player picks another ACC school. They know THEY have no hope of getting a player of that caliber.

Oldtimer

June 14th, 2012
7:34 pm

This kid is just playing the field and loving the attention. He isn’t going to commit to anybody till he sucks all the pub he can out of it.. Probably a signing day spectacular.

GT = 10 time loser to Mark Richt

June 14th, 2012
7:38 pm

Kid wants to be the #1 recruit and goes to Clempson. lol

ryan

June 14th, 2012
7:40 pm

Good luck Tech playing Clemson you have to play against RN now why would you happy about it coo coo insane in the brain .

I know...

June 14th, 2012
7:40 pm

Robert has not officially committed, however, if he chose Clemson, those of us who know and love Robert would be thrilled. He is a sweet, happy kid who happens to have an amazing gift of athleticism. He will be a success in life no matter where he goes to college. I think Clemson is a smaller and safer campus. I believe they would take great care of him there. Unfortunately, his recruitment journey is a long way from over.

Fred ™

June 14th, 2012
7:43 pm

Why in the hell would a top recruit go to Clemson? Do they even have a football team there? I mean as a Dawg fan I would doubt his sanity if he chose the Dawgs over a team that will actually play for and win a Nat’l Championship, but CLEMSON? Somewhere a little bunny rabbit is crying………

MaconBulldog

June 14th, 2012
7:46 pm

ryan

June 14th, 2012
7:49 pm

I think what put Clemson over the was Robert’s teammates David Karmara who is going there i wish now CMR would have done this i guess its always smart to offer top recruits teammates .

DogT1

June 14th, 2012
7:50 pm

he’ll be playing for mediocre clemson teams and going to minor bowls. He should come to GA—the dogs will be in the BCS title game in the next 2 years—book it!

Howard's Rock

June 14th, 2012
7:51 pm

Hahahahaha, yes. Welcome to Clemson Robert!

01HAWK

June 14th, 2012
7:54 pm

Anywhere but LSU, AUBARN, ARKANSAS, and JAWGEE……………….I am happy.

Clemben

June 14th, 2012
7:54 pm

Clemson no football team? I remember Herschel Walker getting to know the Clemson football team in the 80’s. Can’t wait to see you Dawgs soon…

kerryb

June 14th, 2012
7:54 pm

Howard’s Rock
June 14th, 2012
7:51 pm

Hahahahaha, yes. Welcome to Clemson Robert!

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Only internet rumors right now. Nothing official from anybody.

kerryb

June 14th, 2012
7:56 pm

We were also hearing at one time that he was secretly committed to Alabama. That’s how much you can trust internet rumors.

IT IS WHAT IT IS

June 14th, 2012
7:58 pm

Wow, I would have never thought this guy would want to play on a defense that gives up 70 points in a bcs bowl game!!!! His talents wont be tested in the ACC! If he sticks with his committment, him playing in the ACC will always be questioned if he is as good as advertised! D. Bowers, what happen to him, over hyped guy!!!! Hope he doesn’t turn out like him!!! UGA VS CLEMSON 2013, R.N. WILL GET HIS BUTT WHIPPED OFF THE LINE!!

Vaughn

June 14th, 2012
7:58 pm

Something about Saban and Bama turned the kid off. This may be one that UA loses because of the “family atmosphere” at other schools. Kind of got the feeling he may have some issues with leaving home.

Peckerwood

June 14th, 2012
8:00 pm

That’s like Julia Child peeling onions at The Varsity!!! WAJ

Skip

June 14th, 2012
8:00 pm

Doesn’t he know he’s only 2 RB arrests away from starting at UGA this fall as a freshman, it was a lock! He could have been working with the first string by July!!

BiggDawgK

June 14th, 2012
8:00 pm

Congrats to Robert and Clemson. This kid will be destroying trade school players for years to come. I thought all the bama boys said he was a silent bama commit though? In fact they have been thumping their chests and bragging about having him locked down for months.

It is refreshing that some kids don’t let a few quick bucks and a job for their girlfriend sway them to the dark side that is tuscaloosa. How ironic that the dark side would be so lily white.

What

June 14th, 2012
8:03 pm

What is this kid thinking… Choosing an academically superior university to one that pours funds into athletics and scoots athletes along their four (or five) years for merely showing up at practice??? Clearly, his values are skewed….

Southside Seminole

June 14th, 2012
8:04 pm

Quit riding the coattails of your conference UGA fans…play for a nat’l championship? Its not going to happen in Athens. When have the Dawgs won anything. UGA = Miss State of the SEC least.

Ghost

June 14th, 2012
8:04 pm

Clemben, Clemson hasn’t beaten Georgia since 1990, and the series record favors Georgia 38-15-4 , The last game was a 30-0 whipping in Clemson.Clemson can’t even beat Tech on a consistent basis.

Bill

June 14th, 2012
8:04 pm

My prediction is he’ll never play many college games whereever he goes. His head is far too big from all the hype. His quote ” I was treated like Michael Jackson” referring to his visit to Ole Miss. One man does not make a team. With some “I’m great attitude”, he’d have been better suited for USC and play for Smiffin.

BiggDawgK

June 14th, 2012
8:05 pm

01 chickenhawk

Sure you are happy. Anywhere but a list of schools actually means you are crying becuase you have no life and he didn’t pick your joke of a school. LOL What;s it like to have to live vicariously through a bunch of teenagers? I bet it’s really sad. You cry a lot spontaneously don’t you. LOL

Nickster

June 14th, 2012
8:07 pm

Clemson – the SEC school in the ACC. Perfect choice. Watch.

Paul in NH

June 14th, 2012
8:09 pm

Wow – who knew that the ACC can’t put DE’s in the NFL? Unless I am mistaken the last DL to be drafted #1 in the NFL draft played for NCSU

Ghost

June 14th, 2012
8:10 pm

Southside, Don’t keep up with much? Georgia has won the SEC more than FSU has won the ACC in the past 11 years, 14-1 vs the pathetic ACC , Can FSU beat Wake this year 2-4 vs Wake since 2006?

RedandBlackDAWG

June 14th, 2012
8:13 pm

All of those on here that are trying to insult this kid, know darn well, your tune would change if he decided on your school. As for going to a school that gave up 70 points to West Virginia last year; Do you think he might help improve that statistic when he plays for Clemson. Whatever his reasoning, I wish the kid good luck and hope he succeeds at the next level, and I would only wish he had one bad game a year, and that is when he plays against UGA in 2013 and 2014.

Wet Willie...keep on smiling

June 14th, 2012
8:14 pm

Congrats to Dabo and Clemson. His dad isn’t onboard with this decision as of right now but LSU is the #2 school. Robert wants to play in a 4-3 and not a 3-4 and that is big big with the kid. There is a lot more to this story but Bama isn’t in play at this time. Those players that come to Alabama understand early the system Nick has in place and how it will be conducted and no player/recruit will be outside of that system. I am sure Robert will be outstanding at Clemson and perhaps he could even play at the level he thinks he’s at already.

kerryb

June 14th, 2012
8:14 pm

What
June 14th, 2012
8:03 pm

What is this kid thinking… Choosing an academically superior university to one that pours funds into athletics and scoots athletes along their four (or five) years for merely showing up at practice??? Clearly, his values are skewed….

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Are you really delusional enough to think that an athlete of that caliber goes to a school for the degree program? He’s 3 years and out to the NFL.

Rick James

June 14th, 2012
8:14 pm

Best of luck if its true..They could have used him in the Orange Bowl last season.West Virginia just scored again.