Robert Nkemdiche to Clemson — Did that really happen?



It has been nearly a week since Robert Nkemdiche’s surprising commitment to Clemson and a lot of people – especially those from Alabama, LSU and Ole Miss – want to know:

Did it really happen?

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Yes, it did. The nation’s No. 1 overall college football prospect did commit to Clemson. It was surprising for many reasons, including the timing of it (Robert could’ve waited until it was time to report next summer).

Nkemdiche’s high school coach at Grayson, Mickey Conn, provided some insight on the situation. He actually drove Nkemdiche last Wednesday to Clemson for summer camp, and says he had “no idea” that Robert intended to commit.

“Oh no, I had no idea,” Conn said. “I drove him up there because he wanted to go. I thought he was going to commit in February and I didn’t know where. I had no idea he was going to do it last week.

“But then he decided that’s what he wanted to do. I think he really fell in love with the coaches and players there. Two of his best friends [DB David Kamara and RB Wayne Gallman, both of Grayson] were offered by Clemson and had committed. Robert thought about it, decided that’s what he wanted to do, and then that’s what he did.”

This picture is priceless for Clemson fans: Dabo Swinney (center) with the nation's No. 1 prospect (left) and David Kamara. (Note: This photo was owned and submitted by the Kamara family. It was not owned, arranged, publicized or distributed by Clemson)

This picture is priceless for Clemson fans: Dabo Swinney (center) with the nation's No. 1 prospect (left) and David Kamara. (Note: This photo was owned and submitted by the Kamara family. It was not owned, arranged, publicized or distributed by Clemson)

Some more questions with Conn:

You roomed together and played college football at Alabama with Dabo Swinney. How much did your friendship with Swinney play into it? “I didn’t try to influence Robert in any way. Coach Swinney, his personality and the way he recruits, it speaks for itself. I tried to stay out of it. The kid needed a ride to Clemson, and I gave him a ride up there. And he really enjoyed it. This was all Robert’s decision.”

What was Dabo’s reaction? “He was ecstatic. They just got the No. 1 player in the country. They were extremely excited. This was the first time that he’s ever signed the No. 1 player in the country at Clemson. He signed the No. 1 wide receiver and No. 1 running back. But this was the first time he landed the No. 1 overall player in America. It’s a huge deal for Clemson, and it’s a huge deal for the ACC conference to land a guy like Robert Nkemdiche.”

What has been the general reaction from everybody? “Naturally, everybody wanted Robert to come to their school. The people from Clemson are extremely excited. The people from Georgia and Alabama are not as excited. But at the same time, I think everybody is happy that Robert made his decision, and that’s where he wants to go. I  think people are proud for him.”

Have you heard from other colleges? “Yes, there have been some other schools to call to make sure it’s legitimate and really happened. It did.”

Which school was the runner-up? “I think it was LSU. Robert liked how he fits into the Clemson defensive scheme, as opposed to LSU.”

Are the other schools, including LSU and Alabama, going to continue to recruit him? “I think they are going to keep recruiting him. He hasn’t signed anything. Until these kids sign the dotted line, you’ve always got a chance. Robert was pretty firm with his commitment, which is what surprised me because I thought he might wait until he took all of his official visits in December and January. But he was excited about his teammates going to Clemson, and I guess Robert was ready.”

So I hear UGA was never really in it for Robert? “He loves Coach Richt and Georgia did a good job recruiting him, but the campus was too big. There were just too many people there, the campus was too big.”

Will Robert take official visits to schools other than Clemson? “No, I think he’s done with that. He made it clear to Dabo that Clemson is where he wanted to go. Dabo gave him the opportunity to even take back the commitment if he still wasn’t sure and he wanted to take some more visits. Robert said ‘No, this is what I want to do.’ I think he’s pretty firm with Clemson.”

Robert’s brother plays at Ole Miss. You don’t think he will burn an official visit out there just to watch his brother play? “I’m sure he’ll go out there but not as a recruit. His brother gets four courtesy tickets to each game, and I’m sure he’ll go to one.”

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Now seeing how it all worked out, do you think some other schools wish they had offered both Kamara and Gallman, too? “Nobody has said anything to me about it but I have no idea.”

Do you think Robert’s recruiting is going to calm down now that he’s committed? “No, I think it’s going to get crazier, if you want to know the truth. People are not going to give up. This is America. People don’t give up in America until it’s all done. I think this is going to make other schools press harder to get him. Commitments these days don’t mean the same as they used to do years ago. When you sign the dotted line, that’s when it is official. I think Robert’s commitment is his word. That’s what he said down at Clemson. But you don’t ever know. He’s 17 years old. He’s got a lot of pressure on him. He’s 17 years old, and there’s a lot of people pulling him in different directions. You never know.”

Are you going to shield him from other colleges now that he’s committed to Clemson? “If Robert says he doesn’t want to talk to people, we’ll take away those calls as they come in. If he wants to continue to talk to other people, that’s fine, too. We’ll let that be Robert’s decision. But, no, he hasn’t asked for any help. Robert is pretty good at handling this himself.”

What if Les Miles has offered the D1 DB on the left? What if?

What if Les Miles has offered the D1 DB on the left? What if? (Note: This photo was owned and submitted by the Kamara family. It was not owned, arranged, publicized or distributed by LSU)

You played football on Alabama’s 1992 national championship team. Are you catching a lot of grief since Robert didn’t pick the Crimson Tide? “I am. That’s a hard thing for me. I’m an Alabama guy but I’ve lived my college life and done what I needed to do. This is Robert’s time, and I’m extremely proud of his choice.”

What about the endless rumors that you were going to deliver Robert to Alabama because you played there? “I heard them. But I didn’t put any pressure on this kid, and I wouldn’t do that to anybody. This is his life to live. That’s just the way I believe.”

Clemson has one of the nation’s largest student organizations for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and spirituality is part of Dabo’s recruiting pitch. How much was that a factor? “That was very important to Robert. I just think with him, Clemson was the family-type of atmosphere he was looking for. That’s what he considers for him to be family. They care about his spiritual development, as much as they do his physical development – and his social and emotional development. That was an aspect he felt he got at Clemson. That’s not a knock on LSU, Alabama, Georgia or anywhere else because they have team chaplains and everything. But Robert felt like it was stronger at Clemson.”

Thanks to Mickey. I’ve been asked a ton of questions about Nkemdiche over the last week, and let’s review some: (Note: My answers are my opinions based on conversations with Robert and people around him)

Are you surprised with Clemson? Yes. But when you take a step back and look at the big picture, Clemson makes a lot of sense. No. 1, it’s far enough away from home (100 miles from Grayson High School) but also close enough where Robert’s support group can always be there on a moment’s notice. No. 2, there’s not as many distractions at Clemson (not even a Chick-fil-A, as one recruit incorrectly claimed), which Robert’s supporters approve, because, barring an injury or unforeseen away from the field troubles, he will have the opportunity to play football for a very long time. No. 3 and most importantly, Robert will have his best friend (Kamara) and another good friend (Gallman) attending Clemson with him, which automatically made him feel comfortable even if he never visited Clemson. Since Robert has been at Grayson, he has lived in the houses of coaches and teammates – so they’re all like family.

JFK Conspiracy Theorists had the Alabama player-turned-coach pushing his star player to the Crimson Tide. It didn't happen (AJC)

JFK Conspiracy Theories had the Alabama player-turned-coach pushing his star player to the Crimson Tide. It didn't happen (AJC)

Which person has the biggest influence on Robert’s decision? The first theory was his coach, who played for Alabama. Since being coach at Grayson, Conn has never had a player that was offered by Alabama not sign with Alabama. The next theory was his brother, who signed with Ole Miss.  Blood is thicker than water, but not when Ole Miss is so far away? The key player turned out to be David Kamara, who is Robert’s best friend since middle school. In my opinion, if Kamara does not commit to Clemson neither does Robert. No chance. That will always make LSU fans wonder what would’ve happened if Kamara would’ve gotten that LSU offer he so desperately wanted. Gallman wasn’t as much of a factor but it is interesting to note that he might’ve not committed to Clemson had he gotten that FSU offer he so desperately wanted. Everything fell into place and Dabo Swinney capitalized like a recruiting champion. It was like Lane Kiffin all over again. Remember when Lane Kiffin was at Tennessee and lured Da’Rick Rogers away from UGA? Basically, Kiffin didn’t even acknowledge Rogers and walked straight to his best friend Nash Nance, convincing him that he wanted him regardless of where Rogers was signing. Nance flipped from Vanderbilt to Tennessee and you know the rest of the story. This brings us back to Kamara, who was told emphatically by Dabo that he was wanted at Clemson regardless of where Nkemdiche was going. That’s not to knock Kamara because he is a legitimate 3-star prospect. But the Clemson coaches definitely knew the connection, and the strategy played out to perfection.

Which college is the biggest threat to Clemson? It sounds like LSU, since they were the runners-up. What if LSU offers Kamara? It could get interesting but I still think they are a longshot because it’s so far away. I think the biggest threat is Ole Miss, especially if Robert’s parents get more involved. I still think Robert will end up taking an official visit to Ole Miss to see his brother play there. Ole Miss already has an offer on the table to Kamara, and I thought it was very, very interesting – OK, brilliant — that Ole Miss put out a new offer on Tuesday to Grayson DB Ryan Carter – who is another one of Nkemdiche’s best friends. Could Clemson make a counter move and offer Carter to secure Robert? Carter is another legit D1 prospect, and has been talking to Clemson. Yes, I could see that happening.

Will Nick Saban go after RN even harder? (AP)

Will Nick Saban go after RN even harder? (AP)

Is there any good news for UGA out of all of this? Yes. The longer that Robert stayed uncommitted, the longer that UGA had to spend resources monitoring Nkemdiche. Even if UGA was never in the race, it would’ve looked bad if the Bulldogs weren’t trying, if only for PR purposes, with the nation’s No. 1 prospect only 30 minutes away from campus. UGA obviously would’ve loved to have gotten Nkemdiche but with him picking Clemson, it also may help them with guys like DT Montravius Adams, who once had the Tigers as his early leader.

What about Nick Saban? Will Alabama still go after Nkemdiche? That’s what everybody is waiting to see. He’s the best combination of football coach and recruiting coordinator in the country. Alabama will probably still end up with the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class, with or without Nkemdiche. One reason Saban is a world-class recruiter is that he knows when to cut his losses (as exemplified by recently throwing out a lot of offers to Georgia QBs until he got one). If Alabama pretty much wraps up his 2013 class early (and it’s looking that way), he may launch an all-out assault to get Nkemdiche. Personally, I can’t see Robert going to Alabama without a Grayson teammate or coach, and Saban doesn’t traditionally do the “package deal” thing. So I don’t see it happening. Then again, a month ago, I didn’t see Nkemdiche committing to Clemson. That’s why we love recruiting. Always unpredictable.

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sid

June 20th, 2012
2:06 am

Dabo leads a “stronger” Christian program than Richt? I’ve heard it all now.

I guess those tiny campuses in Baton Rouge and Tuscaloosa were more appealing, too.

Congrats to Robert. Good luck with your career in the ACC.

RTR #1

June 20th, 2012
2:10 am

I can tell you for a FACT that Alabama did not want Nkemdiche. Saban did his homework and knew he wasn’t good enough to play as a freshman, and he knew that Robert would not have the patience to wait two or three years to see the field. I wish Robert the best but the FACT is his Alabama offer was off the table.

Bad Dawg

June 20th, 2012
2:22 am

Is UGA that much bigger than Clemson? If he wanted to play in the ACC I would have rather gone to Tech honestly. Dabo Swinney and Mark Richt are pretty much the same head coach IYAM.

RedandBlackDAWG

June 20th, 2012
2:52 am

He pretty much just wanted to play and be on the same team as some of his team mates. He could go anywhere he wanted and he wants that companionship.
Sweeney got a good one, and now he has to make sure he can get him coached right at this level. With the kind of class Clemson is building this year, they will not have an excuse, not to win the ACC, hopefully, never get embarrassed in a bowl game by having a team drop 70 points on them in the future.

See Rock City

June 20th, 2012
3:11 am

Alabama has not stopped recruiting Robert in the slightest as of now, and won’t most likely, however the intent to grab Montravius Adams has certainly escalated.

Roster Manager

June 20th, 2012
3:29 am

Rofl at Carter being a legit Div.1 prospect

BamaBornDukie

June 20th, 2012
4:06 am

RTR #1….

You have to be a fan of another school making that post to make Alabama look bad as you are 100% WRONG. But then again you sound like the “typical” delusional Alabama fan that “swears” that Alabama only loses a recruit if:
1. Bama didn’t want the recruit,
2. Kid took the easy way out because he didn’t want to “compete and work hard at Bama”
3. The school the recruit selected “cheated” in order to procure the recruit.

SMDH…..I’m a Bama fan but we have some of the most “cerebrally challenged” fans in the nation.

7576DAWG

June 20th, 2012
4:33 am

We should not stop recruiting Robert because if Clemson losses 5 or 6 games this year with little improvement predicted for 2013 I think he flips realizing that in 3 or 4 years he will be going Pro and about the only way his friends will be any where near him is if he hires them as body guards. Having friends to enter college is very helpful but an athlete like Robert won’t have time to socialize and he will not miss them near as much as just a regular Freshman. Time to grow up, Robert.
UGA is a very large campus but unless he plans on getting 2 or 3 different type degrees he won’t even come near 70% of the campus because he won’t have any classes there , unless he is jogging through the area. How can Robert turn down the chance of riding a scooter every day?

fan

June 20th, 2012
5:07 am

Our campus is not large. Our sharing is a large group of us who share the rest of our life.

SSB Charley

June 20th, 2012
5:29 am

Didn’t Da’Rick Rogers commit to Tennessee after Dooley became the head coach? And didn’t the scholarship offer to Nash Nance (how’d that work out, Nash?) come after Dooley became the head coach? While I’m not as certain on the latter, I”m pretty certain on the former.

Crimson Crush

June 20th, 2012
5:48 am

SMDH…..I’m a Bama fan but we have some of the most “cerebrally challenged” fans in the nation.

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You are either a liar or a Stephen Colbert wanna be .

At what age did you decide you were a so called “Bama fan” ?

Was it before or after you decided your “intellect” depended on what the opinion of others would be about your insecure and shallow self identity ?

Blackoutanyone?

June 20th, 2012
5:53 am

MC… really enjoyed your opinion. I couldn’t agree with you more. The kid has decided he wants to play with his High School friends and I just don’t see Saban offering his friends. I think most Bama fans wish him the best of luck. Roll Tide!

andy

June 20th, 2012
6:01 am

Cry/cry/cry………(some of you)……….bunch of wimps……the guy is going to CLEMSON………has anyone noticed that Dabo has had just 3 full seasons and won the acc once and played for it another season………or that he has had top 10 recruiting classes the last two years……..even his one class that wasnt top ten was high in star rating, just small so not ranked so high (19th)……………..Dabo tells a kid something and then does what he says…………..he is one of the best coaches in the nation………and has the highest paid O cord. in the nation for a reason…….and Clemson has one of the best recruiting staffs……….the facilitys there are awesome……..just mark it down, Clemson is going to do more than win the ACC in the next few years…………so the ones that are crying………..either jump in my back pocket if you are scared or go out and get the #2 recruit………….but stop whining.

Crimson Crush

June 20th, 2012
6:08 am

On the article itself … yawn material . Nkediche deciding to bounce off to some middle of the road program so he can continue to play high school patty cakes with some friends won’t have any more effect overall on the Tide than when Clowney did the same .

While I don’t agree with RTR # 1s pronouncement that ANY offer was already off the table before the Clemson commit … Coach Saban can certainly cool off quick on recruits . Especially ones who take themselves out of the picture by continually showing they are more trouble than they are worth to recruit in the first place . The more talent the more leeway one might have to play around but time is a limited and precious commodity . I would expect Nkemdiche to continue to receive attention but his star and the time devoted to it will fade fast with the Tide staff as their attention turns else where .

andy

June 20th, 2012
6:12 am

Oh and brent venables came top clemson for a reason as well………because he knows he will have as much talent as anywhere in the nation

andy

June 20th, 2012
6:17 am

crimson crush ……….so what position do you hold on the alabama staff?…….wannabe loser

andy

June 20th, 2012
6:22 am

maybe any guy that doesnt go to your school should not play since if you lose him …..you then all of a sudden didnt ever want him…………..and this way alabama could win the NC every year…………with no other teams to play you got it!

Let's Go

June 20th, 2012
6:27 am

Bad Dawg @ 2:22am
Campus size I would say they are close but Athens is a heck of a lot bigger than Clemson. In Clemson the Campus is 80 percent of the town.

I think the thing that pulled this off was that Kamara and Gallman had offers from Clemson too. Look for this to be the recruiting tool of the future, package deals.

bitter coach grantham

June 20th, 2012
6:27 am

TROLLS, TROLLS, TROLLS—–Robert will reconcider after the first six games this year

By the time game 9 rolls around and DAABOO is fired he will once again hit the spot light

and the circus show will once again start up, who ever wins the SEC will in this insider view

will be in the drivers seat. This kid loves winning and that will have a profound effect on his pick

——————————————-late JAN and FEB will be a crazy time for this side show

——————–NICE PIECE M.C.

fan

June 20th, 2012
6:28 am

Alabama is the premier football program in the premier football conference, and is in a league by itself, both in terms of the monies you actually spend (not to be confused with that which we pocket here in profits unspent for the purposes for which they were raised) on your coaching staff and recruiting (no you don’t cheat – you’re not on Probation today) and in terms of the actual results beating 3 teams who made the top 10 and 2 teams who made the top 10 – just these most recent 2 of the 3 most recent seasons achieving then national championships which no one disputes.

There are some homer posters on this blog who would prefer all 6 million in this city alone were all UGA fans with a few stupid ignorant North Ave trade school fans thrown in for good measure, like we can measure ourselves then by calling them, and not Florida our greatest rival.

Truth is what I love most about Atlanta is that we are a melting pot and do allow you to have signature license plates for your schools here, even if you don’t have the guts to make your own states do that for us, there in return. And, that we are the largest fanbase of college football fans, right here.

This blog.

I welcome all comments by Bama fans. I am not jealous of your success in coaching staff hire currently, his 6th season at the helm at Alabama, nor his frank I am not satisfied alternative approach he and his entire well-groomed coaching staff present of how what was is bad. And, it is not acceptable. And, we have to have men here who want to fix it. I will fix it with or without these men here.

I am not jealous that now your last 3 of his 6 recruiting classes there are heads-and-shoulders above our own, not only in terms on average recruit ranking of each individual and their combined success as a direct result.

I am likewise not jealous that although you have lost 22 attrition of your signed scholarships there to the 38 lost here over the same period by the same 2 afore-mentioned head coaches.

We’re UGA.

We have played you about as well as any opponent ever has. Haven’t we ?

Recently, we’ve only beaten you when you had a 4-win season or a season in which you lost to Louisiana Monroe – those are our only wins over you recently or a season in which you didn’t even make the Coaches’ Poll Top 25.

That’s not the measure of our success, that our only good years are those where we beat no team making the top 10 AP Poll.

I know where UGA rates internationally, nationally, and regionally. I understand that you’re football program is going to be perceived the way it actually is – which is great.

I am not sure I concur with your fans here that if you took the city of Atlanta away from the state of Georgia, that there would be no difference between Georgia and Alabama, when it is patently clear that the city of Atlanta is greater than the entire state of Alabama, by itself.

But, I am jealous of Alabama’s fans that I have not yet in my entire lifetime met one who is satisfied with beating 4-win Alabama teams, beating Alabama teams that did not even make the Coaches’ Poll Top 25, and beating Alabama teams who lost to Louisiana Monroe the same very year we beat them we thump our chests about as fans – while attempting to ignore the latest game we lost to you, down 31 to nothing at HOME to lose and start this run of nothingness against the top teams. We were # 1 nationally, played like crud after 22 went out partying to celebrate the # 1 consensus pre-season, then at # 3 vs you # 8 us picked by win by a TD and lost instead by nearly 2 TD. We had played as poorly as could have been vs Ga Southern, Central Michigan, dropping 1 place in the polls to 2nd, then again against Az State another hapless opponent in a row after South Carolina also unranked, and then you. National TV # 3 vs # 8. 1 who won the NC that night and 1 who lost it.

I am jealous of your fans, that you do not have what we have here a very vocal minority of us who are satisfied they say with their keyboards inputting it here on the blog, then forgetting they too, have made all the same criticisms of our own program themselves.

You see ?

You don’t.

We do.

Have fans who are out-worldly satisfied and tell the players and coaches, they are great beyond measure

even in the face of beating absolutely nobody

Crimson Crush

June 20th, 2012
6:29 am

@andy

Has anyone noticed ? Sure . Clemson rounding up … and pissing away … batch after batch of overpaid recruiting classes … was going strong long before Dabo … does Tommy Bowden ring a bell ? he was “some kind of recruitin fool” too … wasn’t he ?

Of course then the time to actually coach starts . Clemson fights the other weak ACC schools to be named the tallest midget in the conference then gets thumped like a bass drum by teams like West Virginny .

That isn’t “hate” for Clemson … just what any knowledgeable college football fan would recognize . Clemson will NEVER float any higher than the top of the ACC under Dabo … Nkemdiche and an entire Band of Seven Dwarves to boot won’t do a thing to change that . Dabo will also be lucky if he doesn’t end up with a Show Cause letter attached to his name by the time he gets ousted from Clemson . Mark it down ….

kingdaddy

June 20th, 2012
6:30 am

If I was one of the schools recruiting him, I would give him some room but keep in touch and leave at least 1 spot open till NSD just in case. If Clemson looks bad in a few games especially towards the end of the year, he may flip. If he does, it’s probably #1. LSU, #2. BAMA, #3. OL MISS, #4. UGA. I think he’s had his fill of recruiting for a while but the kid loves the attention and I don’t think we’ve seen the last of him. The best thing any school can do right now is win, win, win and leave a few spots avalible for elite players who want to win…

Mountain Dawg

June 20th, 2012
6:36 am

Haven’t you morons flogged this dead horse long enough? I guess the AJC finds it much easier to re-hash this crap over and over and over, instead of actually going out and finding some real recruiting news. Really sad.

Dawg Bite

June 20th, 2012
6:38 am

UGA campus too big? Naw, program too mediocre for a “Super Star” like this. And like Yes, Clemson is really a tiny campus and a top program? Ask WVU, seems as though they put up 70 on the awesome Tigers! But hey, Dabba Dabba Doo has it going over there! I wish the young man well, but he should go to Bama or LSU if he really wants to play for a top program. I don’t think we have heard the last of this drama.JMHO

gbal

June 20th, 2012
6:45 am

early signing date needed

rokdawg

June 20th, 2012
7:00 am

Michael:

Just wondering when you will be writing a serious story about Alabama’s number one recruit Rueben Foster’s continuing interest in Georgia. It appears he spent part of this past weekend in Athens. Considering Alabama just lost the number one player in the country, Robert Nkimdechi, to Clemson, and now are having trouble keeping their top recruit out of Athens, one has to believe Mr. Saban and his little side kick Mr. Smart are beginning to get a little nervous.

Brown Dog

June 20th, 2012
7:05 am

Michael, at last. An RN story with some actual information. It’s appreciated, even if it doesn’t have a happy ending.

Recruiting | MrSEC

June 20th, 2012
7:06 am

[...] 3. Robert Nkemdiche’s coach believes the nation’s top prospect is “pretty firm” to Clemson. [...]

Brown Dog

June 20th, 2012
7:09 am

Roadway,

Why not frame the story another way: how has the Georgia staff, for the second consecutive year, managed to trail on most of the top GEORGIA kids?

BobDawg

June 20th, 2012
7:11 am

I wish the young man the best… I remember Barnhardt saying years ago that Clemson Alumni always felt they had to cheat to win after the Danny Ford years… Maybe this will convince them otherwise. A strong Clemson is good for the ACC and football in general.

fan

June 20th, 2012
7:14 am

Clemson’s campus is 17,000 acres and UGA’s campus is 759 acres.

Clemson undergraduate enrollment 15,459 ranked the # 68 national university.

http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/clemson-university-3425

All these facts at this one URL Link.

UGA undergraduate enrollment 26,571 ranked the # 58 national university

All people make up their minds emotionally, and rationalize their decisions.

I never had any issue making any class, even if I had one at Aderhold after a business class on North Campus, even if they were back to back. In fact, I walked between classes if I were tight from one of those to the other rather than wait on a bus. Never late, not once.

Our campus has 389 buildings on 759 acres. That is not large, and anyone who tells you is, has never taken a class here.

I have 239 hours. How many do you have where you say our campus is large ?

Notice he says the Christians are MORE there than at UGA, but that UGA is too large a campus and too many people, according to the Alabama former player now his high school coach.

Make up your mind.

You base it on the size of the campus Clemson’s 22 times the size of our campus.

Or, you base it on too many people at UGA – yet MORE Christians at Clemson.

If these are indeed his criteria and not that of his hs coach, then he’ll flip or he’ll tell you the real reason is that Clemson is up-and-coming and UGA is downward spiral – beating no one.

The entire ACC loses their bowl games, what’s news about that ? 70 points or not.

They BEAT Auburn you said was so great we did last year.

They BEAT FSU too.

Virginny Tech ? Excuse me, they beat them too 23-3. What was it you said about that game ? VT was ranked # 11 at game time.

They lost to USCe # 9 in the nation.

Then, they beat Virginny Tech AGAIN 38-10 when VT was ranked # 5 nationally.

Who’ we beat to compare ?

I believe the hs coach and the kid are being nice.

kingdaddy, we are NOT in the running at # 4 or any other number.

NOT until we start beating the top teams will we be getting 3.65 average recruits and certainly not the top recruits not beating the top teams.

Who wants to play where they NEVER beat a top team, not EVER ?

Brown Dog

June 20th, 2012
7:17 am

Rokdawg, despite the best efforts of my iPad, that last message was intended for you.

GT = 10 time loser to Mark Richt

June 20th, 2012
7:20 am

Clemson made a solid offer of 3 years and $75,000 with an option of a car at a local dealership. Alabama countered with 3 years $80,000 and unlimited suits at the shop in the local mall. Kid made his decision.

GT = 10 time loser to Mark Richt

June 20th, 2012
7:21 am

Did MC have a deadline and nothing to write about? Did that really happen?

Game Changer

June 20th, 2012
7:25 am

@MC

Nice article MC, still leading in a way but that is why people read and respond.

Many of my fellow UGA posters need to educate themselves on the definitions of words that meaning. Yesterday the word ” devout christian ” was used to describe richt, not one person on earth is close to a devout christian. Just stupid to make such a claim. Now we have the word
“spirituality” used and UGA posters claim christianity — listen up those of you who make these ignorant post: please educate yourself before making such a post, you make everyone around you dumber for reading you post. ” spirituality does not have anything to do with christianity “.

I dont see why anyone from UGA should be surprised. UGA only recruits football players from Gwinnett County if they are from Buford High or a private christian school.

Congratulations to the many Grayson High D1 signees and all Gwinnett High football players signing football scholarships. One thing that stands out is the players coming out of Gwinnett seem to be academically qualified and well rounded. Keep of the good work Gwinnett teachers, parents and communities, hopefully soon richt, rodney garner, mcquackity, and others will be replaced and some good home state recruiting will turn around the UGA football team image, results and make everyone in the state proud as well as alums.

kingdaddy

June 20th, 2012
7:28 am

Investigative sports journalism is dead. There are so many questions that need answering but not on these pages. Was there nothing learned at UGAs last camp over the weekend worth writing about? Just because the kids didn’t commit, doesn’t mean there weren’t things to write about. When Derrick went to visit bama it’s news. When Foster comes to UGA it’s what, a secret? Just who was at the camp? Any Linemen? Linebackers? Another RUNNING BACK TO REPLACE HENRY? I’ll guess we have to find out recruiting news from another recruiting source. Don’t know why this isn’t covered here…

rokdawg

June 20th, 2012
7:34 am

Brown Dog:

Saban wanted Tray Mathews – UGA commit; Brice Ramsey – UGA commit; Shaq Wiggins – UGA commit. Rueben Foster grew up in Alabama an Alabam fan. If Saban loses him to UGA, it will be a death blow. Saban just lost Nkimdechi to Clemson even though his coach played at Bama. Looks like Saban is not going to get Adams or Langley.

When Richt hired Grantham, he broke the Saban spell in Georgia. Granthan is running circles around Kirby. Grantham is a man and Kirby is Saban’s little boy and recruits are beginning to figure it out.

When the dust settles on the 2013 and 2014 classes, it will be clear that Richt has re-established UGA as the #1 college football program in the south.

SugarHillDawg

June 20th, 2012
7:37 am

Guarantee you he doesn’t SIGN with Klempsun! He’ll wake up and see that he made a BIG mistake.

fan

June 20th, 2012
7:37 am

ROCK STEADY FREDDY

June 20th, 2012
7:38 am

Klimpson has paid for decades. This is no different other than they had to pay three for the price of one, this time.

SugarHillDawg

June 20th, 2012
7:40 am

rokdawg,drinking and blogging huh?CMR is the boat anchor to the UGA ship.I bet Tell your brother CMR that he will NOT leave Athens of his own volition.

Game Changer

June 20th, 2012
7:44 am

I look forward to a MC article regarding Priester once he makes his new choice on a college. Priester made a great decision to leave UGA with such a large number of young receivers. Why do we have so many receivers commited, we do not need more than two this class any yet we have to many and still offering. If one would take a look at the current depth chart, it is easy to see to many recvrs in 2013 class already, take these overloaded players at one position and the stars away and the UGA 2013 commit class does not look to strong at this time. Does the current commitment list match the UGA depth chart needs for this class, at this time no where close.

OkieDawg

June 20th, 2012
7:49 am

Does he know that Clemson does not have an on-campus Chick-fil-A?

Game Changer

June 20th, 2012
7:49 am

@kingdaddy

Last weekend was horrible and that is why nothing is out. Other than Tunsil hopefuls no one of matter showed, some current commits but that is all.

This is evidence by the UGA sports information alter boy CT article about womens golf changes by McQuackity on Monday. Something will be published by CT or BK soon as the sports information department can find a way or story to spin in a positive manner regarding the football weekend failure.

BamaBornDukie

June 20th, 2012
7:51 am

@Crimson Crush ……

I decided that most Bama fans are “cerebrally challenged” pretty much the 1st time I analyzed and compared various measures of intelligence (ie. Stanford Binet Exam and other measures of IQ) and levels of education between the states. This “perception” has been substantiated from years of interacting with a plethora of Bama fans both in person and at games and via various other mediums.

In terms of “shallow” or “insecure”………..those terms are pretty descriptive of most Bama fans….. Yourself included per your comments delineated within blog.

kingdaddy

June 20th, 2012
7:53 am

Very few days go by that I don’t check MCs blogs to see whats shaking. I guess you can’t please everybody all the time. I’m still glad its avalible, it makes for some lively debate. Just wish it wasn’t quite so redundant. Michael, drop a line if you want some help…

bubba4dawgs

June 20th, 2012
7:59 am

Who would have thought Nkemdiche would have picked a school due to its size and because his teammate was going there? I guess his choice of curriculum didn’t matter nor did winning a national championship…..he probably won’t get a chance of that at Clemson. Anyway, I think it’s funny the way it turned out and most unexpectedly. Best of luck to him!! Most likely, he won’t even play against schools in the SEC or at least that much, so he won’t have to face the best. He should have his way with the Jr. League in the ACC! Keep after him Sabin, set your office up over in Clemson and call him every day! He knows you will and everyone else does too!

Joe

June 20th, 2012
8:04 am

NCAA should definitely get involved here. A player of Nkemdiche’s stature does not go to a 2nd tier school like Clemson unless something funny is going on. That is just how it is.

Someone should be checking bank accounts and car dealerships all over Grayson.

brick

June 20th, 2012
8:06 am

Its pretty obvious that Clemson went the extra mile to recruit RF, going to sign at least 2 of his hs teammates and wouldn’t shock me to see his coach making it to CU with him next fall. Why else would he go there, if campus size and student population were a concern Tech would have been a possibiliity, couldn’t have been competition because the ACC is horrible now. Maybe it wad Clemson’s traditions, running down a hill, rubbing a rock, or maybe those awful purple and orange uniforms. But most likely Clemson willing to take sign some marginal d1 players with him and don’t be shocked to see Conn join him at Clemson in some capacity.

Vince Drooley

June 20th, 2012
8:07 am

RTR — I wear my Georgia shirt because I went to Georgia. You wear your Alabama shirt because you went to Walmart.