What was Robert Nkemdiche’s reaction when he found out that his high school QB – and another close friend – will be playing football at Clemson on Sunday night?
“We are about to start a dynasty [at Clemson].”
The congratulatory text message was sent to Nick Schuessler, the QB who led Grayson High School to the Class AAAAA state championship this past year. Schuessler signed with Mississippi State last February but decided to leave last week – a few weeks after enrolling in summer school – to play closer to home.
The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Schuessler said he will join Clemson as a preferred walk-on.
Schuessler’s decision to go to Clemson will likely strengthen the commitment of the nation’s No. 1 consensus college football prospect to the Tigers.
Schuessler and Nkemdiche are longtime friends: They teamed together in Grayson’s offensive backfield (with Nkemdiche playing tailback) during the state championship run. Nkemdiche has also lived with Schuessler’s family at times.
Schuessler is the fourth Grayson prospect that will be enrolling at Clemson, along with the rising senior trio of Nkemdiche, RB Wayne Gallman and DB David Kamara.
“Well, of course, Robert, David and Wayne all played a special role in me deciding to go to Clemson – they are family to me and I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to get to play with them again,” Schuessler said.
“But I think, more importantly, getting to play for such a good coach and Christian leader in Dabo Swinney and all the coaches, I think that’s special, too, and played a big role in helping me make a decision.”
Schuessler said he will join Clemson as a preferred walk-on, and could report as early as next month. “The way my release [from Mississippi State] is, I’m not allowed to have financial aid for like the first semester or something like that, so yes I will be a preferred walk-on until I earn my scholarship.”
As a senior at Grayson High School, Schuessler completed 121 of 181 passes for 1,753 yards and 19 touchdowns. His coach compared his skill set to former UGA QB David Greene.
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