Robert Nkemdiche’s mother “unhappy” with Clemson

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The mother of Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s No. 1-ranked prospect, told ESPN The Magazine that she is “unhappy with Clemson.”

The 6-foot-5, 280-pound defensive end from Grayson High School committed to Clemson last June.

Robert’s mother, Beverly Nkemdiche, resides in Nigeria and works in politics as a state legislator. When Beverly visited with her son over the summer, she told ESPN she was surprised how serious Robert’s commitment to Clemson was being reported:

“His decision is not final,” she says. “He’s just a teenager, and people are forgetting that. We had never discussed Clemson, and I am unhappy with Clemson. I’m not there, so I don’t know for certain, but I feel like Robert was pressured into this decision.”

One of the main reasons that Nkemdiche committed to Clemson because at least three of his Grayson teammates will be playing for the Tigers next season, including his best friend since middle school, DB David Kamara. Grayson coach Mickey Conn also played football and roomed together with Clemson coach Dabo Swinney while they were at Alabama.

In the same ESPN story, Robert appeared to be solid with his commitment.  “I’m going to Clemson. I want to make an impact and in three years go to the NFL. That’s what I’m going to do. You can put that in bold too.”

Robert and both of his parents visited Ole Miss over the summer to see his brother, who is a red-shirt freshman LB for the Rebels. Last weekend, Nkemdiche made a surprise visit to Ole Miss to see his brother play in the team’s season-opener, per’s Paul Strelow.

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September 6th, 2012
12:52 pm

Sorry, Tigers! Mama knows best.


September 6th, 2012
12:53 pm

First? Trouble at Clemson!

Da Truth

September 6th, 2012
12:56 pm

I tried to tell everybody all along that it was going to be Ole Miss. Blood is thicker than water, and his parents want the Nkemdiche boys to be together. I feel bad for all those Grayson boys who thought they were riding Robert’s back to Clemson.

Chi Town

September 6th, 2012
12:57 pm

Tuscaloosa bound.


September 6th, 2012
12:58 pm

Looks like Babo will be on a plane to Nigeria around signing day.

Grayson dad

September 6th, 2012
12:58 pm

When Robert’s mother visited in the summer, the family went to Ole Miss to see his brother. They loved it there. Everybody knows that Robert will flip to Ole Miss on signing day and he’s waiting until then because he doesn’t want draw any extra attention to himself and see Kamara to lose his Clemson offer.

But you can take RN to Ole Miss to the bank.

Rebel Yeah

September 6th, 2012
1:05 pm

What a disaster by Dabo Swinney by not reaching out to the mother and trying to build on a relationship. Swinney just skipped out on that altogether, thinking the high school coach controlled Robert. He was wrong.


September 6th, 2012
1:06 pm

I smell a typical nigerian 419 scam on the horizon. Just open the e-mail and cooperate if you want Robert. Empty your wallets. :)

ha ha ha


September 6th, 2012
1:09 pm

When a Nigerian mama ain’t happy. Nobody else is going to be happy.


September 6th, 2012
1:11 pm



September 6th, 2012
1:11 pm

Who cares…Clemson? Ole Miss? Sorry these programs have a very low level of interest. Lets move on…


September 6th, 2012
1:12 pm

Robert Nkemdiche will end up suspended and probably play for Alabama State, unless somebody jerk’s a knot in this kids head. He obviously needs more time for maturation of the prefrontal cortex. What a waste.


September 6th, 2012
1:13 pm

He’s Oxford bound, folks. Momma likes it over there and so does his brother (who, btw is looking like a leader out there on D). Could be a great combo-


September 6th, 2012
1:15 pm

From the same article linked above, this quote was curiously left out:

“I’m going to Clemson,” he says. “I want to make an impact and in three years go to the NFL. That’s what I’m going to do. You can put that in bold too.”


September 6th, 2012
1:17 pm

Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates, never take milk chocolate when you can demand pure dark cocoa!!


September 6th, 2012
1:18 pm

Well Robert…drama queen much?

22 SEC Titles

September 6th, 2012
1:20 pm

Who cares? Reuben Foster. Who cares? Tide will roll without you. Just ask Clowney, Mitchell, and Crowell.


September 6th, 2012
1:21 pm

Come on down to Oxford Robert so your dad can watch both sons and you can bring your friends with you. You’ll be a legend at Ole Miss, you’ll be Eli Manning for our Defense.


September 6th, 2012
1:23 pm

This kid and his Family must be the biggest bunch of Drama Queens around.


September 6th, 2012
1:33 pm

I’d happily lose him to Ole Miss.

Nate the Great

September 6th, 2012
1:34 pm

So why did the mom fly back to the US and give an interview? I would have thought that she would have preferred to enjoy her family rather than stir the media up about where her son goes to college. Interesting move. Seems really d!ck to do to your son, then just hop on a plane to go to another coutry for the next six months and let him deal with her media mess.

Moobs Johnson

September 6th, 2012
1:40 pm

Enough already with him, having an article every other day about him or his family isn’t going to help his already over-inflated ego. No doubt the kid is good but no team needs the drama that he will bring to a team.

Moobs Johnson

September 6th, 2012
1:43 pm

And isn’t it illegal to tattoo someone under the age of 18 in Georgia?

lying & thieving

September 6th, 2012
1:49 pm

This tells me the check must not have been big enough. If he is talking to Ole Miss that must mean he is Auburn bound ala $cam Newton.


September 6th, 2012
1:55 pm

Sounds like Robert is going to the U of Nigeria.

Jimmy Crack

September 6th, 2012
1:57 pm

How funny…

This kid has been bossing major colleges around to grudgingly accept his buddies before he commits, and then after all that, the last thing they’re about to see is Robert’s ear with Robert attached to it being pulled out of the school by his momma.

Enjoy those extra recruits, Dabo!


September 6th, 2012
2:01 pm

Dabo is getting schooled. While Clemson was playing Auburn in the Dome in Robert’s backyard, Robert wasn’t there. Where was he? In Oxford watching his brother play for Ole Miss. Actions speak louder than words…

Layton Von Heishmann

September 6th, 2012
2:03 pm

LOL…..Ole Miss….Really? Worst team in the SEC and probably college football.


September 6th, 2012
2:11 pm


enough said.


September 6th, 2012
2:15 pm

She ain’t happy because she ain’t seen a story in the AJC about her son in 2 weeks. Things should be fine now.


September 6th, 2012
2:17 pm

Clemson? Is the Dairy Queen still open there?

markie mark

September 6th, 2012
2:24 pm

you always gotta be worried when mama aint happy….

Hamad Meander

September 6th, 2012
2:39 pm

All of this kinda shows how ridiculous ‘verbal committments’ are. There is no contract between the player and the school until they sign scholarship papers in February. I understand a kid wanting to declare early so that he isn’t bugged about it anymore, but truth be told, if you are the top player in the nation, you are going to be bugged all of the time anyway. I really don’t see him going to Ole Miss though. My prediction is that he ends up at Clemson.

How is it Georgia has never been high on this kids list being in their backyard?

Gene's Chizek

September 6th, 2012
2:39 pm

Isn’t Obama from Nigeria?


September 6th, 2012
2:43 pm

I said from the beginning that the only reason he committed to Clemson was to get a bundle for all his high school friends. Clemson was taking a huge chance when they offered the other friends. It will be interesting to see if Clemson honors the other players scholarship offer when Robert de-commits and actually signs with Mississippi, Alabama or Georgia.


September 6th, 2012
2:45 pm



September 6th, 2012
2:49 pm

Yabba Dabo Dumba$$

Left Coast Dawg

September 6th, 2012
3:06 pm

In the immortal words of Fire Marshall Bill, “Oh Oh, I schmell trouble!!”


September 6th, 2012
3:06 pm

Dabo better get on the ball!! Momma aint happy!!
Funny how Robert says he’s commited, but momma says its her decision!! LOL

old man

September 6th, 2012
3:09 pm

Everybody knows that if momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy! And I have a feeling that momma ain’t gonna be happy until her sons are playing on the same team, even if that team isn’t very good. Two words for Ole Miss: “carpe diem”.


September 6th, 2012
3:11 pm

Can’t wait to see Nkemdiche play for Clemmy while watching from the Aramark box wearing my yellow polo. Sooooooooooooo………..

The Bear

September 6th, 2012
3:13 pm

Momma “Always said”

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Special K

September 6th, 2012
3:18 pm

If Momma aint happy…………………………..


September 6th, 2012
3:21 pm

Is anyone else sick of hearing about this prima donna?


September 6th, 2012
3:24 pm

Clemson pressure recruits? It’s what they do. Swinney and his staff are liars that use religon as their selling point and take advantage of these kids families.

St Richt

September 6th, 2012
3:31 pm

Can someone tell me Robert’s birthday please??

Ole Miss Alum

September 6th, 2012
3:41 pm

Layton Von Heishmann:

We are 1 – 0, so we’re clearly better than at least one team.
Also, I think we could handle Kentucky this year, so maybe second worst team in the SEC. Hell, maybe even third or forth depending on how the season plays out. I think we are turning it around though. Hotty Toddy.


September 6th, 2012
3:44 pm

CJB…You making some bit time alligations againest Clemson and its coach.s.You got any thing to back that big mouth of yours??

Gorilla Biscuit

September 6th, 2012
3:47 pm

Can somebody tell us if he has peanuts or corn in his crap?