Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s undisputed No. 1 overall college football prospect, denied reports and rumors on Wednesday night that he had both de-committed from Clemson and/or that he was switching to Clemson.
“Nothing final yet,” Nkemdiche told the AJC in a text message at 11 p.m. EST.
When Nkemdiche was asked if he was still committed to Clemson, he replied, “Yes (still committed to Clemson). Just undecided.”
Two hours earlier on Wednesday, Nkemdiche told the AJC in an interview that he was still committed to Clemson, that he was going to visit Ole Miss this weekend to watch his brother play, and that he would wait until after his senior season at Grayson High School to further address his college plans.
All of Wednesday’s speculation is not surprising, considering his mother’s public wishes that both brothers play together in college, that Robert will visit Ole Miss with his mother this weekend, and that Robert’s mother will be leaving the country the next day to return to her home in Nigeria.
Actually, taking a look at the big picture, the timing couldn’t be much better than this weekend if Nkemdiche was intending to do the switcheroo. However, Robert told the AJC on Wednesday night that nothing was happening this weekend.
“No, that’s not true,” he said. “You know how they do with rumors and everything on the Internet.” (His mother told RebelGrove.com’s Neal McCready that “nothing will happen until February” in a story you can read here)
Nkemdiche is looking forward to visiting Ole Miss for the fourth time this season to watch his older brother, freshman linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche, who had two forced fumbles against UGA last week. Denzel Nkemdiche leads Ole Miss in total tackles (60), tackles for losses (4) and forced fumbles (4) – and is tied for interceptions (2) and QB hurries (2).
“He’s balling,” Robert said. “He’s really playing great. I’m going to get out there this weekend to go see him play. I want to see what he does against Vanderbilt as he tries to be SEC Freshman of the Year. He’s really doing a great job, and I’m really proud of him.”
Robert attended last week’s UGA game on an unofficial visit with the Bulldogs. He was impressed that coach Mark Richt sought out Denzel after the game to exchange compliments (it was caught in this ESPN photo).
“Coach Richt said a lot of nice things to my brother,” Robert said. “It was very classy. I’m not surprised at all by Coach Richt doing that because he’s such a great dude and such a classy dude.”
What about Robert? What did Richt say to Robert when he had a chance to talk to him as a recruit at the game? “He told me to keep Georgia on my mind, and he’d love for them to have a chance at me.”
Would Nkemdiche seriously consider UGA? “I don’t know. I’m not going to say much about that. Georgia is really good school and who knows? Georgia is a good school.”
Currently, Nkemdiche is committed to Clemson, and said he last talked to the Tigers assistant Marion Hobby over the phone last week. On Wednesday, Nkemdiche said he was unsure when he would visit Clemson again or when his mother would finally talk over the telephone to the team’s coaches.
And what about Robert’s next step with the recruiting process? Will he take official visits? If so, which colleges will he visit? Just like last week, Nkemdiche told the AJC that he will wait until after his senior season at Grayson to start figuring things out.
“My focus on the team, and helping my teammates win another state championship at Grayson,” Nkemdiche said. “Please get that out there to the media if you can because everybody has been calling. All I’m focused on right now is helping my team.”
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