Robert Nkemdiche: “My decision will probably come out sometime in January”

Undisputed No. 1 Robert Nkemdiche with his family on Grayson's Senior Night (Special)

Undisputed No. 1 Robert Nkemdiche with his family on Grayson's Senior Night (Special)

Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s undisputed No. 1 football prospect, finally broke his silence about his de-commitment from Clemson on Friday night after leading Grayson High School to win over archrival Brookwood.

The 6-foot-5, 284-pounder turned in one of his best performances of the season in front of his family, including his mother (who had flown in from Nigeria) and his oldest brother (who had flown in from California). He finished with 74 rushing yards and two touchdowns, along with two sacks. Robert seemed relaxed and upbeat when talking to a couple of reporters after the game:

  • On what it has been like since news came out about the de-commitment from Clemson: “I just have to keep my mind straight and ignore everything. People thought it would wear on me with the news coming out, but I was alright. I have a different mindset right now. I am not worried about any colleges right now, I am just worried about Grayson football.”
  • On why he de-committed from Clemson: “Man, just different things and how I was feeling. I felt like if I de-commit it gives me a chance to really back up and see, take a step back, and really pay attention to other schools, instead of (people) saying ‘Oh, he’s cheating on Clemson with other schools.’ Now they can’t say anything. I can pay attention to Grayson.”
  • On the possibility of taking all five visits: “I’m not sure I will take all five visits. But my decision will probably come out sometime in January. Or whenever I feel like I am ready, I’ll commit.”
  • On if he’s close to making a decision right now: “Probably not. I still got to think about things. I’ve got to sit back, pray to God, and just see what I’m feeling.”
  • On spending last few days with his mother before she flies back to Nigeria on Monday: “We’re going to spend time together and go up see my brother, and just chill and kick it. We’re (just going to spend time together) before she leaves, and that’s it.”
  • On the family conversation before de-committing from Clemson: “It wasn’t even a family thing. It was a my decision. I told my parents; my parents didn’t even know. But it was kind of a my decision. I was just feeling like I wanted (to do it).”
  • On the reaction from Clemson’s coaches: “They were like ‘wow.’ They were surprised. But they couldn’t really do much.  So they just told me to keep them in mind, so.”
  • On if he’s still considering Clemson: “Yeah, of course. Yeah. Yes, sir.”
  • On if his final college decision will be a family decision: “Somewhat family but mostly me. People think it’s my family or my mom doing everything, but no — it’s me. I’m still making the decision on my own. My mom didn’t make me de-commit. I de-committed. People are always saying ‘His mom did this.’ But no, it’s me (making the decisions).”




  • – By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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