The recruitment of Clemson defensive end commitment Robert Nkemdiche is not over.
That’s the story if you ask his mother, Beverly. And ESPN’s Zach Schonbrun did recently for a story that will appear in the Sept. 17 issue of ESPN The Magazine.
“His decision is not final,” she told ESPN. “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.”
Nkemdiche’s mother isn’t there (Nkemdiche resides near Loganville, Ga.) because she currently lives in Nigeria, where she works as a state legislator. Robert communicates with his mother weekly by phone or through Facebook, according to ESPN.
Nkemdiche’s story is different from his mother’s. He maintains his commitment to Clemson is firm.
“I’m going to Clemson,” he told ESPN.
And he plans to be there for three years. Nkemdiche, who’s ranked the nation’s No. 1 prospect by ESPNU, has made it clear his first priority is to make it to the NFL as quickly as possible.
“I want to make an impact and in three years go to the NFL,” he said. “That’s what I’m going to do. You can put that in bold, too.”
That’s a bold statement for sure. It could also be true if Nkemdiche reaches his potential.
But until then, the biggest story will be about Nkemdiche’s final college decision. He told 247Sports he plans to visit Clemson this weekend, along with Grayson High teammates Ryan Carter, Wayne Gallman and David Kamara. Gallman and Kamara are committed to the Tigers while Carter is being evaluated.
Nkemdiche, who has also considered such schools as Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Ole Miss, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in July that his recruitment would be finished if Clemson offered a scholarship to Carter.
“I am waiting on Clemson to offer Ryan; when that happens, it’s locked … it’s a done deal … it’s over,” Nkemdiche said at the time.
Nkemdiche says his recruitment is over now. His mother says it isn’t. The rest of us are left to wonder.