The soap opera known as “The Recruitment of Robert Nkemdiche” has taken another turn.
The 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end’s coach at Grayson (GA) High School, Mickey Conn, told a media outlet on Thursday morning via email that the nation’s top-ranked recruit has decommitted from Clemson and could soon commit to Ole Miss.
Reports on his decommitment had surfaced late Wednesday night, which Nkemdiche denied in two separate text messages: “Nothing final yet” and “Yes (still committed to Clemson). Just undecided.”
Nkemdiche set Twitter abuzz upon choosing Clemson in June before making perhaps even bigger headlines for implying in early July that he would like Clemson to also sign high school teammate and safety Ryan Carter and posing for a Twitter photo in late July while wearing an Ole Miss jersey (his brother is Ole Miss defensive back Denzel Nkemdiche).
Aside Ole Miss, the other leader for Nkemdiche’s services is believed to be Alabama, which his mom says is her personal choice.
Nkemdiche has been compared to Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware after recording 36 sacks and another 30 tackles for loss combined as a sophomore and junior the past two seasons. His school is currently entering the Georgia High School state playoffs after going 8-1 in the regular season.
We’re all probably better off halting the speculation and just waiting until Signing Day in February (naturally, that won’t happen). The Nkemdiche media circus might just be getting started.