Robert Nkemdiche, a highly-ranked high school football player, has reportedly decommitted from Clemson University.
Multiple local news outlets in the Loganville, Georgia area, where Nkemdiche is a senior at Grayson High School, are reporting that the -foot-5, 270-pound defensive end is still interested in Clemson but is no longer committed to play at the school.
“I think he’s still very interested in Clemson, but he’s got a brother (Denzel) who goes to Ole Miss and he’s got other schools that he likes as well. He’s going to clear his mind and take some other visits,” Nkemdiche’s current high school coach, Mickey Conn, told reporters.
According to Sports Illustrated, Nkemdiche chose to play for the Clemson Tigers this past summer but reportedly still entertained recruiting efforts from other schools.
Among those reported to be considered in addition to Clemson and the University of Mississippi are Alabama, LSU, Florida and Oregon. Conn said his family will play a role in helping him decide.
“At this point, I think it’s a family decision. The family’s going to get together and make the best decision for Robert,” Conn told reporters.
Mississippi football insider and Clarion-Ledger reporter John Talty has confirmed that the star defensive end will be visiting Ole Miss this weekend and even attending his fourth Rebel football game of the year on Saturday.
Though it would seem as if Nkemdiche is extremely interested in the University, Robert will be joined by his extended family, including his mother Beverly, a Nigerian state legislator, to watch his older brother Denzel, who starts at linebacker for the Rebels.
According to Talty, Beverly Nkemdiche has been an outspoken supporter of her son following in his brother’s footsteps to Ole Miss, and some believe that this weekend could be a big step in the right direction.
And despite SI reporting that Conn expects Nkemdiche to wait until he 100 percent sure of where he wants to play before confirming anything to the public, JC Shurburtt, the national recruiting director for 247Sports tells Talty that "the writing is on the wall."
“I’d put it at 85 percent for Ole Miss and then the rest is the field. All signs point to Ole Miss at this point, but it’s not a guarantee. There are no guarantees in recruiting," Shurburtt told the Clarion-Ledger reporter.
While National Signing Day for top high school football prospects takes place on Feb. 6, teammates Wayne Gallman and David Kamara have already committed to Clemson.
His former teammate, quarterback Nick Schuessler, transferred from Mississippi State to Clemson this year.
As a junior, Nkemdiche recorded 78 tackles, 36 tackles for a loss and 18 sacks. He also ran for 528 yards and scored 17 touchdowns.
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