Nkemdiche remains committed to Clemson despite pressure

  • Posted: Monday, October 8, 2012 11:28 p.m.
    UPDATED: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 7:51 a.m.

CLEMSON — Robert Nkemdiche, a Clemson commitment and the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect in the Class of 2013, remains committed to the Tigers but noted in a recent interview with Rivals.com there is some pressure coming from within his family to consider Mississippi.

The 6-5, 270-pound defensive end’s brother, Denzel, plays at Ole Miss. Denzel said his mother, Beverly, wants her sons to play together.

Earlier this year, ESPN reported that Nkemdiche’s mother said she was unhappy with Clemson and she felt he was pressured into committing to Clemson. How closely his mother has been involved in the process is unclear because she has spent much of the year in Nigeria where she is a legislator. Nkemdiche’s father works as a doctor in the Atlanta suburbs.

In the interview, Nkemdiche said he is still committed to Clemson but his mother holds some influence in his decision.

Nkemdiche referred to Clemson as a “family school” and likes how the Tigers talked about things other than football in his recruiting process.

Also working in Clemson’s favor is that two of Nkemdiche’s Grayson (Ga.) High teammates and closest friends – Wayne Gallman and David Kamara – have committed to play for Clemson.

If Nkemdiche sticks to his commitment, he will be the third No. 1 overall prospect to sign with an in-state school since 2008, joining fellow defensive ends Da’Quan Bowers (Clemson) in 2008 and Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina) in 2011.

Nkemdiche told ESPN earlier this year his commitment to Clemson is solid: “I’m going to Clemson. I want to make an impact and in three years go to the NFL. That’s what I’m going to do. You can put that in bold, too.”

Virginia Tech time set

Clemson will host Virginia Tech at noon on Oct. 20. The game will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2. The noon start will be the earliest starting time of the year for Clemson this season, a time slot that is not popular with many Clemson fans.

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