If it comes down to making offers to his whole high school team, plus a few members of the marching band, so be it. His commitment is far too important to Dabo Swinney's 2013 recruiting class.
Scratch that—his presence is far too important to Clemson football.
According to Michael Carvell of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Nkemdiche is looking for Clemson to make an offer to his high-school teammate, safety Ryan Carter, to solidify his own commitment to the Tigers:
The No. 1 college football prospect in the nation says his commitment to Clemson is a “done deal” if the Tigers offer one more of his Grayson High School teammates, safety Ryan Carter.
“I am waiting on Clemson to offer Ryan; when that happens, it’s locked … it’s a done deal … it’s over,” Robert Nkemdiche told the AJC.
While this may sound very demanding, and that's sure to bother some true-blue (or orange) Clemson fans, it's important to take a minute to realize what's at stake.
Right now, the very best high-school-football player in the nation is committed to your program, Clemson fans. This is a kid that's 6'5", 260 pounds and an incredible athlete.
As a defensive end, he has the speed and agility to get after the quarterback, he uses his hands well to disengage blockers, he has a great first step that allows him to get across the tackle's face and shoot the B gap and he's strong.
Did I mention that he wants to play for your school?
Will one more Grayson commit really hurt? Especially if it means you can guarantee Nkemdiche sticks with the program?
For what it's worth, according to Carvell's report, Nkemdiche says Clemson likes Carter:
Clemson said they like Ryan a lot and that he’s at the top of their board. Yes, sir, if Clemson offers Ryan, it would seal the deal. There’s no ifs, ands or buts about it. David and Ryan, those guys are like family. They are like brothers to me. I’m close to them. We’ve had success playing football together and I don’t want to change it.
I'm sorry folks, but if Clemson can seal the deal by bringing Carter in, they'd be stupid not to do it.
College-football recruiting is extremely competitive, and you'd be naive to think that other major programs wouldn't jump all over the chance to have a second shot at Nkemdiche. Clemson can't give them that chance.
If the Tigers want to be taken seriously as national-championship contenders, they're going to need players like Nkemdiche on their roster, even if it means letting him have leverage over whom they make offers to.
Clemson needs to make an offer to Ryan Carter.