Clemson Football Recruiting: Robert Nkemdiche Proves Recruiting Never Stops

Oliver Crawford IIICorrespondent IIIJuly 27, 2012

Photo Courtesy of Rivals
Photo Courtesy of Rivals

Robert Nkemdiche has been in the news quite often lately.

Whether it was reportedly campaigning for teammates to receive an offer to the Clemson Tigers, or visiting Ole Miss(where his brother plays), this player is always under the microscope.

Such is life as the No.1 prospect in the country.

In a recent interview with Rivals, he announced that he will take all five of his officials, which will throw yet another curveball into the race for the top player in the nation.

Schools he listed as potential destinations for an official visit this fall were Oregon and USC, but you can't count out programs such as Alabama, LSU,Ole Miss and perhaps even Georgia.

Georgia isn't going to go down easily in this race, particularly with a rare talent in the nation likeNkemdiche. He is an exceptional athlete who all coaches want on their team.

He's 6'5" and 250 pounds with the agility to run an unprecedented 4.50 in the 40-yard dash. 

Will the lure of the SEC attract Nkemdiche?

This has to have Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney very nervous, particularly a few weeks after Nkemdiche was quoted as saying that it would be a "done deal" if the Tigers offered a scholarship to his teammate, Ryan Carter, which has yet to happen.

The standout defensive end from Grayson High School in Georgia has quite a bit of power in his recruitment, and he is flexing those muscles regularly—he "helped" teammate David Kamara (who is committed to the Tigers) receive an offer.

Nkemdiche also had a role in the commitment of Grayson prospects like Wayne Gallman and NickSchuessler.

The latter was the QB at Grayson when they won the Georgia state title a year ago, and he left a scholarship on the table at Mississippi State to take a walk-on spot for the Tigers.

It seems strange that these young men want to stick together that badly. Why would a player give up a scholarship offer only to become a walk-on at another program?

What is even more interesting in this whole situation is Swinney's policy of commits not taking official visits once they make a pledge to the Tigers.

Will he bend the rules for the No.1 recruit in the country?