No. 1 Overall Recruit Robert Nkemdiche: 7 Reasons He Could Decommit from Clemson
When the nation's top prospect, Robert Nkemdiche, committed to Clemson in the late spring, many quickly speculated on how strong the talented DE prospect's commitment was. Coach Dabo Swinney and Nkemdiche were very happy, but many wondered if Clemson would still actually sign Nkemdiche.
With growing speculation, I decided to look into reasons why Nkemdiche would still stick the Tigers. Speculation hasn't stopped, so naturally it's only fitting to take a look into some reasons why a decommitment could happen.
So without further wait, here are seven reasons why Robert Nkemdiche could decommit from Clemson.
7. Les Miles' Charisma
LSU is one of the best football programs in all of college football and Nkemdiche does have an offer from the Boys of the Bayou. Les Miles is a very charismatic coach that can really charm a recruit.
With family being such a strong part of Nkemdiche's life, Miles does possess the skill set to smooth over Nkemdiche's parents and assure them that Robert will be in good hands in Baton Rouge.
It also doesn't hurt that Miles has a national championship ring and several SEC titles; not to mention, LSU is an annual juggernaut contender.
6. Nick Saban's Track Record
Saban thought he had Jadeveon Clowney in the bag two recruiting cycles ago but Clowney spurned him for South Carolina. I would have to imagine that even Nkemdiche is committed to Clemson that Saban and his staff will take no for answer.
Alabama, who I initially believed to be the favorite for Nkemdiche, could press for a visit from the DE prospect.
With the track record of producing NFL talent and competing for both SEC and national titles year in and year out, Nkemdiche could give 'Bama another final hard look before deciding.
5. An Upstart Ole Miss Program
Hugh Freeze quickly showed last year that he could pull off recruiting coups when he convinced elite DE prospect Channing Ward to sign with the Rebels.
Freeze has a good plan in place to rise the Rebels from from SEC dormancy to getting in the same breath as Alabama, LSU, Florida and so forth.
Oxford is a good place to be and their is a great tradition at Ole Miss. Nkemdiche has family ties to the program so they are a major player in this race.
4. Pressure to Go to a Bigger School
When you're considered the best high school football player in the nation and one of the best prospects to come out ever, you have just about every offer from every big name, high profile program in college football.
No disrespect to Clemson at all because I truly think the Tigers are going to be in the national mix for awhile, but they just don't have the tradition, history and profile of an Alabama or LSU, or other offers that Nkemdiche has.
Clemson has struck gold in the past by landing the top prospect of a class when it got Da'Quan Bowers, but there is pressure that Nkemdiche should go play at a bigger school.
3. SEC Play
Another reason why Nkemdiche could decommit from Clemson is the fact that the Tigers don't play in the SEC. If Nkemdiche wants to dominate on the highest level week in and week out, then the SEC is the league for him.
Florida State and Miami ball in the ACC with Clemson, but the SEC is consistently the best conference in college football. With Nkemdiche being a DE and the SEC producing great DE's over the years, he may choose to play in that league over Clemson and the ACC.
2. Brother Plays at Ole Miss
Nkemdiche's brother, Denzel, is a DB/OLB for Ole Miss and playing with his older brother would be special. The family could all be in one setting, at one program and on the same unit.
This has to appeal mightily to Nkemdiche and you would have to think that Denzel is in his ear constantly about playing with him at Ole Miss.
This is a huge reason to speculate a possible decommitment.
1. Mom Is Reportedly "Unhappy" Clemson Commitment
Approximately two weeks ago, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published a report that said Nkemdiche's mother was "unhappy" with Robert's decision to go to Clemson.
She stated, per the AJC.com report, that his decision wasn't final. Nkemdiche is a state legislator and works in Nigeria, so she is away from home quite a bit. At some point she will likely return home to speak with Robert and speak to him about his decision.
If mom isn't happy, then that's not good for anybody.
Edwin Weathersby has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (now ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.