Why Offering Ryan Carter Is Key to Clemson Keeping Robert Nkemdiche

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIOctober 17, 2012

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

The Clemson Tigers have to implement some unique strategy if they want to keep No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche committed to their program.

Nkemdiche has been committed to Dabo Swinney's 2013 class since June, but there's reason to believe that the commitment may not be as strong as the Tigers could hope for. The Ole Miss Rebels have been getting a ton of attention from the 5-star defensive end due to the fact that his brother Denzel plays there, and it's become public that Robert's mom wants him to play there as well.

It seems more and more like Ole Miss is slowly gaining momentum and may be able to get Nkemdiche to flip, so anything Clemson can do to keep him in the fold would be good.

Offering yet another one of his high school teammates could be a very strategic move that could pay off for Swinney.

According to Webb Lewis of 247Sports, 2-star cornerback Ryan Carter from Grayson high school will be attending a game this weekend at Clemson:

Carter has also told 247Sports that he plans on attending a game at Clemson this weekend. He also visited Clemson on Sept. 8. He has yet to be offered by Clemson.

Clemson already has commitments from 3-star running back Wayne Gallman and 3-star defensive back David Kamara, both from Grayson High School, so would bringing in one more of Nkemdiche's teammates really hurt?

I'd argue the opposite. Making an offer to Carter and getting his commitment would be the key to Clemson keeping Nkemdiche.

Having three of his friends from high school in the program would show an incredible and almost unprecedented amount of commitment to Nkemdiche from Clemson. That's the kind of commitment that is hard to turn your back on, and we all know how difficult it is to turn away from your friends. If there's one thing stronger than pressure from family, it's peer pressure, so if Clemson can bring in one more of Nkemdiche's high school teammates they would be making it very hard for Nkemdiche to decommit.

Don't be naïve to the fact that sometimes college football recruiting has nothing to do with the product on the field, and everything to do with strategy. I wouldn't doubt that Ole Miss is thinking the same way, so Clemson needs to be one step ahead of them.

If this were any other recruit we were talking about, bringing in a third lower ranked player just to keep him on board would be ludicrous, but Nkemdiche is not just any other recruit.

There's a reason he's the No. 1 recruit in the country—he has the potential to be a superstar at the college level. He also has the potential to be the player that takes Clemson to the next level, both on the field and in the arena of recruiting, so it's integral that the Tigers keep him committed.

Making an offer to Carter may not seem prudent from a football standpoint, but it's a brilliant recruiting strategy.

Clemson needs to go all in for Nkemdiche, or else someone else will.

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