Robert Nkemdiche, the nation's No. 1 college football recruit for 2013, has provided us with a roller coaster of a week, and it's not over yet.
More and more it has seemed like his commitment to the Clemson Tigers was in jeopardy, as the Ole Miss Rebels gained ground because of family reasons (his brother, Denzel, plays at Ole Miss), but his comments in this post-game interview video, via Keith Niebuhr or 247Sports.com, just may be the glimmer of hope Clemson fans have been looking for:
Nkemdiche addressed the recruiting process, talked about the play of his brother at Ole Miss and discussed his upcoming visit to Georgia to watch them take on the Rebels. Right at the end though, he dropped a line that I frankly found to be a bit surprising. When asked if it was 50-50 between Ole Miss and Clemson, Nkemdiche did not agree.
"Clemson's ahead, for sure."
This is a huge sound bite if you're the Clemson Tigers, because it's been nothing but bad news in regards to Nkemdiche for the past week.
Odds Nkemdiche sticks with Clemson:
Earlier this week, he wrote in his ESPN Recruiting Nation recruiting diary (via Kipp Adams of ESPN.com) about "falling in love" with Georgia again on his visit.
The very next day, Michael Carvell of AJC.com posted an interview with Nkemdiche's mother that was very straight forward about her desire for her sons to play together at Ole Miss, and wasn't extremely positive regarding Clemson. She also talked about how Alabama is her favorite team, but that's a completely different story.
Either way, it appeared as if Clemson was quickly losing ground with Nkemdiche, but this quote all but nullifies those thoughts.
Frankly, it's hard to get behind his latest quote 100 percent, and that's mainly because everything surrounding Nkemdiche's recruitment has been pointing to the complete opposite as of late. If Clemson is indeed ahead, he certainly hasn't done much to make that very clear, but it is worth noting that the Tigers still do have his commitment after all of this talk about a potential flip.
That has to mean something, right?
Either way, the words "Clemson's ahead, for sure" are bound to reverberate strongly within the recruiting world, and especially with fans of the Clemson Tigers.
With that simple sentence, he provided Dabo Swinney and the Tigers with a sound bite that will undoubtedly help them sleep at night.
Well, at least for now.