The 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive lineman chose the Tigers this summer, but the constant pressure and heavy recruiting didn't slow down much for the five-star recruit. Conn said he notified the Clemson coaches of the decision on Sunday.
Nkemdiche surprisingly gave Clemson an early verbal commitment back in June. Given the heavy competition for his services, the fact that the No. 1 recruit in the country would give his word so early in the process caught many off guard.
Nkemdiche's mother, Beverly, did an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week that raised serious doubts about just how serious he was about going to Clemson:
...I don’t know if he’s so attached to them (Clemson). I’m not sure. Again, I can’t say. He has not expressed to me that he truly, truly wants to be there.
In the same interview, Nkemdiche's mother talked about how she has always wanted her two sons—her other son is Mississippi linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche—to play together in college.
None of this is to say that Clemson is out of the running, just that the competition to land the prized recruit has started all over again.
Considering the comments from Nkemdiche's mother, it would appear that Ole Miss has an advantage. All of this is speculation right now, though.
National Signing Day isn't until February 6, so Nkemdiche has just under three months to figure out what is in his best interest. One thing is for certain: All of those teams that thought they lost out on Nkemdiche will be putting every card they have back on the table.