Online Now 218

Nkemdiche commits to Clemson

Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s unanimous No. 1 prospect, pulled off a shocker Thursday, committing to Clemson during an unofficial visit, per a source.

Nkemdiche (Grayson/Loganville, Ga.) was widely considered an Alabama-LSU battle, with the Tigers, Ole Miss and Mississippi State among the fringe contenders.

But Nkemdiche pledged Clemson in the middle of a three-day visit to campus.

A day earlier, his close friend, defensive back David Kamara, committed to Clemson – the team’s second pledge from Grayson. Four-star running back Wayne Gallman committed earlier this spring.

Clemson also has some connection to Grayson in that coach Dabo Swinney was a college teammate and road roommate with the prospects’ high school coach, Mickey Conn.

Nkemdiche carries a 103 rating as the premier five-star prospect in the country.

His commitment gives Clemson eight for its 2013 class and elevated the Tigers from No. 36 to No. 30 in the 247Sports team rankings.

Already have an account? Sign In