Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently interviewed Beverly Nkemdiche, mother of the nation’s No. 1 high school football recruit Robert Nkemdiche, currently a verbal commit to Clemson.
In the interview, Carvell asks a series of questions pertaining to Nkemdiche’s recruitment process. Beverly talks about her desire to see her son play with his brother Denzel, who plays for Ole Miss. When asked about what she thought about Clemson, Beverly dropped this bomb on Tiger fans:
“I’ve never been to Clemson. I’ve not talked to anybody from Clemson’s team. I don’t want to go there because that’s out of my way. There is nothing that would take me there. What took me to Ole Miss was Denzel. I haven’t been to any other school. Honestly, if Denzel was not at Ole Miss, I wouldn’t have gone to Ole Miss. My No. 1 team is Alabama. That’s one school I truly love, Alabama.”
Carvell then followed up, asking Nkemdiche what she liked about Alabama:
“Alabama has a good football team. And they’re solid. They have good academics. Right now, they are undefeated. And I’ve stayed in stayed in touch with their coach on Facebook. He is a good person. I like the school but again, I would prefer for Denzel and Robert to play together.”
When the mother of a recruit is staying in contact on Facebook with the head coach of another school, it is safe to say that school is still in play. If this interview is any indication of Robert’s indecision of committing to Clemson, this has to be music to the ears of Alabama fans.
Snatching away the number one overall pick from Clemson would certainly be a coup; both Clemson and South Carolina have done a good job of late in holding onto their recruits. It just goes to show that even when players verbally commit to a school, the recruitment process is far from over.
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