April 23, 2014

Kitt taking a trip to the West this weekend

Demarre Kitt

Former Georgia commitment junior WR Demarre Kitt will visit Southern Cal unofficially this weekend for the Oregon game. His mother and step-father will make the trip with him. He has also been to Tennessee, Florida State, Georgia and Clemson this season. He will go to Auburn for the Georgia game and Clemson for the USC game. Kitt committed to Georgia in April and decommitted three weeks ago. “I think I did it too early and I feel like I should give every college a fair chance,” Kitt said. He now a a top three, in no order, of Clemson, Georgia and Southern Cal. “I’m high on Clemson because I love the atmosphere when I go up there and their offense attracts me the most. They are recruiting me pretty hard saying I’m the #1 receiver for them in the next class.” Kitt said he will make another decision around the end of next summer, and if not then, he’ll wait until the US Army All American Game. This season he has 37 catches for 592 yards and 6 touchdowns.

Junior OL Christian Taylor of White Knoll broke his foot Tuesday and is out for the season. The injury affects his plans to travel this weekend. “Wake Forest still wants me to come up there Saturday but I’m not going now,” Taylor said. “I may go there later this season.” The break is to his fifth metatarsal bone on his left foot. “I’ve been playing with it broken for about six weeks and it finally gave in,” he said. He has surgery set for next week. The injury will not affect future plans. “I’m flying up to Michigan on the 17th…I believe that’s the Iowa game,” said Taylor. “I think they could be offering me soon.” As for distance to home, that is not a problem for him. “I kind of want to get away from home and be my own man for a while,” he admitted. His current offers are from Coastal Carolina and NC State with interest from USC, Clemson, North Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest among others. Taylor plans to get to Death Valley for a game and is considering visits to Wake Forest, Duke or UNC. He did not name a favorite.

OL Joshua Outlaw of Atlanta has scheduled his first official visit. He will head to Utah November 17th. He’s also talking with Oklahoma about a visit. Clemson and USC have had contact with the former Florida commitment in the past, but not that much recently. “They are still in the mix and I plan to contact them,” Outlaw said. “I talked to Coach Hobby about three weeks ago and Coach Ward about a month ago.” Georgia, Arkansas and Miami have also shown interest in Outlaw. He does not have a favorite.

The latest stories in the on going saga of Clemson DE Robert Nkemdiche of Grayson, GA come from Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Friday morning, Carvell posted three stories on the AJC website from interviews with Nkemdiche, his mom and his brother Denzel, a safety at Ole Miss. What is clear from all the quotes is that Clemson’s hold on Nkemdiche is tenuous at best at the moment.

Beverly Nkemdiche is the mother. She lives in Nigeria but has been in Georgia for a few weeks and is returning home next week. In her interview, she made it clear she would prefer her sons play together. “Every mother would want that,” she said. “I don’t want a case where they have games in two different state and I will be running around like a rooster, or not to go to one (game). Every parent would really want that. It’s my wish for it to happen, but I’m not going to put pressure on anybody.” Mrs. Nkemdiche went to to say that she actually likes Alabama the most of all the schools, has no interest in Georgia, likes Ole Miss and coach Hugh Freeze, and has never talked to Clemson coach Dado Swinney. “I have not spoken to the man,, or the coach,” she said. “We have had no opportunity to communicate. I have not spoken to him. I think they sent a letter to Robert, but I haven’t gotten round to reading the letter. Clemson is out of the way for me. There’s nothing that would take me there. It’s not like its a bad school or whatever, I have never been to Alabama either. Again, the only thing that took me to Ole Miss was Denzel.” Mrs. Nkemdiche said she’d be more than happy to talk to Swinney on the phone, and she said talk of Clemson coaches coming to see here in Nigeria is news to her. “No, I have not been told that,” she said. “And I do not think it’s necessary for any college to come see me in Nigeria.” Mrs. Nkemdiche went on to say she and Robert have not talked much about Clemson, but she said when they do talk about the future she will make her wishes clear to him. “‘I’m not going to hide how i feel about wanting both boys to play together,” she said. “If that makes me a bad person, so be it. I want my boys to play together, period.” In the interview, Nkemdiche’s mother also questions the validity of his commitment to Clemson which he made on an unofficial visit in June with some teammates. “That was the fist time he went without my husband, his father,” she said. “The first time he went without his dad, he made a commitment. I would think that he was probably pressured to do it, to commit. When I asked Robert, he said, ‘Mother, no. nobody pressured me to do that. I just felt like it.’ Again, I do not know what happened there. I wasn’t there. He went with friends, and kids get carried away with no parental guidance. And he said something and boom-it was right there with media. My husband was watching basketball on TV and it flashed, ‘Robert committed to Clemson.’ Anyway, it surprised a lot of people, and it surprised me.”

In his interview with Carvell, Nkemdiche said he is backing off recruiting for a while and focusing on the rest of his season. “I see where my mother is coming from,” he said. “She wants to see both of us on the same team, us doing great things together. We’ll see how it all plays out. We’ll see how it goes. Yes, we might play together. If we do play together, it will be like old times when we played together at Grayson High School.” Nkemdiche added he’s also considering LSU and Florida at this point.

As for the brother Denzel, he is sticking by what he’s always believed in this case. “I’ve said from Day One that Rob is going to be with me and that’s still how I feel,” he told Carvell. “I just have that feeling. He’s my baby brother, you know. I just know how he is. I know how close we are, and I just have that feeling.”