DL Kelsey Griffin of Hoschton, GA will visit Florida and Florida State next week. Griffin had planned to announce his top five schools during the spring but had a change of heart. Since then, he has slowed down the recruiting process. “I’m just trying to visit as many schools as I can and give everybody an equal chance,” he said. This will be his first trip this summer. Unofficial visits from Griffin to USC and Clemson are possible but unlikely. “I really want to visit places I haven’t been to yet,” Griffin admitted. Of the two schools it is USC that remains in contact with him. “I haven’t really heard from Clemson lately so I’m not sure what is going on there,” said Griffin. “South Carolina contacts me all of the time.” Both programs remain schools of interest for the Georgia product. Griffin is not in a hurry to make a decision but did say he might not have enough time to take all of his official visits. “I want to enroll early so I may commit after three officials,” he said. “I’ll probably narrow my list to five by the end of the summer.” He does not have any favorites.
DL Scott Pagano of Honolulu has 52 offers overall and plans to narrow his list to 15 Sunday. Visiting schools is not easy for Pagano due to distance but he plans to visit USC and Clemson in July. “I’m going to LSU, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Clemson and South Carolina if things work out,” he said. He is showing interest in the Tigers and Gamecocks. “I’ve got family in South Carolina so that could work out real well,” Pagano said. “They’re both really good programs. I want to play in a power conference and Clemson is in the ACC and South Carolina is in the SEC.” Though he has not announced his top 15, he did say his top two are LSU and Florida adding, “They’re my two favorites right now but a lot could change over the next seven months. They both play in the SEC and that’s my number one conference.” Pagano heads to Georgia Thursday for the Rivals Five Star 100 Challenge. He will not visit any schools during the trip.
Grayson High School football coach Mickey Conn said Wednesday that Clemson is getting in committed DE Robert Nkemdiche more than just a great football prospect. The Tigers are also getting a young man who will become a leader on the team and in the community. “Robert is a great kid,” Conn said. “He’s blessed with a lot of physical ability. At 6-4, 281 pounds and running a 4.5, he has unbelievable talent. But he’s very personable and really good with kids.” Nkemdiche registered 18 sacks last season and Conn said he is a handful for offensive tackles. “He’ll stick his right hand under your neck and lift you up,” he said. “Robert is the real deal. There’s no potential with him, he’s producing right now. He’s got it.“ Nkemdiche is the consensus #1 player in the country for the 2013 class and that leads to the comparison with USC defensive end Jadeveon Clowney who held the same distinction for 2012. “He’s longer and taller than Robert but Robert is a little bit more explosive off the ball from what I’ve seen,” the coach said. The Clowney kid ‘s a great player, too.” Conn said Nkemdiche could reach 300 pounds based on his recent growth spurt. And he’s yet to see a single lineman block Nkemdiche one on one. “There have been some that have claimed to,” Conn said, “but usually he’s tripping over a pile or coming off a double team.” There remains a large among of speculation in the recruiting world about whether or not Nkemdiche will stick with his commitment. His coach is not concerned. “Coach Swinney told Robert your commitment is your word and if you’re not sure you need to take some more visits,” Conn said. “And he said, ‘No coach, I’m solid.’ But at the same time, he’s 17 years old and there’s a whole football season to play, so anything could happen. Last year at this time he was set on going to Alabama, and they lose Sal Sunseri. But I think he’s pretty solid. When two of your best buddies (Wayne Gallman & David Kamara) are going to the same school, you get that comfort level you won’t get anywhere else.”