DE Robert Nkemdiche of Loganville, GA, the nation’s top rated player who committed to Clemson earlier this summer, said Friday he’s not totally committed to the Tigers and won’t be unless they offer his teammate DB Ryan Carter. “I am waiting on Clemson to offer Ryan; when that happens, it’s locked … it’s a done deal … it’s over,” Nkemdiche told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Clemson has already offered and taken commitments from two other teammate’s of Nkemdiche, RB Wayne Gallman and DB David Kamara. And another teammate, QB Nick Schuessler, is transferring from Mississippi State as a walk-on. “Clemson said they like Ryan a lot and that he’s at the top of their board,” Nkemdiche told the AJC. “Yes, sir, if Clemson offers Ryan, it would seal the deal. There’s no ifs, ands or buts about it. David and Ryan, those guys are like family. They are like brothers to me. I’m close to them. We’ve had success playing football together and I don’t want to change it.” Nkemdiche has a brother who plays at Ole Miss, and the Rebels have offered Carter. “If Clemson doesn’t offer Ryan, it would make me look at Ole Miss a little more, it would,” Nkemdiche said. “It’s very important that I have my boys with me.” Carter told the AJC he’s had limited contact from Clemson.
DB Ryan Carter of Loganville, GA said Friday night he and his highly acclaimed teammate and Clemson commitment DE Robert Nkemdiche will visit Clemson July 20th and perhaps then all the drama about Nkemdiche’s future will be put to rest. Nkemdiche said Friday he wants Clemson to offer Carter to ensure his commitment to the Tigers. “I think they will offer,” Carter said. “I feel like that’s somewhere I can play. The style is the same we play at Grayson.” Carter also has an offer from Ole Miss. The Rebels offered him the day after Nkemdiche committed to Clemson in June. Nkemdiche also has a brother who plays at Ole Miss and said he will take an official visit there during the season to see him play. “I think we want to play together,” Carter said. “It’s his decision if he wants to come play with me if I don’t get that offer.” Carter said right now he’s favoring Ole Miss but that would change with a Clemson offer on the 20th. “I’m pretty sure it would be an automatic commitment to Clemson if they offered,” he said.
USC remains strongly in the mix for WR Jonathan Rumph of Holmes JC, MS and the Gamecocks are letting Rumph know how they feel about him. “South Carolina is calling me all the time and keeping up with me,” Rumph said. “Coach Spurrier Jr. is saying I could be a big factor in their offense and they are trying to get me to be a big factor in what they are trying to build.” Rumph is from West Columbia and is home this week but won’t get over to see USC before he returns to Mississippi Sunday. Alabama is now showing Rumph interest and he’s planning to visit there in August. “They want to see me before they offer,” he said. Rumph visited Michigan State last month. He’s also been to USC. Rumph also has offers from Georgia, Arkansas, LSU, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Nebraska, Baylor, Texas Tech, Kansas and Iowa State. He does not have a favorite and plans to make his decision in August.
DL Kelsey Griffin of Hochston, GA plans to get back to see at least four of his final five before making a decision. Griffin is down to Georgia, USC, Florida, Florida State and Auburn in that order. He said Georgia’s lead on USC is not all that great. “I like Georgia because they fit my profile right now,” Griffin said. “They’ve got a little bit of a lead.” Griffin said he’s communicated recently with USC recruiter GA Mangus thru Facebook. He plans to visit Georgia, Florida and Florida State within the next two weeks, and he’s planning to attend USC’s Showcase Camp later this month. Griffin said he has no idea when he’ll make up his mind. “I’m just working on a decision,” he said.
OL Na’Ty Rodgers of Pomfret, MD will wrap up a visit to California next week and will get to work on the task of narrowing his list to a final five for his official visits. Rodgers visited Southern Cal, UCLA and Washington while on the West Coast and he feels like he is finished with visits. Rodgers said USC, Arkansas and Washington have been in touch with him the most of late. From the Gamecocks, he hears mostly from line coach Shawn Elliott. “He’s telling me what they have planned for me,” Rodgers said. “I had a good time at South Carolina the first time I went down there.” Rodgers said he would like to get back to USC this summer but team camps might prevent him from getting back down to Columbia. He’s not planning a decision until after the season. “I’m going to try to go to Signing Day,” he said. Rodgers said there is no favorite.
Junior OL Donnell Stanley of Latta told GamecockCentral.com he currently has a top five of Clemson, USC, Alabama, LSU and Ohio State in no order.
6-6 PF Michael Carrera of Rockville, MD is making an official visit to USC today and, according to Gamecock guard Eric Smith, has committed to the Gamecocks. Smith tweeted Thursday night that Carrera plans to sign with the Gamecocks. Carrera is a native of Venezuela. He also has offers from Gonzaga, Virginia Tech and Ole Miss. He averaged about 12 points per game last season.
OF Clark Scolamiero (6-1 170) of Greenville High has committed to USC for the 2014 class.
RHP Drew Moyer (6-3 200) of Gilbert has committed to Clemson for the 2013 class according to DiamondProspects.com. Moyer had been committed to Winthrop.