DE Robert Nkemdiche of Grayson, GA, a Clemson commitment since last June, decommitted from the Tigers last weekend his coach confirmed Thursday. Coach Mickey Conn told the Gwinnett Daily Post that Nkemdiche will reopen his recruiting and make a new decision after taking his official visits. The coach said Nkemdiche told Clemson of his plans last Sunday. “I think he’s still very interested in Clemson, but he’s got a brother (freshman linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche) who goes to Ole Miss and he’s got other schools that he likes as well,” Conn said. “He’s going to clear his mind and take some other visits.” Thursday night, Conn gave more details about the de-commitment to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He wants to weigh out his options and, out of respect for Clemson, Robert didn’t want to keep on making trips to other places. And he felt like he was being disrespectful to Clemson in doing that. You know he’s a young kid. There’s people and places and schools that he wants to see. So that’s what he wants to do right now. But Clemson is not out of the picture. There’s lots of schools. He just wanted to open up his options and see what was out there.” Nkemdiche will make his fourth visit to Ole Miss this Saturday to watch his brother play. He also was on hand at Georgia last weekend when Ole Miss played there. Nkemdiche’s mother, who lives in Nigeria, has been visiting with the family the past few weeks and has said she wants her sons to play together. That has led to strong speculation that Nkemdiche ultimately will settle on Ole Miss. However, Alabama, Florida, LSU, Oregon, Georgia and Southern Cal, along with Clemson, are other schools expected to figure in the mix for his official visits. Nkemdiche’s defection leaves Clemson with 18 commitments for the 2013 class.
Clemson is seeking some immediate help for its secondary next season and the Tigers are now interested in DB Riyhad Jones (6-0 186) of Garden City JC, KS. Jones is a native of Columbus, GA where he was a teammate of current Tigers Corey Crawford and David Beasley. “Corey actually tipped me off about Clemson’s interest,” Jones said. Clemson recruiter Charlie Harbison has been talking to Jones’ coaches at Carver and plans to get in touch with him after the season. “He’s saying they need some help at corner and will start recruiting me after the season,” Jones said. “I last talked to Clemson while I was in high school. I’m very interested. I went to camp there and a couple of games.” Jones has official visits set with Ole Miss November 24th and Kansas State December 1st. He was once committed to Kentucky and also has offers from Texas Tech, Toledo, Texas A&M, Wake Forest, Louisiana Lafayette, Texas San Antonio, Ball State and Georgia Southern. Texas A&M will get an official visit and he said Clemson will, too, if they offer. Alabama and Georgia also are showing interest and he likes those two the most right now. Jones signed with Georgia Southern in 2011 and played nine games there. He decided he could play at the higher level and transferred to Garden City for this season. He will graduate in December and have three years to play two. Jones’ season is over and he had 29 tackles with 10 passes broken up. He blocked two field goals returning one 90 yards for a touchdown.
DB Mackensie Alexander of Immokalee, FL will make his official visit to Clemson this weekend. He’s been favoring Notre Dame over Clemson, Ball State and Alabama. And committed WR Demarcus Robinson of Fort Valley, GA will also make his official visit this weekend. He visited Notre Dame last weekend and also plans to visit Florida. And committed DB Jadar Johnson of Orangeburg-Wilkinson will take his official visit this weekend.