Nation's top football recruit, DE Robert Nkemdiche, commits to Clemson

Friday June 15th, 2012

In a bit of an upset, the nation's top football recruit, 6'5", 270-pound defensive end Robert Nkemdiche of Georgia, gave a verbal commitment to Clemson on Thursday afternoon, multiple outlets are reporting. ( had the news first.)

Alabama, where Nkemdiche's high school coach, Mickey Conn, played; Mississippi, where Nkemdiche's brother Denzel is a freshman; and homestate Georgia were thought to be the frontrunners for Nkemdiche.

But Clemson had an in as well: Coach Dabo Swinney was a roommate and teammate of Conn with the Crimson Tide. Moreover, two of Nkemdiche's Grayson High teammates, DB David Kamara and RB Wayne Gallman, previously committed to the Tigers, who are one of the up-and-coming programs in the nation.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.