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The Robert Nkemdiche saga

No. 1 national high school football player Robert Nkemdiche looks more and more like a future Rebel.

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Momma Nkemdiche trolls Clemson

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Ole Miss cleans up on National Signing day

Ole Miss was the biggest story on National Signing Day, as it brought it some of the best players in the country. Full class and more below.

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Robert Nkemdiche commits to everything

No. 1 recruit Robert Nkemdiche has officially signed with Ole Miss. But he's not done making tough choices.

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Ole Miss officially lands Nkemdiche

The nation's No. 1 recruit has made his choice.

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It took a village

It's not just a tale of brotherly love. This is the story of how everyone from Houston Nutt to Johnny Manziel contributed to help Ole Miss land the top college football prospect in the nation.

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Live-tweeting Robert Nkemdiche's LSU visit

The nation's top recruit was at LSU on Friday night, and he and Jeremy Hill live-tweeted the whole thing.

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Biggest turnaround ever?

Is the 2013 Rebels class really that special, and how are they doing this? The numbers, and the case for this all being on the up-and-up.

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LSU what up indeed: Nkemdiche makes surprise trip

Nation's #1 recruit announces surprise visit to Baton Rouge.

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Robert Nkemdiche to visit LSU

A visit that some believed was off will apparently now happen for top national recruit Robert Nkemdiche, who tweeted that he'll be visiting the LSU Tigers over the weekend.

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Report: Robert Nkemdiche decommits from Clemson

Did Clemson lose a commitment from the top recruit in the country?

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Robert Nkemdiche's mom wants Ole Miss or Alabama

Robert Nkemdiche is gearing down his recruiting to focus on his team's run at the playoffs, but his mother has plenty to say about where her top-rated son should play.

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Decommit watch: Nkemdiche, Anzalone could flip

Recently, I wrote that college football fans should expect a lot of decommitments in the coming months as many recruits made decisions before taking visits and considering all their options. Here are six high-profile prospects who could make the flip, along with potential destinations.

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Clemson loses star DE recruit? (No, not Nkemdiche)

Clemson appeared to have lost one of its elite defensive end recruits, with Rivals four-star Elijah Daniel tweeting he's heading elsewhere. But now there's a claim his account was "hacked."

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No. 1 recruit to Ole Miss? Why it could happen

Ole Miss hasn't won a SEC game in two years, but brotherly love might help them get a commitment from one frequent guest: the No. 1 prospect in all of college football. Denzel Nkemdiche tells SB Nation he "won't be surprised" when his brother Robert joins him in Oxford on National Signing Day.

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Robert Nkemdiche's mom still wants him at Ole Miss

Robert Nkemdiche, the top recruit in the country for the class of 2013, may be wavering a bit on his commitment to the Clemson Tigers.

A defensive end out of Loganville (Ga.) Grayson High School, the 6'4", 270-pound Nkemdiche committed to Clemson over the summer, but it wasn't with the prior approval of his mother. Since that September revelation, the chatter surrounding his recruitment has not slowed down.

Nkemdiche recently told ESPN that "My recruitment is crazy still and Ole Miss is making a push for me. It does not matter to my dad, but my mom wants me to go to Ole Miss and we are still talking about it, so we have not come to an agreement on it yet. It is tugging my heart in two different directions."

As the saying goes, if momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. To appease her, Clemson's coaches may fly to Nigeria to visit his mother over the winter, according to Tiger Illustrated ($).

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Robert Nkemdiche's Mother Not Sold On Clemson, Report Says

So far in the recruiting process of Robert Nkemdiche, we've heard from the player himself, his coach, and his father. All seem to be fairly sold on his commitment to the Clemson Tigers. One person we had not heard from was the No. 1 recruit's mother, Beverly. That changed Thursday.

Nkemdiche's mother lives in Nigeria, and she is not fully sold on his commitment to Clemson.

Beverly was alarmed when she returned this summer to learn how serious Robert's commitment to Clemson was being reported.

"His decision is not final," Beverley Nkemdiche told ESPN. "He's just a teenager, and people are forgetting that. We had never discussed Clemson, and I am unhappy with Clemson. I'm not there, so I don't know for certain, but I feel like Robert was pressured into this decision."

As any coach worth his salt knows, you gotta recruit momma. One would have to imagine that Dabo Swinney will soon be on the horn to Nigeria.

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Robert Nkemdiche May Visit Oregon, USC

Robert Nkemdiche is considering official visits to Oregon and USC, according to Rivals' Adam Gorney. Nkemdiche is committed to Clemson, along with a few of his friends, but apparently hasn't ruled out taking a few trips this fall. However, it's probably not time for Clemson fans to panic just yet.

Consider for a moment that Nkemdiche is a highly touted recruit that has his pick of schools. He's a huge talent, sought after by any and everyone in college football. And with five official visits to burn, Nkemdiche has some time to play around.

Now look at the schools. If one were to pick out "fun" official visits, USC and Oregon would be near the top of the list. Nkemdiche, should he decide to take both trips, would get to travel across the country and hang out at two of the premier programs in college football. At Oregon, he'd be spoiled for a weekend. At USC, he'd be able to hang out in Southern California for a few days, relaxing in the sun.

Would you decide to just skip those visits, even if committed somewhere else and even if the schools were begging you to come? No. No you would not.

One has to admire Nkemdiche's hustle. He got a few of his friends scholarships and can now take in a few of the legal benefits of recruiting. Official visits are a time to be wined and dined; it'd be hard to blame him for happily accepting the offers.

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Robert Nkemdiche Shooting Down Clemson Scholarships Controversy

The story of the weekend in college football was No. 1 recruit Robert Nkemdiche allegedly holding Clemson hostage by threatening to play elsewhere if the Tigers didn't offer defensive back Ryan Carter, yet another of Nkemdiche's high school teammates. Nevermind that he'd have every right to do such a thing, and he'll probably be worth multiple scholarships all by himself -- he's been saying since the story came out that he's made no such demand.

It's safe to say the man himself has been unhappy with the story and its reception:

That reporter blackout was then lifted, as to the New York Times, Nkemdiche said, "I didn’t give Coach Swinney an ultimatum about anything. I hope he doesn’t feel obligated to offer anybody a scholarship because of my commitment."

Carter would be the fifth Grayson High player in Clemson's 2013 class if he were offered. Two of Nkemdiche's teammates were already committed, and his former housemate Nick Schuessler dropped Mississippi State to pledge to play for the Tigers.

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Robert Nkemdiche To Clemson: Uh-Oh, Here Come High Expectations

The No. 1 recruit is penciled in at Death Valley. For the sake of Tigers fans, let's hope the Clemson narrative doesn't extend to recruiting finishes as well.

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Robert Nkemdiche Confirms Commitment: 'I Love Clemson'

Reports came out on Thursday that consensus No. 1 college football prospect Robert Nkemdiche made a surprise commitment to play for the Clemson Tigers following a visit to the school's campus on Wednesday.

Kipp Adams of Recruiting Nation at ESPN reports that the commitment from the defensive end is indeed genuine.

"I did commit," Nkemdiche said. "I love Clemson."

The prospect will join a pair of high school teammates at Clemson: running back Wayne Gallman and cornerback David Kamara, who also both committed. Nkemdiche was said to be the primary focus for Clemson in its class of 2013 recruiting.

Nkemdiche is predicted to be an instant starter for Clemson in his first season in 2013. He had also been considering Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss and Georgia, among other schools.

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Robert Nkemdiche Commits To Clemson, According To Report

Perhaps the weirdest story of the 2013 college football recruiting class has already run its course: Robert Nkemdiche has committed to Clemson, according to Rivals site Tiger Illustrated. Nkemdiche, the nation's consensus No. 1 player and a fearsome defensive end, was also considering Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Georgia, among other schools.

All this happened very swiftly on Wednesday. First, Nkemdiche was visiting Clemson, and then rumors swirled that he was going to commit to Dabo Swinney's Tigers, and now he apparently has. It's not the first big-time player the Tigers have pulled under Sweeney -- Da'Quan Bowers, also a defensive end, comes to mind -- but Nkemdiche could be the best recruit in Clemson's history if he sticks with this commitment.

As for whether Nkemdiche can contribute as a freshman? Bud Elliott's glowing Nkemdiche scouting report should leave little doubt that he's probably going to be a great player at the collegiate level.

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Robert Nkemdiche Rumors: Surprise Clemson Commitment Coming Soon?

Consensus No. 1 recruit Robert Nkemdiche is visiting Clemson at the moment, with chatter growing throughout the day that a shocking commitment could be in the cards. It's largely being buzzed about by Rivals writers, with this being perhaps the most confident tweet yet:

Nkemdiche has been presumed to favor Alabama, Georgia and LSU, with Mississippi State offering some close personal ties and Nkemdiche having a brother who plays for Ole Miss. A commit to Clemson would pretty much blow up summer recruiting, especially since he wasn't expected to announce any time soon, let alone to the Tigers. Then again, Dabo Swinney has long appeared to possess certain mystical powers.

There's plenty of skepticism out there, of course, but this is the word at the moment.

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Robert Nkemdiche Visiting Clemson Wednesday

Robert Nkemdiche, the nation's top recruit, will visit Clemson Wednesday.

Out of Loganville (Ga.) Grayson High School, the 6'4, 270-pound Nkemdiche holds offers from almost every major football power in the country, including Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Clemson, Texas and USC. He is a consensus five-star recruit and can play a variety of positions.

Nkemdiche has often been linked to Alabama and LSU, but it would be unwise to count out a program like Clemson, with its family atmosphere and dynamic coaching personalities.

That Clemson has a commitment from teammate Wayne Gallman can't hurt, either.

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