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Robert Nkemdiche's mother reads nasty comments from Clemson fans

Will Clemson's lunatic fringe hurt the Tigers' chances of getting Nkemdiche to recommit?

Streeter Lecka

Not only do coaches have to recruit against other schools, but in the internet age, they may now have to recruit against their own fans as well.

That's what Dabo Swinney and company will have to do for Robert Nkemdiche, because Nkemdiche's mother saw nasty comments directed at her on a popular Clemson message board following her son's decommitment from the Tigers. This, per the AJC's Michael Carvell.

Saying nasty things about a recruit's mother is probably not the best way to get him back in the fold. And particularly not when that mother has already come out and said that she wants her son to play with her other son at Ole Miss.

This whole episode brings up a host of other questions, however.

How does anyone know whether the person posting the real messages is a Clemson fan?

Couldn't a fan of Ole Miss, or rival South Carolina, register a username and post hateful messages. Of course they could. And they could even send it to opposing coaches and the recruit's mother.

To be clear, the vast majority of college football fans do not closely follow recruiting. And even fewer comment on the subject. And of those, most do not post ridiculous messages trashing a recruit or his family for his college decision.

But as in many areas of life, so too in recruiting can a vocal minority tarnish an image. There's no doubt, as Carvell notes, that opposing coaching staffs will use things like this in negative recruiting.

There doesn't seem to be a good way to stop the behavior, either.

How would you handle this as a coach? As a parent?

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