NORTHWESTERN COMMAND – The “As Nkemdiche Turns” soap opera will be airing until February, ’til signing day, but if his mother continues to carry significant weight in his decision making the chances of signing the five-star defensive end are not looking great for Clemson.
Robert Nkemdiche’s high school coach Mickey Conn told our own Andrew Miller that Nkemdiche had indeed decommitted from Clemson. We were told he might have been decommitted since last Sunday.
The deal is this: Nkemdiche’s mother, Beverly, wants Robert to play with his older brother, Denzel, at Ole Miss. The family will be attending the Ole Miss game this weekend and Beverly Nkemdiche has no plans to visit Clemson.
Conn described the decommitment as a “family decision.” TigerIllustrated.com, citing sources, said Beverly demanded Robert decommit before she traveled back to Nigeria next week where she is a legislator.
Still, even though Nkemdiche’s decommitment comes a day before the release of Skyfall in theaters he sky is not falling.
For starters, a lot can change in the next three months. I imagine Nkemdiche will change his mind dozens of times until signing day. He’s 18 years old. I can’t even keep a car reservation and I’m 32.
And Clemson has a couple things going for it: one Nkemdiche’s mother is schedule to travel back to Nigeria next week. The decommitment coincided with her short visit to the States. When she’s out of sight, out of mind, Nkemdiche could revert back to the Clemson. The second thing is Dabo can sell. I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility he sells Nkemdiche’s mom on Clemson. Still a lot of time. Nkemdiche might realize that Ole Miss is a pretty bad team.
The sky is not falling.
One more thing … Even if Nkemdiche does wind up at Ole Miss, or Alabama, Clemson still has a really good 2013 class going for it. Yes, defensive end is a primary need but there are other talented defensive ends in the class like four-star prospects Elijah Daniel and Shaq Lawson. Clemson’s class ranking fell from 12th to 14th Thursday per ESPN, which was not much of a hit for losing Nkemdiche. A testament to the depth of the class.
Talking to some folks today, the big thing for Clemson is just getting Nkemdiche back on campus which might remind him why he committed in the first place. Getting him on campus for the USC game would be huge.
The sky is not falling.
VIDEO DOESN’T LIE
Chad Morris is a self-described “technique freak” and what he was most impressed with on this play was NOT the 35-yard laser pass to Sammy Watkins. It was the way Boyd set his rush point and shuffled up in the pocket, using perfect footwork to produce a strong, accurate throw
So Duke thought it would be a good idea to cover Clemson’s DeAndre Hopkins one-on-one in man coverage with little safety help? Not so much. Second time this season Hopkins has recorded three touchdowns in a quarter this season.
I like the route concepts here, but again, why on earth was Duke manning up without safety help deep?
Xavier Brewer has been playing football to long to play the wrong technique here and allow a Duke receiver to run across the middle of the field with no safety help
Zac Brooks could be good, very good. I like the pad level here, I like the decisiveness. He needs to add weight (6-2 185 pounds) but I see why the staff envisions him as an effective between-the-tackles runner.
Isaiah Battle is very intriguing. Watch him just plow the Duke DE back seven yards on this run play. Clemson hasn’t had too many 6-7, 290 prospects at left tackle. Now should he be redshirting?
Even if Hopkins does turn pro after the season Clemson has intriguing options at WR including Charone Peake. I wondered if Peake was just a straight-line speed guy but he shows some ball skills here.
CAPTIONATING DURHAM, N.C.
Florida State (-131/2) at Virginia Tech — I think FSU is one of the few teams in the country that could knock off Alabama
Maryland at Clemson (-31 1/2) — I think Clemson wins easily but Maryland has a better defense and won’t go man up like Duke.
Notre Dame (-19) at Boston College – Notre Dame would be 7-0-2 without advent of overtime. Another narrow win for Notre Dame
Kansas State (-7) at Texas Christian – I like Gary Patterson but it’s Bill Snyder’s year.
Texas A & M at Alabama (- 13 1/2) – Texas A &M hasn’t been intimidated by the SEC but much of the SEC isn’t any good this year.
Wake at N.C. State (-8). O’Brien coaching for his job .. again?
FOR THE RECORD …
Clemson picks, straight up, career: 36-13
Clemson picks this season: 8-1
Clemson picks, vs. spread, career: 22-25-1
This year vs. spread: 5-3
Last week vs. spread 1-6
Season vs. spread 22-32-2
Career vs. spread 114-110-6