CLEMSON -- There’s an old saying in recruiting that says if you want to win a recruit, you win the support of the recruit’s mother.
If that’s the case, Clemson has some work to do.
The mother of the nation’s No. 1 recruit, Robert Nkemdiche, a Clemson commitment, said in an interview with the Atlanta-Journal Constitution Thursday that her wish remains for her sons to play together at Ole Miss, where Robert’s older brother, Denzel, plays.
She said her second choice for Robert, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end, is to play at Alabama.
Beverly Nkemdiche said she has communicated with Alabama coach Nick Saban on Facebook but has not spoken with Clemson coach Dabo Swinney.
Beverly lives in Nigeria and works in politics as a state legislator. Her husband and son live in suburban Atlanta. She is in the United States for several weeks to watch her sons play. She said she does not plan on traveling to Clemson and questions her son’s level of commitment to Clemson.
“I don’t know if he’s so attached to them. I’m not sure. I can’t say,” Beverly said in the interview with the AJC. “He has not expressed to me that he truly, truly wants to be there.”
She indicated she will not pressure Robert but she has and will continue to make her preference known.
“To me, a verbal commitment that they said he made to Clemson is nothing,” Beverly said.
“(A) family should come together, and I left it at that. Come February, he’s going to make up his mind and sign,” she said. “When we talk about it, I will say how important it is for him to play with his brother. I’m not going to hide how I feel about wanting both boys to play together. If that makes me a bad person, so be it. I want my boys to play together, period.”
Robert told The Post and Courier last month that his mother’s preference has been “tugging at my heart. I’m not going to lie, she does have say so in my college choice, but I’ve got to do what I’ve got to do. This has been super hard on me.”
Nkemdiche told ESPN earlier this fall that he was not going to waver in his commitment to Clemson.
“I’m going to Clemson,” he says. “I want to make an impact and in three years go to the NFL. That’s what I’m going to do. You can put that in bold too.”
Signing day is three months away. Stay tuned.