Nkemdiche clarifies status with Clemson


Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s top-rated player who committed to Clemson earlier this summer, created a stir last week when he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he might change his mind about Clemson if the Tigers didn’t offer a scholarship to high school teammate Ryan Carter, a defensive back.

But Nkemdiche, a senior defensive end from Loganville, Ga., later told the New York Times he’s a solid commitment to Clemson without regard to what happens with Carter.

“Of course I would want to play with him,” Nkemdiche told the Times on Sunday night. “But if it doesn’t work out, I’ll still go to Clemson.

“I didn’t give coach (Dabo) Swinney an ultimatum about anything. I hope he doesn’t feel obligated to offer anybody a scholarship because of my commitment.”

Three of Nkemdiche’s high school teammates are already set to join the Tigers. Quarterback Nick Schuessler is transferring from Mississippi State as a walk-on at Clemson. Running back Wayne Gallman and defensive back David Kamara have verbally committed to Clemson.

In other recruiting news:

USC remains strongly in the mix for WR Jonathan Rumph of Holmes JC, Miss., and is keeping in regular contact. Alabama is now showing Rumph interest, and he’s planning to visit there in August. Rumph visited Michigan State last month. He’s also been to USC. Rumph also has offers from Georgia, Arkansas, LSU, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Nebraska, Baylor, Texas Tech, Kansas and Iowa State. He plans to make his decision in August.

OL Na’Ty Rodgers of Pomfret, Md., will wrap up a visit to California this week and will get to work on the task of narrowing his list to a final five for his official visits. Rodgers visited Southern Cal, UCLA and Washington while on the West Coast and he feels like he is finished with visits. Rodgers said he would like to get back to USC this summer, but team camps might prevent that. He’s not planning a decision until after the season and might wait until Signing Day. He does not have a favorite.

WR Ky Priester of Snellville, Ga., plans to attend USC’s Showcase Camp on July 16. It will be his first visit to USC and it will be the first chance for Gamecocks coaches to check him out since he decommitted from Georgia last month. “South Carolina is my top school right now and I’m open after that,” said Priester, who said he’s also hearing from Clemson, which he has visited, N.C. State and Purdue. Last season, Priester played for a school in Lake Mary, Fla., and had 31 catches for 565 yards and 5 TDs.

DB Vonn Bell of Rossville, Ga., cut his long list of offers down to seven, and Clemson was one of the survivors. The others on his short list are Ohio State, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Vanderbilt and Texas. He plans to get down to a final two by Labor Day.

TE Jordan Davis of Thomson, Ga., will visit USC on Wednesday. It will be his second trip to Columbia. This time, he will be accompanied by his mother. His offers are from USC, Florida, Georgia and Louisville.

DB Adrian Baker of Hollywood, Fla., committed to Florida State last week. Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Vanderbilt, Florida and LSU were his other finalists.

TE Zach Riggs of J.L. Mann attended camps at USC and Coastal Carolina over the last two weeks. He had previously camped at Clemson and Appalachian State. Wake Forest, N.C. State and Richmond are some of the other schools showing interest. He is planning a trip to Richmond later this month. Riggs does not have a favorite and is waiting on his first offer.

ATH Mikal Moody of Conway has been sidelined this summer after breaking his collarbone at a Nike camp in May. Moody is back in the gym and ready to take his first trips of the summer. He heads to Ole Miss on July 20. Clemson, USC and possibly N.C. State follow, in that order. His offers are from Ole Miss, Kentucky, N.C. State and Marshall, with interest from USC and Clemson.

Junior OL Donnell Stanley of Latta told GamecockCentral.com he currently has a top five of Clemson, USC, Alabama, LSU and Ohio State in no order.

2014 QB Josh Roper of St. James has been to camps at Furman and Wofford this summer and has gotten positive reviews. Schools plan to scout him this season. Roper is an option style QB who missed half of last season with a broken left collarbone.

Basketball news

USC last week landed a commitment for the 2014 class from 6-1 Marcus Stroman of Keenan High School in Columbia. Stroman is considered to be one of the state’s top prospects in his class. Last season he averaged 15 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists per game last season. Stroman is USC’s first commitment for the 2014 class.

Baseball news

OF Clark Scolamiero (6-1,170) of Greenville High committed to USC for the 2014 class. Last season, he batted .357 with 5 HRs and 18 RBIs.

RHP Drew Moyer (6-3, 200) of Gilbert committed to Clemson for the 2013 class, according to DiamondProspects.com. Moyer had been committed to Winthrop. Last season, Moyer was 5-1 and was named to the All-State team.