Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan — Grayson running back and defensive end Robert Nkemdiche decommitted from Clemson earlier this year and is considering Ole Miss and LSU as his college options.
LAWRENCEVILLE --- Grayson senior Robert Nkemdiche, the nation's No. 1 football prospect, has decommitted from Clemson, Rams head coach Mickey Conn confirmed Thursday morning.
The 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive lineman chose the Tigers this summer, but the constant pressure and heavy recruiting didn't slow down much for the five-star recruit. Conn said he notified the Clemson coaches of the decision Sunday.
"I think he's still very interested in Clemson, but he's got a brother (Denzel) who goes to Ole Miss and he's got other schools that he likes as well," Conn said. "He's going to clear his mind and take some other visits."
Speculation that the standout plans to commit to Ole Miss isn't true either, Conn said.
Clemson and Ole Miss, where Denzel is a redshirt freshman linebacker, are still among Nkemdiche's favorites, as are Alabama, LSU, Florida and Oregon. ESPN also reported Thursday that Georgia is still also a possibility and that Bulldogs' running back coach Bryan McClendon will be on hand to watch Nkemdiche's final regular-season game Friday night against Brookwood.
Conn said he expects Nkemdiche to take his time with this decision with a likely decision on National Signing Day on Feb. 6. His high school teammates, Wayne Gallman and David Kamara, also are committed to Clemson and his former teammate, quarterback Nick Schuessler, transferred from Mississippi State to Clemson this year.
"At this point, I think it's a family decision," Conn said. "The family's going to get together and make the best decision for Robert."
In addition to the recruiting process, Nkemdiche may have a lot of high school football left. Grayson hosts Brookwood on Friday, then last year's Class AAAAA state champions are hopeful of another deep playoff run.
Nkemdiche also plays running back for the Rams.