One of the keys to recruiting, most coaches will say, is to find out who the parent is that will ultimately have the biggest influence on what college their son will pick. In the case of Clemson and No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche, that may mean there's work to be done in convincing his mother that the Tigers are the team for the highly regarded defensive end.
"His decision is not final," Beverley Nkemdiche told ESPN. "He's just a teenager, and people are forgetting that. We had never discussed Clemson, and I am unhappy with Clemson. I'm not there, so I don't know for certain, but I feel like Robert was pressured into this decision."
The Loganville (Ga.) five-star committed to the Tigers on June 14 but has many expecting he will eventually open his recruitment back up at some point before Signing Day. One driving factor in Clemson landing Nkemdiche was the fact that two of his high school teammates, running back Wayne Gallman and best friend and defensive back David Kamara, are committed to the school. Ole Miss -- where brother Denzel is a redshirt freshman -- Alabama, Georgia and several others were programs the top prospect considered before making his pledge.
"I'm going to Clemson," Robert Nkemdiche maintained in the piece. "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."
One complicating factor is the family situation with Nkemdiche. His father, Sunday, is a doctor and his mother is an elected official in Nigeria and has lived in the country since the younger Nkemdiche entered high school.
Clemson currently has the No. 11 recruiting class in the country for 2013. Nkemdiche has said numerous times he will take official visits to other schools.