Top recruit Robert Nkemdiche denies Clemson-to-Ole Miss rumors

The odd recruitment of Robert Nkemdiche, the nation's No. 1 recruit in the 2013 class, took another strange twist late Wednesday night with reports that the star defensive end had decommitted from Clemson, with plans of joining his older brother at Ole Miss.

The reports surfaced at Rivals, and were then confirmed by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger's Hugh Kellenberger. Those reports were then shot down by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, after receiving a text from Nkemdiche denying the report.

"Nothing final yet," Nkemdiche told the AJC in a text message at 11 p.m. EST. When Nkemdiche was asked if he was still committed to Clemson, he replied, "Yes (still committed to Clemson). Just undecided."

Two hours earlier, Nkemdiche told the AJC in an interview that he was still committed to Clemson, was going to visit Ole Miss this weekend to watch his brother play, and would wait until after his senior season at Grayson High School.

Recently, Nkemdiche's mother did a Q&A with the AJC, telling the paper that she had never spoken with Dabo Swinney and never visited Clemson.  She did not bash the Tigers or their program, but did say that "the commitment they said [Nkemdiche] made is nothing."  She also expressed her love for Alabama, and wish for her two sons to play football together again.  

Nkemdiche's brother, Denzel, is currently leading Ole Miss (5-4, 2-3 SEC) in tackles with 60 stops on the season.  No doubt the Rebels' success under first-year coach Hugh Freeze would make any recruit reconsider Ole Miss as a destination, but you throw in the family influence and that reconsideration might be more serious.

Judging by the multiple reports and the wording of Nkemdiche's denial, it possible - if not likely - the star defensive end could make the move in the (possibly near) future.

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