The 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive end made his decision on the second day of a three-day unofficial visit to the campus. Nkemdiche had offers from the majority of the power programs around the country including Alabama, LSU and Georgia to name a few but decided on Clemson.
One of the reasons for his decision was the familiarity with the Clemson program as his high school head coach, Mickey Conn, was roommates with Swinney at Alabama. Another reason for his commitment was due to the consistent recruiting from new Clemson defensive coordinator Bill Venable. Venable was brought in after the Tigers embarrassing 70-33 loss to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl last season and made Nkemdiche the top priority.
Nkemdiche will have some familiar faces joining him next season in Clemson as two of his teammates, running back Wayne Gallman and cornerback David Kamara, have committed as well. All three prospects were in Clemson on Wednesday with Kamara making pledging his verbal commitment on their first night on campus.
Clemson lands another big recruit for their 2013 class, which is now at eight players with three prospects being rated in the top 150 in the country.
This is not the first time the Tigers have reeled in the top recruit in the country. Think back to 2008 when Clemson signed Da’Quan Bowers who is now in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Nkemdiche burst onto the national scene as a sophomore when he racked up 18 sacks and then followed it up with a repeat number in his junior season while leading Grayson to a AAAAA state championship. During his junior season he also tacked on 17 rushing touchdowns for what its worth.
This is a huge pickup for Swinney and Clemson who are coming off their first ACC championship in school history. Swinney has proved he can recruit and win some big games, now it’s time for the Tigers to take that next step and win a BCS bowl game.