Now that Robert Nkemdiche has decommitted from the Clemson Tigers, it appears as if the Ole Miss Rebels have the inside track on getting his commitment. They need to be smart about how they go about recruiting the No. 1 overall recruit in the nation from here on out though.
While there is no news of them pursuing this angle yet, one could easily suggest that Ole Miss try to sway Nkemidche's teammates away from the Clemson Tigers in an effort to make the Rebels program even more attractive to him. Even though this may seem like a good strategy, I don't believe it's one the Rebels need to use.
At this point, I don't think they need to spend their time focusing on this considering the advantage they have within Nkemdiche's own family.
The Rebels have a gigantic edge over the rest of the programs in the country in one of their star linebackers, Denzel Nkemdichewho happens to be Robert's brother. Their mother, Beverly Nkemdiche, has been very open about wanting her sons to play together, and even Denzel stated that he believed he and Robert would eventually wind up on the same team.
Many feel that Ole Miss is a huge reason why Nkemdiche decomitted from Clemson, and it's tough not to agree with that sentiment, as he even stated a few weeks ago that he was torn because of Ole Miss.
With such an apparent advantage, the Rebels shouldn't have to think that outside of the box or do anything drastic to get Nkemdiche's attention, like many other schools may have to, and that includes trying to sway some of his teammates from Grayson High School away from their Clemson commitments.
One of the tactics Clemson used to get Nkemdiche to commit to their program in the first place was to make offers to some of his high school teammates, and Gallman and Kamara are both still committed to the Clemson program. This was at one point an important selling point for Nkemdiche, as he even went on to say that his commitment to Clemson would be a "done deal" if they made an offer to Grayson 2-star safety Ryan Carter back in July.
This obviously sparked a lot of controversy, but it is worth noting that the 2-star defensive back has not received an offer from the Tigers, though David Kamara did say that Carter would commit to Clemson if they made an offer, according to quotes via Ryan Bartow of TigerIllustrated.com.
That said, with 20 recruits already committed to his 2013 class, Rebels coach Hugh Freeze doesn't have the room or luxury of bringing in two extra recruits just to appease Nkemdiche, and if the past two days have shown us anything, it's that having his Grayson teammates on board didn't even help Clemson keep him committed in the first place.
In an effort to keep Nkemidche, Clemson got desperate and ended up looking like they didn't have control of the situation. It appeared as if coach Dabo Swinney was doing anything he could to appease the nation's No. 1 recruit, and in the end, Clemson just comes away looking silly.
One has to wonder what kind of messages that sends to other elite recruits, but either way, it's certainly not a tactic that Freeze and the Rebels will want to implement. They are in very good position as it is, so they need not do anything to drastic.
Ole Miss doesn't need to get desperate, and they certainly don't need to focus on trying to sway Nkemdiche's teammates.