“Hello sirs, I am a 5 star recruit seeking your humble assistance”
At this point, I would have thought, that everyone was well familiar with the ol’ Nigerian email scam. It’s usually an email, sent by some official sounding gentlemen, asking for your immediate help in solving some bank or litigation-related issue for him, and, in return, once you send in a modest financial donation of course, will result in a financial windfall of unclaimed billions on your behalf. Only a sap would buy into this at this point, right?
Well, it seems that the Clemson coaching staff has received one such email recently, promising them the spoils of a top rated recruit and ferocious pass rusher supreme. Untold riches will be theirs, they’ve apparently been told, if only they would pay their own way to Nigeria to meet with a government diplomat who will, upon their arrival (and probably one of those modest financial donations), deliver until them the bounty which they seek.
Undisputed No. 1 prospect Robert Nkemdicheignited an earthquake in Clemson on Tuesday when he told ESPN’s Kipp Adams that “My recruitment is crazy still and Ole Miss is making a push for me. It does not matter to my dad, butmy mom wants me to go to Ole Miss and we are still talking about it, so we have not come to an agreement on it yet. It is tugging my heart in two different directions.” This is setting up to be a high-stakes recruiting showdown over the next four months. It’s also a reminder how important the role of mothers are in the recruiting process. You’ve got to win them over. TigerIllustrated’s Ryan Bartow reported that Clemson’s coaches will fly over to Nigeria this winter to visit with Nkemdiche’s mother, who is a politician there. Also, while watching this unfold, you’ve got to think there’s a lot of colleges, including Clemson and UGA, that are kicking themselves over not signing Nkemdiche’s older brother, who is blossoming into one of the SEC’s best young defenders this season for Ole Miss.
Whatever the results of the trip, this recruiting class is going to end with Dabo Swinney having to cancel all his credit cards and wade through mounds of fraudulent credit information.