Recruiting roundup: No. 1 is gone

Robert Nkemdiche's surprise commitment and Mississippi State's major week were the talk of the week on the recruiting front.

A surprise commitment from the nation's No. 1 prospect has turned Clemson into the talk of the recruiting week.

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Five-star defensive end Robert Nkemdiche -- Scout's top player in the 2013 class -- picked the Tigers after visiting campus Thursday, bringing an unexpected early end to the prized prospect's recruitment.

Nkemdiche's decision was aided in no small part by three-star cornerback David Kamara, who committed to Clemson the day before. Kamara and fellow Clemson commit Wayne Gallman are both current teammates with Nkemdiche at Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga. They had previously said they wanted to play together in college.

The additions of Nkemdiche and Kamara are Clemson's first commits in a month and help bolster a strengthening Tigers class. Gallman is a four-star running back and one other commit -- four-star linebacker Dorian O'Daniel -- is also at the four-star level in Scout's rankings.

CLEMSON'S 2013 CLASS

Rating Pos. Player
DE Robert Nkemdiche
LB Dorian O'Daniel
RB Wayne Gallman
CB David Kamara
LB Ben Boulware
S Jadar Johnson
TE Jordan Leggett
LB D.J. Greenlee

Nkemdiche's high school coach gave our Clemson site an exclusive interview, in which he shares some insight into why Nkemdiche picked the Tigers over perceived favorites Alabama and LSU. The reasons are refreshing to hear.

The score is the latest sign that head coach Dabo Swinney is rebounding nicely from a 6-7 season in 2010 that put him squarely on the hot seat. Swinney's Tigers went 10-4 last year, winning the ACC and making the Orange Bowl, and he recently had his contract with the school extended.

But the Orange Bowl was ugly. West Virginia racked up nearly 600 yards of offense in a 70-33 rout of the Tigers in January. All the more reason this commitment is welcome news on the defensive side of the ball.

A superior athlete, Nkemdiche has all the physical and mental tools to play at the next level. In fact, Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst says he's been ready for that since the end of his junior year in high school. Read more about what Simmons thinks Nkemdiche can bring to Clemson.

As always, the caveat with these commitments is there is still a lot of time until Signing Day, and Nkemdiche's other suitors are bound to keep coaxing him into changing his mind.

Nkemdiche was the only five-star recruit to make a decision this week, but a host of four stars made their selections. With Nkemdiche off the board, five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil -- Scout's No. 4 overall prospect -- is the top uncommitted player in the 2013 class.

The Nkemdiche news overshadowed Mississippi State's monster week, which was the favorite to be the focus in this space as of yesterday afternoon. The Bulldogs had been nearly dormant on the commitment front before picking up a whopping eight recruits since last Thursday.

The jewel of the group so far is Kailo Moore, a four-star running back from Mississippi. Moore described a great scene upon telling head coach Dan Mullen of his decision, saying Mullen's wife cried at the news.

Moore, the No. 13 overall running back in the Scout class, was once a commit of rival Ole Miss.


Around the country

Notable commitments from June 9 to June 15:

Solid news this week for Arizona State. Four-star Chans Cox, the nation's No. 1 fullback, and three-star Joshua Dobbs both picked the Sun Devils.

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Arkansas scooped up three-star safety Khari Harding.

Auburn earned a pair of three-star commits -- defensive end Tashawn Bower and wide receiver Lemond Johnson.

A nice pickup for Baylor came in the form of four-star wide receiver Robbie Rhodes. Three-star safety Austin Jupe and two-star safety Taion Sells also went with the Bears.

Bowling Green's biggest commit so far came from three-star wide receiver Mike Rogers.

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Cincinnati landed three-star linebacker Rasheen Jones, two-star guard Ben Flick, and unrated wide receiver Mykel Traylor-Bennett.

Colorado picked up two-star wide receiver Bryce Bobo.

Duke scored a three-star recruit -- cornerback Johnell Barnes.

Four-star defensive end Naim Mustafaa picked Georgia.

Georgia Tech scooped up two-star guard Chris Griffin.

Florida State scored a pair of nice Friday commits -- four-star running back Ryan Green and three-star wide receiver Jesus Wilson.

Indiana picked up two-star wide receiver Isaac Griffith, the first member of the Hoosiers' 2013 recruiting class.

Three-star safety Malik Rucker is headed to Iowa.

Great score for Maryland late Friday in four-star offensive tackle Derwin Gray.

Three-star tight end Jeremy Kerr is headed to Miami.

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Mississippi State had the biggest haul of the week, picking up six rated commits since Saturday, highlighted by four-star running back Kailo Moore. Five three-stars also came on board -- offensive tackle Kent Flowers, guard Deon Mix, quarterback Cord Sandberg, cornerback Gabriel Myles, and wide receiver DeAndre Woods.

Three-star wide receiver Kevin Gladney chose Nebraska.

Two-star wide receiver Jalen McDaniel chose NC State.

Northwestern picked up three-star offensive tackle Sam Coverdale.

Ohio made two-star quarterback James Walsh the first member of its recruit class.

Oklahoma got a verbal from three-star linebacker Jordan Mastrogiovanni.

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Three-star linebacker Brandon Bell announced for Penn State.

Pitt landed two-star wide receiver Zach Challingsworth.

Rutgers kept three-star defensive end Eric Wiafe in New Jersey. Two-star quarterback Christopher Laviano also picked Rutgers.

SMU landed its highest-rated player yet in three-star offensive tackle Travis Fisher.

Three-star offensive tackle J.P. Vonashek picked South Carolina, as did three-star guard Alan Knott.

A major score for South Florida -- local product Asiantii Woulard, a four-star quarterback, chose the Bulls.

Two-star defensive tackle Tyler Haddock opted for Temple.

Three-star quarterback Riley Ferguson beefed up Tennessee's recruiting class.

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Texas A&M got some major defensive help this week, picking up commitments from four-star linebacker Reggie Chevis, four-star cornerback Noel Ellis, and three-star cornerback Tavares Garner.

A trio of three-stars decided for TCU -- safety George Baltimore, cornerback Steve Wesley and defensive tackle Bryson Henderson.

Great score for UCLA in four-star linebacker Cameron Judge.

USC continued its roll through the recruiting process, picking up a commitment from four-star wide receiver Steven Mitchell.

Three-star wide receiver Carlos Burse became the 10th member of Vanderbilt's recruiting class.

Virginia scored a commit from three-star wide receiver Keeon Johnson.

Two-star tight ends Cam Serigne and Brendan O'Neil both are headed to Wake Forest.

Mike Leach got his quarterback of the future, landing four-star Tyler Bruggman.

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