The masses took to the Internet. Message boards approached a fever pitch. Twitterverse lit up like the Fourth of July.
Assumptions were made and conclusions were reached in just a matter of moments…all over a few comments that, so far, have amounted to nothing.
Nkemdiche reportedly said that a Clemson offer to Grayson High School senior defensive back Ryan Carter would help ensure his commitment to the Tigers. Multiple national news outlets picked up on the interview with Michael Carvell, who covers college recruiting for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
"I am waiting on Clemson to offer Ryan; when that happens, it's locked … it's a done deal … it's over," Nkemdiche reportedly told Carvell.
Nkemdiche made the case for Carter, who's a two-star prospect, according to Scout.com.
"He comes up and hits anybody," Nkemdiche said. "It doesn't matter how big you are. He will come and hit you. That's what I like about him. He plays with a high motor and is a great football player … of course I'm surprised he doesn't have more offers. I'm waiting on him to get that offer from Clemson so he can come join the family."
It immediately became a polarizing point of debate for Clemson fans.
Take the kid -- anything to keep the No. 1 player…
Another Grayson teammate? Forget it…
Nkemdiche went on the defensive two days after the interview was published.
He tweeted on Sunday around lunchtime: "I Never said any of those things but I guess the AJC will do anything for a story and to keep his job !"
A few hours later, he attempted to clear the air with another interview, this time with New York Times reporter Adam Himmelsbach.
"Of course I would want to play with him. But if it doesn't work out, I'll still go to Clemson," Nkemdiche said in Sunday's story.
"I didn't give Coach Swinney an ultimatum about anything," Nkemdiche said. "I hope he doesn't feel obligated to offer anybody a scholarship because of my commitment."
He added, "I don't want anybody to think I'm giving ultimatums, because that's not who I am."
Nkemdiche's recruitment has been a breath of fresh air, compared to previous years' No. 1 overall prospects.
Until this past weekend's dust up, it didn't have the look of a long, drawn-out process that would go weeks beyond signing day.
And though it was the first tangible sign of a de-commitment, he has since publicly reaffirmed his stance.
But that's life when you're everybody's No. 1. The spotlight shines just a little bit brighter.
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