GREENVILLE, SC -- Robert Nkemdiche, the consensus No. 1 prospect in the nation, has committed to Clemson, giving the Tigers four commitments since the start of Dabo Swinney's high school football camp this week and a signing-day superstar among eight commitments for 2013.
The 6-foot-5, 271-pound defensive from Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga., joins teammates Wayne Gallman (6-1, 195), a running back, and David Kamara (5-11, 185), a cornerback, in Clemson's class 2013 class.
He committed hours after Dylan Sumner-Gardner (6-0, 190) a rising junior safety from West Mesquite High in Texas, became Clemson's third commitment for 2014.
Kamara committed to Clemson coach Dabo Swinney Wednesday night after arriving for an unofficial visit with Nkemdiche. Gallman has participated in workouts at Swinney's high school football camp since Tuesday. The trio is expected to stay on their visit to Clemson until Friday.
As a defender, Nkemdiche is more like former Tiger Da'Quan Bowers than current Gamecock Jadeveon Clowney, another No. 1 overall prospect at defensive end.
He also considered LSU, Alabama, Georgia and Ole Miss, where his brother Denzel plays linebacker, among scholarship offers from across the country.
He recorded 18 sacks, 17 quarterback pressures and 59 tackles last year while adding 107 carries for 528 yards and 17 touchdowns on offense at running back. He's been timed at 4.5 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
Sumner-Gardner, meanwhile, is a native of Buffalo, N.Y., who has lived in Texas since the seventh grade, but he's been a fan of Brian Dawkins and always had an affinity for Clemson. He recorded over 100 tackles last season on West Mesquite's junior varsity. TCU also extended him a scholarship offer.
2013 Clemson commitments:
- Ben Boulware (6-2, 225), LB, Hanna High
- Wayne Gallman (6-1, 195), RB, Grayson High (Ga.)
- D.J. Greenlee (6-2, 205), LB, Daniel High
- Jadar Johnson (6-1, 185), CB, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High
- David Kamara (5-11, 185), CB, Grayson High (Ga.)
- Jordan Leggett (6-6, 240), TE, Navarre High (Fla.)
- Robert Nkemdiche (6-5, 271), DE, Grayson High (Ga.)
- Dorian O'Daniel (6-1, 205) LB, Good Counsel High (Md.)
2014 Clemson commitments:
- Dalvin Cook (5-11, 190), RB, Miami Central (Fla.)
- Dylan Sumner-Gardner (6-0, 190), West Mesquite (Tex.)
- Deshaun Watson (6-4, 195), QB, Gainesville High (Ga.)