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Nation’s No. 1 FB Recruit Pushing Clemson To Sign His Teammate

Is he strong-arming the Tigers?
A view of Clemson's stadium during the day from high up.

CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of the start of the Miami Hurricanes against the Clemson Tigers game at Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2005 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Craig Jones/Getty Images)

A few weeks back, Clemson received a verbal commitment from Robert Nkemdiche, the No. 1 overall college football recruit in the 2013 class. It was a huge get for head coach Dabo Swinney, as Nkemdiche became the first No. 1 recruit to ever commit to the Tigers.

But now, as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, that commitment appears to be contingent upon Clemson also signing one of Nkemdiche’s Grayson High School teammates, Ryan Carter. Carter, a defensive back, has offers from numerous schools, including Mississippi and Tulane.

“I am waiting on Clemson to offer Ryan; when that happens, it’s locked … it’s a done deal … it’s over.”

Clemson already has three other Grayson High School alumni on its roster: Wayne Gallman (RB), David Kamara (DB) and Nick Schuessler (QB). If Nkemdiche is able to convince Swinney to extend an offer to Carter, that would make five total from one high school playing for the Tigers.

While this isn’t quite the “Super Friends” thing going on between LeBron/Wade/Bosh, it’s definitely another example of a high-profile athlete leveraging his power to get what he wants.