An elite recruit, Clemson and a questionable package deal
Last week’s big national recruiting story centered on package deals and the country’s top prospect.
DE Robert Nkemdiche – a Clemson commit – publicly pushed the Tigers to offer his high school teammate, safety Ryan Carter.
“I am waiting on Clemson to offer Ryan; when that happens, it’s locked … it’s a done deal … it’s over,” the Grayson High (Ga.) star told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Yes, Nkemdiche is already committed to Clemson. And yes, the Tigers also have three of other Nkemdiche’s teammates headed to Death Valley. But he’ll be super-duper committed if they offer his teammate, apparently.
The story continues to feed the football news cycle during the slow month of July, even though package deals aren’t new and aren’t uncommon. But this still raises a valid question. Should one player have this much say in the recruiting process?
Scholarships are a valuable commodity, both financially (See: my monthly student loan bills) and athletically. You can’t afford to waste too many and remain successful. A bad recruiting class can doom a program for years. Is it worth it to risk squandering one (or four) for one elite talent?
CBS’ Gregg Doyel writes that Nkemdiche’s request goes against the spirit of the NCAA’s rules. Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples (among others) argues that it’s one of the rare times where a player has some control in the process.
What do you think? Is Nkemdiche right to try to get his friend a scholarship? Or is he (or Clemson) taking it too far?