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Is Nkemdiche pondering life on the West Coast?

The Clemson commit remains open to visiting other schools. Dave Miller

Print This August 23, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

The No. 1 overall player in the Class of 2013, Robert Nkemdiche, remains verbally committed to Clemson.

But the Grayson High School (Loganville, Ga.) five-star defensive end is not completely done with the recruiting process despite stating that he is “100-percent solid” with the Tigers.

Robert NkemdicheRobert Nkemdiche recorded 18 sacks and 36 tackles for loss in 2011.

As Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, Nkemdiche is considering visiting some West Coast schools, notably USC and Oregon.

“Yes, I probably will. I want to get a look at some of those schools, but I haven’t set anything up yet.”

Many USC fans are probably salivating at the thought of the star defender visiting Los Angeles and seeing the brand-new McKay Center on campus, which has been lauded the last few days since pictures hit the Internet. And Oregon, of course, has the Nike brand behind its operation as well as a top-tier program. Nkemdiche also says that he plans to go to Ole Miss as much as possible this season to see his older brother play.

The 6-5, 265-pound Nkemdiche, who racked up 78 tackles (including 36 tackles for loss) and 18 sacks in 2011, could have a similar impact early in his career on Clemson that Jadeveon Clowney had on South Carolina in 2011. And not just on the field.

His commitment shows that Clemson is becoming a major force under head coach Dabo Swinney, who not too long ago was considered to be on the hot seat. But with a new contract extension, Swinney is living large at the ACC school. And he has the Clemson program on the rise after being able to reel in wide receiver Sammy Watkins, running back Mike Bellamy and linebackers Stephone Anthony and Tony Steward in recent seasons -- players who could have easily landed with SEC programs but elected to play in Death Valley. And while players can always decommit considering we are a long ways away from National Signing Day next February, just getting an initial verbal from a player the caliber of Nkemdiche will only help Swinney and the Clemson brand when the staff is on the road recruiting.

Now the coaches just have to keep Nkemdiche committed, which is a chore considering he's the nation's best high school senior.

Email dave.miller@nationalfootballpost.com or follow me on Twitter at Miller_Dave

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