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Robert Nkemdiche, the nation's top football recruit in the Class of 2013, has decommitted from Clemson, his high school coach Mickey Conn told ESPN.com's RecruitingNation via text message.
Reports surfaced Wednesday night that Nkemdiche, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound defensive end from Loganville (Ga.) Grayson, had backed away from his commitment to the Tigers, but he denied them saying they were "just not true."
"That is just people talking," Nkemdiche said Wednesday evening. "I have not done anything or made plans to do anything. They are just talking. I have not decommitted from Clemson."
However, Conn confirmed Thursday morning that Nkemdiche had indeed had a change of heart.
When reached Thursday, Nkemdiche said he is not talking about his status anymore. Nkemdiche's mother, Beverly Nkemdiche, also had no comment about her son's status.
"I'm not talking to anybody about anything," Nkemdiche said Thursday. "I'm not talking about recruiting anymore. I'm not talking about recruiting with anybody."
Nkemdiche said Wednesday night he expects Ole Miss defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff and Georgia running backs coach Bryan McClendon to attend his regular-season game Friday night versus Snellville (Ga.) Brookwood.
Nkemdiche intends to take an unofficial visit to Ole Miss with his parents on Saturday. It will be his fourth trip to Ole Miss since he committed to Clemson in June.
Nkemdiche's brother, Denzell, is a linebacker for the Rebels. Alabama, Georgia and Ole Miss are believed to be the only other teams still seriously under consideration, but all signs point toward Ole Miss as the top team now on his list.
Nkemdiche originally committed in June after an unofficial visit to Clemson with teammates Wayne Gallman and David Kamara, who were already committed to the Tigers.
"I love Clemson," Nkemdiche said in June. "I know in my heart it's the right place for me."