Defensive end Robert Nkemdiche of Grayson, Ga., decommitted from the Tigers last weekend his coach confirmed Thursday.
The nation's consensus No. 1 recruit for the Class of 2013 had been a Clemson commitment since June.
Coach Mickey Conn told the Gwinnett Daily Post that Nkemdiche will reopen his recruiting and make a new decision after taking his official visits. The coach said Nkemdiche told Clemson of his plans last Sunday.
“I think he's still very interested in Clemson, but he's got a brother (freshman linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche) who goes to Ole Miss and he's got other schools that he likes as well," Conn said. "He's going to clear his mind and take some other visits.”
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Nkemdiche will make his fourth visit to Ole Miss this Saturday to watch his brother play. He also was on hand at Georgia last weekend when Ole Miss played there.
Nkemdiche's mother, who lives in Nigeria, has been visiting with the family the past few weeks and has said she wants her sons to play together. That has led to strong speculation that Nkemdiche ultimately will settle on Ole Miss.
However, Alabama, Florida, LSU, Oregon, Georgia and Southern Cal, along with Clemson, are other schools expected to figure in the mix for his official visits.
Nkemdiche's defection leaves Clemson with 18 commitments for the 2013 class.