ATLANTA -- Five-star defensive end Robert Nkemdiche committed to Clemson earlier this summer and had remained steadfast in his decision.
But Saturday, the No. 1 prospect in the country discussed his potential plans for a cross-country road trip to check out other schools.
"Yeah, I may visit somewhere out West," Nkemdiche said after his Grayson High School (Ga.) beat McEachern High School at the Corky Kell Classic, a season-opening prep showcase at the Georgia Dome.
What schools does he have his eye on?
"Probably USC, Oregon and UCLA," Nkemdiche said.
His June commitment was a major score for head coach Dabo Swinney and Clemson. The Tigers' 2013 recruiting haul is currently ranked 11th on Scout.com's list of top classes.
Two of Nkemdiche's high school teammates -- Wayne Gallman, a four-star running back, and David Kamara, a three-star cornerback -- have also given commitments to Clemson.
Nkemdiche chose the Tigers over offers from several other top programs, including Alabama, Georgia, LSU, and Auburn. But with Signing Day still months away, Nkemdiche has his options open.
When asked if he had a problem moving away from the self-proclaimed "college football country" of the South, he said, "No, I want to get out there and see how it is."
SEE HIM IN ACTION
Check out video highlights of Robert Nkemdiche in action during Saturday's game.
At 6-foot-4 and around 270 pounds, Nkemdiche is a force on the Grayson defensive line, possessing a rare combination of power and agility.
Nkemdiche, who also gets snaps as a running back for Grayson, scored a rushing touchdown in Saturday's 31-12 win.