ACC: Football Recruiting

Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC 

November, 25, 2014
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The weekend that was in the ACC was filled with a number of key official visits, including a trio of ESPN300 prospects. While the news of Josh Sweat's visit to Florida State takes center stage for many, both Wake Forest and Georgia Tech picked up key commitments, as well as a 2016 quarterback giving his verbal to Virginia.

Best of the visits: ACC

November, 23, 2014
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This weekend in the ACC was a chance for a couple of programs to show they are headed in the right direction. Not only did Wake Forest have a number of top targets on hand over the weekend, but the Demon Deacons delivered with a 6-3 double-overtime win over Virginia Tech. Meanwhile, Virginia won in decisive fashion over Miami (Fla.), 30-13.

Virginia Tech at Wake Forest

The Demon Deacons had a number of top targets in Winston-Salem over the weekend, and the list included top playmaking target and ESPN 300 No. 149 Nyheim Hines, along with his twin sister, who is being recruited by Wake Forest in track. Hines snapped this pic and tweeted it out Saturday with the Demon Deacons mascot.


Hines is considered a lean to NC State over Wake Forest, Duke, Virginia Tech and others, with the Wolfpack being his childhood favorite and having offered his sister a track scholarship as well.

Another four-star visitor on hand this weekend at Wake Forest was Lawrence Cager, who spent time with Demon Deacon commitments Kahlil Welsh and Steven Claude Saturday during the big win over Virginia Tech.


Claude also took to Twitter before Saturday’s game to post a picture with Welsh in the Demon Deacons football offices.


Welsh flipped his commitment from Florida Atlantic to Wake Forest after the Demon Deacons offered on Nov. 6.

Miami at Virginia

Not only did Virginia and Mike London get a huge win over the Hurricanes Saturday to the tune of 30-13, they also picked a commitment from ESPN Junior 300 No. 162 Sonny Abramson after the signal-caller arrived in Charlottesville Friday night.


The commitment of Abramson is a key one for the Cavaliers with the future of the quarterback position in question, both in terms of starter and depth. He selected Virginia over Iowa, Vanderbilt, Duke and Wake Forest.

Syracuse at Pittsburgh

ESPN 300 No. 17 Tim Settle visited Pittsburgh for its 30-7 win against Syracuse on Saturday.


While Pittsburgh is not considered a serious player in the Under Armour All-America Game selection's recruitment, any time a program can get a prospect on campus they have a shot -- even if minimal. Settle is scheduled to officially visit USC and Washington State the next two weeks, with Virginia Tech and Tennessee considered the frontrunner over Penn State.

Settle was accompanied on the visit by 2016 athlete Eric Kumah, who was offered by the Panthers staff Saturday.


The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Kumah had offers from Virginia Tech, Maryland, Tennessee and Boston College before the Pitt offer Saturday.

ACC's top recruiting visits 

November, 21, 2014
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There isn’t a marquee game this weekend in the ACC that will bring out prospects by the dozens. With that said, there are three programs hosting big-time and key 2015 prospects this weekend that will certainly take center stage. While No. 5 Josh Sweat has a lot of attention in the ACC at Florida State this weekend, Clemson is set to host one of the nation's top defensive tackles and Wake Forest hosts a speedy playmaker that the Demon Deacons desperately need in the program.


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The top five remains steady, but Ohio State has moved a step closer to potentially breaking into that group. The Buckeyes, whose class is led by three five-star prospects, added a commitment from an eighth ESPN 300 player in offensive lineman Matt Burrell Jr. The top-10 OG is a big, tough and competitive player. He needs to continue to better blend technique with his aggressive nature, but with some work he can be a physical and productive presence in the trenches for Ohio State.

It has been a challenging season for North Carolina, but the Tar Heels, who have won three of their past four games, were able to score a big victory on the recruiting trail. With a commitment from ESPN 300 DE Jalen Dalton, North Carolina was able to keep the state's No. 3-ranked prospect at home. A lengthy and athletic defender with good upside, Dalton is a promising player who could grow into a potential playmaker for a team that needs major help on defense. Despite some of the struggles this season UNC has still managed to put together a strong class that now sits at No. 21 and features five ESPN 300 prospects.

Inside the rankings

The biggest challenge for Urban Meyer and his staff since he arrived in Columbus has been luring top-flight defensive front personnel and overall skill from the Midwest that is comparable to what he had at Florida. It has been a down period in Ohio for the 2014 and 2015 classes in terms of sheer numbers and caliber of players, which led to the Buckeyes going after guys like Joey Bosa (Florida), Raekwon McMillan (Georgia), Vonn Bell (Georgia) and many others to help supplement the roster. That trend is continuing with the commitment of 2015 athlete Torrance Gibson.

The good news for the Buckeyes is that the upcoming in-state 2016 class is much stronger and deeper, which hopefully will allow for them to not have to venture too far south this time around to supplement the roster. The Buckeyes already have four players committed in 2016 and all are from Ohio.



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ESPN Jr. 300: What to know in the ACC 

November, 19, 2014
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With the latest update to the ESPN Junior 300, here is a list of things to know in the ACC with the coaches set to hit the road in a matter of weeks to finish off the 2015 class, but make further evaluations on the Class of 2016.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC 

November, 18, 2014
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A big weekend of recruiting in the ACC is in the rearview mirror. While the Miami-Florida State game took the cake in terms of visitors as expected, there was plenty of news around the conference, specifically in the class of 2016, with a big commitment and early offer of note.


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Best of the visits: ACC

November, 16, 2014
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There is one game in South Florida that is sure to bring out top prospects by the dozens, star quality and former players: Florida State at Miami. On Saturday, the game delivered once again on the field, and off the field with over 150 prospects from the class of 2015, 2016 and 2017 in attendance. While the Sunshine State showdown certainly was the highlight for the ACC, in Raleigh, North Carolina, NC State became bowl eligible and had a number of prospects on hand to witness the win with at least two offers going out to 2016 prospects in attendance.

Florida State at Miami

The Hurricanes hosted a trio of official visitors from California Saturday. While ESPN 300 No. 21 Rasheem Green and No. 80 John Houston Jr. were the marquee names, the visit of No. 216 Bar Milo shouldn’t be underestimated. The four-star offensive tackle tweeted a picture from his hotel that would make anyone living in cold weather places jealous.
ESPN300 No. 192 Quart'e Sapp was another visitor on hand for the big game. While Sapp plays at Milton High in Georgia, he is originally from the Sunshine State. He tweeted a picture before the game. Sapp is considering Tennessee and Michigan State heavily along with the Hurricanes with the Volunteers having been trending most of the season.

One of the many ESPN Jr. 300 prospects on hand for the huge South Florida showdown was No. 13 Trayvon Mullen, who has offers from both in-state powers. He took to Twitter while in the car on the way to Sun Life Stadium. IMG Academy football was also well represented at Sun Life Stadium. Among the seven IMG Academy players in a photo tweeted were 2015 four-star commit Scott Patchan and uber-talented junior defensive back Saivion Smith. Wake Forest at NC State

Charlotte area 2016 defensive end/outside linebacker Julian Okwara did what few can do: He attended parts of two games in Research Triangle Saturday.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound versatile defender first headed to Chapel Hill to check out the Tar Heels, and tweeted a picture before the game. After stopping by North Carolina, he made the short trip to Raleigh to check out NC State. The extra effort to make it to NC State paid off with an offer from Wolfpak head coach Dave Doeren. The offer from NC State followed an offer earlier in the week from Boston College.

Another 2016 prospect on hand for the Wolfpack's win over Wake Forest was 6-foot-8, 260-pound offensive tackle Robert Kraeling out of Georgia. Like Okwara, the junior left Raleigh with an offer from Dave Doeren. NC State is the first Power 5 offer for the fast rising junior. Clemson is also showing serious interest, along with a number of others.

ACC's top recruiting visits 

November, 14, 2014
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This weekend’s slate of games in the ACC features a marquee national game and the center of the recruiting universe, Florida State at Miami (Fla.) in the battle for Dade and Broward counties. While the showdown in South Florida certainly takes center stage, there are a number of individual visits that could potentially impact the ACC with a number of top targets making official visits to SEC programs this weekend.


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Scout's Take: DE Jalen Dalton to UNC 

November, 13, 2014
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North Carolina has secured a commitment from Under Armour All-American defensive end Jalen Dalton. Below, see what the addition of this key in-state prospect means for the Tar Heels:


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Alabama continues its long run in the No. 1 spot of the class rankings, but for the first time in a little over three months there is a new team sitting behind the Crimson Tide. Georgia moved up to the No. 2 spot after picking up its 13th commitment from an ESPN 300 prospect with the addition of Rashad Roundtree. The top-five safety prospect is the fourth secondary commitment in the Bulldogs?? class. A tall, athletic, and aggressive defender, Roundtree could potentially contribute early and develop into a well-rounded player. His best fit looks to be at strong safety, but with his range, size and physical nature he could potentially offer some versatility to Georgia??s back end.

While Bulldogs defensive addition helped them rise, a decommitment from an ESPN 300 LB led to Michigan slipping. The Wolverines?? class still has five ESPN 300 prospects, but their total number of commitments has dropped to eight and the loss of Darrin Kirkland Jr. is their second ESPN 300 decommitment in three weeks.

Nebraska saw a rise in the rankings after dipping into Louisiana for the second time in this class to land ESPN 300 WR Stanley Morgan, who is a good fit for the Cornhuskers, bringing good size, some playmaking ability and a competitive temperament to Lincoln.

Inside the rankings

Since coming to Kentucky prior to the 2013 season, Mark Stoops and his staff have brought an entirely new approach to recruiting in Lexington. The Wildcats are ahead of schedule in Year 2 and one game away from being bowl eligible, which would pay huge dividends in December when it comes time to host prospects.

The process began by taking a pro personnel approach to recruiting when it came to prioritizing staff meeting times and evaluation by coaches and support staff. In other words, the evaluation process of all prospects is a 365-day-a-year requirement when coaches and staff are not on the road. This is the approach he brought over from Florida State after working under Jimbo Fisher. Secondly, Kentucky needed to expand its footprint which is why Stoops was the perfect choice to lead this change. The state of Kentucky does not produce enough top-tier talent to support an 85-man roster which forces the staff to go outside its borders. Traditionally this would mean going south, and UK still will, but now the movement has moved north into Ohio where Stoops has roots.

In 2014, Kentucky signed 11 players from Ohio, and currently has seven players committed in the 2015 class from Ohio. Their home state will always be the top priority and the Wildcats have won that battle as of late with the signing of QB Drew Barker, DE Jason Hatcher and DT Matt Elam, but the roster needs support from a net that more widely cast.

There is renewed enthusiasm and leadership under Stoops, a renovated stadium and millions of dollars being devoted to facilities enhancements which could make for a bright future in Lexington.



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The Florida State-Miami rivalry, which will be renewed Saturday night, has been one of the top college football games played annually during the last 25 years.

For the No. 3 Seminoles, it’s not only a chase for a second straight national championship at stake, but also state bragging rights and the ability to continue to show that the recruiting momentum in the most talented state in the country remains in Tallahassee.

On the flip side, the Hurricanes are looking for a statement victory that would send shockwaves throughout the country and show prospects from Dade and Broward counties, as well as nationally, that Miami is headed back into national prominence with a freshman quarterback in Brad Kaaya.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC 

November, 11, 2014
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Another weekend of recruiting has come and gone in the ACC. While last weekend was the calm before this weekend’s storm in South Florida, there were still a number of key happenings in the conference with NC State taking center stage.

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Blue Chip Battles Nov. edition

November, 10, 2014
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Each recruiting season, there are the battles that can make the difference between becoming a championship contender or an also-ran. These aren't necessarily the 10 best remaining uncommitted recruits. Instead, these are the 10 battles we project as being the fiercest between now and signing day.






Rasheem Green | Serra (Gardena, California)

Defensive Tackle | 6-5/290 | ESPN 300 Rank: 22


Who wants him? Green holds offers from programs all over the country, but several Pac-12 teams appear to be in the lead, as Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and USC are pushing hard.

Front-runners: UCLA and USC

Dark horse: Stanford

Final breakdown: Green took an official visit to Oregon in October and to Miami this weekend for the Hurricanes' showdown against Florida State. Green plans to announce his commitment on signing day and -- unlike several highly recruited Los Angeles-based prospects in the past -- is looking to take official visits to both UCLA and USC. While Green is following former teammate Adoree' Jackson's lead and keeping virtually everything in his recruitment under wraps, the best guess at this point is one of those two Los Angeles schools, but neither Oregon nor Stanford should be discounted. -- Erik McKinney



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Best of the visits: ACC

November, 9, 2014
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It was a light visit weekend in the ACC in terms of official visitors. With that said, games at NC State and Florida State did bring out a few key visitors for the Wolfpack and Seminoles in the classes of 2015 and 2016. For NC State, a loss on the field to Georgia Tech didn’t keep NC State from reeling in the top in-state signal-caller on the board in the 2016 class.

Georgia Tech at NC State
While the Wolfpack didn’t win the game on the field, Dave Doeren and staff won on the recruiting trail. The class of 2016 picked up an in-state quarterback prospect in three-star Dylan Parham, who announced his decision on Twitter after attending the game.

Parham is a key get early for the Wolfpack. He has the desired measurables at 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds and also has upside in terms of development and frame. His strengths at this point are his play-making ability, quick decision-making and the ability to improvise and keep plays alive on the move and under duress. Three-star quarterback commitment Austin King made the trip from Alpharetta with friends and teammates from Alpharetta High on Saturday, and as expected the group took to Twitter at NC State. Virginia at Florida State While the next big visit weekend in Tallahassee will be for the rival Florida Gators game on Nov. 29, ESPN Junior 300 defensive end and Seminoles pledge Janarius Robinson was back at Doak Campbell Stadium Saturday for the game vs. the Cavaliers. He took to Twitter and Instagram before making the short trip northeast from Panama City. Among the top uncommitted prospects making the trip to Tallahassee was ESPN Junior 300 No. 152 Marquez Callaway. The 6-2, long-armed cornerback made the trip with several teammates and snapped a number of pictures, including this one by Bobby Bowden Statue. Home-state Georgia is considered the team to beat early on for Callaway, but he has offers from many of the nation's best, including Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee and Florida. He has been to Athens twice this season to visit the Bulldogs and is already receiving special attention from Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. Callaway is also a possible Division I basketball prospect with the chance to play basketball also factoring into his recruitment early on.

ACC's top recruiting visits 

November, 7, 2014
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This weekend’s slate of games in the ACC isn’t a power draw for top prospects making official or unofficial visits. With that said, Saturday is another opportunity for N.C. State to inch closer to turning the tide in state in 2015.

Georgia Tech at N.C. State


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