ACC: Football Recruiting

Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC 

October, 21, 2014
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The weekend has come and gone without a single commitment to an ACC program. With that said, there is plenty to talk about within the conference including huge official visitors for Florida State, a key offer by Louisville and a look at some players that could flip.

Best of the visits: ACC

October, 19, 2014
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Saturday's Notre Dame-Florida State game was the prime-time attraction in college football this weekend, and plenty of recruits were on hand to see the Seminoles hold on for victory. Here's a look at some of the best social media posts from ACC recruiting this weekend.

Notre Dame at Florida State

The Seminoles played host to the best visitor list in college football over the weekend, and quite possibly the best of the season to date. Among the truly elite group of visitors were top cornerback prospects Kendall Sheffield and Tarvarus McFadden.

ESPN 300 No. 44 McFadden is set to announce between Florida State and Georgia on Oct. 31, and he tweeted that the Seminoles were showing the love Saturday.


ESPN 300 No. 158 Neville Gallimore tweeted shortly after landing in Tallahassee Saturday.


Gallimore made an official visit to Oklahoma Sept. 12 prior to this weekend at Florida State. Ohio State is also in line for an official visit Nov. 28, as is Florida and possibly Oregon.

Florida State four-star commitment Calvin Brewton was on his official visit this weekend and commented on the morning after the Seminoles' thrilling win. Brewton made an official visit to Notre Dame Oct. 4.


Another 2015 defensive back on an official visit to Florida State was versatile Davante Davis. The safety/nickelback summed up Tallahassee after the game. Along with the Seminoles, Alabama, Florida, Miami (Fla.) and possibly Auburn are seriously under consideration.


ESPN Junior 300 No. 13 Trayvon Mullen was in attendance Saturday with a pair of teammates, No. 297 Malek Young and wide receiver Binjimen Victor.


Victor tweeted about the atmosphere at Florida State and in Doak Campbell Stadium.


Mullen and Binjimen are also high on Ohio State and Alabama, among others, with there being a strong connection to Alabama on the Coconut Creek High coaching staff. Young was a heavy lean to Florida State during the spring and summer, but the Seminoles weren’t ready to accept a verbal commitment.

Even the class of 2018 was represented Saturday by First Coast budding star corner Tyreke Johnson, the younger brother of 2015 ESPN 300 quarterback and Seminoles commit De'Andre Johnson. Tyreke posted a twitter picture with 2016 fast-rising defensive back Saivion Smith and ESPN Junior 300 No. 28 and Alabama commit Demetris Robertson.

Syracuse at Wake Forest

Wake Forest hosted a number of highly ranked running backs and skill players Saturday. While the Demon Deacons lost convincingly to Syracuse, it was a showcase for the ability to come in and play right away for Wake Forest.

ESPN Junior 300 No. 117 and running back Robert Washington took to Twitter and posted a picture with ESPN Junior 300 No. 92 Moe Neal (left) and friends at the game Saturday.


Both Washington and Neal are top targets of the Demon Deacons in 2016. Washington has more than 15 offers and lists Ohio State as one of his early favorites. Neal has been to games at Duke, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest this season.

The most important prospect in attendance didn’t tweet Saturday: ESPN 300 No. 149 Nyheim Hines. He made the short trip west to Winston-Salem with his family, including twin sister Nyah, who has a track offer from NC State. The Wolfpack are considered the favorites for the talented duo.

ACC's top recruiting visits 

October, 17, 2014
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There is little doubt where the top prospects in the region and country will be this weekend, as Florida State will host Notre Dame in a top-10 matchup. While that game will take center stag nationally, there is a key visitor scheduled to be at Wake Forest this weekend as well.

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Tom Hauck for Student SportsTarvarus McFadden is one of many top prospects who will visit Tallahassee this weekend.
 No. 5 Notre Dame at No. 2 Florida State
There is little doubt this game takes the cake in the ACC -- and nationally. Many prospects were expected to be in Tallahassee when they saw this game was scheduled, and the guest list to surpass those early expectations.

The enormous list of 2015 visits includes No. 9 Kendall Sheffield (official), No. 44 Tarvarus McFadden (official), No. 49 Da’Vante Phillips and No. 158 Neville Gallimore (official). Four-star offensive tackle and North Carolina commit William Sweet will also make the trip with 2017 wide receiver commit and First Coast teammate D.J. Matthews and four-star versatile defensive back Davante Davis, among many others.

Sheffield has made official visit to Ohio State on Sept. 27 and USC on Oct. 4 already, and he has trips planned to Oregon on Nov. 1 and Alabama on Dec. 5, along with unofficial visit to Texas A&M and LSU on Nov. 8 scheduled. The Aggies, Seminoles, Tiger and Crimson Tide are battling it out for the two-sport star with track figuring into his recruitment.

McFadden will announce on Oct. 31 between the Seminoles and Georgia Bulldogs, where former American Heritage teammates Sony Michel and Isaiah McKenzie are playing prominent roles as true freshmen.

In the Class of 2016, a number of ESPN Jr. 300 members will be in attendance including No. 2 Malik Henry, No. 13 Trayvon Mullen, No. 16 Levonta Taylor, No. 28 and Alabama commit Demetris Robertson and more. Henry is the top quarterback on the board in 2016 for Florida State, Notre Dame and UCLA. A decision is expected in November with the Fighting Irish seemingly having the inside track headed into this weekend's visit.


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Class Rankings Oct. 15 update

October, 15, 2014
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National recruiting coordinator Craig Haubert breaks down Micah Abernathy's addition to Tennessee's class and compares the Notre Dame and Florida State classes ahead of their matchup.

To read the full class rankings, click here.

Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC 

October, 14, 2014
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The weekend in the ACC saw a pair of top targets commit to NC State, as well as Georgia Tech making an offer to a familiar last name. On Monday, the nation's top-ranked prospect announced where his official visits will be in November.


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Blue Chip Battles -- Oct. edition

October, 13, 2014
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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. As visits are picking up, some battles have turned more interesting than others and we've added five new names to the board.

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Best of the visits: ACC

October, 12, 2014
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The ACC games of the weekend played host to a number of key official and unofficial visitors. In Raleigh, it was the chance that NC State had been waiting on as the Wolfpack are fighting to create momentum on the trail to close in 2015. For Clemson, it was time to get the class of 2016 going by picking up a quarterback commitment, and one of the Atlanta area's best walked away from Georgia Tech with an offer Saturday afternoon.

NC State vs. Boston College

While NC State fans left deflated after losing to Boston College Saturday, the Wolfpack got good news on the recruiting front. ESPN300 No. 165 Darian Roseboro ended the speculation after decommitting from Michigan, committing to NC State with his family on hand and giving Dave Doeren's recruiting a big shot in the arm.


Along with Roseboro, ESPN300 No. 149 Nyheim Hines and four-star offensive tackle Emanuel McGirt were on hand for the Wolfpack game Saturday with Hines being on his official visit along with his sister who has a track offer from NC State.


With Roseboro in the fold, this only helps the chances for the Wolfpack to eventually close out the recruitments of Hines and McGirt, who are good friends.

NC State also landed a commitment Saturday from junior college offensive tackle and Greensboro native Daris Workman, who announced on Twitter that his recruitment was closed.


Workman helps fill a need at offensive tackle for the Wolfpack, and has the ability to come in and compete for playing time from day one.

Clemson vs. Louisville

Headed into Saturday there wasn’t much question of if ESPNJr300 No. 65 Zerrick Cooper was going to commit to Clemson. It was just how long after his father turned the car off it would happen, and Cooper sent out his commitment tweet at 11:30 am, four hours before the Tigers kicked off.


The commitment of Cooper, who is out this season with a torn ACL, helps shore up the future of the quarterback position once DeShaun Watson graduates or heads to the NFL. With two quarterbacks in the fold in 2015 and Cooper now in 2016, Clemson has three four-star prospects that will compete to be next in line.

Among the other 2016 unofficial visitors on hand was three-star defensive tackle prospect Malik Walker out of Southwest Georgia. The defensive tackle and teammate of 2015 ESPN300 No. 26 Roquan Smith spent one-on-one time with Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney during the visit.


Walker left Clemson with a message that is music to the ears of Tiger fans.

Georgia Tech vs. Duke

Georgia Tech hosted Duke as a Top 25-ranked team and a perfect 5-0 Saturday. While the Yellow Jackets dropped the game to the Blue Devils, they had a number of prospects from 2015 and 2016 in attendance and extended an offer to one of the Atlanta area's best in 2016, and one with a familiar last name.



The recruitment of Holyfield will be an interesting one to watch. While the No. 137-ranked prospect in the ESPNJr300 has offers from a number of top programs currently, other top-ranked backs could be higher on recruiting boards and some offers aren’t committable. Combine that with GT being very close to home, and the Yellow Jackets could find themselves in the thick of this recruitment long term.

ACC's top recruiting visits 

October, 10, 2014
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In the ACC this weekend, Raleigh is the place to be. Having already made a splash with in-state prospects two weeks ago against Florida State, the Wolfpack will again play host to a number of key targets over the weekend as Dave Doeren and staff try to close in on a number of commitments that could play a vital role in turning the corner. At Clemson, one of 2016’s top prospects is prepared to give Dabo Swinney a commitment.

Boston College at N.C. State

To say it’s a big weekend for the Wolfpack would be an understatement. ESPN300 No. 147 Nyheim Hines and his sister (track offer) will be making official visits, as will junior college offensive tackle Daris Workman, who played in high school in Greensboro at Dudley High, and four-star defensive back Mike Hughes. Scheduled to be in Raleigh for unofficial visits are ESPN300 running back and Florida State pledge Johnny Frasier, No. 165 Darian Roseboro and four-star offensive tackle and former North Carolina commit Emanuel McGirt.


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Video: Class rankings Oct. 8 update

October, 8, 2014
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National recruiting coordinator Craig Haubert breaks down updates to the 2015 ESPN Class Rankings as well as darkhorse classes that could make a run at the top.

To read the full class rankings, click here.

Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC 

October, 7, 2014
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An upset-filled weekend in college football also provided a major upset on the recruiting trail ending with a big win for an ACC program. The big commitment for Pittsburgh, a number of key visits and the continued question of what will become of the North Carolina recruiting class takes center stage in this week's recruiting wrap.


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Juco recruits to watch: ACC 

October, 6, 2014
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ESPN’s Juco Watch List was released Monday, and there are names to know heading into the ACC. While the conference as a whole doesn’t heavily recruit the junior college level like others, impactful players have entered the conference in recent years. Even though there are only three junior college prospects currently committed to ACC schools, the trio has the chance to hit the field running in 2015.


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Best of the visits: ACC

October, 5, 2014
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The list of visitors on hand in ACC country wasn't as many in numbers as recent weekends. But in Chapel Hill and Atlanta, it was considered a huge visit weekend for North Carolina and Georgia Tech with the Yellow Jackets impressing in a 28-17 win against Miami (FL).

Virginia Tech at North Carolina

Among many key visitors at North Carolina this weekend was ESPN300 No. 90 and Under Armour All-America Game defensive end Jalen Dalton. Dalton is set to officially visit Virginia Tech officially Nov. 1 and a decision is expected shortly after.

That means the North Carolina vs. Virginia Tech game Saturday in Chapel Hill was exactly what Dalton tweeted, "The Jalen Dalton Bowl," during the second half of the Hokies' big 34-17 win at North Carolina.

Prior to the game, Tar Heels commitment and Charlotte area four-star offensive lineman Mason Veal was happy to hear a former Charlotte area star Elijah Hood would be getting the start at running back for North Carolina.


Following the game, Trinity Christian outside linebacker and North Carolina commit Andre Smith let everyone know where the official visitors were having dinner ...



Smith was one of three Jacksonville area prospects on official visits, joining teammate and ESPN300 safety Ben Edwards and four-star offensive tackle commit William Sweet. Sweet tweeted this picture before leaving for his official visit Friday morning…



Smith remains committed to the Tar Heels despite taking an official look at Nebraska in September. Sweet, on the other hand, has official visits to Michigan, Tennessee and LSU still on the books after making a trip to Missouri Sept. 20. Holding onto both Jacksonville area prospects is vital for the Tar Heels' 2015 class.

Miami (FL) at Georgia Tech

A number of 2016 prospects were on hand in Atlanta Saturday for Georgia Tech's win. Included in that list is ESPNJr300 No. 92 Moe Neal, who sent out a tweet in a Georgia Tech jersey from a prior visit.



Georgia Tech has prioritized the speedy playmaker, as has Mississippi State, North Carolina State and Duke.

Also on hand were Jacksonville University Christian 2016's Hussein Howe and Ke'Shawn Pennamon. Howe is No. 194 in the ESPNjr300, and is considering Georgia Tech and North Carolina strongly.



A number of 2015 prospects were on hand as guests of Georgia Tech as well, including top Yellow Jackets target Evyn Cooper (left) and teammates from Buford High.

ACC's top recruiting visits 

October, 3, 2014
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This weekend in the ACC doesn’t have as many key visitors as in recent weeks. With that said, it’s getting close to do or die in Chapel Hill for the 2014 season and 2015 recruiting class, and this weekend is absolutely huge for North Carolina. Menawhile in Tallahassee, two of the nation's top committed prospects will be at Florida State for official visits as the Seminoles try to flip the talented duo.

Virginia Tech at North Carolina


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Video: Class rankings Oct. 1 update

October, 1, 2014
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National recruiting coordinator Craig Haubert breaks down updates to the ESPN class rankings for 2015 football recruiting. Two top-10 classes from the SEC East added ESPN 300 prospects Friday.

Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC 

September, 30, 2014
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Another weekend in the ACC has come and gone. As expected, North Carolina State made a splash after giving top-ranked Florida State a scare and an unexpected flip became the news of the day Friday.


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