ACC: Football Recruiting

Midyear additions: Florida State

January, 27, 2015
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Eight recruits have enrolled at Florida State, according to the program's official site Seminoles.com:

Calvin Brewton, S
HT: 6-0 WT: 173
Positional Rank: No. 29 S
Stars: 4

George Campbell, ATH
HT: 6-4 WT: 190
Positional Rank: No. 1 ATH
Stars: 5
ESPN 300 (No. 7)
Under Armour All-American

Ethan Frith, OT
HT: 6-7 WT: 336
Positional Rank: No. 48 OT in 2014
Stars: 3

Derwin James, S
HT: 6-2 WT: 202
Positional Rank: No. 1 S
Stars: 5
ESPN 300 (No. 8)
Under Armour All-American

De'Andre Johnson, QB-DT
HT: 6-0 WT: 173
Positional Rank: No. 7 QB-DT
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 259)
Under Armour All-American

Jacques Patrick, RB
HT: 6-3 WT: 233
Positional Rank: No. 3 RB
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 49)
Under Armour All-American

Da'Vante Phillips, WR
HT: 6-2 WT: 202
Positional Rank: No. 6 WR
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 44)
Under Armour All-American

Josh Sweat, DE
HT: 6-5 WT: 240
Positional Rank: No. 3 DE
Stars: 5
ESPN 300 (No. 11)
Under Armour All-American

Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC 

January, 27, 2015
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Another weekend in the ACC is in the rearview mirror with N.C. State winning a big inter conference battle, and the Pittsburgh Panthers gaining some January defensive momentum under Pat Narduzzi.

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It's tough to imagine a more exhausting and stressful conclusion to a recruiting process than the one Iman Marshall orchestrated. Over the past 10 days, Marshall has taken official visits to Florida State, LSU and Michigan, as well as hosted several coaches at his home and school. But just like on the football field, the nation's No. 4 overall prospect doesn't appear to be fazed at all by what's being thrown at him.

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Recruit breakdown: DE Arden Key 

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video What he brings: Arden Key is a quick and rangy prospect capable of being a disruptive front-seven defender. He needs to continue to fill out his lengthy and lean frame, but he has begun to add some good size since his junior year and is wiry with better-than-expected strength for his build. At this stage he is best playing on the move and getting after the quarterback. The top 25 prospect possesses excellent first-step quickness and with his length can develop into a disruptive edge rusher. He can also be a factor in pursuit with his range, effort and ability to use good angles. He can play with a physical and fiery style, which he might need to control at times. Key needs to continue to physically develop to help him more consistently take on bigger blockers, but this is a talented and versatile prospect who could project and develop as a DE or 3-4 OLB.


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On The Trail Show (noon ET)

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With a little over a week until national signing day recruiting news is coming fast. Join RecruitingNation's panel of expert to discuss the biggest visits and latest news.

Best of the visits: ACC

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ACC programs made the most of the opportunities at hand this weekend on the recruiting trail. The big winner was NC State scoring a pair of commitments, but a number of programs had key visitors -- with the themes of the weekend being keeping current commitments in the fold and trying to close with need-filling commitments.

NC State

The Wolfpack didn’t just have a good weekend, they had a great weekend by placing the icing on top of a top 40 recruiting class. NC State was already ranked No. 40 in the class rankings and is poised to make a small jump with the commitment of No. 80 Johnny Frasier, who flipped from Florida State.


The flip of Frasier was expected for some time, but now that it’s official it means NC State head coach Dave Doeren and staff have added serious speed and playmaking in Frasier and No. 155 Nyheim Hines, who have both run 10.6 100-meter times in the past. The duo is also a good mix, with Frasier being a 225-pound back and Hines a versatile player who could see spot duty at running back, line up in the slot and be a major factor in the return game.

NC State also filled a remaining need at defensive end with the flip of Emanuel Olenga from East Carolina. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder announced his decision on Twitter.

Wake Forest

The Demon Deacons added a second quarterback to the 2015 class on Saturday in the form of four-star Kyle Kearns. The former SMU verbal took to Twitter to announce his commitment to Dave Clawson and Wake Forest.


The commitment of Kearns means the Demon Deacons have a very impressive quarterback class. Not only is the four-star pocket passer in the fold, but so is Kendall Hinton, who has already enrolled. The future of Wake Forest's quarterback position now has options and competition in Kearns, Hinton and sophomore-to-be John Wolford.

Another top target on hand this weekend for Wake Forest was former Tennessee running back commitment Rocky Reid. Reid has been active on Twitter all weekend during his official visit.


Reid visited Louisville last weekend prior to making the short trip to Wake Forest this weekend. He has an official visit scheduled to West Virginia Jan. 30.

Clemson

Meanwhile, at Clemson, the Tigers were hosting the top two offensive playmakers in their class in Deon Cain and Ray-Ray McCloud III. The ESPN 300 prospects both tweeted out pictures that drew many a retweet from Clemson fans. Cain and McCloud posted this picture in Clemson jerseys along with All-ACC third-team receiver and sophomore-to-be Artavis Scott.


McCloud also tweeted a picture Saturday with Cain and Clemson president Jim Clements.


Keeping Cain and McCloud has been priority No. 1 for the Clemson staff. While both have remained solid, programs from around the country haven’t stopped recruiting the Tampa-area duo, and that is especially true with programs in the Sunshine State.

Miami

The Hurricanes had a second key visit weekend in a row. Headlining the group was four-star commitment Lawrence Cager and uncommitted senior riser defensive tackle Kevin Scott out of California. Scott took to Twitter throughout his visit to provide pictures and updates.


Scott has visited Purdue and Miami and is a possibility to visit Ole Miss Jan. 30. He also has an offer from USC, where he unofficially visited last week.
NC State has a new headliner for its 2015 class after luring ESPN 300 running back Johnny Frasier from Florida State. Here's a look at how big this commitment is the the Wolfpack:


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ACC's top recruiting visits 

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It’s coming down to the wire. There are just two official visit weekends remaining for the Class of 2015 with national signing day Feb. 4. This weekend in the ACC will be key for several programs, with NC State trying to lock up a top-40 class.

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Gerry Hamilton/ESPNESPN 300 running back Johnny Frasier is committed to Florida State but is visiting NC State this weekend.
NC State

It doesn’t get much bigger for the Wolfpack than this weekend. While there are likely only two official visitors, one would provide a huge perception win, ESPN 300 running back Johnny Frasier. Frasier, ranked No. 80, has been considered a “soft commit” to Florida State for months, and this weekend the in-state prospect will make his official visit to Raleigh, N.C., with a high probability of a flip before national signing day. For the Wolfpack, adding Frasier and Nyheim Hines’ speed and playmaking ability would make the 2015 class a success when combined with several other need-filling verbals. A second prospect who is a possibility to visit is East Carolina defensive end commit Emmanuel Olenga, who also has Nebraska knocking at his door.

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In the 100 days leading up to signing day 2015, RecruitingNation will be looking back at our ESPN recruiting rankings from 2006 to the present and count down the best player of the past 10 years at each ranking position, No. 100 to No. 1.

Jameis Winston, No. 14 in 2012 class

Winston came out of Hueytown High in Alabama as a highly coveted quarterback by the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Stanford, UCLA and many others. He signed with Florida State due in large part to a strong bond with lead recruiter and then-Seminoles assistant Dameyune Craig over home-state Alabama. Winston was part of a Florida State top-5 class that included Mario Edwards Jr., Eddie Goldman, P.J. Williams, Ronald Darby and Roberto Aguayo, among others.

After redshirting in 2012, Winston won the starting job over current Alabama backup Jacob Coker. He then put together one of the very best freshman seasons in history, leading Florida State to the BCS National Championship and a perfect 14-0 record. After passing for 4,057 yards and 40 touchdowns against 10 interceptions, Winston racked up the honors: 2013 Heisman Trophy, Walter Camp Award, Manning Award, Archie Griffin Award, AP Player of the Year, consensus All-American and first-team All-ACC. Winston also doubled as a baseball player for the Seminoles as a right fielder and relief pitcher.

As a third-year sophomore, the numbers took a dip but the wins continued. Florida State finished the regular season undefeated before losing to Oregon in the first-ever College Football Playoff semifinals. Winston finished the season with 3,907 passing yards and 25 TDs to go with 18 INTs. Winston was named All-ACC first-team for a second time following the season.

Winston finished his two years as a starter with a 27-1 record. He passed for 7,964 yards and 65 TDs with 28 interceptions.

Following the season, Winston chose to forgo his remaining eligibility and enter the 2015 NFL draft. He is a first-round projection, and that includes the possibility of going No. 1 overall.

Honorable mention: Devon Kennard, No. 14 in 2009 class. Kennard picked USC out of Desert Vista High in Phoenix, Arizona, over offers from many of the nation's best. He played defensive end and linebacker for the Trojans before being drafted in the fifth round, No. 174 overall, by the New York Giants. Jalen Ramsey, No. 14 in 2013 class, is a first-team All-ACC and second-team All-American defensive back for Florida State. He is expected to be highly drafted in the 2016 or 2017 NFL draft.
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There are less than two weeks until national signing day, and five-star defensive end Byron Cowart is closing on his college decision. The No. 1-ranked player in the ESPN 300 had a top three of Auburn, Florida, and Florida State just last week, and now the 6-foot-3, 258-pound defensive end has dwindled his choices to two.

"I would have to say, just to be honest, Auburn and Florida are my top two schools," Cowart said. "I have to keep it professional -- I have to. Who knows, you see coaches and they go into the league, and when it’s time for you to get drafted you don’t want to have a bad name.

"A lot of guys say things that they back away from, and yeah I probably said 'yeah I like this school and I might end up coming here' but that’s probably how I was feeling at the time, but a lot of things happen and I just want people to know that I’m man enough to say 'thank you for recruiting me, but I might not go to your school.' But right now, truly, it will come down to Auburn and Florida. That’s just being honest."

That is somewhat of a surprise considering FSU coaches visited Cowart at his school on Wednesday afternoon and Cowart was scheduled to take his last visit to Florida State next weekend.

"The visit was good. It was different," Cowart said. "I haven’t had the heat put to me like that before. It’s crunch time, so they want me to come up for this last visit, but it’s like I already know what they can bring to the table, I already know what I can I get from Florida State the school. It’s just crazy, I just want to relax and get away, think and get my thoughts together, and that’s why I was like 'I don’t know if I’m going to do my last visit -- I don’t know if I’m going to go anywhere on my last visit.'

"I don’t want to make a mistake. Like my mom said, when you are rushing and you’re moving too fast sometimes you can make a mistake and go somewhere that you never even thought you would go. So I want to be in the right mind and be focused, and to know that this is the school I want to go to."


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Daily Social Roundup: UCLA checks in with Iman Marshall 

January, 22, 2015
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Wednesday marked the two-week point until national signing day and coaches were out in force on the recruiting trail, with UCLA's visit to No. 4 overall prospect Iman Marshall leading the headlines.


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Four schools remain in the mix for ESPN 300 defensive tackle Rasheem Green. Arizona State, Miami, Oregon and USC will battle all the way until signing day for the nation's No. 41 prospect. With two weeks to go and one visit left, things are heating up for the big lineman.


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Class rankings: Jan. 21 update

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National Signing Day is rapidly approaching and commitments, decommitments and flips continue to spark movement throughout the class rankings.

Alabama continues to maintain control of the top spot, but another longtime top-five fixture has managed to make a move into to the top-three. Clemson has assembled a class defined by an excellent group of offensive and defensive linemen, but heading down the home stretch the Tigers added a key commitment from a perimeter prospect -- ESPN300 CB Mark Fields II. The four-star defender gives the Tigers an instinctive, athletic and versatile secondary player.

Notre Dame recently was able to flip longtime UCLA verbal Alize Jones, and the addition of the No. 1 TE helped the Fighting Irish to move into the top 10. The four-star can give Notre Dame's passing attack a playmaking threat and is a confident pass-catcher with good speed and outstanding body control.

Back-to-back SEC East champion Missouri continues to build a quality class and was the big mover jumping up to No. 26. The Tigers added a trio of good three-star prospects led by Johnathon Johnson, an athlete that lacks ideal measureables but demonstrates playmaking ability.



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Recruit breakdown: DT Rasheem Green 

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video What he brings: ESPN 300 No. 41 overall Rasheem Green is a physical, athletic defensive tackle prospect with the tools to be a well-rounded and disruptive player in the trenches at the college level. He possesses very good size, with a frame that can continue to be developed and support more good mass. An explosive player, he can use his size and strength to take on and at times overpower blockers. The four-star prospect also moves well for his size and can be effective on the move when utilized on slants and twists, and with his agility and motor he can be a factor along the line of scrimmage. Green suffered a knee injury late in his senior season that could hinder his initial impact in college, but in the big picture and with a healthy return, this is a versatile, tough and talented D-line prospect.


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Tuesday was a busy day on the recruiting trail with head coaches and assistants earning frequent flyer miles with national signing day only 15 days away. The headliner on Tuesday was No. 2-ranked Terry Beckner Jr. and a visit from Florida State.


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