ACC: Football Recruiting

Class rankings: Oct. 29 update

October, 29, 2014
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National recruiting analyst Craig Haubert breaks down updates to the ESPN class rankings for 2015 football recruiting. College football’s top two teams see fruits of their labor in recruiting.

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Signing day 100 days away

October, 28, 2014
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National signing day, Feb. 4, is just 100 days away, here's a look at 100 things to watch heading up to the big day.

Questions that will shape signing day

100. Who will coach the Florida Gators next year? The Gators entered the season hoping to rebound on the field with a shot at the No. 1 class. Amid another season of turmoil, Florida is in a fight to just keep committed prospects on board.

99. Will Michigan make a move? With that seeming very likely, a number of Wolverines commitments are making official visits. Assuming there will be a change, the new coach will have the difficult task of keeping the class together.

98. Can Virginia Tech or Virginia keep the best at home? While a pair of in-state five-stars from the 2014 class chose Virginia, the top four in 2015 remain uncommitted and only one prospect in the top 10 is committed to an in-state program after eight of the top 15 signed with the Hokies or Cavaliers last year.

97. Can UCLA win any big battles late? The Bruins were ranked No. 7 in the Preseason AP Poll and were a playoff contender. The Bruins are 6-2, but the season hasn't lived up to those lofty expectations. That has provided rival USC opportunity to have more success selling Steve Sarkisian's vision without the Bruins having taken the headlines and winning the perception battle.

96. How many prospects will flip? To date, Over 35 prospects in the ESPN 300 have decommitted or flipped their commitments. With more than 30 committed prospects still making official visits or planning to make visits, that number could reach as high as 70, considering both the Florida and Michigan jobs could open which could start a chain reaction depending on future hires. There is no doubt that 2015 is the class of flips, and it has only just begun.



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Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC 

October, 28, 2014
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Another weekend has come and gone in the ACC. While the weekend wasn’t one full of action-packed official visits, there was one huge Monday commitment and a number of big unofficial visits that headlined the weekend.

Luginbill's Premium Prospect Board

October, 27, 2014
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The Premium Prospect Board is a look at the members of the Class of 2015 who offer the most immediate impact and early value potential to the college football teams they are committed to or are considering.

The latest edition has added three new names, including No. 1 overall player Terry Becker Jr.

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Best of the visits: ACC

October, 26, 2014
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It was a light recruiting visit weekend in the ACC. With that said, two games attracted some key prospects, beginning with Virginia Tech on Thursday night against the Miami. Then on Saturday, it was Clemson that brought out some of the top underclassmen in the region.

Miami at Virginia Tech

The Thursday night game on ESPN brought out ESPN 300 five-star defensive tackle Tim Settle for a third time this season. With an official visit to West Virginia scheduled for next weekend, this was yet another chance for the Hokies staff to show Settle why staying at home is a good option, along with the ability to play early.

Settle tweeted a picture with a teammate prior to making the trip Blacksburg.


Settle made the trip with teammate and friend Reggie Floyd, No. 191 in the ESPN Junior 300. Floyd was tweeting and posted a vine during the game. Floyd was also at the Hokies season opener and has an offer.


ESPN Junior 300 No. 198 C.J. Freeman made the trip up to Blacksburg, which was his first time seeing Virginia Tech play at home.


Despite losing 30-6 to the Hurricanes, Freeman tweeted positively about his experience at Lane Stadium. The Hokies and South Carolina have offered the junior running back. His teammate at North Guilford, four-star cornerback Mook Reynolds, is a Virginia Tech commitment.

Syracuse at Clemson

Clemson focused on the classes of 2016 and 2017 this weekend, hosting a number of ESPN Junior 300 prospects. Among the impressive list, was ESPN Junior 300 No. 244 Korey Charles. The running back made the trip up from Tallahassee for the weekend with his mother. Charles’ mom tweeted out a picture before the game.


Charles has offers from favorites Clemson and Florida State, along with Miami, LSU, Penn State and Louisville. This was his first time attending a game at Clemson after attending a pair of Seminoles games this season.

From the state of Texas, junior quarterback Bowman Sells made the trip to Clemson Saturday morning following a Friday night 75-30 win. What better way to follow up passing for 370 yards and seven touchdowns than taking in a game in Clemson. Sells tweeted a picture with his throwing hand on Howard’s Rock prior to Saturday’s game.


While Clemson was the first school to offer Sells following his freshman season, the Tigers already have ESPN Junior 300 signal-caller Zerrick Cooper committed, along with two quarterback prospects in the 2015 class, making Sells and Clemson an interesting recruitment moving forward.

Top 2017 target Richard LeCounte was also at Clemson on Saturday and tweeted a picture from the field during warmups. The versatile sophomore has verbal offers from Georgia, Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn, Florida State and a number of others in addition to the Tigers.

ACC's top recruiting visits 

October, 24, 2014
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This weekend has the look of a slow one on the recruiting trail. While there could certainly be news and visits pop up late, this looks to be a big weekend for Clemson in the 2016 class. Looking ahead, the struggling Virginia Tech Hokies are set to host a number of key targets in two weeks.


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Recruiting class rankings: Oct. 22 update

October, 22, 2014
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National recruiting coordinator Craig Haubert joins ESPN’s Phil Murphy to break down updates to the ESPN class rankings in the wake of updated player evaluations with the ESPN 300.

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With the October update of the 2015 ESPN 300, it’s time to look at a number of topics in the ACC. From the biggest battles to come for ACC teams to the best class in the conference to the player most likely to flip, here is a look at five hot-button recruiting topics within the conference.


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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.


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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 

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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.

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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.

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