- Corey Dowlar, RecruitingNation
Wake Forest is still in the process of identifying and hiring a new coach as its 2014 recruiting class remains in flux. The Seminoles are heading to the national championship game and could be in for a big recruiting finish.
Meanwhile, a couple of very important visits and new offers to younger recruits went out in the ACC over the past week.
Biggest offer: Pittsburgh offered a 2015 linebacker inside its own state. Kevin Givens (Altoona, Pa./Altoona), a 6-foot-3, 230-pound junior, now sits at two offers early in his recruitment with Temple the other school to offer him. Miami also got in on the act of offering underclassmen by extending an offer to 2016 wide receiver Darnell Salomon (Hollywood, Fla./Champagnat Catholic). The 6-2 wide receiver already has offers from Alabama, Georgia Tech, LSU and UCF.
Biggest visit: Dalvin Cook (Miami/Miami Central) took an official visit to one of his finalists over the weekend. The hometown Miami Hurricanes entertained the four-star back in what is one of the most important visits of the cycle for Cook. Florida State has been riding a wave of momentum with Cook, but as things get nearer to his decision, the Canes have been able to assert themselves, too. Cook remains committed to Florida, and says he’s still considering the Gators as an option, but most believe Cook is headed to Tallahassee or staying home to play for Al Golden. Elsewhere, Shai McKenzie (Washington, Pa./Washington) took an official visit to Pitt.
Biggest question: What’s going to happen with Wake Forest’s 2014 recruiting class? The Deacons currently sit at 14 commitments, but they don’t yet have a replacement for former coach Jim Grobe. The next hire Wake Forest makes will be very important to its recruiting class for obvious reasons. Will he be able to rally the commitments around his new program? How will uncommitted prospects on the board react to the hire? And what kind of new targets will he be able to identify and bring in before national signing day arrives?
Biggest answer: Florida State has punched its ticket to the national championship game with a win over Duke in the ACC championship game on Saturday night. Coach Jimbo Fisher is now armed with a tangible recruiting pitch when he begins to apply the final touches to his 2014 haul. Wide receiver is still a big need and Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman), the top receiver target available, appears to be a major priority. Should the Seminoles win the national championship, Fisher will be able to go into living rooms on in-home visits and show recruits Florida State is place they can go to win championships.
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