- Corey Dowlar, RecruitingNation
As the Christmas holiday nears, recruiting has slowed some. But not entirely as both Virginia schools extended offers.
Florida State and Virginia Tech landed commitments recently, too.
Biggest offer: 2015 defensive end Sterling Johnson (Clayton, N.C./Clayton) already has an impressive group of schools after him. Clemson, Florida and NC State have all offered. And just last week, another high-level ACC school jumped in, too -- Virginia Tech. The Hokies would love to add a 6-foot-5, 245-pound player off the edge for Bud Foster’s defense. The Hokies' in-state rival, Virginia, also issued an offer, but this one went to 2015 tight end Jackson Harris (Columbia, Tenn./Columbia Central). Other ACC schools in on Harris include Florida State, Georgia Tech, Clemson and Virginia Tech. Louisville, a future ACC school, has offered as well.
Biggest commitment: Florida State added to its increasingly imposing offensive line class with the addition of juco guard Kareem Are (Fort Scott, Kan./Fort Scott CC). The 6-foot-5, 310-pound lineman possesses the size, and the age, to come in and participate right away, if so required. The Seminoles don’t really know what will happen on the interior offensive line with Tre' Jackson and Josue Matias eligible for the draft. Bryan Stork, too, is set to leave for the professional ranks. Bodies such as Are could ease the impact of any of those leaving to the NFL.
Biggest question: Where will all the early enrollees go? There’s not much time left before midyear enrollees must make their decisions and enroll at the school of their choice. These impact classes beyond just themselves. Numbers, for example, can be dictated by how many players enroll in January and count against the previous class’ total. For teams like Florida State and Miami, the more they can bring in next month, the bigger the overall total will be in February when their 2014 classes are finalized.
Biggest answer: Virginia Tech found a big piece of its running game puzzle at the end of last week with the addition of three-star back Shai McKenzie (Washington, Pa./Washington). The Hokies' offense, which has always benefited from a strong running game when clicking on all cylinders, will hope McKenzie keeps their strong tradition alive. Marshawn Williams (Hampton, Va./Hampton) is the only other high school tailback in the class, but Daniel Reid (Chester, Va./Fork Union Military Academy) is being brought in as well.
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