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Thursday, October 17, 2013
ACC recruiting storylines: Oct. 17

By Corey Dowlar


The third-ranked Clemson Tigers will welcome plenty of national recruits this weekend as they host No. 5 Florida State on Saturday night.

Elsewhere, North Carolina and Wake Forest add commitments from the state of Florida, and Maryland might be out in front for Adam McLean .

Clemson hosting a top group

While the country's eyes will be on the top-five matchup between Clemson and Florida State Saturday night, a group of elite national prospects will be on hand to see it in person.

Five-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) headlines the group. He's a guy Clemson has work to do in order to get, but a big win during his official visit could propel the Tigers forward.

Other big names expected to attend include D.J. Smith, Trevion Thompson, Mitch Hyatt, Taj Griffin and possibly Andrew Williams.
Florida State won't be hosting, but ...

Travis Rudolph
A big win over Clemson would help Florida State in its quest to land No. 65-ranked prospect Travis Rudolph.
Florida State won't be hosting the top-five matchup with Clemson, but that doesn't mean it can't do a little recruiting of its own.

If Jameis Winston has a big game on national television, there is a good chance guys like Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman), Markell Pack (Purvis, Miss./Purvis) and Josh Malone (Gallatan, Tenn./Station Camp) will see it happen.

What do all three of those guys have in common? They are at the top of FSU's wide receiver board in the 2014 cycle, and the Seminoles would love to bring them in for Winston to target next season.

This game is important to both teams, no matter who is hosting and who is visiting.

Heels get ahead with 2015 LB

Three-star junior linebacker Andre Smith (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian) decided Tuesday was the right time for him to make an early decision. Having offers from North Carolina, North Carolina State and UCF, Smith thought the Tar Heels would be the best fit for him.

Recruiting has gained speed, of course. More and more teams are building their junior classes before their senior ones are finished.

The Tar Heels now have two commitments for 2015 and surprisingly, they are both from the state of Florida. Ronnie Harrison (Tallahassee, Fla./Florida), a three-star safety recruit, is the other.

Deacons pick up Florida lineman

Three-star offensive lineman A'Lique Terry (Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah) ended the recruiting process for the foreseeable future by committing to Wake Forest on Tuesday. The 6-foot-1, 299-pound center chose the Deacs over Buffalo, Cincinnati, East Carolina, FIU, Marshall, Memphis, Ohio, South Alabama, USF, Tulane and Western Kentucky.

Wake Forest, which loves to recruit the state of Florida, and has done so with a lot of success, now has two commitments from the state, including Jaboree' Williams (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Ft. Lauderdale). Wake Forest could pick up more from the area, including one of Terry's teammates Edgar Cerenord.

Terry's next time on campus at Wake Forest will likely be for the Deacons' home game against Florida State on Nov. 9.

Terps trending for 2015 stud

Six-foot-3, 260-pound defensive end Adam McLean (Gaithersburg, Md./Quince Orchard) is the No. 125th junior in the country for the 2015 class. He's got plenty of offers, including from Florida State, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Rutgers and Virginia Tech.

But the in-state Terrapins might be pulling out in front.

McLean visited Maryland as recently as last weekend when the Terrapins were able to edge Virginia by a single point. Academics has always been something McLean has valued in Maryland.

But will it be enough to keep Florida State and others at bay? There's a long way to go and only time will tell.