Thursday, October 24, 2013
ACC recruiting storylines: Oct. 24
By Corey Dowlar
The recruiting week in the ACC has centered around two states, as both Florida and Virginia programs added commitments while Miami has learned its NCAA fate.
Miami learns NCAA fate
Juco DT Michael Wyche became the first prospect to commit to Miami after sanctions were announced, decommitting from USC on Tuesday.
It's been some time now since the report first broke on the Hurricanes' violations, but a decision was finally reached this week by the NCAA regarding the penalties from those violations.
On the table were items such as postseason bans, something the school had self-imposed the last two seasons though. In the end, though, Miami saw just a slight reduction in scholarships, nine in total, which is manageable for a program that's been through this for the last several years.
The end result is that the Hurricanes and Al Golden can finally move forward. The storm clouds surrounding the program have been removed and finally, the light at the end of the tunnel is visible.
Recruits no longer are left to wonder what the punishment is going to be. It's been handed down, and Miami can carry on in recruiting.
Michael Wyche (Chesapeake, Va./East Los Angeles College) became the first commitment of the "new era", pledging to the Hurricanes on Tuesday afternoon. It's just one prospect, but it could foreshadow what's to come.
Virginia adds cornerback
Though it is struggling on the field at the moment, Virginia got some recruiting momentum going off it this week.
Darious Latimore (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett), a 6-foot, 161-pound defensive back, decided he wanted to be a part of a very solid recruiting class for head coach Mike London. Latimore chose Virginia over Appalachian State, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
Latimore is the second Virginia commitment from the state of Georgia, joining Jordan Ellis (Suwanee, Ga./Peachtree Ridge). He's also the only pure cornerback on the commitment list according to ESPN's rankings.
Virginia now sits at 11 commitments for the Class of 2014.
Virginia Tech lands Florida WR
The Hokies landed a piece to their offensive recruiting class puzzle on Monday with the addition of Kendrick Holland (Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven)
A three-star recruit, Holland took his official visit to Virginia Tech the weekend of Oct. 4. The only other official he took was to Minnesota. Holland had an extensive offer list including Clemson, Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Louisville, N.C. State, Rutgers, UCF, USF, Tennessee and West Virginia.
At 6-foot-4, 193 pounds, Holland will add some size to the Virginia Tech receiving corps. He is the Hokies' 22nd commitment for 2014 and the third pure receiver as classified by ESPN.
N.C. State weekend bigger than expected for FSU
Florida State won't be having an empty recruit section this week against N.C. State, despite the biggest recruiting week of the season coming a week later. The Miami game the following weekend will definitely be a more complete visitor list, but this one will be important in its own right.
Four-star running back Dalvin Cook (Miami/Miami Central) is a Florida Gators commitment, but rumors have started that he's souring on their offense. He will be in Tallahassee this weekend on an official.
Quarterback commit J.J. Cosentino (Pittsburgh/Pittsburgh Central Catholic) will be in town to rally the troops, so to speak. Florida State will always want to have their quarterback help lead the recruiting efforts.
And maybe the most intriguing visitor will be juco offensive lineman Jordan Prestwood (Arizona Western College). He was once a Seminole, but transferred out of the program and wound up at a junior college and could come full circle with a commitment.
Offensive tackle board becoming a little busier
David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence School), a four-star prospect and the country's No. 2 offensive tackle, has long been considering Georgia. But through complications and situations, the Bulldogs might not have enough room to fit him into their class.
Two ACC programs could stand to benefit: Florida State and Georgia Tech. Both could end up receiving visits in the future.
Next is Brock Ruble (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha Catholic). The massive offensive tackle has been expected to end up at Maryland, but will be taking an official visit to Florida State this weekend.
The Seminoles are now firmly in the picture for him, and depending on how this weekend's visit goes, he might have a new leader come next week.
Finally, Prestwood will also be an on official visit to Florida State this weekend. He used to be a part of the Seminoles program, but eventually transferred out because of personal reasons.
It sounds more and more like the 6-foot-6, 315-pound tackle could end up committing before the weekend is over.