Thursday, August 22, 2013
ACC recruiting storylines: Aug. 22
By Corey Dowlar and Jared Shanker
Not much went on this week for ACC schools on the recruiting front, but that could change in the coming weeks. Elijah Hood, an ESPN 300 running back formerly committed to Notre Dame, has North Carolina in his sights. Clemson and Pittsburgh both host openers with major recruiting implications, and two four-star prospects cut down their lists.
Top Florida prospect heading back to Clemson The Tigers begin the season with one of their biggest games of the year, which means it will be one of the biggest games for recruiting for Clemson, too. Georgia comes to Clemson for the opener Aug. 31, and the visitor list for the Tigers is already looking impressive. At the top of the list is David Sharpe, the No. 1 recruit in Florida and No. 15 in the ESPN 300. It will be an unofficial visit for Sharpe, 247 Sports reports, and Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence School of Jacksonville) previously visited Clemson this summer. If the visit goes well enough, it opens the door for Sharpe to return on an official visit later on. If Dabo Swinney can land Deshaun Watson from Georgia and Sharpe from Florida, Clemson will have fully emerged as a recruiting power in the southeast.
Two conference schools in it for Nnadi Four-star defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) named a top four and listed Florida State and Virginia Tech among them (Ohio State and Penn State are the other two). The Hokies are in a good position to land the in-state recruit, especially now that Nnadi did not list Virginia as one of his top schools. It would be a major addition for Frank Beamer as the Hokies are struggling with Virginia prospects, many of whom are committed to the Cavs.
ACC WR target narrows list ESPN 300 and four-star wide receiver prospect Jamil Kamara (Virginia Beach, Va./Bishop Sullivan Catholic) is down to just five schools: Old Dominion, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wisconsin. In-state Virginia, a team that is recruiting high level prospects with a high degree of success this cycle, is considered the favorite early on. Kamara is not likely to announce this fall with an anticipated announcement coming during the U.S. Army All-American Game. Should Virginia add Kamara to their current commitment list as it stands, he would be the fifth ESPN 300 prospect headed to Mike London's program.
UNC trying to flip SEC commitment Four-star running back Elijah Hood (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) is back on the market after decommitting from Notre Dame. And North Carolina is in great shape to claim its next commitment. But Hood is not the only running back the Tar Heels would like to add to their class. Treyvon Paulk (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton) has been committed to Tennessee and Butch Jones since March. But will the Volunteers be able to fend off North Carolina's onslaught?
Hurricanes moving in on 2015 WVU commit Miami product Jovon Durante (Miami/Miami Jackson) committed to West Virginia almost two months ago, but Durante gave the local team a look when he visited the Hurricanes this past weekend for a scrimmage. Durante, No. 253 in the 2015 ESPN Junior 300, remains committed to the Mountaineers, but Miami is giving Durante a lot to think about. He’ll see the Canes coaches again in two weeks for Miami’s game against Florida.