Thursday, September 5, 2013
ACC recruiting storylines: Sept. 5
By Corey Dowlar
Here's a look at the top storylines in the ACC this week.
Raekwon McMillan, who visited Clemson over the weekend, has the Tigers, Ohio State and Alabama at the top of his list.
Clemson makes push for McMillan Top Georgia linebacker Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) was at Death Valley last weekend to see Clemson's top-10 win over long-time rival Georgia.
As expected, the Tigers rolled out the red carpet to their visitors, McMillan included, to make the best possible impression. A win certainly helped in that regard. Clemson now joins Ohio State and Alabama at the top of the list for the top inside linebacker in the country. ESPN ranks McMillan as a five-star prospect.
Miami preparing for big weekend Florida and Miami don't play on a regular basis these days. So when the two schools meet, there is obvious excitement and interest on both the local and national level. Among the most well-known visitors are the Miami Central running back pair of Joseph Yearby and Dalvin Cook, four-star receiver Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman) and Anthony Moten (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Saint Thomas Aquinas). Of the majority of uncommitted recruits who will be in attendance, Florida and Miami are top contenders for getting their commitments.
North Carolina extends a couple offers The Tar Heels have been active in the 2015 recruiting market, extending two new offers over the last week or so. Four-star defensive tackle Christian Wilkins (Suffield, Conn./Suffield Academy), a member of the ESPN Junior 300 list, was the first. The big-time lineman has major offers already and is heading towards being an elite recruit. Another junior on the ESPN 300 list, wide receiver Carl Tucker (Cornelius, N.C./Hough), got a Carolina blue offer. He's a four-star recruit as well and also has offers from Clemson and Tennessee.
Despite loss, Pitt impresses Pitt's opening loss to Florida State on Labor Day wasn't a deflating one in terms of recruiting. A lot of the major prospects who were there complimented the Panthers' gameday atmosphere and got a taste for what ACC life could be like. It's now on Pitt to continue the momentum by performing well the rest of the season and proving it belong in the new conference.
Winston's performance could turn heads Florida State's freshman quarterback Jameis Winston's debut captured all of the headlines. He completed all but two passes and accounted for five touchdowns. The Seminoles wide receiver commitment Markell Pack (Purvis, Miss./Purvis) has been keeping tabs on Winston since the time he pledged. Performances like that are likely to solidify his decision, but Ole Miss continues to make a run at him. FSU will be hoping that Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp) was watching. He's one of their top receiving prospects still left on the board.