Thursday, September 12, 2013
ACC recruiting storylines: Sept. 12
By Corey Dowlar
Another week, and there's more to discuss in the ACC recruiting scene.
Florida State, Ohio State and South Carolina are the frontrunners for Derrell Scott, but NC State is also in the mix for the running back.
In this edition of ACC recruiting storylines, Miami continues to build on its big win over Florida. Clemson and North Carolina battle for a 2015 defensive back, and North Carolina State is involved with a bunch of quality prospects.
Clemson, North Carolina positioning for 2015 DB Three-star ESPN Junior 300 defensive back Kaleb Chalmers (Greenwood, S.C./Greenwood) looks to be one of the best prospects in the state of South Carolina for 2015. And it looks like there is a very good chance the 5-foot-11, 170-pound prospect will be playing in the ACC. Chalmers doesn't care to announce any favorites at this point, but Clemson and North Carolina appear to have the inside track and are recruiting him the hardest. Duke has jumped into the fray as well. Stanford and Tennessee are the other programs that have offered Chalmers, and South Carolina is keeping a close eye on him, too.
Seminoles hosting an official visitor It's a little early for official visitors, but Florida State will have one in town this weekend as it hosts Nevada. Ryan Izzo (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII), a 6-foot-6, 215-pound tight end, will get to see the Seminoles up close and in person on Saturday. He'll spend time with assistant/position coach Tim Brewster and head coach Jimbo Fisher on his visit. ACC Coastal team Virginia Tech will be keeping a close eye on how this visit goes because the Hokies (and Wisconsin) are considered a favorite for Izzo at this time. Izzo visited the Badgers last weekend on an official, too.
Miami continuing to build on big win Miami's big in-state win over Florida provided the program with a shot of momentum in the recruiting sphere. Anthony Moten (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) was just one prospect the Hurricanes made a move for as a result. The four-star prospect is considered to have Florida and Miami at the top of his list. Miami is off this weekend, and with the extra time, surely the Hurricanes' coaching staff will be hitting the road to visit and evaluate recruits around the state. After the Savannah State game on Sept. 21, Miami gets another chance to impress against an in-state team when it vists a struggling South Florida team on Sept. 28.
Pitt secures commitment over in-state rival Pitt landed a commitment from three-star running back Qadree Ollison (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius) earlier this week. There was significance in this because the Panthers were able to land the 6-foot-1, 228-pound prospect despite stiff competition from Penn State. Other schools involved included Boston College, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple and Wisconsin. Ollison was on campus during the Panthers' home opener against Florida State on Labor Day as a part of his official visit there.
NC State involved with a bunch of prospects Florida State, Ohio State and South Carolina are the frontrunners for running back Derrell Scott (Havelock, N.C./Havelock), but don't count out the Wolfpack just yet. NC State is also mentioned as a team that may land the ESPN 300 four-star running back. ESPN 300 defensive end Kentavius Street (Greenville, N.C./Rose) was in Raleigh for the Wolfpack's narrow win over Richmond last weekend. NC State looks good for landing him. Defensive back Shawn Boone (West Palm Beach, Fla./Dwyer) took his official visit to NC State last weekend and will also take trips to Arkansas, Ohio State and Ole Miss.