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The List: Must-have ACC recruits

8/13/2013

A look at prospects in the Class of 2014 that each ACC team should consider a must-get recruit:

Boston College

S Lubern Figaro (Everett, Mass./Everett)

6-foot-1, 180 pounds

The Eagles are doing a great job recruiting Massachusetts and the rest of New England, and first-year coach Steve Addazio would love to close out with Figaro, a three-star in-state safety. Boston College is among Figaro’s finalists, but Addazio has some work to do if he wants to keep Figaro from leaving for the Big Ten.

Clemson

DE Lorenzo Featherston (Greensboro, N.C./Page)

6-7, 202

ESPN 300 rank: 27

Raekwon McMillan is the highest-rated target on Clemson’s board, and the Tigers secured an official visit from the five-star linebacker from Georgia. But the Tigers have a lot of room to make up. Clemson has a sizable lead for Featherstone, the No. 27 prospect nationally. Clemson cannot afford to lose the elite defensive end, especially after Robert Nkemdiche and Elijah Daniel, top-10 ends in the 2013 class, committed and then ended up signing elsewhere.

Duke

WR Trevon Lee (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons)

5-11, 168

ESPN 300 rank: 232

It is rare for Duke to be involved with an ESPN 300 prospect, but Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe is doing a good job in 2014, especially out of state. Academics are key for Lee, who is also high on California, Stanford and Vanderbilt. If Duke lands Lee, he will be the third four-star commit for Duke in the 2014 class. Between the 2010 and 2013 classes, Duke signed one four-star player.

Florida State

OT Chad Mavety (Garden City, N.Y./Nassau Community College)

6-6, 320

One of the top juco players nationally, Florida State is beginning to emerge as the favorite for Mavety. He took a visit to Tallahassee this summer, and Mavety left feeling great about the Seminoles. Jameis Winston is poised for a breakout season, and Mavety would provide immediate help in 2014 in keeping the cornerstone of the FSU program upright.

Georgia Tech

RB Shai McKenzie (Washington, Pa./Washington)

5-11, 213

The Yellow Jackets are in the top group for Pennsylvania’s top power back in 2014 following McKenzie’s visit to Atlanta in June. The three-star recruit is the type of running back who could thrive in Paul Johnson’s run-heavy offense. Georgia Tech will likely need to land an official visit from McKenzie to solidify itself as a legitimate contender. Fellow ACC foes Florida State, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech are above the Yellow Jackets.

Maryland

CB Jalen Tabor (Washington/Friendship Collegiate Academy)

6-1, 188

ESPN 300 rank: 17

The area known as the DMV -- the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia -- is becoming one of the country’s recruiting hotbeds. Randy Edsall, squarely on the hot seat in 2013, needs to do a better job of recruiting his own region. Maryland is in a very good position for Tabor, and now the Terps need to close. But a poor season in College Park could be costly.

Miami

WR Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer)

5-11, 197

ESPN 300 rank: 42

The Hurricanes have a long history of producing elite receivers, but it has been a decade since Andre Johnson, Santana Moss and Reggie Wayne ran through the smoke. There is a lot of talent at the position, but no game-changers. Dixon could be that player for Miami, although they face stiff competition. It is a race that is far from over.

North Carolina

DE Kentavius Street (Greenville, N.C./J.H. Rose)

6-2, 265

ESPN 300 rank: 36

North Carolina is struggling with in-state prospects, and the Tar Heels very well could land just one of the top-10 players in the state in 2014. Lorenzo Featherston also remains uncommitted, but he is a Clemson lean. Street is leaning toward NC State, which would be an additional blow to UNC coach Larry Fedora. The Tar Heels have a lot of ground to make up.

North Carolina State

DE Kentavius Street

NC State cannot afford to lose Street for the same reasons UNC can’t afford to lose him. NC State’s top in-state recruit is Jalan McClendon, who ranks No. 15 among North Carolina prospects. Street is a major NC State lean, and while first-year coach Dave Doeren is putting together a respectable class, they lack an ESPN 300 prospect.

Pittsburgh

ATH Dravon Henry (Aliquippa, Pa./Aliquippa)

5-11, 181

ESPN 300 rank: 131

Prospects from football factory Aliquippa usually end up at Pitt. Several Aliquippa graduates went on to play at Pitt and eventually the NFL, including Darrelle Revis, Henry‘s cousin. However, it appears at the moment that Henry will break that trend. Pitt remains in Henry’s top group, but the Panthers have some ground to make up on rival West Virginia.

Syracuse

DT Thomas Holley (Brooklyn, N.Y./Lincoln)

6-4, 303

ESPN 300 rank: 86

Syracuse appeared to be an afterthought for Holley’s commitment until an August visit to the campus. The Orange made a big push for Holley, who could officially visit the school this fall. If Syracuse can land Holley, first-year coach Scot Shafer would be making a big statement as the Orange enter the ACC.

Virginia

WR Jamil Kamara (Virginia Beach, Va./Bishop Sullivan Catholic)

6-2, 189

ESPN 300 rank: 297

Coach Mike London has put the ACC on alert with his 2014 recruiting class, and the Cavs are hoping to close out the cycle with at least one more ESPN 300 prospect. Several of Kamara’s closest friends are Virginia commits, and the Cavs are the prohibitive favorite. Virginia had a lot of momentum early, so it would also be nice to see their names in the headlines one more time closer to signing day.

Virginia Tech

DT Derrick Nnadi (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes)

6-1, 299

It was not just a down season in Blacksburg in 2012; it has translated to a down recruiting campaign in 2014. That is not any more evident than in the in-state recruiting results. Nnadi, No. 9 in Virginia, would be the Hokies’ top-rated in-state commitment. Virginia is cleaning up with in-state prospects, and Nnadi’s commitment will likely come down to the Cavs and Hokies.

Wake Forest

ATH Zavior Hoxie (Buford, Ga./Buford)

5-10, 180

The three-star athlete has offers from several Big Ten teams, but Wake looks to be the favorite for Hoxie. It will be tough to keep him from Wisconsin, but Wake Forest has the inside edge.