- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
The recruiting rankings have not seen much shifting since the start of the season, but that could change soon. A few decommitments and official visitors could benefit the ACC in the coming weeks. Here’s a look at how things are shaping up among ACC classes this week:
Trending up: Pittsburgh hosted several of its top targets in the season opener against Florida State and the Panthers were promptly blown out. But some of those prospects returned this weekend and watched the Panthers upset Notre Dame in one of the better atmospheres for a Pitt game since the program moved its games to Heinz Field. ESPN 300 prospects Alex Bookser, Montae Nicholson and Adonis Jennings were in attendance, and Jennings parted ways with Rutgers following the trip. Dravon Henry, the No. 1 player in Pennsylvania, was at West Virginia but he is a Pitt legacy. And out-of-state receiver Jamil Kamara (Virginia Beach, Va./Bishop Sullivan), No. 269 in the ESPN 300, watched on TV and said he sees a bright future for Pitt.
Trending down: Speaking of Kamara, he was once believed to be a Virginia lock. That’s not the case anymore with Virginia acting as the ACC bottom feeder in 2013. The Cavs have lost seven straight, including a 21-point loss to Ball State. Mike London could be let go at the end of the season, which would put Virginia’s class in jeopardy. If London goes, so too could No. 1 DT Andrew Brown and No. 1 safety Quin Blanding, both five-star commitments. Out-of-state ESPN 300 commitments William Richardson and Jeff Farrar might follow suit.
What to watch: Newly minted four-star offensive tackle Frank Ragnow (Victoria, Minn./Chanhassen) will be officially visiting Florida State this weekend, and the No. 23 tackle is high on the Noles. Florida State was one of the first to offer the No. 3 player in Minnesota who has since seen his recruitment skyrocket. If the visit goes well, the Noles could position themselves as the outright leader for Ragnow with a commitment soon to follow.
Bold prediction: Jennings, the ESPN 300 WR and Rutgers decommit, will eventually sign with the Panthers. They were one of the schools he was highest on during the spring and summer, and it was a trip to Heinz Field that sparked his decision to drop the Scarlet Knights. He will be back in a few months and could commit around that time.
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