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Top position classes: DL 

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With national signing day in the books, RecruitingNation is looking at the top position classes. For the full series, click here.

Nationally (and SEC)
Texas A&M went into the 2014 class knowing that size and athleticism was an absolute must on its defensive front. And Kevin Sumlin and staff delivered on those glaring needs. Leading the way is No. 1 defensive end and five-star player Myles Garrett (Arlington, Texas/James Martin), who has the size, speed and power combination to be a difference-maker early on next fall. The 6-foot-5, 247-pound Garrett is joined at defensive end by ESPN 300 No. 203 Qualen Cunningham (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton), and high three-star Jarrett Johnson (Katy, Texas/Seven Lakes), who has a nonstop motor. While the Aggies have some talented young defensive tackles, continuing to add size and athleticism to the interior was a must. No. 150 DeShawn Washington (Nederland, Texas/Nederland) and four-star early enrollee Zaycoven Henderson (Longview, Texas/Longview) add disruptive explosiveness and athleticism.

The Aggies had the nation’s best defensive line class; here’s which schools had the best in each of the remaining power conferences:

ACC class rankings analysis 

November, 20, 2013
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Generally during the season, recruiting takes somewhat of a backseat, which is why you see much more movement in the player rankings than in the class rankings.

This past week was a little different, though. There is a new top class in the ACC as the Miami Hurricanes have surpassed Florida State. This is the first time since the rankings were released in April that the Canes are ahead of the Noles. At No. 3 nationally, the Canes matched their highest ranking in the 2014 cycle. The Noles dropped to No. 4.

Trending up: Florida State will almost certainly pass Miami for the top spot in the conference before signing day, but we’re not here to rain on the Canes’ parade. The state of Florida gets enough rain as it is. Miami picked up two commitments this week, defensive tackle Anthony Moten (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) among them. Coach Al Golden has been waiting for that domino to fall since Moten decommitted from the Gators.


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Weekly Commitment Roundup

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AAC
Louisville
Lukayus McNeil OT Indianapolis/Decatur Central
HT: 6-6 WT: 260
Positional Rank: No. 123 OT
Stars: 3

Rutgers
Jordan Fuchs TE-Y Middle Village, N.Y./Milford Academy
HT: 6-6 WT: 235
Positional Rank: N/A Post-Grad
Stars: 3

ACC
Miami (Fla.)
Anthony Moten DT Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas
HT: 6-4 WT: 292
Positional Rank: No. 11 DT
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 176)

Virginia
Donovan Dowling WR Richmond, Va./Varina
HT: 6-1 WT: 200
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big 12
Kansas
Damani Mosby DE Mesa, Ariz./Mesa CC
HT: 6-3 WT: 235
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Kansas State
Tramal Ivy DE Muskogee, Okla./Muskogee
HT: 6-4 WT: 230
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big Ten
Wisconsin
Caleb Kinlaw RB Goose Creek, S.C./Goose Creek
HT: 5-11 WT: 184
Positional Rank: No. 106 RB
Stars: 3

Pac-12
UCLA
Cameron Griffin OLB Los Angeles/View Park
HT: 6-3 WT: 210
Positional Rank: No. 116 OLB
Stars: 3

SEC
Alabama
Da'Shawn Hand DE Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge
HT: 6-4 WT: 262
Positional Rank: No. 2 DE
Stars: 5
ESPN 300 (No. 6)
Under Armour All-American

Arkansas
Santos Ramirez S Shreveport, La./Evangel Christian
HT: 6-1 WT: 170
Positional Rank: No. 120 S
Stars: 3

Florida
DeAndre Goolsby TE-H Derby, Kan./Derby
HT: 6-4 WT: 225
Positional Rank: No. 9 TE-H
Stars: 3

Kentucky
Montrell Custis CB Lovejoy, Ga./Lovejoy
HT: 5-11 WT: 168
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: 3
Class of 2015

Missouri
Brandon Lee OLB Indianapolis/Lawrence Central
HT: 6-2 WT: 210
Positional Rank: No. 16 OLB
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (No. 239)

Tennessee
Dimarya Mixon DE Mesquite, Texas/West
HT: 6-4 WT: 263
Positional Rank: N/A (late qualifier)
Stars: 3

Cory Thomas DT McCalla, Ala./McAdory
HT: 6-6 WT: 265
Positional Rank: #47 DT
Stars: 3

Texas A&M
Justin Dunning S Whitehouse, Texas/Whitehouse
HT: 6-3 WT: 190
Positional Rank: No. 10 S in 2015 class
Stars: 4
ESPN Junior 300 (No. 127)

C-USA
Florida Atlantic
Jewison Dawkins WR Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Plantation
HT: 6-0 WT: 153

North Texas
Jalen Adams WR Moore, Okla./Southmoore
HT: 5-10 WT: 161
Positional Rank: No. 162 WR
Stars: 3

Tulane
Robert Kennedy ILB Belle Chasse, La./Belle Chasse
HT: 6-0 WT: 225

Tulsa
Michael Rios DT Fort Worth, Texas/Amon Carter-Riverside
HT: 6-3 WT: 280

Mid-American
Buffalo
Myles Nicholas OLB Rochester, N.Y./Irondequoit
HT: 6-2 WT: 220

Kevin Rogers QB-PP Cincinnati/Anderson
HT: 6-3 WT: 195

Toledo
Mykale Rogers WR Lima, Ohio/Central
HT: 6-1 WT: 175

Mountain West
Air Force
Nick Colson TE-Y Gilbert, Ariz./Higley
HT: 6-4 WT: 223

Boise State
Kekoa Nawahine S Meridian, Idaho/Rocky Mountain
HT: 6-2 WT: 190
Positional Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Hawaii
Nick Nelson WR Forestville, Md./Suitland
HT: 5-10 WT: 180
Positional Rank: #209 WR
Stars: 3

Devan Stubblefield WR Honolulu/St. Louis
HT: 6-0 WT: 185
Positional Rank: No. 133 WR
Stars: 3

Sun Belt
Louisiana-Monroe
Benjamin Luckett RB Palestine, Texas/Palestine
HT: 6-0 WT: 193
Miami lost to Florida State on the field, but the Hurricanes made up some ground on Wednesday.

ESPN 300 defensive tackle Anthony Moten (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) committed to the Hurricanes on Wednesday night during a video segment with South Florida High School Sports.

“It came down to my family, and I’ve been knowing Coach [Mark] D’Onofrio and Coach [Jethro] Franklin since my freshman year,” Moten told SFHighSchoolSports.com.


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The U has bolstered its defensive line with the addition of ESPN 300 defensive tackle Anthony Moten.


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Questions for signing day: ACC 

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It is a chicken or the egg argument. Has the SEC ruled college football for much of the last decade because the conference annually places five or more teams among the top 10 of the recruiting rankings? Or is the SEC’s recruiting dominance a result of seven straight national championships?

The ACC, though, could be the David to the SEC on the field and in recruiting. In the 2014 cycle, two ACC schools have top-five classes. Will that remain the same come signing day?

We look at that question and nine others as we examine the most pressing ACC recruiting questions leading up to signing day.

1. Will FSU and Miami remain in the top five of the class rankings?
Both classes are close to completion, so it could be tough for the Noles and Canes to finish in the top five of the rankings. Alabama is at No. 1 and could end up running away with another recruiting title. The rest of the SEC will charge hard come signing day, too. Tennessee should be a safe bet to finish in the top five, and programs such as Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss and more could break into the exclusive group come February. Tennessee recently jumped both schools, pushing Florida State to No. 3 and Miami to No. 4.

2. Can Miami surpass Florida State for the ACC’s top class?
If both were to fall out of the top five, there is still some pride in finishing with the top class in the conference. The Noles are ahead of the Canes at the moment, and it will be tough for the Canes to jump FSU. It looks as if Miami has two spots left and should finish with Johnnie Dixon and Anthony Moten. But the Noles could sign more than 30, and some of the country’s truly elite prospects have Florida State among their finalists. It looks doubtful that Miami -- or any ACC team -- will catch and pass Jimbo Fisher’s class.

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Courtesy of IntersportESPN 300 DE Lorenzo Featherston is a Clemson lean whose pledge would help the Tigers close strong.
3. Will Clemson finish in the top 10?
Sitting at No. 12 in the rankings, the Tigers have a good chance to finish in the top 10 and even an outside chance to crack the top seven. Defensive end Lorenzo Featherston (Greensboro, N.C./Page) is No. 27 in the ESPN 300 and a Clemson lean. It would be a surprise to see him land anywhere but with the Tigers. Cornerback D.J. Smith (Marietta, Ga./Walton), No. 88 in the ESPN 300, also looks to be leaning Clemson’s way, and the same could be said for defensive end Andrew Williams (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Christian Landing), No. 168 in the rankings. The prize of the defensive class would be five-star inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan, however. He is slated to visit officially later this month, and the No. 12 player and top linebacker in 2014 has the Tigers among his top three.

4. Can Pitt close out with three of its four Western Pennsylvania targets?
For Pitt’s class to be considered a success, Paul Chryst needs to do just that. The Panthers are struggling some with Pittsburgh-area prospects in 2014, but the same happened in 2013 before Pitt landed Dorian Johnson and Tyler Boyd. In February, the Panthers hope to land Dravon Henry (Aliquippa, Pa./Aliquippa), Alex Bookser (Pittsburgh/Mt. Lebanon), Montae Nicholson (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) and Shai McKenzie (Washington, Pa./Washington); Henry, Bookser and Nicholson are all in the ESPN 300 and have Pitt among their finalists. Henry is a Pitt legacy. Bookser looks to be focused on Ohio State and Pitt; Nicholson will decide in December and is projected to Pitt.

5. Will Duke sign an ESPN 300 prospect?
The Blue Devils have never signed an ESPN 150 or ESPN 300 prospect since the rankings began almost a decade ago. That was going to change in 2014 with quarterback Nicodem Pierre (Miami/Coral Reef), but the dual-threat dropped from the ESPN 300 in October. However, Trevon Lee (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons) could be leaning Duke’s way with the Blue Devils on a roll this season. With a guaranteed winning regular season -- their first in nearly two decades -- Lee is thinking hard about Duke. Academics are big for the 241st-ranked player, so a decision could come down to Duke and Vanderbilt.


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Pittsburgh would like to get to where Miami is. Two programs down on their luck for much of the last decade, Miami has climbed out of ACC mediocrity as a conference contender. Pittsburgh is the newest middling program to leave the Big East for the ACC.

Miami has made its way to the top third of the ACC behind the success of a new coach and his recruiting, and Pitt hopes to do the same under second-year coach Paul Chryst. The Panthers are looking to finish strong in 2014, and this weekend could go a long way toward doing that.

The Hurricanes are still not where they want to be following a second-half shellacking at the hands of rival Florida State last weekend. A win Saturday night, however, and the Hurricanes essentially lock up a rematch with the Seminoles in the ACC title game, which would help regain some power in the three-way recruiting tug-of-war in Florida.

Here are five recruits who will be keeping a close eye on the Notre Dame-Pitt game and five more who will be watching Virginia Tech-Miami.

Notre Dame at Pitt

ATH Dravon Henry (Aliquippa, Pa./Aliquippa): It is not often the Panthers miss out on prospects from nearby Aliquippa, and Henry is related to former Pitt standouts Darrelle Revis and Sean Gilbert. The two-way star is a West Virginia lean, however. The Mountaineers have been out front for Henry for quite some time and the lead is expanding. This could be the type of game that finally brings Pitt a little bit closer to the top spot. Henry, No. 136 in the ESPN 300, will take official visits after the season, and he acknowledges the pressure to go to Pitt will increase as signing day nears. A positive showing by the Panthers on Saturday could go a long way in easing some of that pressure on the state’s top player. One problem: Henry will be at West Virginia.


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With just about four months until national signing day there are still some very good prospects available and among that group are some who, at one point during the process, were verbally committed to a program, but have since reopened their recruitment. For 2014 we have already seen dozens of decommitments, and while some have already recommitted, several have since remained open. Here are the best from that group:

Alin Edouard (Hialieah, Fla./Hialeah): Of the top thirty quarterbacks in this class, regardless of classification, Edouard is the only one among that group that remains uncommitted. After decommitting from Miami, which still holds commitments from two other QB prospects, Edouard is a promising prospect. A good athlete that could potentially play another position in college, he possesses very good arm strength, a quick release and the tools to develop at the QB position. With most of the top QB prospects committed at this stage, the four-star dual-threat signal caller became a key target for programs still looking to add a QB to their 2014 class.

Wesley Green (Lithonia, Ga./MLK): Back on the market, Green is still not amongst the top five available CBs, but he is a good prospect and is a tough loss for South Carolina’s class. He doesn’t possess elite speed, but the ESPN 300 defender is simply a good football player. Possessing good length, deceptive playing strength, good footwork and ball skills, he can offer some scheme versatility and be effective as both a man and zone corner. Georgia could benefit from the in-state four-star decommitting, but the Gamecocks could still potentially bring the talented DB back into the mix as well.

Sharieff Rhaheed (Fort Pierce, Fla./Central): A one-time LSU verbal, Rhaheed reopened his recruitment a few months ago and is currently the top-rated uncommitted OLB in the 2014 class. The ESPN 300 defender is an athletic and tough prospect at the position with promising upside. He will need further coverage experience but he demonstrates the tools to quickly find and get around the football and make plays. A new verbal doesn’t look imminent, but the four-star could still end up in the SEC when he does commit again.

Josh Casher (Mobile, Ala./St. Paul’s): Of the top ten center prospects, only Casher remains open after decommitting from Auburn. At 6-foot-1, the ESPN 300 prospect lacks ideal height, but is tough and has very good playing strength. He can use his shorter stature to consistently win the leverage battle and has good feet. Casher can get the job done in both run and pass blocking. If Casher possessed more ideal height he could be rated even higher amongst the top interior prospects in this class, but the four-star can still be a very good guard or with more experience, center.


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ACC 2014 recruiting scenarios 

October, 8, 2013
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Hope for the best but prepare for the worst. That is what college coaches must do when it comes to recruiting. Every coach would love to land their top target at every position, but coaches are forced to play the what-ifs and continue to recruit prospects lower on the recruiting board. With signing day a few months away and several classes close to completion, college staffs are pushing for those few final targets but also keeping a watchful eye on players down the board.

Here are the best- and worst-case scenarios for each of the ACC schools.


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ACC fan question of the week

September, 13, 2013
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Our ACC fan question of the week comes from Ricky Garcia, a Miami Hurricanes fan.

Dowlar: Ricky, it certainly doesn't hurt. At all.

It seems like more and more these days, kids put a lot of stock into wins against rivals. I think this happens for a couple of reasons. 1. The atmosphere is usually outstanding. Fans pack the stadiums and are excited to see their team take on someone they don't like. Don't think for a second that recruits don't care about atmosphere. 2. The coaches have tangible evidence to sell them on. It's easier for Al Golden to say, "Come on down!" after a big win like that. They can buy what he's saying.

The one prospect I point to is Anthony Moten of Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas. He's from South Florida and he's generally perceived to be down to UM and UF. So if the above is true, and Miami carries out its end of the deal, the Canes should have a great chance to land him when the time comes.

ACC recruiting storylines: Sept. 12 

September, 12, 2013
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Another week, and there's more to discuss in the ACC recruiting scene.

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Miller Safrit/ESPNFlorida 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.


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ACC class rankings analysis 

September, 11, 2013
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Miami is back.

That is the fact-or-fiction statement college football is debating this week following the Hurricanes upset of ranked rival Florida last Saturday. Regardless of whether or not Miami continues the success on the field and pushes for a BCS bowl, Miami has been on the rise on the recruiting trail throughout the 2014 cycle. Al Golden has the No. 4 class nationally, and that was before the victory over Florida. As Miami looks to close out its 2014 class and get started on 2015, there is little question that this week the Hurricanes are …


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Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC 

September, 9, 2013
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By a large margin, the most important game with recruiting implications was in Miami over the weekend as the Hurricanes hosted the Florida Gators.

Miami was able to edge out a close, 21-16 victory, but how much will it help?

Best prospect performances


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ACC recruiting storylines: Sept. 5 

September, 5, 2013
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Here's a look at the top storylines in the ACC this week.

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Jeff Barlis/ESPNRaekwon 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.


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ACC class rankings analysis 

September, 4, 2013
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The ACC had several big Week 1 games, but few conference teams took advantage of the opportunity. Clemson made a real statement to recruits across the country with a prime-time win, and the performance from Florida State’s Jameis Winston probably has offensive skill players putting the Noles a little higher on the list. But FSU’s win came at the expense of another ACC school, and three other conference teams missed a chance to impress recruits with big out-of-conference wins last week.


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