NCF On The Trail: Demarre Kitt

Top position classes: WR 

February, 12, 2014
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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)
While the Baylor Bears had an exceptional wide receiver class, the nod here goes to LSU. Not only did the Tigers sign the nation's No. 1 receiver in Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis Christian), but also the No. 3 ranked receiver in Trey Quinn (Lake Charles, La./Barbe) and ESPN 300 No. 271 D.J. Chark (Alexandria, La./Alexandria Senior) and No. 283 Tony Upchurch (Pearland, Texas/Dawson). In Dupre, LSU snagged the No. 17 prospect overall on signing day. He has a tall, lengthy frame with a near ideal size-and-speed combination and elite high-point ball skills. Quinn will enter LSU as an advanced route-runner with separation skills and the ability to pluck the ball outside of the framework of his body. Chark brings initial quickness and the vertical speed to take the top off a defense, and Upchurch is a big body who continues to add bulk and could eventually transition to a flex type of position.

The Tigers had the nation’s best wide receiver class; here’s which schools had the best in each of the remaining power conferences:

Early Offer: 2015 begins now 

February, 7, 2014
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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offerings: The ink was barely dry on the letters of intent for 2014 class when one of the best for the 2015 class came off the board; and what schools and recruiters have jumped out of the gate with success with players that won’t sign for another 360-plus days.


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Early Offer: TE Dixon’s dilemma 

January, 21, 2014
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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offerings: Bryce Dixon, the nation’s No. 1 tight end prospect, has committed to USC, but that hasn’t stopped UCLA from pursuing him; Clemson’s receiver class is making a case for the best in the country; and junior college cornerback Darius White was afraid he wasn’t going to find a home after he wasn’t able to enroll at midterm, but that changed this weekend.

Trojans, Bruins duking it out for Dixon
Things have certainly gotten interesting in the battle to sign Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure tight end Bryce Dixon. The nation’s No. 1 tight end prospect committed to USC at the U.S. Army All-America Bowl, but since then rumors have continued to swirl about Dixon’s pledge. One Pac-12 coach told me Dixon publicly is telling people he’s still with the Trojans but privately he’s looking very hard at UCLA. “The key is going to be whatever team ends up stepping up and taking his teammate, cornerback Davonte Nunnery,” the coach said. “They’re a package deal.” Dixon is scheduled to visit USC this weekend, likely with Nunnery in tow, and UCLA is scheduled to get a visit on Jan. 31. Don’t be surprised, however, if some wrangling occurs and USC tries to push the visit back to the final weekend of the recruiting calendar.

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Recruit and return: Clemson Tigers 

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Under coach Dabo Swinney, Clemson has finally rid itself of the underachievers label that haunted the program for much of the last decade. The program has turned the corner, and the Tigers are putting together the kind of recruiting classes to continually compete for ACC championships. Now Swinney can pitch an Orange Bowl win to recruits in 2014 and beyond, too.


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Midyear signings: Clemson

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According to ClemsonTigers.com, the following players have signed financial aid agreements with Clemson:

Deshaun Watson, QB-DT, Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville
HT: 6-3 WT: 190
Positional Rank: #1 QB-DT
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#14)

Artavis Scott, WR, Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake
HT: 5-11 WT: 179
Positional Rank: #9 WR
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#83)

Demarre Kitt, WR, Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek
HT: 6-0 WT: 196
Positional Rank: #22 WR
Stars: 4
ESPN 300 (#165)

Kyrin Priester, WR, Snellville, Ga./Fork Union Military
HT: 6-1 WT: 190
Positional Rank: N/A Post-Grad
Stars: 4

Chris Register, OLB, Greensboro, N.C./Dudley
HT: 6-3 WT: 230
Positional Rank: #25 OLB
Stars: 4
When ESPN 300 wide receiver Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp) verbally committed to Tennessee on Wednesday afternoon, it didn’t come as a surprise to many. After all, Malone is the top-ranked prospect in Tennessee and the Vols have placed a heavy emphasis on landing the talented pass-catcher.

Clemson, however, has been known to go out-of-state and land top receiver prospects such as Sammy Watkins. The Tigers might have lost out on Malone, but it’s not like they were left empty-handed.

Clemson already has commitments from ESPN 300 wide receivers Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) and Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek), as well as Kyrin Priester (Snellville, Ga/Fork Union Military Academy).

The Tigers are also targeting another ESPN 300 prospect Trevion Thompson (Durham, N.C./Hillside) and they are considered, by many, to be the favorite for the talented pass-catcher.

In addition to Clemson, Malone was also heavily considering Georgia and Florida State before narrowing down his choices to Clemson and Tennessee late in the process.

For Georgia, the Bulldogs already have commitments from Shakenneth Williams (Macon, Ga./Rutland) and Gilbert Johnson (Homestead, Fla./Homestead) and they are limited on scholarships. Unless something changes on its recruiting board, Georgia might not take another receiver in this class.

Florida State, meanwhile, is still in heavy contention for ESPN 300 wide receiver Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman) and Florida commit Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead). If FSU continues to have success on the field and happens to win the national championship, the Seminoles will likely see new names appear on their board.

Major talent visiting Clemson vs. Citadel 

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Clemson hopes to have a very productive visit weekend for their last home game of the season against Clemson at noon Satirday. Highlighted by five-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan, the expected list of recruits is filled with quality, and the Tigers hope that some of their commitments that will be attending will put in some work, too.

Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County): It's hard to imagine there is a bigger prospect left on the board for Clemson than McMillan. The country's top inside linebacker recruit is expected to be in Clemson this weekend for the Tigers' final home game. Clemson's staff has done a good job in the past with McMillan, being one of the first to identify him as a priority. Ohio State is in the thick of it for McMillan, too, so will this visit be enough for Clemson to give themselves an edge before he makes his decision?

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Best ACC recruiters 

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Editor's note: For a look at the national recruiter power rankings based only on Class of 2014 success, click here.

The best head coaches are often called the closer when it comes to sealing the deal with recruits. Whether on a visit or a trip to a prospect’s home, the head coach is called upon to secure the signature.

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ACC's 2014 impact freshmen 

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Fans always want to know who is next. Coaches need to know who is next. The top programs reload instead of rebuild. Ideally, a coaching staff can move down the depth chart and replace a graduated senior without much of a drop in production. With several coaches forgoing redshirting and instead playing true freshmen extensively, those replacement players are often first-year players now.

Here are Class of 2014 prospects in the ACC who could be the next household name on your favorite team.


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Best ACC classes by position 

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Florida State has the top class among ACC schools right now, but that is taking the Seminoles’ entire 23-recruit class into account. The Noles don’t have the best class at every position, as some of Florida State’s top rivals are looking stronger at certain positions. Here’s a look at which ACC school has the best class by position:

Quarterback

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Weekly Commitment Roundup

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Boston College
James Hendren | OT | Brookline, Mass./Dexter School
HT: 6-7 WT: 307
Position Rank: #56 OT
Stars: 3

Cameron Seward | ATH | Atlanta/Westminster School
HT: 6-0 WT: 189
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Clemson
Demarre Kitt | WR | Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek
HT: 6-0 WT: 196
Position Rank: #12 WR
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (#99)

Korie Rogers | OLB | Buford, Ga./Buford
HT: 6-1 WT: 207
Position Rank: #11 OLB
Stars: 4

Chris Register | OLB | Greensboro, N.C./Dudley
HT: 6-3 WT: 230
Position Rank: #19 OLB
Stars: 4

Florida State
Jacob Pugh | OLB | Tallahassee, Fla./Godby
HT: 6-4 WT: 224
Position Rank: #5 OLB
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (#104)

Georgia Tech
Jalen Johnson | ATH | Oneonta, Ala./Oneonta
HT: 6-2 WT: 195
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Virginia
Caanan Brown | OLB | Clearwater, Fla./Clearwater Central Catholic
HT: 6-3 WT: 220
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

William Richardson | OG | Burlington, N.C./Hugh M. Cummings
HT: 6-5 WT: 339
Position Rank: #8 OG
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (#126)

Virginia Tech
Eric Gallo | OG | Holland, Pa./Council Rock South
HT: 6-2 WT: 275
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Wake Forest
Jaboree' Williams | OLB | Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Fort Lauderdale
HT: 6-1 WT: 210
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big 12
Baylor
James Jacobs III | OLB | Waco, Texas/Midway
HT: 6-4 WT: 201
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Blake Mahon | TE-Y | Coppell, Texas/Coppell
HT: 6-5 WT: 226
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Kansas
Joe Dineen | ATH | Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence Free State
HT: 6-2 WT: 190
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Oklahoma State
Trey Roberts | ATH | Houston/Dwight D. Eisenhower
HT: 6-1 WT: 190
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Texas
Sione Teuhema | DE | Keller, Texas/Keller
HT: 6-3 WT: 211
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Maea Teuhema | OT | Keller, Texas/Keller
HT: 6-5 WT: 335
Class of 2015

Big East
Cincinnati
Joel Thompson | DT | Hollywood, Fla./McArthur
HT: 6-4 WT: 280
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

South Florida
Deatrick Nichols | CB | Miami/Miami Central
HT: 5-10 WT: 171
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big Ten
Michigan
Jabrill Peppers | CB | Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic
HT: 6-1 WT: 205
Position Rank: No. 1 CB
Stars: 5
ESPN 150 (No. 2)

Northwestern
Fred Wyatt | DT | Lawrence, Kan./Lawrence Free State
HT: 6-4 WT: 260
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Pac-12
Arizona
Jonathan Haden | RB | Washington/Friendship Collegiate Academy
HT: 5-8 WT: 185
Position Rank: No. 30 RB
Stars: 4

Arizona State
Manny Wilkins | QB-DT | Novato, Calif./San Marin
HT: 6-2 WT: 183
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

California
Isadore Outing | DE | Houston/Andy Dekaney
HT: 6-3 WT: 215
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Colorado
Isaac Miller | OT | Longmont, Colo./Silver Creek
HT: 6-7 WT: 255
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Grant Wantabe | OLB | San Antonio/William J. Brennan
HT: 5-10 WT: 225
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Washington State
Zaire Andre | WR | Inglewood, Calif./Inglewood
HT: 5-11 WT: 169
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Keith Harrington | RB | Saint Petersburg, Fla./Northeast
HT: 5-8 WT: 169
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

SEC
Alabama
O.J. Smith | DT | Bossier City, La./Airline
HT: 6-2 WT: 315
Postion Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Viane Talamaivao | OG | Corona, Calif./Centennial
HT: 6-2 WT: 316
Position Rank: No. 7 OG
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (No. 121)

Auburn
Jakell Mitchell | TE-H | Opelika, Ala./Opelika
HT: 6-3 WT: 213
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Nicholas Ruffin | ATH | Atlanta/Saint Pius X Catholic
HT: 6-1 WT: 185
Position Rank: #20 ATH
Stars: 4
ESPN 150 (#144)

Kentucky
Jarrett LaRubbio | OG | Liberty Township, Ohio/Lakota East
HT: 6-5 WT: 260
Position Rank: #28 OG
Stars: 3

Jared Tucker | CB | Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson
HT: 6-0 WT: 161
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Mississippi State
Lashard Durr | CB | Gulfport, Miss./Harrison Central
HT: 6-1 WT: 181
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Chris Rayford | CB | Byhalia, Miss./Byhalia
HT: 5-11 WT: 183
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

South Carolina
Malik Young | OG | Piedmont, S.C./Woodmont
HT: 6-3 WT: 286
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Tennessee
Joe Henderson | DE | Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights
HT: 6-3 WT: 205
Position Rank: No. 26 DE
Stars: 3
ESPN 150 wide receiver Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) had planned on waiting until June 10 to announce his decision, but after taking a visit on Wednesday, the No. 99 prospect in the country could not wait any longer.

"I had to go ahead and commit," Kitt said. "I knew last night after I visited, so I woke up this morning and called coach [Jeff] Scott, coach [Chad] Morris and coach [Dabo] Swinney and committed to Clemson. They were all really excited."

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Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.comClemson commit Demarre Kitt is ranked the No. 12 wide receiver in the Class of 2013 and the No. 99 overall prospect in the ESPN 150.
May has been a huge month for Clemson as far as recruiting momentum, with four 4-star prospects in Georgia making their commitments to the Tigers. Tight end Milan Richard (Savannah, Ga./Calvary Baptist) committed on May 8, running back Adam Choice (Thomasville, Ga./Thomas County Central) committed on May 22, and linebacker Korie Rogers (Buford, Ga./Buford) committed on Wednesday night. Kitt felt everything was falling into place, so he added his name to the list.

"It is close to home for us and they have a great coaching staff, so we feel like we have a chance to win national championships," Kitt said. "Me and Deshaun (Watson) are going to try and replace Sammy Watkins and Tajh Boyd and break records there."

Kitt selected Clemson over Ohio State, among dozens of other offers. Proximity to home and a familiarity with a coaching staff that has made him a recruiting priority pushed the Tigers over the edge when it came time to make a decision, one which Kitt says is final. He was previously committed to Georgia a year ago, but opened things up last October, and over time the Bulldogs faded as schools like Clemson, Tennessee and Ohio State emerged as the frontrunners for the 6-foot, 196-pound wideout.

"It is really exciting to be committed to Clemson," Kitt said. "Their staff said they were relieved to know they got their top guy, and I do not plan to visit any other schools."

Clemson now has nine commitments, five from Georgia and four from South Carolina. Eight of the nine commitments are projected to play on the offensive side of the ball.

Tales From The Road: Texas 

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Every Wednesday, HornsNation will take a look at Texas' week in recruiting in Tales From The Road.

This week’s targets: The Longhorns had the luxury of having several prospects come to them over the weekend due to the UIL State Track and Field Meet in Austin. Some of the unofficial visitors included Baylor commitment Davion Hall (Texarkana, Texas/Liberty-Eylau), Alabama commitment Deionte Thompson (Orange, Texas/West Orange Stark), K.D. Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant), Jay Bradford (Splendora, Texas/Splendora), Ishmael Zamora (Alief, Texas/Elsik), Koda Martin (Manvel, Texas/Manvel), Elton Dyer (Houston/South Houston), Arrion Springs (San Antonio/Roosevelt), Blake Blackmar (Houston/Clear Lake) and Kevin Shorter (Newton, Texas/Newton).

Area of interest: The Longhorns are using Stacy Searels’ connections as the Georgia Bulldogs' former offensive line coach to make some headway in the Peach State. In 2014 alone, Texas has offered Georgian’s Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, GA./Norcross), Andrew Williams (McDonough, GA/Eagles Landing Christian Academy) Elisha Shaw (Tucker, GA/Tucker), Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, GA/Liberty County) Orlando Brown Jr. (Duluth, GA/Peachtree Ridge), Nick Chubb (Cedartown, GA/Cedartown), Adam Choice (Thomasville, GA/Thomas County Central High) and Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, GA/Sandy Creek).

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ESPN 150 WR Kitt ready to announce 

May, 14, 2013
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TYRONE, Ga. -- ESPN 150 wide receiver Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) is set to announce his commitment June 10 between Clemson, Ohio State and Tennessee. But if today were decision day, could Kitt pull the trigger?

“If I had to choose today I would know where I am going,” Kitt said. “I just feel secure with the coaches and the offense, the education and depth chart all feel right.”

The Buckeyes, Volunteers and Tigers are the frontrunners for the No. 99 prospect in the country, but only one of the top three looks likely to get Kitt back on campus before his decision. Two other programs are hoping to make a last minute push for the 6-foot, 196-pound wideout.


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Urban Meyer is at it again.

The two-time national champion knows where the talent is and he’s not afraid to tap into Georgia time and again.

Ohio State went back to the Peach State late Wednesday night with offers to safety Kirk Tucker (Tucker, Ga./Tucker) and his teammate linebacker Detric Dukes, a Louisville commit.

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