NCF On The Trail: D'Ernest Johnson

Big Ten class rankings analysis 

October, 9, 2013
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Each Wednesday, ESPN RecruitingNation updates its national class rankings. For an in-depth look at the Big Ten conference, check out our conference rankings:

1. Michigan, 15 commits: The Wolverines are No. 6 in the RecruitingNation class rankings, which includes nine ESPN300 prospects -- among them headliner and No. 2 overall Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic High). Michigan could make a move into the top-5 by winning the race for No. 4 Da’Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge High). Defensive tackle and No. 67 Malik McDowell (Southfield, Mi./Southfield High) is another top target still in play. No. 41 overall John Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Polytechnic High) will visit Nov. 29, and is another top target remaining.


There are still a ton of prospects on the board for Big Ten teams, so conference recruiting reporters Tom VanHaaren and Brad Bournival take a look at the best and worst case scenarios remaining for each team.

Illinois
Best-case scenario: Illinois picked up an offensive line commit on Monday with Peter Cvijanovic (Great Barrington, Mass./East Coast Prep), which gives the Illini two offensive line commits. Despite having four wide receiver commits on board, it looks like the staff would take another receiver in this class.

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Official Visits: Sept. 27

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Arkansas
Georgia
  • Five-star Under Armour All-American ILB Raekwon McMillan (No. 14 in ESPN 300; Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County)
  • Four-star WR Josh Malone (No. 99 in ESPN 300; Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp)
Minnesota
Ohio State
  • Four-star Under Armour All-American ATH John Smith (No. 41 in ESPN 300; Long Beach, Calif./Poly)
  • Four-star WR Johnnie Dixon (No. 42 in ESPN 300; Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer)
  • Four-star Under Armour All-American WR Travis Rudolph (No. 65 in ESPN 300; West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman)
  • Four-star OG Demetrius Knox (No. 166 in ESPN 300; Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal) – Committed: Ohio State
  • Three-star TE DeAndre Goolsby (Derby, Kan.)
  • Three-star TE-H Mike Gesicki (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional)
Oregon
  • Four-star ATH Michiah Quick (No. 43 in ESPN 300; Fresno, Calif./Central East)
  • Four-star RB Tony James (No. 164 in ESPN 300; Gainesville, Fla.)
  • Three-star TE-H Henry Mondeaux (Portland, Ore./Jesuit)
Oregon State
  • Four-star WR Erik Brown (No. 187 in ESPN 300; Fontana, Calif./Summit) – Committed: Washington
  • Four-star CB Jaleel Wadood (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) – Committed: Cal. Originally committed to Arizona State
Pittsburgh
  • Four-star ATH Montae Nicholson (No. 252 in ESPN 300; Monroeville, Pa./Gateway)
Washington
  • Four-star RB Joe Mixon (No. 100 in ESPN 300; Oakley, Calif./Freedom)
As recruiting begins to slow a little, thanks to the opening of fall camps around the country, news isn't as plentiful as it was over the summer. But still, there were some coming and goings inside the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Miami continues at home

ESPN 300 athlete Brandon Powell (Deerfield Beach, Fla./Deerfield Beach) was all set to head off to Tennessee when it came time to sign his letter of intent. That is until the Hurricanes got a hold of him. He promptly decommitted from the Volunteers on Saturday and pledged to Miami just a short while later. The Hurricanes' class is up to 25 commitments for 2014 and 11 of them are ranked in the ESPN 300.

North Carolina loses a running back

D'Ernest Johnson (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee), a three-star running back, had been committed to North Carolina since late May. But this week, he decided that his commitment was no more. Louisville, the reigning Sugar Bowl champions, have made a big move for Johnson and are now considered the favorite.

Pitt looking for help north of the border

ACC newcomer Pittsburgh has turned to Canada for a defensive end option. Julien Kafo, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound lineman from Vanier College in Montreal has an offer from the Panthers. Pitt is up against the likes of Connecticut, Indiana, and Minnesota to land him. He will make an official visit to see the Panthers at some point this fall.

Virginia lands ESPN 300 ATH


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Weekly Commitment Roundup

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ACC
Clemson
Adam Choice RB, Thomasville, Ga./Thomas County Central
HT: 5-9 WT: 196
Position Rank: #26 RB
Stars: 4

C.J. Fuller RB, Easley, S.C./Easley
HT: 5-10 WT: 204
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

North Carolina
D'Ernest Johnson RB, Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee
HT: 5-11 WT: 182
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

North Carolina State
Sean Bowens OLB, Port Saint Lucie, Fla./Treasure Coast
HT: 6-2 WT: 220
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Keith Ford DT, Bluffton, S.C./Bluffton
HT: 6-1 WT: 270
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big 12
Baylor
Patrick Lawrence OT, Waxahachie, Texas/Waxahachie
HT: 6-5 WT: 245
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Ishmael Zamora WR, Houston, Texas/Elsik
HT: 6-4 WT: 201
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Oklahoma
Alex Dalton OC, Troy, Ohio/Troy
HT: 6-4 WT: 280
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Carson Meier TE-Y, Tulsa, Okla./Tulsa Union
HT: 6-6 WT: 220
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Tito Windham CB, Gulfport, Miss./Harrison Central
HT: 5-9 WT: 174
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

TCU
Johnny Shaw S, Center, Texas/Center
HT: 6-2 WT: 188
Class of 2015

Big East
Louisville
T.J. Foster WR, Union, S.C./Union County
HT: 6-2 WT: 175
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Rutgers
Kamren Lott CB, Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast
HT: 5-10 WT: 180
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big Ten
Illinois
Trevor Kanteman TE-Y, West Hills, Calif./Pierce College (JC)
HT: 6-4 WT: 245
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Ohio State
Dante Booker OLB, Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary
HT: 6-3 WT: 215
Position Rank: #8 OLB
Stars: 4

Pac-12
California
Tre Watson RB, Corona, Calif./Centennial
HT: 5-10 WT: 184
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Washington State
Paris Taylor S, Woodland Hills, Calif./Pierce College (JC)
HT: 6-3 WT: 225
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

SEC
Florida
Cyontai Lewis TE-H, Tuscaloosa, Ala./Northridge
HT: 6-4 WT: 230
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Mississippi State
Jocquell Johnson OT, Jackson, Miss./Copiah-Lincoln CC (JC)
HT: 6-5 WT: 305
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Missouri Paul Adams OT, Nashville, Tenn./Christ Presbyterian Academy
HT: 6-7 WT: 262
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

South Carolina
Shameik Blackshear DE, Bluffton, S.C./Bluffton
HT: 6-4 WT: 235
Class of 2015

Dexter Neal WR, Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson
HT: 6-2 WT: 195
Class of 2015

Tennessee
Aaron Medley K, Lewisburg, Tenn./Marshall County
HT: 6-2 WT: 165
Position Rank: N/A
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Darel Middleton TE-Y, Powell, Tenn./Powell
HT: 6-5 WT: 230
Class of 2016
Larry Fedora and his staff at North Carolina continue to build recruiting momentum in the 2014 class. After picking up four commitments in April, including ESPN 150 quarterback Caleb Henderson (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock), the Tar Heels have reeled in one of the top offensive playmakers in the Sunshine State, running back D'Ernest Johnson (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee).


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