NCF On The Trail: Mook Reynolds

Best of the visits: ACC

September, 7, 2014
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While nine ACC teams hosted opponents over the weekend, the big game on the recruiting trail in the conference took place in Columbus, Ohio, with Virginia Tech upsetting Ohio State 35-21.

As expected, the Hokies' big win sent Twitter into a Virginia Tech frenzy during the latter stages following the big win for Frank Beamer and staff.

This one is music to the ears of Hokies fans, ESPN300 No. and five-star defensive tackle Tim Settle during the fourth quarter.

When looking at Settle’s recruitment, Tennessee and Penn State have been atop the list recently. With that said, Settle was on campus in Blacksburg last weekend with good friend and No. 61 Matthew Burrell Jr., who was on an official visit this weekend at Ohio State and watched the Hokies beat one of schools considered to be Burrell Jr.’s favorites.

No. 90 overall Jalen Dalton took in the North Carolina game against San Diego State Saturday night. The Tar Heels are considered a forgone conclusion to land the Under Armour All-America defensive end, but the 6-foot-6, 235-pound sent out a pair of tweets following the Hokies huge win from his protected account while still on campus in Chapel Hill.

@JalenDalton5 … “I know Blacksburg is going crazy right now.” , and “Wish I was there right now.”

While it’s very likely that Dalton ends up committing to North Carolina in the not so distant future, this is the type of win by Virginia Tech that could very well get Dalton and family back up to Blacksburg for one more look before a decision is made, and Sept. 20 is a target date for the Hokies on the trail with nations no. 1 Josh Sweat scheduled to make his official visit that weekend.

Another top defensive target, No. 118 Ricky DeBerry chimed in on the impressive performance by the Hokies' defense.

DeBerry has official visits scheduled to Oklahoma Sept. 12, Alabama Sept. 19, Tennessee Oct. 3 and Texas A&M Oct. 10 with one official visit date remaining open. Programs such as Virginia Tech, Virginia, Penn State, Ohio State and others remain in the mix.

More than the class of 2015, this win for Virginia Tech could help kick tart the class of 2016 recruiting effort. One top target on the board for both programs is ESPNJr300 No. 24 Dwayne Haskins, who was watching the game all the way through with Ohio State having been his childhood favorite.

Four-star cornerback commitment Mook Reynolds fired off this tweet shortly following the Hokies huge road win in front of a national audience.

#SceneAndHeard Lunch Break: Sept. 3 

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ESPN 300 Hines to cut list today

ESPN 300 No. 149 Nyheim Hines will announce his Top 7 at 7 ET tonight. While he's not technically cutting schools from consideration, programs that don't make the Top 7 are essentially out of contention at this point. Among those that are near locks to make the seven are NC State and Duke with North Carolina, West Virginia and Ohio State also good bets. Also in serious contention are Vanderbilt, Georgia, Florida, Virginia Tech and Virginia. The major factor in the speedster's recruitment is his twin sister, Nyah. Nyah has been offered by NC State as a hurdler. Duke was considered the favorite last spring, but things are certainly pointing to the Wolfpack as the current team to beat with the track offer resting with Nyah.

ACC recruits who fill biggest needs 

August, 12, 2014
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RecruitingNation takes a look at the 2015 recruits who most fill the needs of each of the ACC schools.


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Notebook: Virginia Tech camp 

June, 9, 2014
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BLACKSBURG, Va. -- On Sunday, Frank Beamer hosted the first of two key one-day camps.

While the July camp is considered the marquee event for the Hokies, several targets were on hand Sunday with a pair of key verbal offers going out.


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ACC recruiting scorecard

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Clemson has had a big week on the recruiting trail, as the Tigers picked up the nation's No. 2 tight end, Garrett Williams on Monday. With that, we figured now is as good of a time as any to compile an ACC recruiting scorecard.

Below you will find each ACC team, its number of commitments and its most recent recruiting news. There's obviously a ways to go between now and national signing day on Feb. 4, 2015, but here's a look at where everyone in the league currently stands.

(Note: ESPN has only ranked the top 15 recruiting classes for 2015.)

Boston College
Current commitments: 9
Spotlight: The highlight of the Eagles' class is No. 7 tight end-H Jakeb Burt, a 6-foot-5, 238-pound three-star prospect. BC’s other big commits include three-star, No. 35 cornerback Lukas Denis and three-star, No. 52 offensive tackle Anthony Palazzolo.
ESPN 300 commitments: 0

Clemson
Current commitments: 16
Spotlight: The Tigers' best recruit is five-star tackle Mitch Hyatt, the nation's No. 7 overall player and the highest-ranked offensive lineman to commit to the program in the 10 years ESPN has ranked players. Clemson has nine four-star commitments as well, with Williams and three other offensive linemen among them.
ESPN 300 commitments: 7
ESPN rank: 5

Duke
Current commitments: 3
Spotlight: The Blue Devils have just three commitments, but two of them are three-star players who are nationally ranked at their positions: No. 39 defensive tackle Brandon Boyce and No. 37 defensive end Zach Morris.
ESPN 300 commitments: 0

Florida State
Current commitments: 11
Spotlight: The Seminoles have hauled in No. 25 overall player Derwin James Jr., the nation's top safety. They also scored a major win by beating out in-state rivals Florida and Miami to get No. 5 cornerback Tyrek Cole. Florida State has six four-star players among its 11 commitments.
ESPN 300 commitments: 4
ESPN rank: 7

Georgia Tech
Current commitments: 3
Spotlight: No. 25 athlete Jaylend Ratliffe highlights this haul for the Yellow Jackets. The 6-1, 200-pound four-star is ranked as the No. 278 overall player in the nation, flashing tremendous athleticism as a left-handed quarterback at the prep level.
ESPN 300 commitments: 1

Louisville
Current commitments: 1
Spotlight: Bobby Petrino's only commit in his first class with the Cardinals is 6-foot, 205-pound safety T.J. Jallow.
ESPN 300 commitments: 0

Miami
Current commitments: 11
Spotlight: No. 5 running back Dexter Williams has been the biggest get for the Hurricanes, as they stole him out of Gator Country. Miami also boasts No. 5 tight end-Y Bowman Archibald and No. 4 dual-threat quarterback Dwayne Lawson, two of seven four-star commitments for the program so far.
ESPN 300 commitments: 5
ESPN rank: 11

North Carolina
Current commitments: 9
Spotlight: The Tar Heels have landed the nation’s No. 3 tight end-H in ESPN 300 prospect Carl Tucker, a four-star recruit and the nation's No. 260 overall player. They have landed two other four-star prospects: No. 31 offensive tackle Mason Veal and No. 22 safety Ronnie Harrison.
ESPN 300 commitments: 1

NC State
Current commitments: 4
Spotlight: Three of the Wolfpack's four commitments have come from within the state, with the lone exception being wide receiver Freddie Phillips.
ESPN 300 commitments: 0

Pitt
Current commitments: 3
Spotlight: The Panthers have just three commitments for this class, but two of them are three-star players who are nationally ranked at their positions: No. 27 outside linebacker Kevin Givens and No. 42 offensive guard Alex Paulina.
ESPN 300 commitments: 0

Syracuse
Current commitments: 7
Spotlight: The Orange's run game should look pretty good down the road: Five of their seven current commitments are either offensive linemen or running backs, with the top three prospects coming on the offensive line, and two of them currently prep teammates: tackle Colin Byrne and guard Samuel Clausman.
ESPN 300 commitments: 0

Virginia
Current commitments: 3
Spotlight: The Cavaliers' 2015 recruiting class doesn't quite stack up to its 2014 haul as of now, but among their three prospects are nationally ranked, three-star players: No. 22 pocket-passing quarterback Nick Johns and No. 28 safety Juan Thornhill.
ESPN 300 commitments: 0

Virginia Tech
Current commitments: 4
Spotlight: The Hokies' class is also short on numbers but features three nationally ranked, three-star prospects: No. 39 athlete Mook Reynolds, No. 29 cornerback DuWayne Johnson and No. 37 defensive tackle Harry Lewis.
ESPN 300 commitments: 0

Wake Forest
Current commitments: 2
Spotlight: Dave Clawson's first full class currently has two players: defensive end Paris Black and offensive tackle T.J. Haney.
ESPN 300 commitments: 0

Charlotte NFTC awards 

March, 30, 2014
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte was the fifth Nike Football Training Camp stop for 2014. And after four straight strong turnouts, there was a bit of a dip in overall strength of talent.

While it was wet, the rain stayed away for the most part. Compared to a year ago when this tour stop featured harsh conditions, the weather this time wasn’t much of a factor. And while this event didn’t quite meet the high bar set in previous weeks, there were still some promising prospects in attendance. Here are some of the event's most notable performers in the RecruitingNation NFTC awards.


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Charlotte NFTC notebook 

March, 29, 2014
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Nike Football Training Camp stopped here on Saturday, and while the weather was less than ideal prospects from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia came out ready to compete for the chance to attend The Opening in early July.

Among the invitees on hand was Under Armour All-America selections Jahvoni Simmons and Brian Chaffin, along with a very impressive group of defensive backs led by Virginia Tech commitment Mook Reynolds.


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