NCF On The Trail: Ronnie Harrison

Weekend recruiting wrap: SEC 

December, 2, 2014

There were some big games and a bunch of recruiting news from around the Southeastern Conference. There was a big commitment, some coaching changes and key visitors for rivalry weekend. Here's a closer look at the top recruiting news from around the conference.

Whether recruits are attending games this holiday weekend or watching on television, all eyes around the recruiting world will be focused on several rivalry games. From the Iron Bowl to the Egg Bowl there will be recruiting implications throughout the conference this weekend. Here’s a closer look at how these game might affect the top remaining recruits.

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Early Offer: Malik Jefferson's final 7 

November, 24, 2014

Malik Jefferson reduced his list to seven schools on Monday, and though the list is hardly a surprise, recruiters think there are still some in store with the No. 35 player in the country.

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Best of the visits: SEC

November, 16, 2014
From Alabama's big 25-20 win over Mississippi State on Saturday afternoon to Georgia’s dominating 34-7 win over Auburn, there were some incredible games for recruits to watch this weekend. Some prospects attended the games while others watched on television and used social media as a platform to share their experiences. Here's a look at some of the top social media posts from the weekend:

Five-star defensive end CeCe Jefferson took an official visit to Alabama this weekend. The No. 9-ranked player in the nation has Alabama as one of his top schools and posed for a picture with Alabama head coach Nick Saban before the game on Saturday.
The 18th-ranked prospect in the ESPN Junior 300, Rashard Lawrence, a Monroe, Louisiana, native, also posed for a picture during his trip to Alabama. An Alabama fan posted a photo of himself with five-star quarterback commit Blake Barnett after Alabama's big win. Florida offensive line commit Brandon Sandifer tweeted this photo of himself and two other Florida commits Tyler Jordan and George Brown Jr., who all visited the Gators Saturday. Alabama commit Ronnie Harrison visited Georgia this weekend and found an unusual connection with head coach Mark Richt's wife. The two posed for a picture on Saturday. ESPN Junior 300 cornerback Chad Clay posted a picture from the Georgia sideline at the game on Saturday night. Another junior cornerback, Malek Young, also visited Georgia for the exciting game against Auburn and posed for a photo on the sideline. Arkansas commit C.J. O'Grady posted a photo of fellow Arkansas commit Will Gragg before Arkansas's first SEC win under head coach Brett Beliema. Junior cornerback Ikenna Okeke posted a photo of himself with Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson.

SEC's top recruiting visits 

November, 14, 2014
The Mississippi State at Alabama game looks to be loaded with big-time visitors. Georgia is also expecting several ESPN 300 prospects for its game against Auburn and Florida is hoping continue its momentum against South Carolina in front of several recruits. Here’s a closer look at some of the top visitors in the SEC this weekend.

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Help is on the way: SEC 

October, 8, 2014

Almost midway through the season and teams such as Arkansas and Texas A&M have shown the obvious strengths of their teams with their running backs and wide receivers, respectively. But in most cases every team has an apparent weakness, too. Here’s a closer look at how each team in the SEC will address its needs through recruiting.

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Best of the visits: ACC

September, 21, 2014
As expected, Saturday’s Florida State-Clemson game in Tallahassee, Florida, took the recruiting world by storm. Not only did the Seminoles win in overtime in an electric atmosphere with a number of top prospects on hand, but Jimbo Fisher and staff reeled in a pair of 2016 prospects following the game, including a member of the ESPN Jr. 300.

Along with Florida State, Virginia Tech and Duke hosted a number of key visitors in the classes of 2015, 2016 and beyond.

Heading into Saturday’s Florida State game, ESPN Jr. 300 No. 75 Janarius Robinson was considered a heavy lean to the Seminoles. Before making the 100-mile drive to Tallahassee from Panama City, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end tweeted out this picture letting Florida State fans know he was in transit.
Robinson followed with this tweet and Instagram photo after the game, announcing that he had committed to Florida State. Robinson followed up with the picture of the actual commitment to Jimbo Fisher this morning. A second class of 2016 defensive end to commit to Florida State was Josh Brown, who hails from Charlotte, North Carolina. Like Robinson, he committed to Jimbo Fisher and staff following the game. Before he committing, Brown tweeted this: Among the slew of visitors in 2015 and 2016 were ESPN 300 No. 10 and Florida State commit George Campbell and top 2016 tight end target Isaac Nauta. Nauta, No. 42 in the ESPN Jr. 300, provided this picture with Campbell before kickoff. The key uncommitted official visit in Tallahassee over the weekend was ESPN 300 No. 61 Matt Burrell Jr. The versatile offensive line prospect officially visited Ohio State Sept. 6, and currently lists the Buckeyes as his favorite over Florida State, Penn State, Florida and Alabama. Burrell will officially visit Penn State Oct. 24 and Florida Nov. 14.

Burrell Jr. sent out this picture Saturday afternoon sporting a Seminoles jersey.

Another 2015 prospect of note in attendance was Alabama commitment Ronnie Harrison. The uber impressive list of prospects on hand for the Florida State win over Clemson also included arguably the top 2017 prospect in the country, LSU commitment Dylan Moses. Meanwhile, the Virginia Tech Hokies big official visit weekend took a major hit with the left knee injury to the nation's No. 1 Josh Sweat on Friday night, which kept him hospitalized.

In a protected tweet, ESPN300 No. 90 and North Carolina lean Jalen Dalton commented on both the Tar Heels and Hokies losing to East Carolina back-to-back weeks.

@JalenDalton5: ECU has beat my top 2 teams #IsThatASign

ESPN300 No. 5 Kevin Toliver II sent out this tweet early Saturday morning.

While Toliver II is expected to remain firm with LSU, he is very good friends with Hokies freshman wide receiver Isaiah Ford.

Among the top juniors on hand in Blacksburg Saturday was ESPN Jr. 300 No. 103 Devante Brooks. Brooks has the Hokies on top of his recruitment, but unofficial visits coming up to Penn State Sept. 27 and Tennessee Oct. 11.

Watching Duke move to an impressive 4-0 start was top class of 2016 commitment, ESPN Jr. 300 No. 32 Scott Bracey. Another ESPN Jr. 300 prospect on hand for Duke's win Saturday was No. 148 and former North Carolina commit Antonio Williams.

ACC recruiting scorecard

May, 21, 2014
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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