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ACC recruiting storylines: Aug. 8

8/8/2013

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

It's not often that the Cavaliers have to go to California, much less leave the state, for an ESPN 300 prospect. But on Wednesday afternoon, Jeff Farrar (Upland, Calif./Upland) decided he was going to be a part of Mike London's football program. The nation's No. 188 player can play on both sides of the ball, but most teams want him to play cornerback in college.

Hokies get an in-state athlete

Three-star prospect Greg Stroman (Manassas, Va./Stonewall Jackson) decided this week that he was going to stay home to play his football. Stroman, listed as an athlete, chose Virginia Tech over Campbell, Charleston Southern, Duke, Massachusetts, Norfolk State, Virginia and Wisconsin. Stroman is expected to play defensive back for the Hokies.