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Thursday, September 19, 2013
ACC recruiting storylines: Sept. 19

By Corey Dowlar


Florida State is waiting on a commitment while North Carolina wasted no time in getting one from a young prospect this week. All this and more in this week's ACC recruiting storylines.

Seminoles still waiting on Izzo

Florida State is still waiting on the decision of three-star tight end Ryan Izzo (Sparta, N.J./Pope John XXIII) following his official visit to Tallahassee last weekend.

Jimbo Fisher and company are in great shape to land Izzo, who would be an excellent addition relative to the depth and the need at the tight end position currently. At 6-foot-6, he has a frame that could turn him into a very big player with a few years of development.

Wisconsin and Virginia Tech are considered the main stumbling blocks in Izzo's recruitment, but Rutgers is in it, too.

Four-star Malone knows officials

ESPN 300 wide receiver Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Statin Camp) has surged up the wish list for several schools, including Florida State and Clemson.

As it stands now, Malone is looking at four trips. And those would be Clemson, Florida State, Georgia and Tennessee. There is a possibility of a fifth, but that's unknown at this point.

Malone has seen both ACC schools previously. He visited Clemson for the Georgia game while he was on campus at FSU over the summer.

North Carolina adds one for 2016

Larry Fedora is getting ahead of the game in Chapel Hill.

As schools are finalizing 2014 and maybe getting ahead on the 2015 class, the Tar Heels nabbed a promising running back for the 2016 class. Antonio Williams (New London, N.C./North Stanly), a 5-10, 190-pound tailback committed to North Carolina this week.

Williams picked the ACC Coastal school over Clemson, Georgia, N.C. State and South Carolina. Some expected him to head to the state of South Carolina for his football, so this commitment to the Tar Heels is quite notable.

Boston College in front for lineman

Javon Barnes (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) is still waiting on his second offer for now. Boston College was the first to jump on him earlier in the year.

Duke, another ACC school, is interested and could be close to jumping in.

But for now, it's the Eagles that are leading for Barnes, if by nothing else than default. It doesn't appear that  he's in any rush, so if the Blue Devils want to get involved, they'll be able to.

At 6-0, 312 pounds, Barnes is projected to play interior offensive line at the collegiate level rather than outside at a tackle.

NC State hoping to impress recruits

When NC State hosts the highest ranked team in the conference, Clemson, tonight, it will be hoping for a win that would immediately boost recruiting efforts.

The Wolfpack and Tigers are going head to head for a couple prospects, no one more notable than Lorenzo Featherston (Greensboro, N.C./Page). The four-star prospect, who is ranked the No. 27 player in the country, is thought to be favoring Clemson at the moment. But NC State is in the picture.

A win would also settle down the class that appears to be under attack from the outside with other teams coming in for Wolfpack commitments. For now, at least, it looks like they are staying together, though.