Monday, September 30, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC
By Corey Dowlar
Clemson and Pittsburgh hog most of the headlines this weekend as each was able to get a solid amount of prospects on campus, and the Tigers even got a commitment.
More on the happenings inside the ACC here.
Notable prospect performance:Ryan Sousa (Orlando, Fla./Lake Nona): The Florida State wide receiver commitment continued in his productive ways, snaring 12 receptions for 151 yards and a touchdown. Sousa committed to the Seminoles over the summer.
Biggest offer: Miami offered in-state offensive lineman Christian Pellage (Brooksville, Fla./Nature Coast) adding to the 6-foot-7, 240-pound prospect's list. Fellow ACC program Virginia has already offered, and Florida State is very interested.
UCF and USF are other teams that have offered Pellage.
Biggest commitment: Clemson, while dominating Wake Forest over the weekend, added a commitment for its 2015 class. Noah Green (Bolling Springs, S.C./Bolling Springs), a 6-foot-4, 271-pound offensive lineman, decided he wants to call Death Valley home for the next stage of his career.
Green had offers from East Carolina, North Carolina, South Carolina and Vanderbilt, so the Tigers did have some competition. ESPN ranks Green as a three-star prospect.
Green makes two commitments for the Clemson Tigers in the 2015 cycle, joining Van Smith (Charlotte, N.C./West Mecklenburg).
Biggest visit: Pittsburgh hosted four-star in-state prospect Montae Nicholson (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) on an official visit over the weekend. The Panthers defeated ACC foe Virginia at home, giving Nicholson something to think about.
Nicholson has already officially visited Michigan State and will take trips to Florida State and Oregon in October.
Elsewhere, Clemson hosted several big names in the 2015 class. ESPN 300 tackle George Brown Jr. (Cincinnati/Winton Woods) saw the Tigers beat Wake Forest soundly. Junior wide receiver Shadell Bell (Decatur, Ga./Columbia) was also there.
Biggest question: How much did Pitt help its chances with Nicholson? The Panthers have the advantage of location over the other challengers for the four-star prospect.
What they don't have is some of the recent success that the others do. Is the new brand of football in the ACC appealing to Nicholson? And has Pitt shown him enough to convince him that it is on the upswing?
Biggest answer: Not many schools have their entire 2015 class figured out yet. There's a lot of time left for that, and there is the current group of high school seniors to finish up on.
But Clemson did a great job this past weekend of getting some high-profile names on campus, both 2014 and 2015. Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville), Clemson's highest-profile commitment for 2014, made the trip, and there is little doubt that he gave his best pitch to many of the other uncommitted recruits in attendance.
The Tigers nabbed one recruit, Green, and probably were able to leave a mark on several others. Overall, it was a weekend the Tigers coaches should be happy with.