Monday, October 7, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC
By Corey Dowlar
Virginia Tech grabbed the headlines this weekend with a four-star commitment, while a couple of teams had visitors on campus and that could affect a number of ACC teams.
Notable performances:Shaun Wilson (Charlotte, N.C./West Mecklenburg): Duke's four-star running back commitment had an efficient night toting the rock for his high school. On just 16 carries, Wilson racked up 215 yards and crossed the goal line four times.
Treon Harris (Miami/Booker T. Washington): Harris continued his record prolific production by racking up another 180 yards of passing and more than 60 yards rushing. He and his teammates defeated Bishop Gorman from Las Vegas, Nevada.
Biggest visit: One of the residual effects of Florida State's dominant 63-0 win over Maryland on Saturday could be a big impression that was made on ESPN 300 athlete Montae Nicholson (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway). The four-star prospect, likely to play on defense if he chooses Florida State, was on his third official visit so far. He's been to Michigan State and Pitt already, and after Florida State, he will see Oregon. Nicholson has been on the Seminoles' radar for quite some time now, but they'll have to convince him to leave his home state, as Penn State and Pittsburgh lurking. Elsewhere, Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) unofficially visited Miami for the Georgia Tech game.
Biggest offer: Miami's recruiting for 2014 hasn't stopped yet of course. Over the weekend, the Hurricanes identified Tre Neal (Buford, Ga./Buford) as a guy they might like to have in this class. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound athlete has other offers from Charlotte, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Kansas State, South Florida, Southern Miss, UCF and West Virginia. It appears that most teams like him at safety and on defense. Boston College offered 2016 running back Robert Washington (Huntersville, N.C./Southlake Christian Academy), as well.
Biggest commitment: Virginia Tech owned the headlines when 2014 defensive tackle Ricky Walker (Hampton, Va./Bethel) announced he is committed to the Hokies. The four-star prospect had offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Penn State, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Jalen Williams is (Blythewood, S.C./Blythewood) an in-state linebacker who committed to Clemson, but as a grayshirt. So when the rest of the 2014 class reports this upcoming summer, Williams will not and will instead be enrolling the following January -- counting against the next class' numbers.
Biggest question:Florida Gators commitment J.C. Jackson (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee) made it to Miami to see the Hurricanes defeat Georgia Tech. Are the Hurricanes getting involved here, and do they have enough time to sway Jackson? Speaking of the Gators and their ties to ACC targets, defensive end Lorenzo Featherston (Greensboro, N.C./Page) took an official to Gainesville this weekend. Will Florida be able to do enough to sway him from the likes of Clemson and NC State?
Biggest answer: Miami’s ability to circle the wagons and down Georgia Tech. At home with so many prospects in attendance, like Dixon, Jordan Scarlett (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University), Shawn Burgess-Becker (Pompano Beach, Fla./Monarch) and Jackson, a loss wouldn’t have been the right message to send. Instead, Miami composed itself and eventually dismissed the Yellow Jackets to keep its momentum -- both on and off the field -- intact.