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Thursday, October 10, 2013
ACC recruiting storylines: Oct. 10

By Corey Dowlar

As the ACC awaits arguably the biggest conference game of the season next week, there is still work to be done now.

Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are moving to land targets, while Miami is trying to enter the race for another player.

Florida State afforded extra recruiting time

Before its big game against Clemson, Florida State has the luxury of a bye week. In addition to game preparations, a little extra time, but not too much, can be devoted to recruiting.

On Tuesday, the Seminoles offered a 2016 running back, Tavien Feaster (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg), who also has offers from ACC competitors Clemson and North Carolina. The 6-foot, 180-pound back looks poised for a major recruitment.

Tavien Feaster
Florida State offered 2016 running back Tavien Feaster on Tuesday.
Over the weekend while others are traveling or preparing the final touches on game plans, coach Jimbo Fisher and company will probably be out on the road evaluating other prospects on their radar.

Virginia Tech positioning for 2015 athlete 

The Hokies would love to infuse some talent from nearby Maryland in their 2015 class if they can.

Jordan Adams (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin), a 6-foot-1, 175-pound athlete, already has offers from Rutgers and Virginia Tech, and most recently added West Virginia to his total.

Adams has been on campus at Virginia Tech more than once and has camped there. So he knows what Blacksburg is about, for the most part.

The Hokies are probably the team to beat for Adams right now, but it's early. Perhaps things will change as time goes on and new teams jump into the mix for him.

Clemson has two straight weeks to impress

While Florida State is off, Clemson is going to have a chance to showcase its program in action for two consecutive weeks.

This Saturday, the Tigers will host Boston College. All signs point to a comfortable win and a strong performance. And then, of course, it's the showdown with the Seminoles next weekend.

Some of the major recruits will wait until Oct. 19 for the big game to visit, but Clemson will definitely take advantage of this weekend, too. The Tigers could set themselves up nicely and gain some serious momentum on and off the field in the span of two weeks.

Miami jumps in on Ragnow sweepstakes

Frank Ragnow (Victoria, Minn./Chanhassen) has long been considered a major target for Arkansas, Florida State and Minnesota. But Miami would like to be mentioned in there, too.

The Hurricanes offered the three-star offensive tackle this week and will have some work to do to make an impact. But should they secure a visit, all bets are off.

ACC and in-state rival Florida State is probably the team to beat right now, due mostly to its persistence and early identification of Ragnow as a target. Perhaps, though, the two schools from Florida will be the ones battling down the stretch for him?

Wake Forest among the leaders for Kendall

The Demon Deacons love to recruit the state of Florida. There's no doubting that. And it's been a strategy they'd love to continue in 2014.

Another target that's emerged on their radar is defensive tackle Joshua Kendall (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Lehigh). Other teams that are interested and have offered include Arkansas, Ball State, FAU, FIU and Marshall.

Besides Wake Forest, Marshall is the other team Kendall is really interested in. Barring any other late interest from new programs, those two will likely be the finalists.

Kendall plans on taking an official visit to Wake Forest in December.