Thursday, November 7, 2013
ACC recruiting storylines: Nov. 7
By Corey Dowlar
Several new offers flew out in the ACC this week, specifically in the center of the ACC geographical footprint. More on those, and a new commitment for Boston College, too.
North Carolina becomes latest to offer 2016 star
It's usually difficult to evaluate offensive linemen when they are just sophomores in high school. But it makes it easier when they are 6-foot-7, 275 pounds and athletic.
That's what Jauan Williams (Washington, D.C./Archbishop Carroll) is. And that's why he's already got major offers.
Markeyvious Adams finally got the offer he was looking for from NC State.
North Carolina became the latest ACC school to jump in the mix on Tuesday. Clemson, Maryland and Virginia have already offered, and Florida State has shown interest.
Overall, Ohio State, Illinois, Penn State, Tennessee and UCLA are his offers from non-ACC schools. Alabama will be a major player should it offer down the road.
Virginia offers receiver
This late in the 2014 cycle, Virginia has found an in-state wide receiver that it likes enough to offer.
Donovan Dowling (Richmond, Va./Varina), a 6-foot-1, 200-pound prospect, is now officially a Cavaliers' target. He's on the radar for a couple of other ACC schools, too.
Boston College and Virginia Tech have shown interest, and he's visited the Hokies recently. The only other offers Dowling has to date are from FCS programs.
Wolfpack become first offer for 2015 WR
Markeyvious Adams (Greenwood, S.C./Greenwood) has been flirting with a couple of ACC schools, but finally he has an offer from one.
A junior wide receiver who seems like he will see a good run eventually, has been to Clemson several times. But it's not the Tigers who have offered him first.
North Carolina State became the first squad to pull the trigger over the weekend. At 6-foot-3, Adams has plenty of size to go with his athleticism, and he could give defensive backs some trouble at the next level. Clemson, Duke or Georgia could be teams to watch as he begins to near his second scholarship offer.
Western Michigan commitment eyeing Maryland
Chukwuma Okorafor (Southfield, Mich./Southfield) thought Western Michigan was going to be the place for him last spring. And so, at that point, he ended up committing to the Broncos.
Now, though, he's 6-foot-5, 270 pounds and in the middle of a solid senior season. So what will happen to his commitment?
Okorafor will likely take official visits to Arkansas and Maryland down the stretch, but those visits aren't set yet. Will the Terrapins be able to sway him away from the MAC, and potentially the SEC, too?
Boston College adds defensive back
The Eagles 2014 class grew this week with the addition of 2014 defensive back Allen Dawson (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire Academy).
The 6-foot, 193-pound cornerback was originally a recruit out of Florida, but his reclassification to the 2014 class resulted in a spot with Boston College in this recruiting haul.
Boston College is now up to 23 commitments for this cycle. Harold Landry (Fayetteville, N.C./Pine Forest) and Connor Strachan (Wellesley, Ma./Saint Sebastians) lead the way as four-star prospects.