ACC recruiting update
With just around two months left until national signing day, it's time to take a look at the status of the recruiting classes in the ACC.
What's next: It looks like BC could bring in six or eight more recruits. The Eagles would love to turn Miami commitment Albert Louis-Jean (Brocton, Mass./Brockton). Boston College would also love to land a pair from South Florida in defensive back Devin Gaulden (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Nova) and wide receiver Curt Evans (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade). Linebacker Steven Daniels (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier) and offensive lineman Pat Flavin (Lisle, Ill./Benet Academy) are two more to watch out for with Boston College.
Charone Peake (Roebuck, S.C./Dorman). The Tigers stole two big time running backs from the Sunshine State in Mike Bellamy (Punta Gordon, Fla./Charlotte) and Marlin Lane (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland). Defensive help is on the way too with defensive end Corey Crawford (Columbus, Ga./Carver), linebacker B.J Goodson (Lamar, S.C./Lamar), and safety Cortez Davis (Daytona Beach, Fla./Mainland).
What's next: The Tigers will battle Georgia for Under Armour All-American tight end Jay Rome (Valdosta, Ga./Valdosta) and Florida State for five-star linebacker Tony Steward (St. Augustine, Fla./Menendez). Clemson is playing catch-up with to Alabama for five-star running back Isaiah Crowell (Columbus, Ga./Carver). Defensive lineman Gabe Wright (Columbus, Ga./Carver), and linebacker Stephone Anthony (Wadesboro, N.C./Anson Senior) could all end up at Clemson as well. If things fall their way, the Tigers will push FSU for top class honors in the ACC.
Jamison Crowder (Monroe, N.C./Monroe), wide receiver Blair Holliday (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian) and cornerback Jared Boyd (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson). The Blue Devils also have done well in the trenches, highlighted by a trio of three-star offensive guards who are three of Duke's top five players in this class.
What's next: There's not much left for Cutcliffe and this staff to do with their 2011 recruiting campaign. The Blue Devils need to keep what they have committed and find one or two more prospects to fill a hole or two. Duke is still after linebacker Dillon Lucas (Medford, N.J./Shawnee), tight end Jamare Mills (Dublin, Ohio/Scioto), wide receiver Douglas McBride (McDonough, Ga./Ola) and defensive end Nick Miles (Mebane, N.C./Eastern Alamance).
James Wilder (Tampa, Fla./Plant), safety Karlos Williams (Davenport, Fla./Ridge), defensive end Aaron Lynch (Cape Coral, Fla./Island Coast), and offensive tackle Bobby Hart (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas).
What's next: If Florida State finishes anything like it started, the Seminoles will have the ACC's top class and one of the best in the country. FSU is one of the the finalists for Nick O'Leary (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer), the nation's top tight end, and five-star linebacker Tony Steward (St. Augustine, Fla./Menendez). The Seminoles are also in the hunt for wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Central) and five-star defensive end Ray Drew (Thomasville, Ga./Thomas County Central) and Tim Jernigan (Lake City, Fla./Columbia). FSU will also get an official visit from the nation's top prospect, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (Rock Hills, S.C./South Pointe).
Vad Lee (Durham, N.C./Hillside), who could be their future quarterback and orchestrate Johnson's triple option. The Yellow Jackets are getting help in the trenches on both sides of the ball, linebacker and safety.
What's next: Offensive tackle Errin Joe (Lakeland, Fla./Lake Gibson), defensive tackle Darian Cooper (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha), running back Quartterrio Morgan (Jonesboro, Ga./Mount Zion), defensive end Roderick Byers (Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern), offensive tackle Taylor Gadbois (Dallas, Ga./East Paulding), and tight end Alvin Dupree (Irwinton, Ga./Wilkinson County) are some targets for Johnson as Georgia Tech closes out this class. Under Johnson the Yellow Jackets have done well in Georgia, so keep an eye on the local prospects.
Marcus Leak (Monroe, N.C./Parkwood) and Nigel King (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield), a physical wideout. Maryland is also bringing in six offensive tackles to shore up the offensive line.
What's next: After being eliminated by five-star offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha), the Terps are still in the hunt for Under Armour All-American athlete Darius Jennings (Baltimore, Md./Gilman School). He would be a great get for this class. Secondary is still a need and Maryland is after Corey Tindal (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Boyd Anderson), Dondi Kirby (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway), Blake Countess (Baltimore, Md./Our Lady of Good Countess) and Steven Montgomery (Hollywood, Fla./McArthur).
What's next: Shannon had Miami in the hunt with some of the nation's best players, including five-star OT Cyrus Kouandjio (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha), George Farmer (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra) and Nick O'Leary (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer), the nation's top tight end. The foundation is there and now it's a matter of what the new staff can do with it.
T.J. Thorpe (Durham, N.C./Jordan), offensive guard Kiaro Holts (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central), athlete Everett Golson (Myrtle Beach, S.C./Myrtle Beach), and running back Travis Riley (Kannapolis, N.C./A.L. Brown).
What's next: The Tar Heels are hoping to close strong despite a lingering NCAA investigation. Running back Savon Huggins (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter's), tight end Drew Owens (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell), quarterback Tanner McEvoy (Oradell, N.J./Bergen Catholic), defensive end Toby Jackson (Griffin, Ga./Hargrave Military Academy), and offensive lineman Josue Matias (Union City, N.J./Union) are some players to watch with North Carolina.
Juston Burris (Raleigh, N.C./Needham Broughton), who is the highest ranked player in the class.
What's next: Look for NC State to land seven or eight more recruits. NC State is playing catch up with Under Armour All-American linebacker Stephone Anthony (Wadesboro, N.C./Anson Senior), but have made it to his final six and he'd be the marquee player in this class. The Wolfpack would love to close with offensive linemen Donovan Smith (Owings Mill, Md./Owings Mill) and Joe Thuney (Kettering, Ohio/Archbishop Alter), tight end Drew Owens (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell), wide receivers Dexter Bridge (King of Prussia, Pa./Conestoga) and Frankie Williams (Tampa, Fla./Robinson), defensive end Mike Rose (Simpsonville, S.C./Hillcrest) and linebacker Montese Overton (Greenville, N.C./South Central).
Brandon Phelps (Damascus, Md./Demascus) and four-star defensive tackle David Dean (Virginia Beach, Va./Green Run). In all, they have commits from four defensive backs and seven defensive linemen.
What's next: Virginia will stick with its simple philosophy and stay close to home. The Cavaliers are in the thick of it with in-state stars like linebackers Curtis Grant (Richmond, Va./Hermitage) and Travis Hughes (Virginia Beach, Va./Kempsville), cornerback Demetrious Nicholson (Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside), and athlete Dominique Terrell (Mansassas, Va./Osbourne). Virginia will step out of state for its pursuit of safety Avery Walls (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing), defensive tackle Darian Cooper (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) and Under Armour All-American athlete Darius Jennings (Baltimore, Md./Gilman School).
Kris Harley (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central). The Hokies added depth in the secondary with four defensive backs, highlighted by three-star safety Ronny Vandyke (Lorton, Va./South County), who has big upside.
What's next: Virginia Tech has a chance to close very well. It is on the short list for Stephone Anthone (Wadesboro, N.C./Anson Senior), the nation's top outside linebacker, and are in the mix for in-state ESPNU 150 players Curtis Grant (Richmond, Va./Hermitage) and Demetrious Nicholson (Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside). As usual, don't necessarily pay attention to the class rankings with Virginia Tech as Beamer is one of the best at finding players who fit his system and developing them.
Godspower Offor (Miami, Fla./American).
What's next: Wake Forest tends to have smaller classes (usually about 14 or 15 prospects) because the Demon Deacons tend to redshirt most of their incoming freshman, so look for maybe five or six more players to sign in this class. Linebackers Ryan Simmons (Cibilo, Texas/Steele) and Marcus Bullard (Columbia, S.C./Spring Vallet), safety Andre Wiggins (San Antonio, Texas/Madison), defensive end Mike Rose (Simpsonville, S.C./Hillcrest), and cornerback Devin Gaulden (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Nova) are some players Wake Forest is after.
Jamie Newberg has been covering recruiting both in the Southeast and nationally for 19 years. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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