Florida State and Clemson are still in the mix for five-star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, the nation's top recruit. Clowney is expected to visit Tallahassee this weekend and Death Valley on Jan. 28. It sounds like Alabama and South Carolina are the leaders, but this is one decision that could extend beyond signing day.
ACC recruiting has been on a roll lately, as Georgia Tech snagged four-star defensive end Stephon Tuitt from Notre Dame's commitment list. Here's what ESPN's Craig Haubert had to say about Tuitt's fit in defensive coordinator Al Groh's scheme:
"Like Notre Dame, the Yellow Jackets are a team still building a 3-4 defense and Tuitt should be a good fit as a 3-4 end as he combines good size with the ability to move. This is a kid with good speed and range for his size and he is capable of being disruptive and pressuring the quarterback. He will need to learn to become more stout at the point of attack especially given his size, but it is not easy to find guys with his nice combination of size and mobility. This is a tough loss for Notre Dame, but their loss is a big gain for Georgia Tech."
Miami coach Al Golden is also making an immediate impact, as he was able to lure in four-star cornerback Dallas Crawford. Here's what ESPN's Billy Tucker had to say about Crawford:
"We feel Crawford could actually line up at corner or safety during his career as a Cane and may actually be the ideal Nickel. He lacks prototypical height but has a well-built frame and is very explosive closing on the football coverage. His ball-hawking skills and aggressive demeanor have led to a lot of production near the box and this is a defender who is not shy about coming up to tackle or lay the big hit. A valuable pickup for Coach Golden and we really like the speed, athleticism and versatility Miami has landed in a short period of time at the defensive back position with the pickups of Crawford and Kevin Grooms (Hollywood, Fla./South Broward)."
Grooms is a four-star running back who chose Miami over Florida State and Virginia Tech, among others.