Big week for ACC recruiting

July, 1, 2011
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Even Duke has joined the recruiting party in the ACC.

The Blue Devils have added two highly-touted pledges to their 2012 class this week in quarterback Thomas Sirk and tight end Daniel Beilinson. If there is one position Duke fans don't have to worry about in this class, it's at quarterback, where Sirk came to Duke's camp and coach David Cutcliffe and OC Kurt Roper liked him enough to give him an offer. They've got a proven track record with quarterbacks, and Sirk should continue that.

Duke also lured in Beilinson, from Cary, N.C. -- i.e. NC State's backyard. Miami, Wake Forest and Arizona State were also in the mix. If Cutcliffe and his staff continue to beat such programs for recruits, going to a bowl game could become a trend.

Highlights from this week in the ACC:
  • North Carolina got a pledge from OT Jon Heck, who chose the Tar Heels over Virginia and Miami.
  • Bye-bye Russell Wilson, hello future quarterbacks. NC State added its third quarterback in the 2012 class with A. J. Doyle of Catholic Memorial HS (West Roxbury, Mass.). Quarterbacks James Summers of Greensboro, N.C., and Manny Stocker of Coatesville, Pa., earlier picked the Wolfpack.
  • The Wolfpack also received a commitment from three-star lineman Eddie Gordon of Boiling Springs HS (Boiling Springs, S.C.), and tight end David Grinnage of Newark HS (Newark, Del.). Grinnage joins prep teammate, receiver Xavier Griffin, in picking North Carolina State. The Pack also got a pledge from 6-foot-3, 190-pound defensive back Majid Salahuddin of Jack Britt HS (Fayetteville, N.C.).
  • Virginia Tech landed three-star linebacker Deon Clarke, who also had offers from Maryland, Miami and Virginia.
  • Speaking of the Hoos ... They gained a pledge from 6-foot-6, 285-pound OT Sean Karl, who was also recruited by BC.
  • About BC ... The Eagles got a commitment from receiver Harrison Jackson, a wideout from Loudoun Valley HS (Purcellville, Va.). He had 30 receptions for 400 yards and six touchdowns as a junior. Defensive end Malachi Moore of Pope John (Sparta, N.J.) has also committed to Boston College.
  • Miami got a commitment from four-star linebacker Reggie Northrup of First Coast HS (Jacksonville, Fla.). The Canes also landed 6-foot-6, 220-pound tight end Brandon Holifield, who placed third in the state in the high jump as a junior and has a personal best of 6-10.
  • Clemson lured in three-star defensive lineman Martin Aiken of Bamberg-Ehrhardt HS (Bamberg, S.C.). He also considered South Carolina and Georgia Tech. As a junior, Aiken had 106 tackles, 36 for losses, and 13 sacks. Clemson recruiting has been hot this June.
  • Maryland has picked up a Class of 2012 commitment from Malcolm Culmer, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound defensive back/receiver from Willingboro HS (Willingboro, N.J.).

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