Thursday, February 7, 2013
Coastal Division signing day recap
By Andrea Adelson
Time to take a quick look at how signing day went down for teams in the Coastal Division, including incoming member Pitt.
Needs filled: Defensive back and receiver. Duke picked up four receivers to help bolster a group that is losing some heavy hitters, Conner Vernon and Desmond Scott. Defensive back also was an area of need, and the Blue Devils got a solid prospect in Evrett Edwards.
Holes remaining: The Blue Devils would have loved to add another offensive lineman to the group. One of their top targets, tackle Elijah George, ended up signing with Oregon -- where former recruiting coordinator Matt Lubick ended up.
Needs filled: The Jackets upgraded speed at their skill positions signing receiver Ricky Jeune and running back Travis Custis, two of the higher-rated players on their board. They would love one more -- ESPN 300 athlete Cornelius Elder has yet to make a decision.
Holes remaining: There were a few offensive linemen who got away, including Jeremi Hall to USF and George Adeosun to Virginia.
Needs filled: The Hurricanes got their quarterback of the future in Kevin Olsen, and picked up some help on defense with ESPN 150 prospects Al-Quadin Muhammad, Artie Burns and Jermaine Grace.
Holes remaining: Still, the Hurricanes failed to close on several defensive targets, including linebacker Matthew Thomas and defensive tackle Jay-nard Bostwick. Defensive help up front remains the biggest area of need.
Needs filled: The Tar Heels picked up some talented players on defense, a huge need. The top two players in the class, in fact, are defenders -- ESPN 300 prospects Brian Walker and Greg Webb. UNC also got a quarterback in the fold, another area of need should Marquise Williams not return.
Holes remaining: UNC lost a couple of prospects late -- including three-star safety Korrin Wiggins, who switched to Clemson on signing day.
Needs filled: Offensive line has been a major area of need for the past several seasons, and coach Paul Chryst finally brought in some talent here. The top player on the board is ESPN 150 prospect Dorian Johnson, the No. 2 tackle in the nation. In all, the Panthers signed four linemen.
Holes remaining: The Panthers could use some more help in the secondary, but landed only two defensive backs.
Needs filled: The Cavs upgraded their defense with some big-time prospects, signing four-star linebacker Micah Kiser, four-star linebacker LaChaston Smith and four-star cornerback Tim Harris. Offensive line also received an upgrade, especially after the surprise signings of Eric Tetlow and George Adeosun.
Holes remaining: UVa hit just about every single one of its needs, and then some. The Cavs still need a playmaker to emerge at receiver.
Needs filled: Defensive back is an area where the Hokies needed a wealth of talent, and they got it. The top three prospects on the board -- ESPN 150 cornerback Kyle Fuller, ESPN 150 safety Holland Fisher and ESPN 300 athlete Cequan Jefferson all play on the back end. Quarterback also was a big area the Hokies hit on, with Bucky Hodges and Carlis Parker, whom Frank Beamer says reminds him a little of Michael Vick.
Holes remaining: The Hokies inked a few athletes but still need help at receiver.