Monday, September 23, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC
By Corey Dowlar
It was a relatively mellow slate in the ACC this week, but there turned out to be several results of significance. Clemson defeated NC State in Raleigh, N.C., a place known for upsets, and Virginia Tech escaped against Marshall in overtime.
In recruiting, a couple offers were issued and a commitment was made. More in our weekend wrap from around the ACC:
Recruit performances: Though Tavien Feaster (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg) isn't committed anywhere, 2016 running back Feaster is a major target for the Clemson Tigers. Coach Dabo Swinney and his staff have already offered, and games like he had this weekend show why. Feaster racked up more than 320 all-purpose yards for his high school.
Treon Harris (Miami/Booker T. Washington): The do-it-all Harris threw for 160 yards on 14 attempts for two touchdowns in the Tornadoes' 35-6 win. Harris did throw his first interception of the season, though. Harris is a Florida State commit.
Jonathan Vickers (Tallahassee, Fla./North Florida Christian): Vickers, a running back committed to Florida State, carried his team and the football for 116 yards on the ground in their narrow, 30-28 victory. He chipped in on the passing game, adding 107 receiving yards. He combined for three touchdowns.
Biggest commitment: Shaun Wilson (Charlotte, N.C./West Mecklenburg) is going to stay home for the next stage of his career. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound tailback committed to Duke over East Carolina, Marshall and Wake Forest over the weekend. This announcement comes off the heels of Duke's tough, 58-55 loss against ACC newcomer Pittsburgh.
Biggest offers: Clemson took advantage of its win at NC State by extending an offer in the state of North Carolina to Nyheim Hines (Garner, N.C./Garner). Hines is a two-way player with good speed at 5-8, 178 pounds. Florida State went to Texas to offer ESPN Junior 300 safety Justin Dunning (Whitehouse, Texas/Whitehouse). Assistant coach Tim Brewster will lead that recruitment for the Seminoles. Miami offered a junior defensive end from Georgia in Russell Ude (Atlanta/Westminster School). At 6-3 and 251 pounds, Ude also has offers from Boston College, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, TCU and Vanderbilt.
Most important visits: Georgia Tech hosted probably the game of the week in the conference against North Carolina over the weekend. Some top prospects who made it to the game included Gary Brown (Tampa, Fla./Alonso), Myles Autry (Norcross, Ga./Norcross), Marvin Zanders (Jacksonville, Fla./Raines) and Lamont Simmons (Jacksonville, Fla./Raines). Elsewhere, Florida State hosted commitments such as Malique Jackson (Jesup, Ga./Wayne County) and De'Andre Johnson (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) for its lopsided victory over Bethune-Cookman. Virginia Tech had a major offensive line prospect on campus for its overtime win over Marshall in Austin Clark (Lexington, Va./Rockbridge). Clark has offers from ACC schools Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest, too.