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Thursday, October 3, 2013
ACC recruiting storylines: Oct. 3

By Corey Dowlar

Maryland visits Georgia hoping to steal a prospect, while North Carolina tries to convince a junior defensive lineman he can help immediately, and Florida State will host an official visitor this weekend.

All this and more inside this week's ACC recruiting storylines.

Terps land Georgia athlete

On Tuesday, Maryland added to its 2014 class with the addition of Jordan Noil (Norcross, Ga./Norcross). A two-way player at wide receiver or defensive back, Noil has good size at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds.

During the process, Appalachian State, Buffalo, Charlotte, Georgia State, Marshall, Mercer and Western Kentucky all offered. But in the end, it was the ACC representative that won out.

Noil, a three-star recruit according to ESPN, became the 12th commitment for the Terrapins this cycle. Four commitments are rated four-star prospects and six are rated as three-star prospects.

UNC showing 2015 DL he can impact the defense

Shy Tuttle
ESPN Junior 300 DT Shy Tuttle is starting to narrow down his considerable offer list.
Shy Tuttle (Lexington, N.C./North Davidson), the No. 21 prospect in the 2015 class, saw North Carolina's loss against ECU. Losses usually don't help teams in their recruiting efforts, admittedly, but there are some that can.

If playing early is a priority, and a team like the Tar Heels can convince a prospect like Tuttle he's needed, it can turn into a positive. That's what North Carolina is hoping for.

Being inside the state of North Carolina gives the Heels a proximity advantage over some, but Alabama and Clemson are lurking close by. Tennessee, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech are some of the other teams to have offered.

Nicholson taking official to FSU

Four-star athlete Montae Nicholson (Monroeville, Pa./Gateway) is set to make his third official visit when he travels to Tallahassee this weekend for Florida State's home game against Maryland. The Top 25 matchup should provide quite the atmosphere at Doak Campbell Stadium, and the Seminoles hope it will be a winning one.

Nicholson is fresh off his visit to Pittsburgh and saw its win over Virginia. Before that, it was a trip to Michigan State. Oregon is the next planned visit on Oct. 25.

It's hard to say where Nicholson is leaning, but an in-state program like Penn State will be a factor, as will Pittsburgh. The out-of-state teams like FSU hope to convince him that leaving the area is worth it.

NC State offers Freddie Phillips

Six-foot-2, 185-pound two-way player Freddie Phillips (Pelion, S.C./Pelion) recently added his second offer after visiting the Wolfpack. NC State joined North Carolina, which had offered previously, giving him two substantial choices for the future.

Other teams that have shown interest include Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech and South Carolina.

Phillips has already visited Clemson and Georgia Tech this season, but did not get an offer from those schools.

Clemson tops for junior WR

After his unofficial visit to Clemson for the Wake Forest drubbing, Shadell Bell (Decatur, Ga./Columbia) has the Tigers on top.

A four-star receiver in the Class of 2015, Bell already has major suitors such as Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. But, of course, the Tigers have jockeyed into a superior position already.

Bell is likely to visit Clemson again and probably Georgia as well.

Bell is considered the No. 126 player nationally in the Class of 2015.