Monday, October 21, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC
By Corey Dowlar
A look at the recruiting weekend recap for the ACC.
Biggest offer: There weren't too many offers that came out from the ACC this weekend, but Boston College did make one.
Joe Giles-Harris (Montvale, N.J./St. Joseph), a 2015 linebacker, was offered by the Eagles, giving him two early in the recruiting process. In-state Rutgers is the only other school that extended an offer to him.
Other ACC teams that have shown serious interest include Big Ten-bound Maryland and Virginia.
Syracuse also recently extended an offer to Zeek Rodney (Rock Hill, S.C./South Pointe). Boston College is the only other conference school that has offered Rodney.
Biggest commitment: Despite all the visits this weekend, there weren't any notable commitments made to ACC programs. With the season in full swing, most coaches are focused on their schedules until the bye week comes around.
Biggest visits: All eyes were on Clemson, S.C., Saturday night. And for good reason.
The Tigers hosted an incredible group of prospects who were supposed to be there to witness a very close and entertaining football game between two top-five teams. Headlining the list was supposed to be an official from Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County).
As it turns out, McMillan's official will be changed to the Nov. 23 game against Citadel , and it's not been confirmed yet if he made it to Death Valley for the game. The change of the official was a strategic move on the staff's part to get him in town for the weekend when most of the other early enrollees would be there.
Marlon Humphrey, who was at Clemson for the showdown between the Tigers and FSU, had to have come away impressed by the Seminoles.
In the end, it was Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover) who was the highest profile recruit there, which can only be taken as a positive for Seminoles fans. It's a two-team race for Humphrey between Alabama and Florida State, and for him to see FSU dominate on the road had to be eye-opening.
Elsewhere, Trevion Armstrong (Chesterfield, Va./Matoaca), a receiver Virginia and Virginia Tech are evaluating, took a visit to Virginia this weekend.
Biggest answer: This was provided by Florida State and Jameis Winston. Not many people, if anyone, expected the Seminoles to go to Death Valley, a place they haven't won in since 2001, and come away with a 51-14 drubbing of the Tigers.
But it impresses everyone, including recruits. With prospects like Humphrey in the stands, it's a statement. Twitter was ablaze with recruits discussing the game, and FSU coach Jimbo Fisher and his coaches are the talk of the moment.
It's not clear how much they'll be able to capitalize off this yet, but they are in great position to do so now.
Biggest question: What happens to Clemson from here?
The loss in itself was certainly damaging. But how many recruits will look at the loss negatively?
It's hard to say. Recruits are not like fans, and they don't usually hold on to wins and losses very long. Playing time and things like that usually take priority.
It is important, though, for the Tigers to show this loss was a departure from the norm. Clemson needs to finish the season very strong, erase Saturday night from the minds of the prospects in attendance and replace it with wins.