Thursday, November 14, 2013
ACC recruiting storylines: Nov. 14
By Corey Dowlar
Several ACC schools will be having important visit weekends coming up. Though the weekends aren't as big as some past dates, the recruits who are visiting could have a big impact on some of the best classes in the conference.
Seminoles hosting two recruits this weekend
It's not a huge weekend for Florida State, in terms of recruiting, when it hosts Syracuse. But there will be two prospects of significance in town.
Four-star cornerback Jalen Tabor, who is ranked No. 15 in the ESPN 300, visited Maryland last weekend.
Mavin Saunders (Houston/Kinkaid School), a four-star tight end commitment, previously was on the rocks about how he would be used in Florida State's offense. Those concerns have since subsided, but the Seminoles would do well to further establish some stability with one of their most important commits. Tight end is a huge position of need in 2014.
Frank Ragnow (Victoria, Minn./Chanhassen) has been a major target for Florida State at offensive tackle since it offered this summer. His interest in the Seminoles is thought to be high and this official could help seal the seal.
Clemson offers top junior
Clemson now finds itself in the mix for four-star 2015 linebacker Joshua McMillon (Memphis/Whitehaven).
The ESPN Junior 300 prospect already has offers from Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. His offer list, then, speaks to the type of prospect McMillon is on his way to becoming.
Can Clemson emerge at the top of McMillon's list? It's up to its assistant coaches to continue to make an impression and show that the Tigers defense is a good option for him.
Canes after Texas DE
Miami's big and highly-regarded recruiting class isn't done growing. And adding a defensive lineman to it appears to be high on the Hurricanes' list.
Trey Carter (Dallas/L.G. Pinkston) is already a big body at 6-foot-4, 255 pounds. A player like that could add some size to the Hurricanes defensive front that needs to continue to build depth.
Miami will face opposition from Arkansas, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and TCU for his signature.
Virginia Tech hosting visitors this weekend
The Hokies have a chance to make some noise this weekend. Fresh off their win against Miami, Virginia Tech has several official visitors coming in to see the program up close.
Melvin Keihn (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) is a linebacker who coach Frank Beamer would love to welcome to the depth chart. The three-star prospect checks in at 6-3, 225 pounds.
Three-star running back Shai McKenzie (Washington, Pa./Washington) will also be in town for an official. He has already taken an official trip to Florida State and has other visits scheduled for Pittsburgh and Georgia Tech. Those three schools, and Virginia Tech, appear to be the leaders for the running back's services.
Despite loss, Maryland still fine with Prince, Tabor
Maryland hosted two very important visitors last weekend for the Syracuse game in Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara) and Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship Academy). Though the Terrapins didn't come out on the right end of the scoreboard, all is not lost.
Both four-star talents were shown how they could make an immediate impact. Instead of being discouraged by the loss, the pair focused on how they could have helped Maryland by playing as soon as next year.
Such an infusion of talent into the Terrapins' roster would be big, obviously. And the fact that both are local prospects doesn't hurt matters, either.