Monday, November 25, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC
By Corey Dowlar
Clemson had a huge weekend, for both 2014 and 2015, including a commitment. Miami extended an offer to a nearby star, and Florida State got some interesting news at wide receiver.
Biggest offer: Miami got back in the win column and back on the recruiting trail over the last couple of days. Calvin Ridley (Coconut Creek, Fla./Monarch) was the newest Hurricane offer issued. Ridley is thought of highly by ESPN's scouts, is ranked as a four-star prospect and No. 32 overall in the country for the Class of 2015. Alabama, Cincinnati, FAU, Florida State, LSU, Marshall, USF, Tennessee and West Virginia are some of Ridley's other offers early on. Miami should have an edge with proximity, if that be is an important factor in Ridley's recruitment. The wide receiver target checks in at 6-foot-1, 170 pounds.
Biggest commitment: ESPN Junior 300 wide receiver Shadell Bell (Decatur, Ga./Columbia) made his collegiate choice early when he chose Clemson this weekend. Bell has frequented CLemson on multiple occasions. The Tigers had faced early opposition from Alabama, Duke, Minnesota, Mississippi State, NC State, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, but in the end, Death Valley was an advantage that was hard to overcome. Bell checks in at 6-foot-3, 185 pounds and is ESPN's No. 107 player in the country for the Class of 2015.
Raekwon McMillan, the nation's No. 12-ranked prospect, visited Clemson this weekend.
Biggest visit:Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) was easily the highlight of the visits around the conference. The five-star prospect, and the top inside linebacker in the country, got to Clemson to see the Tigers dominate Citadel. This was McMillan's fourth official visit, as he's already seen Georgia, Ohio State and Alabama. Florida is scheduled to be the next official visit next weekend, if McMillan's plans don't fall through. McMillan is an early enrollee so these last few weeks before the new year will be crucial in his recruitment process.
Biggest question: Florida State's top wide receiver commitment, Markell Pack (Purvis, Miss./Purvis) isn't the Seminoles' anymore. The four-star, ESPN 300 wide receiver decommitted from FSU over the weekend, electing to pledge to in-state Ole Miss. This wasn't an absolute shock as the switch had been rumored to be in the works for several weeks now, but nevertheless, Florida State would have liked to hold on to Pack. So where does Florida State turn to next? Probably Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman). The country's No. 61 prospect would ease the pain, but it's not a done deal by any stretch.
Biggest answer: Running back Donte Thomas-Williams (Durham, N.C./Hillside) made his official visit to Florida State over the weekend for the Idaho game. The Seminoles expected the ESPN 300 tailback in the previous week, but they were able to reschedule successfully for a week later. In cases like these, some teams are not lucky enough to get a second shot because of logistical problems, but it worked out for Jimbo Fisher and Co. West Virginia is considered the leader for Thomas-Williams, but Florida State has been his only official visit taken so far. And nothing else is scheduled.