Thursday, December 12, 2013
ACC recruiting storylines: Dec. 12
By Corey Dowlar
Jim Grobe is out at Wake Forest and Dave Clawson is in. How will that affect the Deacons' recruiting efforts?
Also, teams are making visits to prospects and the Canes are battling for two wide receivers.
Wake Forest makes a hire
Dave Clawson takes over at Wake Forest and it will be interesting to see how recruits react and how the Demon Deacons' 2014 class turns out.
The Grobe era at Wake Forest is over.
The former Demon Deacons head coach led the program to major successes during his tenure, but now Wake heads in a new direction. Dave Clawson’s direction, to be exact.
Clawson was hired from Bowling Green where he’s coming off a MAC championship after upsetting Northern Illinois earlier this month. It’s those types of victories that made him an attractive candidate.
Now the question is what will happen in recruiting. The Deacons’ 2014 class has been in flux waiting to see who exactly the hire was going to be, and now they know.
Will Clawson be able to keep that group intact and will he be able to lure other talent to Wake Forest?
Miami facing a challenge
Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer) has long been penciled in as a member of Miami’s 2014 class, but it’s not a done deal yet.
Yes, the Hurricanes have done a great job with his recruitment. And yes, the interest is mutual.
But look out for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes. Ohio State has made a major late surge for Dixon.
Meyer’s reputation, especially in a place like Florida where he has coached, catches the attention of many recruits. Might it here for Dixon, too?
It will be an interesting race to the finish for all parties involved.
’Tis the season for visits
For the moment, the college football season is on the back burner. With the regular season now finished, coaches are hitting the road and seeing their top targets and commitments.
Dalvin Cook (Miami/Miami Central) is on the verge of announcing. It’s a safe bet, then, that he will be a major priority up until his decision for all three coaching staffs of Florida, Florida State and Miami.
Even younger prospects are getting checked in on. Trent Thompson (Albany, Ga./Westover), a 2015 defensive tackle, is getting some attention from Clemson this week.
Look for more and more high profile visits before the dead period begins.
Clemson lands 2015 prospect
The Tigers added to their 2015 class this week with the addition of Tanner Muse (Belmont, N.C./South Point).
Muse, a three-star prospect, has gotten some attention from some big-name programs already. Besides Clemson, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Michigan, NC State, North Carolina, Northwestern and Virginia extended offers. Notre Dame was interested, too.
Already at 6-foot-3, 195 pounds, Muse has some flexibility in his development. If he continues to grow in size, he could definitely make a move down into the box as a linebacker.
Miami bringing in a receiver this weekend
Unrelated to Dixon’s situation, Miami is after another receiver formerly committed to Rutgers in David Njoku (Cedar Grove, N.J./Cedar Grove). The three-star prospect has already taken an official visit to Temple, but this weekend, he will see what Coral Gables has to offer.
Njoku is considering a visit to Ohio State as well, so the 6-4, 215-pound receiver is a potential target not just of Miami. Another ACC program, Boston College, has offered as well.
Njoku was committed to Rutgers originally in April, but decommitted in October. Right around that point is when the Hurricanes offered.
Should Miami land Njoku, it will add another outside threat with good size who will make defenses account for him.