Monday, February 3, 2014
Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC
By Jared Shanker
The first faxes will start rolling in 48 hours from now, so this last weekend was pivotal for schools as they look to finish their 2014 classes strong.
Biggest commitment: Miami needed some good news on the recruiting trail after a series of decommitments in January, and they received it when David Njoku (Cedar Grove, N.J./Cedar Grove) committed. The receiver/tight end decommitted from Rutgers during the season and began receiving interest from several schools late in the process, and he took a late official visit to Ohio State after it offered. Njoku decided to commit to Miami, which was on him the hardest.
Biggest visit: Florida State looks to wrap up No. 2 receiver Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead), whose only official visit is to the Seminoles. He visited this past weekend and almost certainly will commit to the Noles on signing day. This visit was more a formality, and it would not surprise anyone if he silently committed on the visit. With Kelvin Benjamin off to the NFL, there is the opportunity for Lane to make a splash early.
Biggest answer: It was looking for quite some time that J.C. Jackson (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee) was going to officially visit Florida State, and if he did this close to signing day there would be a good chance he would flip back to the Noles. Jackson’s father did not want him to visit, so instead Jackson is down to Florida, the school he is committed to, and Miami. The Hurricanes made an in-home visit, but it might not be enough to flip Jackson. With each passing day he looks more solid to the Gators, but anything can happen between now and signing day morning.
Biggest question: Now that Damian Prince has wrapped up his official visit to Florida, all that is left is the signing day decision between Maryland and Florida. It is a close battle and compelling cases are being made for both sides. Prince is playing his recruitment close to the vest, electing to keep even his mother in the dark about where he is leaning. Maryland cannot afford to lose Prince, and the Terrapins were the clear-cut leader for quite some time. But Florida made a push in late December and could pull off the upset.