The recruiting dead period ended Thursday, so that means coaches criss-crossed the country making official visits with less than one month to go before signing day.
You could have almost played a game of Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego ...
Example: What are Florida State assistants Tim Brewster and Odell Haggins doing in St. Louis? Maybe visiting defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr., the No. 2 rated player on the ESPNU 300 from East St. Louis, Missouri.
Quick lunch at Sweetie Pies in St Louis....Spectacular!! pic.twitter.com/DoXG3mJxER
— Tim Brewster (@TimBrewster) January 15, 2015
Hey, what's Larry Fedora doing in East Lincoln High in Denver, North Carolina? Maybe getting a jump on the class of 2016 and dual-threat quarterback Chazz Surratt.
UNC Coach Larry Fedora stopped by East Lincoln today! pic.twitter.com/YbcZClCAu4
— Brandi Surratt (@brandi_surratt) January 15, 2015
New Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi and his staff were all over the place, from Pennsylvania to Florida. Here is Narduzzi with three-star safety Dane Jackson out of Quaker Valley High in Leetsdale, Pennsylvania.
Coach Narduzzi stopped by the school today!! Ready to get this journey started 🏈 pic.twitter.com/4MPYdeJwtk
— Dane Jackson (@Splashy_2) January 15, 2015
Now on to some morning reading:
ESPN NFL draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. posted his first mock draft Thursday, with Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston going No. 1 overall. That is not a huge surprise, considering Winston is the most NFL-ready quarterback in the draft. What is a surprise is that his off-the-field issues could end up being a huge non-factor after so many believed they would. The biggest surprise among ACC players listed in the first round: Wake Forest cornerback Kevin Johnson, who went No. 22 to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Johnson has been quietly turning heads over the last two years, and routinely drew praise from ACC coaches on the weekly in-season teleconference as being one of the top cornerbacks in the league.
Ready for your #goacc moment of the week? Sports Illustrated decided to list the Top 10 worst games of 2014. FOUR ACC games made the list. I am pretty sure you can guess which one finished No. 1.
Phil Steele calculates Georgia Tech, Clemson and Louisville were three of the most underrated teams this season. You don't say. Florida State got not one ounce of credit for beating all three. #TalkinBouttheNoles, Steele lists them as one of the most overrated teams in 2014.
Louisville is set for one of its biggest recruiting weekends in years.
Is Syracuse receiver Brisley Estime on his way back to being 100 percent?