ACC: signing day 2010
Coach Tom O'Brien also said today that punter Jeff Ruiz, cornerback DeAndre Morgan and receiver Donald Bowens will graduate and move on and won't be with the program anymore.
"We feel like we have an unbelievable class," said Miami coach Randy Shannon.
From ESPN's Billy Tucker:
"FSU is making a push for a top-five class and Jimbo Fisher has certainly established himself as the new closer in college football. Christian Green is a tremendous athlete who we project will play receiver at the next level. He will need to polish up as a route runner but has potential playmaker ability with his quickness, change-of-direction skill and burst in space."
Miami has signed three players from the ESPNU 150, but missed out on receiver Ivan McCartney, defensive end Ego Ferguson and offensive tackle Shon Coleman. The Canes still have six four-star recruits and have addressed several of their needs, namely at tight end, linebacker and offensive line.
Mike London and his staff did a good job of keeping this class together with the coaching transition and adding some legitimate talent. The majority of players are in-state, and expect that trend to continue with how familiar this staff is with the state's recruiting turf.
The Blue Devils landed two quarterbacks, eight backs and nine linemen. A total of eight states are represented, including a class-high nine players from North Carolina. The group includes four from Georgia and one apiece from California, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
This is a solid class for coach David Cutcliffe, who continued to bring in more speed and athleticism, which was what the program needed.
"I love the coaches, I love Coach [James] Coley, my recruiting coordinator, I love Coach [Jimbo] Fisher," he gushed.
He said he liked that FSU was on the East Coast, "closer to Germany," and his fiancée is excited about the move. He said his parents "don't really know what's going on here," and that they don't really understand American college football, or how big of a deal it all is.
They'll figure it out soon enough.
Four-star safety Nick Dew has inked with the Hokies. He's the No. 63 overall player in the ESPNU 150, and the No. 6 safety in the country. That sounds like a guy who might be able to help a defense in transition. Scouts Inc. calls him "a major sleeper." He's got the ability to play anywhere.
Four-star offensive tackle Robert Crisp has signed with NC State. Crisp is rated the No. 5 offensive tackle by Scouts Inc., and he is the No. 59 player in his class. He had also considered Clemson, Miami and North Carolina. Crisp will definitely fill a need here for the Pack.
Jimbo Fisher continues to close well down the stretch. With the Jones commitment, FSU likely will be one of the big movers of the day. In Jones, the Seminoles are getting a scheme-versatile defender. We feel he could play OLB or develop into a defensive end with added bulk and strength. He’s a tremendous athlete for his size and can be a disruptive presence on the perimeter at either position.Also, on our live chat, Tom Luginbill just said he thinks that UNC can finish with a top-20 class today.
They already have six commitments from the ESPNU 150, twice as many as Miami. Most of the players who could make an impact on their final class ranking will be announcing on ESPNU today. Christian Jones coming up next.