Thursday, September 26, 2013
ACC recruiting storylines: Sept. 26
By Corey Dowlar
Virginia Tech is trying to capture the attention of a Louisville commitment from Florida, the Seminoles' offensive line appears to be in good shape for recruiting, and Miami is looking to impress in Tampa this weekend.
All this and more in this week's ACC recruiting storylines.
ESPN 300 WR to see Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech has been able to grab the attention of Louisville commit Isaiah Ford.
Though he's been committed to Louisville since May, Isaiah Ford (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian) is considering taking a trip to Blacksburg, Va. to see the Hokies.
What makes Ford an intriguing prospect is that not only is he a great football player, but he can play on the hardwood, too. And at Virginia Tech, he'd be able to do both, which makes it appealing.
At this point, there is no real reason to suspect he'll decommit from the Cardinals any time soon, but it is worth mentioning. Virginia Tech has clearly been able to grab his attention so it'll be interesting to follow as we get closer to national signing day.
Florida State offensive tackle recruiting on the upswing?
To the lament of many Florida State fans across the country, the Seminoles' recruiting efforts for major offensive tackle prospects have fallen short in the past couple of seasons. For whatever reason, they just couldn't get in the running.
This year, it appears to be different. And for FSU, it's great timing because the Seminoles never needed to hit a home run more than they do now.
Roderick Johnson (Florissant, Mo./Hazelwood Central ), Frank Ragnow (Chanhassen, Minn./Chanhassen) and Chad Mavety (Garden City, N.Y/Sparta) are all very much considering Florida State as they hit the home stretch of their recruitments. At this time, Johnson and Ragnow are probably Florida State leans. There is still some work to be done with Mavety.
Ohio State is probably the frontrunner there, but with a good visit to Tallahassee, and maybe some external factors playing into the situation (like where does Damian Prince end up?), Florida State could make up some major ground in a hurry.
With some solid linemen already coming in, a haul of even two of those three would be a huge boost to the Seminoles up front.
ACC OLB target sees Maryland
Melvin Keihn (Baltimore, Md./Gilman School) is being hotly pursued by Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech. And those three are probably the favorites to land the 6-foot-3, 225-pound edge player.
This past weekend, Keihn saw Maryland throttle West Virginia in his hometown, as the two teams met on a neutral field. That won't hurt the Terrapins' chances.
There is still a long way to go in this one, but it looks like Maryland, with more results like this past weekend's, will be able to make a push down the stretch.
Out of the three schools mentioned above, Virginia was considered to be the leader, but the difference is now negligible.
Probably the No. 1 target on the Terrapins' board, Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate Academy), announced his five official visits for later in the year. And Maryland finds itself on the list.
The other schools that will host Tabor include Alabama, Arizona, Florida and Southern Cal.
As the nation's No. 17 prospect, Tabor would make a major statement on the recruiting scene for the Terrapins. A four-star talent at cornerback, Tabor would likely make an impact as a freshman. He visited the Maryland-West Virginia game in Baltimore over the weekend.
Miami with a chance to impress prospects in Tampa
Arguably the most important part of Saturday for Miami, besides winning of course, is being able to show off the program to prospects in the Tampa area when they take on struggling USF.
The Hurricanes have had plenty of success in the area, including Anthony Chickillo, Tyriq McCord and Rayshawn Jenkins, just to name a few. In an area that produces a ton of talent, making an impression in Tampa will be a huge bonus for a team that recruits the state heavily.
USF, too, will have a bunch of prospects on hand to see if it can get the season turned around and prove it belongs with the big schools in the state. Some of these recruits will be mutual targets of both programs.