Monday, November 11, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC
By Corey Dowlar
Another quiet week in the ACC for commitments, but the wheels of recruiting kept turning as more offers and important visits took place over the weekend.
Biggest offer: Florida State went across the country to issue its newest offer. Kieffer Longson (San Ramon, Calif./Dougherty Valley), a 2015 offensive tackle, looks poised to be one of his class' top linemen prospects in California. That position was further strengthened by the addition of an Ohio State offer, too. None of the in-state schools have offered, but Cal, UCLA and USC are all interested at this point.
Biggest commitment: In what was a quiet weekend for commitments, Duke landed an in-state punter. Destry Barnwell (Cornelius, N.C./William Amos). It is not known whether or not Barnwell will be on scholarship, but for now, he's headed to Durham, N.C. Aside from Barnwell, the Blue Devils have 16 commitments for 2014.
Maryland could be the leader to land four-star OT Damian Prince.
Biggest visit: Four-star offensive tackle Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara) took his official visit to Maryland over the weekend. The Terrapins have done a really nice job with the in-state prospect and might just be the out-and-out leader for the 6-foot-5, 286-pound talent. Unfortunately for Maryland, the Syracuse game did not go the way it had hoped. The loss, in itself, probably doesn't play a huge role either way in Prince's decision, but it probably doesn't help, either. The Terrapins will have to continue to stay on Prince as the weeks pass, but being the local team is a big advantage. Other visitors to Maryland included Brock Ruble (Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha) and Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship Academy).
Biggest question:J.C. Jackson (Immokalee, Fla./Immokalee) has definite interest in Miami. That's been illustrated again this weekend as the Florida commitment took a trip to Miami Gardens to see the Hurricanes host the Virginia Tech Hokies. But what will his next move be? Previously a commitment to Florida State, the Seminoles have tried to get back in the race. Do the Hurricanes have enough momentum to beat both of their in-state rivals for Jackson's signature?
Biggest answer: Duke did a lot of its recruiting work on the field on Saturday night. Specifically, it's hard to gauge the exact progress that the win over NC State had on the Blue Devils, but it does give them a chance to run the table against their remaining in-state schedule (at Wake Forest and at UNC). And it also allows them a chance to control their own destiny in the ACC Coastal. An appearance in the ACC Championship Game would give coach David Cutcliffe major traction in recruits' living rooms and allow him to realistically say that Duke is capable of playing for championships.