Thursday, November 21, 2013
ACC recruiting storylines: Nov. 21
By Corey Dowlar
Clemson's big visit weekend highlights this week's storylines in the ACC. Also, can Florida State get a running back target into town this weekend, and can Virginia Tech continue its lead for a three-star tailback?
Big weekend for Clemson
Clemson's last home game of the season is going to a be a big one for visitors.
Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville), Clemson's crown jewel at the quarterback spot, will be in town doing some recruiting of his own. He'll also have a chance to catch up with top receiver recruit Artavis Scott (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake), a connection that looks promising in the future.
Another receiver, Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp), will be in attendance. Malone will enroll at a school early and Tennessee is thought to have the lead with Florida State in the picture, too.
Five-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) might be the top uncommitted prospect available for Clemson. The Tigers will go all out to impress him again.
Outside linebacker commit Chris Register (Greensboro, N.C./Dudley) will also be in attendance.
ESPN 300 tailback Donte Thomas-Williams was supposed to take an official visit to Florida State last weekend for the Syracuse game, but he never made it in.
Now the Seminoles find themselves in a similar position for the 6-foot, 217-pound back a week later. Thomas-Williams is considering making the trip this weekend for the Idaho contest, but it's still up in the air.
Florida State would love to add a running back like Thomas-Williams in this class, but unless they get him to visit, it will be hard for the Seminoles to unseat West Virginia in pole position.
McKenzie's recruitment nearing completion
Three-star tailback Shai McKenzie (Washington, Pa./Washington) is almost finished with his recruitment.
The 5-11, 213-pound prospect has taken official visits to Florida State and Virginia Tech. And he now has set up two more.
Pittsburgh will get a visit the first weekend of December and Georgia Tech will get one on Dec. 13.
Finally, a week later on Dec. 20, McKenzie will announce his decision at his school. Virginia Tech and Pitt are the frontrunners, but the Panthers probably have some ground to make up.
Clemson has identified a 2015 defensive end that it would like to get in on.
Sterling Johnson (Clayton, N.C./Clayton) looks the part of what teams are trying to do with their exterior defensive lineman. At 6-5, 245 pounds already, Johnson could develop into a force.
It will be interesting to see where his recruitment goes from here with a big offer already in hand. It does seem likely that the in-state schools will be quick to react while other schools in the Southeast will be on high alert.
Hokies offer Boykin
Big wide receiver Miles Boykin (New Lenox, Ill./Providence Catholic) got his sixth offer this week, this one from Virginia Tech.
The 2015 standout stretches to 6-foot-4 and weighs over 200 pounds giving him a physical presence in the passing game. In the high school ranks, it is easy to imagine the problems he gives those tasked with the duty to cover him.
In college, however, he could be destined to line up at tight end, or perhaps more of a hybrid role.
Boykin already has offers from Illinois, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Western Michigan and Wisconsin in addition to the Hokies. He is rated a three-star prospect in ESPN's early 2015 rankings.