Monday, September 2, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC
By Corey Dowlar
Clemson and Florida State dominated the ACC recruiting headlines over the weekend.
Both teams saw changes to their commitment lists, with the Tigers adding and the Seminoles subtracting.
Best prospect performances: Florida State commitment and ESPN 300 inside linebacker Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) lived up to his billing as a run stopper in his team's 30-14 win over Creekside. Daub racked up 14 tackles and contributed on offense as well, rushing five times for 48 yards. Up next for Daub and Sandalwood is a city magnet school, Paxon.
Biggest commitment: Clemson added two commitments over the weekend in senior Jefferie Gibson (Hope Mills, N.C./Grays Creek) and junior Van Smith (Charlotte, N.C./West Mecklenburg). Each are three-star prospects, according to ESPN. But Smith is an ESPN Junior 300 member and could grow into a top-flight prospect by the time he reaches college. With a lot of visitors on hand for their victory over Georgia, it was a productive night for the Tigers.
Biggest answer: It's hard to say to say with any certainty what Clemson's win over Georgia means in terms of recruiting yet, but having the likes of Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp), Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County), David Sharpe (Jacksonville, Fla./Providence) and Trevion Thompson (Durham, N.C./Hillside) on campus for a big victory in an excellent atmosphere with tremendous fan support never hurts.
Biggest question:Javonte Seabury's decommitment from Florida State isn't a huge loss in itself. Seabury (Orlando, Fla./Timber Creek), a 5-foot-9 speedster, is the brother and teammate of one of the top junior running backs, Jacques Patrick. So having Seabury in the fold could have been an advantage toward landing Patrick. Of course, Seabury has not eliminated the Seminoles yet, but will now consider several others.