Monday, November 18, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC
By Corey Dowlar
Miami was active with recruiting for its offensive line this weekend, while Florida State hosted one of its top targets on an official. Also, Duke and Virginia Tech each landed recruits for their 2015 class, and Maryland rebounded in a big way.
Biggest offer: If there is one thing Wisconsin does consistently well, it's produce offensive linemen. With that in mind, the Miami Hurricanes have offered one of the Badgers' commitments, George Panos (Hartland, Wis./Arrowhead). At 6-foot-5, 312 pounds, Panos isn't necessarily a prototypical guard for most programs, but his big size would give any offensive line some extra beef. Panos has been committed to the Badgers since April, but has also taken an official visit to NC State. Other schools that have offered him include Arkansas, Florida State, NC State, Nebraska and Pittsburgh.
Biggest commitment: Duke capitalized on its huge win over Miami with a commitment from the 2015 class. Zach Morris (Ringgold, Ga./Ringgold), a 6-foot-3, 260-pound defensive lineman, jumped on his lone offer from a program that not only provides superior academics, but one that appears to be on a steady incline. The Blue Devils are in control of their own destiny in the ACC Coastal Division race, and should they win out, they will meet Florida State in Charlotte for the conference title. An appearance in that game will give recruits, like Morris, the belief that Duke can indeed compete at a high level. Virginia Tech also landed a 2015 recruit by adding Marcus Lewis (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga). Lewis had early offers from Clemson, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio State and Pittsburgh.
Damian Prince still favors Maryland, but FSU is making a strong case with its performance on the field.
Biggest visit:Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara) has always been one of the top prospects on Florida State's offensive tackle board. And this weekend, the Seminoles were able to get him in town on an official visit. Maryland is considered the leader for Prince right now, and the Terrapins have done a great job of recruiting him. But if Florida State's success on the field continues, and that is important to Prince, it will be the primary challenger for his letter of intent. Prince already took an official to Maryland on Nov. 8 and does not have any other officials planned yet.
Biggest question: Virginia head coach Mike London's future has come under some speculation after the Cavaliers' 2-8 start to this season. Unfortunately for London, it doesn't exactly get much easier from here on out. Virginia has to go to Miami before hosting in-state rival Virginia Tech in the regular-season finale. The big question is how does all of these developments impact guys like Quin Blanding (Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside) and Andrew Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Oscar Smith)? Should London be replaced? Will they stick with Virginia? Do they lose trust in the program's direction altogether? Or are they committed to Virginia because that is the best place for them regardless?
Biggest answer: Maryland got back on track in a big way on Saturday showing their recruits and targets that the loss to Syracuse might have been nothing more than a bump in the road. The Terrapins went into Blacksburg and knocked off Virginia Tech, one of the ACC's more prominent teams year in and year out. With Prince on a visit to Florida State, it was important to get momentum going once again. The win also made Maryland bowl eligible.