Monday, January 27, 2014
Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC
By Jared Shanker
Signing day is just 10 days away and this past weekend was one of the last times that coaches could get prospective student-athletes on campus. There were a handful of commitments and official visits from some of the nation’s premier prospects.
Biggest commitment: This week it was actually a decommitment that should turn into a rather quick commitment. Four-star linebacker Richard Yeargin III (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School of Nova South) decommitted from Notre Dame, the school he pledged to in August. Yeargin took an official visit to Clemson during the season and it looks as if the Tigers will be the beneficiary of Yeargin’s change of heart. There is no definite timetable for a decision, so he could commit to Clemson before signing day. Unless he officially visits another school before Feb. 5, it looks as if Yeargin will be a Tiger.
Can Florida State stay in the hunt for Lorenzo Carter?
Most important visit: Florida State is still looking for a five-star pledge in the 2014 class, and the Seminoles had a big-time visitor on campus for the second consecutive week. Defensive end Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) officially visited Tallahassee. This was the Noles’ last chance to impress Carter, who has kept the Noles in his top group for the last few months but never seemed to have FSU all that high within that group. Carter said he and teammate Myles Autry are not a package deal, but the fact that FSU is recruiting both could be in their favor. It still looks as if Carter is SEC bound.
Biggest answer:Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara), the top uncommitted offensive tackle in the ESPN 300, looks to be down to Florida and Maryland. He told ESPN.com late last week his top three were those two schools plus Penn State. But now that Prince is not visiting the Nittany Lions this week, this should be between the Terps and Gators. Florida gets the last official visit, and there is a lot of momentum in the Gators’ favor. Florida surged up his board during December and early January, and now he visits them Friday. It would be a tough blow for Maryland to miss on local standouts Prince and Jalen Tabor.
Biggest question: Much like the situation with Lorenzo Carter, Florida State has been in the top group for Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis) but never seemed to be toward the top of that list. Alabama and LSU have been the top two for quite some time, and it would be a surprise to see Dupre land at a school other than those two. However, Dupre was in Tallahassee this weekend and tweeted it was his best visit yet after he was able to spend time with Heisman winner Jameis Winston. Could Florida State land both Dupre, the No. 1 receiver in the country, and No. 2 receiver Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead) on signing day?