Monday, February 3, 2014
Biggest flips: ACC
By Jared Shanker
With prospects making commitments earlier than ever, naturally there are second thoughts before signing day. That leads to a number of recruits decommitting and flipping to another school.
Here is a look at five of the biggest flips in the ACC in the 2014 recruiting class.
Just before the calendar flipped to 2014, RB Dalvin Cook flipped from Florida to FSU.
1. RB Dalvin Cook (Miami/Miami Central) Days before the Under Armour All-America Game, Cook flipped from Florida to rival Florida State. There was a lot of speculation leading up to the game that he would flip, but there also was a large group of people who felt he would remain committed to Florida. He finally flipped to the Noles, giving FSU the running back it coveted in the 2014 class.
2. RB Joseph Yearby (Miami/Miami Central) The Noles needed a running back like Cook because Yearby decommitted from Florida State and committed to Miami. Ranked No. 23 in the ESPN 300, Yearby flipped nearly a year ago to give Miami a lot of momentum to its 2014 class.
3. WR Adonis Jennings (Erial, N.J./Timber Creek) Formerly a Rutgers commitment, Jennings did not immediately commit to Pittsburgh, but it became clear when he decommitted who he was doing it in favor of. The Panthers needed a wide receiver opposite Tyler Boyd, and Jennings offers a big-bodied complement to the star in the making in Boyd.
4. LB Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) Formerly an LSU commitment, Daub decommitted more than a year ago and picked Florida State not long after. The Noles have a long history at linebacker, and Daub, No. 32 in the ESPN 300, is the most talented linebacker in what is probably the best linebacker haul in the country.
5. RB Elijah Hood (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) Many were surprised when Hood committed to Notre Dame because a month earlier he expressed his desire to stay home. Eventually location did come into play as he committed to North Carolina, giving the Tar Heels the type of in-state prospect needed to rally the program’s local recruiting efforts.
A few who could flip on signing day: Immokalee (Fla.) High cornerback J.C. Jackson is committed to Florida after originally pledging to the Noles. He could switch again on signing day, but this time Miami would be the beneficiary. Also on watch are Noles commits Treon Harris (Miami/Booker T. Washington), who is considering Auburn, Florida and Miami, and Dexter Wideman (Saluda, S.C./Saluda), who many feel will sign with South Carolina. One who could flip to the Noles is Virginia Tech commit Ja'Von Harrison (Lakeland, Fla./Kathleen).