NCF On The Trail: ACC

Big Ten teams need to find a way to increase athleticism through recruiting and Wisconsin is working hard in Florida to make that happen. Plus, UCLA quarterback commit Josh Rosen continues to be the gift that keeps on giving for the Bruins on the recruiting trail.

Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC 

September, 30, 2014
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Another weekend in the ACC has come and gone. As expected, North Carolina State made a splash after giving top-ranked Florida State a scare and an unexpected flip became the news of the day Friday.


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#SceneAndHeard Lunch Break: Sept. 29 

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In today's lunch break, it's time to look west at a quarterback who is breaking both state and national records as a senior, Washington commitment Jake Browning, as well as at the perfect timing for the NC State Wolfpack to make a move in-state on the trail.


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Best of the visits: ACC

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This weekend in the ACC, there were a number of key games that played host to some of the top prospects in the 2015 and 2016 classes. As expected, NC State featured an impressive visitor list with the No. 1-ranked Florida State Seminoles in town.

Here is a look at some of the recruiting visitors this weekend in the ACC, with a focus on Virginia Tech, Miami and NC State.

NC State played host to a number of big-time and key visitors Saturday, including ESPN 300 No. 86 and Florida State commit Johnny Frasier, No. 149 Nyheim Hines, No. 209 Bryce Love and three-star running back Reggie Gallaspy.

Following the Wolfpack’s 56-41 loss to the Seminoles, Dave Doeren and staff picked up a commitment from Gallaspy.

 

Along with all the impressive skill prospects on hand was Michigan commit and ESPN 300 No. 165 Darian Roseboro on an official visit and four-star offensive tackle and former North Carolina pledge Emanuel McGirt, who snapped this picture with the Wolfpack cheerleaders prior to the game.

 

The performance by NC State was a sign the Wolfpack are headed in the right direction in the minds of prospects, and that can do nothing but help the cause with Roseboro and McGirt. Considering the unknown future of Michigan head coach Brady Hoke, the Wolfpack are attempting to strike at the right time with one of the top prospects on the board in Roseboro. McGirt has Georgia, LSU, NC State and North Carolina strongly under consideration.

Roseboro caused a stir Sunday morning with this tweet from his protected account.

@DarianRoseboro: I'm going to do what's best for me

Also on hand for the NC State game was 2015 quarterback commitment Austin King. As expected, King walked away impressed with what the future holds for the Wolfpack.

 

The visitors at the NC State game Saturday weren’t just football players. Early in the game when the Wolfpack were up big, ESPN 60 No. 3 hoops prospect Harry Giles was active on twitter from the stands.

 

The Virginia Tech Hokies have hosted a number of big-time and important visitors in the last three weeks of home games. This weekend, none was bigger than ESPN 300 No. 15 and Under Armour All-America Game defensive tackle Tim Settle. The explosive tackle made his official visit to Blacksburg over the weekend, which was his first official visit.

 

Virginia Tech continues to move up the list for five-star defensive tackle Settle. Tennessee and Penn State are also high on the list along with Florida State and West Virginia, where Settle made an unofficial visit last weekend. The Hokies are expected to be in the race for Settle until the very end after making up significant ground since Settle’s unofficial visit for Virginia Tech’s season opener.

Meanwhile, at Sun Life Stadium for the Miami Hurricanes' win over Duke, a number of top prospects were on hand, including ESPN Junior 300 No. 34 Sam Bruce. The electric playmaker is one of seven ESPN Junior 300 prospects committed to the Hurricanes.

 

The win by the Hurricanes was a big one both on the field and for recruiting purposes. In Bruce, Miami has one of the top receivers and return men in the 2016 class committed and a prospect who has the ability to help recruit others to Coral Gables.

ACC's top recruiting visits 

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Selecting just three games is tough this week with the ACC having it’s deepest group of home games of the season. Prospects in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 classes will flock to ACC campuses this weekend.

With that said, there is a trio of games that looms large for the home team on the recruiting front.

No. 1 Florida State at North Carolina State

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Alabama, FSU, UF, Maryland and Oregon fans are going to have to wait on five-star DE Byron Cowart. Plus, Oregon State has made recruiting in LA a priority, so that’s why a good showing against the Trojans on Saturday is important.


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A rival recruiter believes Kevin Sumlin’s not-so-subtle message to former Texas A&M pledge DaMarkus Lodge could come back to haunt the Aggies. Plus, one of Florida’s top defensive commitments appears to be looking around.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC 

September, 23, 2014
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What was expected to be a big weekend on the recruiting front in the ACC turned out to be exactly that, with Florida State and Wake Forest receiving huge recruiting news.


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Early Offer: Tough times ahead for UF? 

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Recruiting in the SEC is already difficult, but the difficulty in Gainesville is about to be ratcheted up even more as rival recruiters are already pressuring Florida recruits to reconsider. Plus, it was clear Saturday night that Oregon needs help on the offensive line, but the good news is that help is on the way.

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Best of the visits: ACC

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As expected, Saturday’s Florida State-Clemson game in Tallahassee, Florida, took the recruiting world by storm. Not only did the Seminoles win in overtime in an electric atmosphere with a number of top prospects on hand, but Jimbo Fisher and staff reeled in a pair of 2016 prospects following the game, including a member of the ESPN Jr. 300.

Along with Florida State, Virginia Tech and Duke hosted a number of key visitors in the classes of 2015, 2016 and beyond.

Heading into Saturday’s Florida State game, ESPN Jr. 300 No. 75 Janarius Robinson was considered a heavy lean to the Seminoles. Before making the 100-mile drive to Tallahassee from Panama City, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end tweeted out this picture letting Florida State fans know he was in transit.
Robinson followed with this tweet and Instagram photo after the game, announcing that he had committed to Florida State. Robinson followed up with the picture of the actual commitment to Jimbo Fisher this morning. A second class of 2016 defensive end to commit to Florida State was Josh Brown, who hails from Charlotte, North Carolina. Like Robinson, he committed to Jimbo Fisher and staff following the game. Before he committing, Brown tweeted this: Among the slew of visitors in 2015 and 2016 were ESPN 300 No. 10 and Florida State commit George Campbell and top 2016 tight end target Isaac Nauta. Nauta, No. 42 in the ESPN Jr. 300, provided this picture with Campbell before kickoff. The key uncommitted official visit in Tallahassee over the weekend was ESPN 300 No. 61 Matt Burrell Jr. The versatile offensive line prospect officially visited Ohio State Sept. 6, and currently lists the Buckeyes as his favorite over Florida State, Penn State, Florida and Alabama. Burrell will officially visit Penn State Oct. 24 and Florida Nov. 14.

Burrell Jr. sent out this picture Saturday afternoon sporting a Seminoles jersey.

Another 2015 prospect of note in attendance was Alabama commitment Ronnie Harrison. The uber impressive list of prospects on hand for the Florida State win over Clemson also included arguably the top 2017 prospect in the country, LSU commitment Dylan Moses. Meanwhile, the Virginia Tech Hokies big official visit weekend took a major hit with the left knee injury to the nation's No. 1 Josh Sweat on Friday night, which kept him hospitalized.

In a protected tweet, ESPN300 No. 90 and North Carolina lean Jalen Dalton commented on both the Tar Heels and Hokies losing to East Carolina back-to-back weeks.

@JalenDalton5: ECU has beat my top 2 teams #IsThatASign

ESPN300 No. 5 Kevin Toliver II sent out this tweet early Saturday morning.

While Toliver II is expected to remain firm with LSU, he is very good friends with Hokies freshman wide receiver Isaiah Ford.

Among the top juniors on hand in Blacksburg Saturday was ESPN Jr. 300 No. 103 Devante Brooks. Brooks has the Hokies on top of his recruitment, but unofficial visits coming up to Penn State Sept. 27 and Tennessee Oct. 11.

Watching Duke move to an impressive 4-0 start was top class of 2016 commitment, ESPN Jr. 300 No. 32 Scott Bracey. Another ESPN Jr. 300 prospect on hand for Duke's win Saturday was No. 148 and former North Carolina commit Antonio Williams.

ACC's top recruiting visits 

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This weekend kicks off the meat of the big visit weekends for the ACC with the marquee matchup of Clemson at Florida State taking center stage. Not to be outdone, Virginia Tech has a very big weekend on the horizon featuring the nations top ranked prospect.


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Georgia has offered boxing great Evander Holyfield’s son a scholarship, and the Dawgs seem ready to deliver the knockout. Plus, Kansas State hosts Auburn in one of the biggest games ever in Manhattan, but there won’t be a lot of recruits in the stands.


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Numbers tell us it’s USC that rules the roost over the years with the top-ranked prospects in California. Plus, UCLA has officially signed Josh Rosen, the Bruins’ most important recruit in years, to a financial aid agreement.

1. Since ESPN started ranking players in 2006, only four different schools have signed the top player in California. Those four schools are USC, Colorado, Washington and Notre Dame. You could say five if you count Eddie Vanderdoes as a Bruin signee in the 2013 class, but he did ink with Notre Dame on signing day and later transferred to UCLA. During that timeframe, though, USC has signed the top California player in the 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2014 classes. The Trojans have a good shot at doing it again in 2015 as many insiders believe five-star cornerback Iman Marshall is USC’s to lose.

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Tom Hauck for Student SportsClemson commit Deon Cain has 184 yards passing yards and 197 yards rushing in two games.
2. There was never, ever any doubt about how solid No. 1 ranked pocket-passing quarterback Josh Rosen was to UCLA. But Rosen, the No. 19 player in the country, took his commitment to the next level on Monday when he signed a financial aid agreement with the Bruins. Rosen remains the top-ranked prospect to commit to a Pac 12 program, and in my opinion, he is also the most important recruit in the conference with the Bruins’ quarterback race next season expected to be wide open since most UCLA observers believe Brett Hundley will depart for the NFL after his junior season.

3. How good has Clemson commit Deon Cain been in Tampa Bay (Florida) Tech’s first two games of the season? Cain, the nation’s No. 25 player, has been so good that Tech coach Jayson Roberts said he’s going to have to find somebody else to help do something on offense because he’s afraid he’s going to “break Deon’s back” from carrying the load. “Deon has been about 90 percent of our offense,” Roberts said. “The good thing is that he’s doing exactly what we want him to do, but the bad thing is that somebody else on the team is going to have to step up to help him out. But he’s been doing a tremendous job for us.” So far, Cain has 184 yards passing and 197 yards rushing in two games. He’s also caught a few passes and is returning punts and kickoffs. “He’s doing everything but driving the bus for us,” Roberts said.

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There’s little doubt as to which school ESPN 300 quarterback Sheriron Jones is committed to. Check out the picture he posted Tuesday on his birthday.



Schools tweet posts like this one sent out by Baylor Tuesday and fans think they’re meant for them. Wrong. Tweets like these are meant to impress recruits and what’s scary is that the Bears have another good receiver in the 2015 class heading to Waco. Don’t forget about ESPN 300 receiver longtime Baylor commit Devontre Stricklin. He’s got the talent to be a huge impact player for the Bears.



The Under Armour All-America jersey tour continued on Tuesday with Auburn offensive line commitment Bailey Sharp receiving his jersey on Tuesday. To read more about the tour check out RecruitingNation’s coverage.


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Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC 

September, 16, 2014
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Though next weekend begins the bulk of the key recruiting weekends in ACC play featuring some of the nation's top prospects on campuses within the conference, this past weekend featured a key commitment for Virginia Tech, and one of the Miami Hurricanes' top commitments making an unofficial visit to an SEC power.


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Early Offer: Could LSU lose RB pledge? 

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Should LSU fans be worried that Tigers running back commit Nick Brossette plans to take official visits to other schools, and South Carolina's defense is about to get even better thanks to JUCO linebacker Davon Durant?


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