Monday, November 4, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC
By Corey Dowlar
All eyes were on Tallahassee, Fla., this weekend for the conference's game of the week between Florida State and Miami. But in the meantime, Georgia Tech made some noise, too.
Biggest visit(s): There were too many to choose just one in Tallahassee on Saturday night. Florida State hosted numerous top prospects for its victory over in-state rival Miami. Possibly the top prospect on the board, Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover), was in attendance as an unofficial visitor. Among the recruits there on official visits were Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom), Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra), Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp), Markell Pack (Purvis, Miss./Purvis) and Treon Harris (Miami/Booker T. Washington). Given the 2013 home slate for the Seminoles, this was their biggest visit weekend of the season by a wide margin.
Biggest commitment: Georgia Tech landed its 19th commitment of the 2014 class on Sunday with the addition of defensive end Antonio Simmons (Jacksonville, Fla./University Christian). At 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, Simmons will need some development before he steps on the field as a Yellow Jacket, but his height allows for plenty of growth when he gets into a proper strength and conditioning program. Simmons chose Georgia Tech over offers from Air Force, UCF and USF. He is the third defensive end commitment for Georgia Tech in this class.
Five-star cornerback Adoree' Jackson was one of several big-time recruits who visited Florida State over the weekend.
Biggest offer: The commitment of Simmons wasn't enough for Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets issued another offer in hopes of keeping the ball rolling to ESPN Junior 300 prospect Eric Swinney (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek). Swinney, the country's No. 87 prospect for the class of 2015, already has offers from schools such as Auburn, Florida State, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ole Miss, Syracuse, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech. ESPN ranks the 5-9 Swinney as the No. 7 tailback prospect in the country for his class.
Biggest question: How does Miami respond? One win or loss doesn't typically affect recruiting too much. But if that turns into two or three losses, it can absolutely slow a school's momentum. With a difficult matchup against Virginia Tech looming, the Canes will have a big chance to show recruits they are back on track and headed toward the ACC Championship Game at the end of the season. As it stands now, Miami's commitment list is firm.
Biggest answer: Florida State's new coaches didn't have the best summer in terms of getting the prospects they wanted on campus for summer camps. But they deserve credit not only for getting the Seminoles to one of the top spots in the BCS standings, but getting recruits to come see the product for themselves over the course of the season. On Saturday night, they showed they could bring in some top talent from as far away as California. Whether or not they can land a player like Mixon remains to be seen, but getting him on campus is essential to even having a chance.