Monday, December 2, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC
By Corey Dowlar
Florida State and Duke emerged as champions in their respective divisions and are headed to Charlotte for the conference crown. But in the meantime, here are the latest happenings off the field for ACC teams hoping to restock their rosters this February.
Biggest offer: Virginia Tech went to Tennessee looking for a little help at tight end in the 2015 class. Jackson Harris (Columbia, Tenn./Columbia Central), a 6-foot-5, 240-pound tight end, landed an offer from the Hokies, but it certainly wasn't his first. Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt have already offered Harris.
Biggest commitment: The ACC had a quiet weekend with no commitments.
Biggest visit: Four-star wide receiver Jamil Kamara (Virginia Beach, Va./Bishop Sullivan Catholic) took his official visit to Pittsburgh this week as the Panthers were unable to pull off the upset of Miami. The No. 269 prospect in the country would be a huge boost to Pitt's offense if he selected the Panthers. Kamara has already taken a visit to Wisconsin officially, and has one set up for next weekend at Virginia. The Cavaliers are thought to have the lead for Kamara's services at this point, and his recruitment will likely hinge on that visit next week.
Biggest question: Four-star wide receiver Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach, Fla./Dwyer) will be making his decision soon. The No. 39 player in the ESPN 300, Dixon is rated as the No. 4 wide receiver in the country. And a couple of ACC schools could be in the mix for his commitment when he announces next Sunday. The finalists include Alabama, Arkansas, Miami, N.C. State and Ohio State. Miami has long been considered the favorite for Dixon, but will the Canes be able to hold off the challengers?
Biggest answer: Duke has its strongest recruiting pitch, aside from academics, in program history. Coach David Cutcliffe has directed the Blue Devils to their first appearance in the ACC Championship Game since it's introduction in the 2000s. Duke could already go in to the majority of living rooms and offer the best academics of its competitors, but now Cutcliffe has shown it can play for conference championships, too. Yes, some prospects are focused on their education. But a lot of them want to have the chance to compete for rings. Duke can offer that now. Perhaps Trevon Lee (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons), Duke's top target at receiver, has a little added incentive to go to Durham.