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Tuesday, December 3, 2013
ACC top juco targets

By Jared Shanker

Recruiting junior college players is no longer a college football taboo, as even No. 1 Florida State has a handful of juco targets. Prospects from the juco ranks such as Cam Newton and Terrence Cody have helped programs to national championships over the last few seasons, so coaches are willing to go to juco programs to provide immediate help.

Here are the top five juco players in the ESPN JC 50 being recruited by ACC teams.

1. OT Chad Mavety (Garden City, N.Y./Nassau)
The second-ranked tackle and No. 8 overall among juco recruits, Mavety is down to Florida State and Ohio State. Clearly Mavety is a player who could have an impact on the national title race next season as both the Seminoles and Buckeyes are poised to make another title run . Mavety visited both schools in November, and a decision should come soon. The offensive line is priority No. 1 for the Noles between now and signing day.
2. DT Dalvon Stuckey (De Funiank Springs, Fla./Pearl River)
Originally a FSU signee out of high school, Stuckey committed to Miami in April. However, the four-star defensive tackle decommitted from the Canes in November and promptly committed to Auburn. The No. 9 player in the juco rankings is a Florida native, so there is always the possibility of interest picking back up with Miami, but it seems highly unlikely.

Jordan Prestwood
Jordan Prestwood's colleges have included Notre Dame.
3. OT Jordan Prestwood (Tampa,Fla./Arizona Western College)
Prestwood has been all over the country in just a short time. He signed with Florida State out of high school, transferred to Notre Dame and then UCF before landing with Arizona Western. It looked as if Prestwood was destined to commit to Florida State once more, but the Noles will have to work for his signature a second time around. Prestwood is No. 11 in the juco rankings.

4. DE D.J. Pettway (Scooba, Miss./East Mississippi)
Originally an Alabama signee, Pettway was booted from the team and enrolled at East Mississippi. The No. 16 player in the juco rankings took an official visit to Florida State, and if the Noles lose any defensive line commitments, the coaches would likely turn up the heat on Pettway. He officially visited FSU in November.

5. Kareem Are (Fort Scott, Kan./Fort Scott)
Florida State is the leader for Are, a three-star guard and No. 45 overall. He took an official visit to FSU in November, which only strengthened the Noles’ lead. He did take a visit to Penn State recently and will go to Ole Miss, which could cloud the picture some. FSU could take as many as two juco tackles, however, so it will be interesting to see how its juco recruiting plays out.