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Monday, December 16, 2013
Weekend recruiting wrap: ACC

By Corey Dowlar

Coaches from around the ACC have been busy visiting both top targets and their commitments.

Clemson is trying to lock down one of its big targets on defense and is fighting to stay in the race for another prospect. Meanwhile, Miami and Florida State have been making sure their commitments feel wanted.

Lorenzo Featherston hosts Clemson

Four-star ESPN 300 defensive end Lorenzo Featherston (Greensboro, N.C./Page) is one of the biggest fish out there -- in terms of uncommitted targets.

Clemson, of course, would like to change his commitment status. Last week, a Tigers assistant visited the lanky defensive end prospect to make sure he knows that he’s a priority in their eyes.

Clemson holds the lead for the nation’s No. 27 overall prospect right now, with Florida and North Carolina on the outside looking in.

Mavin Saunders
Four-star tight end Mavin Saunders got a visit from Florida State TE coach Tim Brewster.
Florida State shoring up tight end commitments

Tight ends coach Tim Brewster was a busy man towards the end of last week.

Mavin Saunders (Houston/Kinkaid School), a four-star tight end, got one visit from the Seminoles' assistant coach. The 6-foot-5, 233-pound Saunders at one point wasn’t steadfast in his commitment, but that’s changed some. He’s more comfortable in what his role will be, and these visits won’t hurt either.

From there, Brewster traveled north to New Jersey to see Ryan Izzo (Sparta, N.J/Pope John XXIII), another tight end commitment.

Izzo at 6-foot-6, 215-pounds is slightly taller than Saunders and will need to fill out his frame and contribute early.

Miami checks in on wide receiver commitment

Four-star wide receiver Braxton Berrios (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville) has been a part of the Hurricanes' 2014 class since October. And Miami wants to keep it that way.

There’s no indication of wavering, but an assistant from the Miami staff dropped in on Berrios last week. The Hurricanes will just try to cover all their bases, just like every other staff, and make sure everything is in order heading into January.

Clemson hoping to end slide with McMillan

There isn’t really any other way to say it. Clemson has been slipping with Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County), while the SEC has been trending up.

Alabama and Auburn have been making a big push for the five-star linebacker, and Ohio State is doing its part, as well. So before the dead period hits, expect Clemson to go all in once more.

Some representatives of the Tigers' coaching staff are likely to visit McMillan on Sunday.

Mike London visits Keihn

Virginia is making a run to improve its very solid recruiting class, despite the below average season it just completed.

Melvin Keihn (Baltimore/Gilman), a three-star outside linebacker, hosted the Cavaliers' head coach last week. The Wahoos are trying to assert themselves in his recruitment process, but they still have plenty of work to do. All of Maryland, Penn State, Virginia and Virginia Tech are in the thick of it for Keihn.

The Hokies are thought to have a slight lead, and it might be by the slimmest of margins.