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Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:28 pm

National Signing Day Winners and Losers: ACC

Posted by Chip Patterson

Breaking down who won and lost in the ACC on National Signing Day

WINNER: Florida State

For the second year in a row, multiple top uncommitted prospects picked Florida State in widely publicized National Signing Day announcements. Cornerback Ronald Darby (pictured above, No. 3 athlete in 2012 class) never even told head coach Jimbo Fisher he was definitely coming to Florida State, but when decision time came he reached for the Seminoles' hat. It started with Mario Edwards, Jr. signing his letter on ESPN in the morning, then on to Eddie Goldman's commitment and Jameis Winston's public recruitment of Darby just before the cornerback's announcement. For Florida State, the revolution was televised.

LOSER: North Carolina schools

Recently, high school football in the state of North Carolina has been on the rise. Unfortunately, it has not resulted in a boost to any of the North Carolina schools in the ACC. North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest, and Duke missed out on every North Carolina prospect in Tom Lemming's Top 100 Players, and allowed 31 of the 55 in-state prospects to sign with out-of-state schools. If these football programs want to shake the "basketball school" reputation of Tobacco Road, they need to stop letting the best in-state talent get poached by other programs.


The Hurricanes got a jump start on the competition due to self-imposed bowl ineligibility, and those early verbal commits helped secure enough to talent to keep the Hurricanes as a Top 10 class despite some defections. Miami also got a much-needed boost in the secondary with the commitment of Tracy Howard, and defensive end Tyriq McCord signed his letter despite rumors he may flip to USC or South Carolina. The heart of Golden's 2012 recruiting class lies right in Miami's backyard, with over half of the class from Southern Florida - many from Broward-Dade County area. Several Hurricanes' signees openly spoke about expecting NCAA action, and are willing to follow Golden's plan for success anyway.

LOSER: Georgia Tech

Recruiting is just not a great time for the public image of Georgia Tech football. Head coach Paul Johnson was publicly critical of oversigning again, and the Yellow Jackets' stiff academic requirements have become a topic of conversations when competing against the SEC for in-state talent. But Georgia Tech did have a hat on the table when defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson was making his decision between the Yellow Jackets, Alabama, and Georgia on National Signing Day. Tomlinson, one of the top uncommitted in-state recruits, paused on the Georgia Tech hat, only to publicly spurn the Yellow Jackets and commit to Alabama. Additionally, Georgia Tech offensive line coach Todd Spencer resigned amidst potential NCAA violations from impermissible text messaging. Just not a good PR day for Georgia Tech.

WINNER: Maryland

Wide receiver Stefon Diggs (No. 14 overall prospect) did not commit on National Signing Day. The top ranked unsigned recruit is strongly considering Florida, Auburn, and Maryland. While many believe the Gators are in the lead for Diggs, MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak writes that Maryland still might have a chance. Former Illinois head coach Ron Zook believes that new Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, who has a great relationship with Diggs' family, could convince the Olney, Md. standout to stay in-state. With Locksley playing catch up in the recruiting game, every day without a Diggs commitment is likely to Maryland's advantage.

LOSER: Virginia Tech

While the Hokies pulled in another solid class, including talented wide receiver Joel Caleb, there was one decommit that caused an unwanted scene. Linebacker Jawand Blue, a Boca Raton, Fla. native, was committed to the Hokies until an opportunity arose at the last minute to jump in with Miami. When he called Virginia Tech, the phone conversation apparently did not go well. Unfortunately, a local reporter heard the conversation (from Blue's end) and began tweeting quotes "from Frank Beamer." A Virginia Tech spokesperson later clarified it was not Beamer, but assistant coach Charley Wiles. For more on the interaction, you can check out ACCSports.com's Signing Day blog. Blue was not a make-or-break recruit for Beamer, but the whole situation was a loss on a very public day for all recruiting news.

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Posted on: February 1, 2012 9:17 am
Edited on: February 1, 2012 9:24 am

ATH Joel Caleb to sign with Virginia Tech

Posted by Chip Patterson

Wide receiver Joel Caleb, the No. 6 athlete (No. 46 overall prospect) in the 2012 class, has committed to Virginia Tech over West Virginia and Ohio State.

Caleb was a dual-threat quarterback and defensive back at Clover Hill (Midlothian, Va.), throwing for 747 yards and rushing for 737 in a senior season shortened by injury.  He is expected to play wide receiver for the Hokies, and is one of Virginia Tech's top ranked commits in the 2012 class. 

Virginia Tech had a few top prospects left uncommitted heading into National Signing Day, and Caleb was at the top of the wish list. As of his commitment, the Hokies have the No. 17 recruiting class in the CBS Sports National Signing Day Top 25.

For more on Virginia Tech's 2012 class, check out Hokies RapidReports. Keep up with all the latest announcements around the nation throughout the day at Signing Day Central.

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Posted on: October 6, 2011 10:49 am
Edited on: October 6, 2011 10:49 am

10/6 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Number one recruit Dorial Green-Beckham could be at Arkansas' game against Auburn this week.

Tennessee linebacker commit Justin King had to switch to quarterback to help his high school team out.

Shane Beamer is one of Virginia Tech's best recruiters and not just Frank Beamer's son.

Al Golden is satisfied with Miami's recruiting efforts despite losing two recruits.

Notre Dame recruiting by the numbers.

An Ohio State recruiting notebook.

Michigan State is using the bye week to send out staff members to go see recruits.

For Tennessee and Georgia, recruiting in the Peach state can sometimes trump the game with the school in Athens.

With Texas A&M's move to the SEC, the increased exposure in the state could help recruiting.

Posted on: September 28, 2011 5:34 pm

RB Drew Harris commits to Virginia Tech

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Virginia Tech has put together one of their best recruiting classes in recent years, currently ranked number nine in the latest Maxpreps team rankings. It looks like they're ticketed to move up even further given their latest commitment, Exton (Pa.) running back Drew Harris.

“I didn’t really know how much pressure I was under until now,” Harris told Scout. “It’s relieving. I just feel so blessed to have the opportunity to go to Virginia Tech and I’m confident I will do well and follow in the footsteps of the great players they had there.”

The sixth-ranked big back in the country, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Harris gives the Hokies another young option at running back next season. He held offers from Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa, Penn State and others offered a scholarship but he selected Tech due mainly to Frank Beamer and staff.

“It was the relationship I have with the coaches, and how comfortable I felt when I went down there,” said Harris. “(Beamer) was excited. I’ve been feeling it a while. It’s genuinely how much they want me to go there. And the conversations they had with my dad and things like that.”

Harris has already rushed for over 600 yards on the season and is looking to top the 2,000 yard mark he came up just short of last year. He is the Hokies' 25th commitment for the class of 2012.

"He's as durable and tough as they come, flashes great size, strength, quickness, and instincts," analyst Tom Lemming said of Harris. "He runs with a low center of gravity that keeps him balanced and allows him to bounce off tacklers on a regular basis. Shows good vision to find holes, and the lateral quickness to get outside for long gainers."

Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:28 am

Ranking the ACC recruiting classes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

1. Florida State (Ranked number four overall by Maxpreps)

It's no surprise to see the Seminoles at the top of this list given what Jimbo Fisher has done on the recruiting trail recently. The defensive front seven players alone makes this a special group and that's not even considering grabbing the top dual-threat quarterback in Jameis Winston.

2. Miami (#5)

The Hurricanes have done excellent work with Al Golden's first full recruiting class, especially on the defensive side with players such as Jelani Hamilton and Raphael Kirby. There's a lot of speed in the class as one would expect given their South Florida talent base.

3. Virginia (#8)

How about the job Mike London has done on the recruiting trail? Michaei Moore is a top 100 defensive end he lured from Maryland and linebacker Kwontie Moore is a possible impact player early on given his size and speed.

4. Virginia Tech (#11)

Frank Beamer usually pulls several talented players out of the Tidewater and this class is no exception. Defensive end Jaraontay Jones and linebackers Deon Clarke and Trey Edmunds are a great building block for the Hokie defense.

5. Clemson (#13)

Despite Dabo Swinney being on the hot seat this season, the Clemson staff can still recruit. There's two top 100 players in the group and defensive back Travis Blanks should be able to make an impact early on with his terrific coverage skills.

6. Georgia Tech

It's a good year for talent in Georgia and north Florida and the Yellowjackets are taking advantage. Although they don't have an elite player, defensive end Junior Gnonkonde, linebacker Tyler Stargel and lineman Will Adams are several very good players in the class.

7. North Carolina

One of the more intriguing classes due to the resignation of Butch Davis and possible NCAA sanctions, the Tar Heels have done a solid job under the circumstances. Quarterback Patton Robinette is an Elite 11 quarterback and could be someone to build around in tough times.

8. Maryland

Randy Edsall has taken some heat for not connecting with several local high schools but he's grabbed some good local athletes nevertheless. Quarterback Shawn Petty has impressed during the summer and Mike Madaras is an offensive lineman anybody would love to have.

9. Duke

The Blue Devils have to play by a second set of rules given their admissions standards so evaluation is key in more ways than one. The current class is a good effort when viewed in that light and players like linebacker Deion Williams are a nice pick up.

10. N.C. State

You never hear much about the efforts of Tom O'Brien and staff but they seem to specialize in finding a few diamonds in the rough from year to year. Quarterback A.J. Doyle and defensive tackle K'Hadree Hooker are the anchors on either side of the ball for the Wolfpack.

11. Boston College

The Eagles look to have another solid, but under the radar, class at the halfway point in the recruiting cycle. They have an all-name candidate in Win Homer but also several other players who can develop on offense.

12. Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons recently lost quarterback Alec Morris to Alabama but that should give you an indication as to how they evaluate. This is a smaller class that will likely see numbers rise as they see recruits go through their senior seasons.
Posted on: April 25, 2011 2:04 pm

Virginia Tech Spring Game a recruiting success

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Virginia Tech's Spring Game was expected to be part of a big recruiting weekend for the Hokies. Not only were former players like Michael Vick expected to be in town to catch part of the action, several high profile recruits were as well.

When all was said and done, Tech head coach Frank Beamer managed to score the commitments from two players on Saturday in Chesapeake (Va.) running back J.C. Coleman and Portsmouth (Va.) athlete Der'Woun Greene.

"I committed at halftime, right after the half," Coleman told HokieHaven.com. "I called Coach (Kevin) Newsome and he came over to me in the stands and I told him and he congratulated me, all the coaches congratulated me, Beamer, Shane (Beamer), (Billy) Hite and more."

"I committed to Virginia Tech during the fourth quarter," Greene told the website. "I told Coach Newsome first. After that, I told the rest of the coaches, it was great."

The 5-foot-7, 170 pound Coleman is a scat back who runs a 4.4 40-yard dash. He held offers from Duke, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia among others.

"I love the offense, it's a power offense and the coaches compare me and want to use me like David Wilson, in a variety of ways," Coleman said. "I have a real opportunity to play early here and all the coaches showed me love from day one, plus they have decent academics too. I also love the winning tradition."

For Greene, a 5-foot-10, 175 pound athlete who will likely line up as a defensive back, the decision to commit to Virginia Tech was easy after being a fan for several years prior.

"I grew up on them," he said. "It's the environment, the team and the engineering, that's my likely major.

Coleman rushed for 1,410 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior last year. The pair gives the Hokies seven commitments for the class of 2012.

Posted on: February 23, 2011 12:31 pm

Virginia, Virginia Tech each pick up commit

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It’s rare for Frank Beamer to have to leave the state of Virginia to find good football players but he made an exception for strong-armed quarterback T.J. Millweard, a Fort Worth (Texas) product who became the third commitment for Virginia Tech’s class of 2012.

The 6-foot-5, 220 pound Millweard was receiving interest from Oklahoma, TCU, Missouri and others but the Hokies were the first to pull the trigger and offer a scholarship. He visited campus unofficially last weekend and decided to commit to the coaching staff shortly thereafter.

Millweard passed for 1,621 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior. He also rushed for 464 yards.

While Tech is sitting at three commitments for the upcoming class, in-state rival Virginia recently picked up their first commit for the class of 2012 in Virginia Beach (Vir.) athlete Mark Hall. A 6-foot-2, 210 pound linebacker, Hall could play a number of positions for the Cavaliers.

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