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Posted on: August 2, 2011 4:33 pm
 

Halfway to Signing Day: ACC Edition

Posted by Bryan Fischer

We're right about halfway to Signing Day and that means it is time to take a look at the ACC and see how the conference is shaping up on the recruiting trail. Here's a few accolades for a few of the programs who are making head way (or not) at this point in August.

ACC Commitment List

Best class: Florida State

One of only two schools to have multiple Top 100 commits, Jimbo Fisher is once again building a very strong class for 2012. The Seminoles address both needs (such as at the kicker spots) and go after some really high quality athletes. Dante Fowler and Mario Edwards are a scary combo off the edges at defensive end and there are some weapons on offense too in speedster Marvin Bracy and Christo Kourtzidis. A lot of top players have Florida State on their short list so it will be interesting to see how much stronger this class can become.

Work left to do: Wake Forest

Obviously the Demon Deacons have the smallest class but they do have some solid pieces to build around, such as in quarterback Alec Morris. Jim Grobe and will likely see recruiting pick up once they get a chance to evaluate players off of their senior years which means they have a lot of work left to do with the season coming up.

Under the radar class: Virginia

Rival Virginia Tech has the most commitments in the country but it is Virginia that has quietly put together a very, very good class. Unlike the Hokies, Mike London has managed to grab a Top 100 member in end Michael Moore and has a terrific linebacker headed his way in Kwontie Moore. The program has done a good job of relying on the in-state talent base while not forgetting to hit nearby areas like Maryland/Washington D.C. The Cavaliers are already ranked in the top 25 and if they can close strong, it wouldn't be surprised to see them move up a little bit in the team rankings.

Top commit: Defensive end Mario Edwards (Denton, Texas), committed to Florida State.

Loading up: Virginia on offensive linemen (5), Miami on quarterbacks (3), Virginia Tech on defensive backs (3+).

Frequent Fliers: Duke, commitments from nine states.

Fence builders: Miami, 19 commitments from Florida.

Road to Signing Day storyline: North Carolina.

It will be very interesting to see how the Tar Heels proceed without Butch Davis at the helm. The NCAA news has been swirling around the program since last summer but it is important to keep in mind that by the time this signing day rolls around, recruits will know what type of sanctions (if any) the program will be hit with. They've got a solid class at the moment but given that the news of Davis' departure only recently happened, it could take a while to see how it affects the current class and recruiting going forward.

Top 25 Teams:

3. Florida State
5. Miami
10. Virginia Tech
12. Clemson
16. Virginia

Posted on: August 2, 2011 3:25 pm
 

End of July ACC Commitment List

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The month of July has come to a close and what better time to take a broad overview of how a conference is doing on the recruiting trail than the first week in August, roughly six months from Signing Day. Today we'll take a look at the verbal commitments for the ACC, where most of the conference is about halfway to a full recruiting class.

  Boston College (13)

Offensive lineman Jim Cashman (Haddonfield, N.J.)
Athlete Dan Crimmins (Demarest, N.J.)
Tight end Sam Grant (North Royalton, Ohio)
Defensive back Donovan Henry (West  Rosbury, Mass.)
Offensive lineman Win Homer (Christchurch, Va.)
Wide receiver Harrison Jackson (Purcellville, Va.)
Linebacker Tim Joy (North Chelmsford, Mass.)
Running back Akeel Lynch (Athol Springs, N.Y.)
Defensive end Malachi Moore (Sparta, N.J.)
Defensive back Justin Simmons (Stuart, Fla.)
Linebacker Mike Strizak (Ramsey, N.J.)
Offensive lineman Frank Taylor (Warminster, Pa.)
Wide receiver Joel Zoungrana (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)


  Clemson (14)

Defensive lineman Martin Aiken (Bamberg, S.C.)
Defensive back Travis Blanks (Tallahassee, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Athlete Zac Brooks (Jonesboro, Ark.)
Linebacker T.J. Burrell (Goose Creek, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Patrick Destefano (Roebuck, S.C.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Defensive back Ronald Geohaghan (Fairfax, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Jay Guillermo (Marryville, Tenn.)
Athlete Germone Hopper (Charlotte, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Oliver Jones (Ninety Six, S.C.)
Quarterback Chad Kelly (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Defensive end Shaquille Lawson (Central, S.C.)
Offensive lineman Javarius Leamon (Woodruff, S.C.)
Kicker Bradley Pinion (Concord, N.C.)
Defensive back Cordrea Tankersley (Aiken, S.C.)


  Duke (14)

Tight end Daniel Beilinson (Cary, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Casey Blaser (Charlotte, N.C.)
Defensive end Allen Jackson (Owings Mills, Md.)
Kicker Ross Martin (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio)
Wide receiver Max McCaffrey (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
Wide receiver Anthony Nash (West Chester, Pa.)
Defensive back Dwayne Norman (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Wide receiver Erich Schneider (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.)
Quarterback Thomas Sirk (Glen St. Mary, Fla.)
Offensive lineman Tanner Stone (Dallas, Texas)
Defensive back Michael Westray (Waldorf, Md.)
Linebacker Deion Williams (Orange, Calif.)
Defensive end A.J. Wolfe (Tarrytown, N.Y.)
Defensive end Carlos Wray (Shelby, N.C.)


  Florida State (15)

Kicker Roberto Aguayo (Groveland, Fla.)
Punter Cason Beatty (Charlotte, N.C.)
Athlete Chris Casher (Mobile, Ala.)
Wide receiver Marvin Bracy (Orlando, Fla.)
Defensive end Mario Edwards Jr. (Denton, Texas), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Linebacker Ukeme Eligwe (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Offensive lineman James Hamilton (Orlando, Fla.)
Tight end Christo Kourtzidis (Orange, Calif.)
Quarterback Sean Maguire (West Orange, N.J.)
Running back Mario Pender (Cape Coral, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Defensive tackle Justin Shanks (Prattville, Ala.)
Defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey (De Funiak Springs, Fla.)
Offensive tackle Alphonse Taylor (Mobile, Ala.)
Defensive back P.J. Williams (Ocala, Fla.)


  Georgia Tech (10)

Offensive lineman Will Adams (Tyrone, Ga.)
Running back Marcus Allen (Hilliard, Fla.)
Athlete Dennis Andrews (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Athlete Antonio Crawford (Tampa, Fla.)
Defensive tackle Pat Gamble (Carrollton, Ga.)
Defensive end Junior Gnonkonde (Lakeland, Ga.)
Defensive end Francis Kallon (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
Offensive lineman Chase Roberts (Norcross, Ga.)
Linebacker Tyler Stargel (Gulf Shores, Ala.)
Athlete Michael Summers (Statesboro, Ga.)


  Maryland (14)

Defensive end Roman Braglio (Owings Mills, Md.)
Offensive lineman Nick Brigham (Atlanta, Ga.)
Wide receiver Malcolm Culmer (Willingboro, N.J.)
Linebacker Brock Dean (Harrisburg, Pa.)
Wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Tight end P.J. Gallo (Holland, Pa.)
Defensive back Alvin Hill (Locust Grove, Ga.)
Quarterback Perry Hills (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Mike Madaras (Olney, Md.)
Defensive back Anthony Nixon (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Quarterback Shawn Petty (Greenbelt, Md.)
Athlete Joe Riddle (Frederick, Md.)
Quarterback Caleb Rowe (Greer, S.C.)
Linebacker Avery Thompson (Chesapeake, Va.)


  Miami (22)

Linebacker Keith Brown (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker James Burgess Jr. (Homestead, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jontavious Carter (Cordele, Fla.)
Quarterback Gray Crow (Clearwater, Fla.)
Defensive back Vernon Davis (Miami, Fla.)
Quarterback Preston Dewey (Austin, Texas)
Offensive lineman Ereck Flowers (Miami, Fla.)
Defensive end Jelani Hamilton (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Defensive end Dwayne Hoilett (Vero Beach, Fla.)
Athlete Brandon Holifield (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Defensive back Larry Hope (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Angelo Jean-Louis (Wellington, Fla.)
Running back Randy "Duke" Johnson (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver D'Mauri Jones (Leesburg, Fla.)
Linebacker Raphael Kirby (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive back Amos "A.J." Leggett (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Reggie Northrup (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Defensive end Jake O'Donnell (Doylestown, Pa.)
Defensive end Trent Taylor (Lakeland, Fla.)
Quarterback David Thompson (Miami, Fla.)
Wide receiver Herb Waters (Homestead, Fla.)
Linebacker Josh Witt (Weston, Fla.)


  North Carolina (11)

Athlete Kedrick Davis (Charlotte, N.C.)
Defensive back Nate Dortch (Fort Myers, Fla.)
Offensive lineman John Ferranto (Burlington, N.J.)
Offensive lineman Jon Heck (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Tight end Terrance Knox (Concord, N.C.)
Tight end Justin Meredith (Anderson, S.C.)
Defensive tackle J.J. Patterson (Roanoke Rapids, N.C.)
Linebacker Shakeel Rashad (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Quarterback Patton Robinette (Maryville, Tenn.)
Linebacker Christian Russell (Chatham, Va.)
Athlete Phillip Williamson (Durham, N.C.)


  N.C. State (12)

Defensive tackle Deylan Buntyn (Roswell, N.M.)
Defensive back Niles Clark (Marietta, Ga.)
Quarterback A.J. Doyle (West Roxbury, Mass.)
Offensive lineman Eddie Gordon (Boilling Springs, S.C.)
Wide receiver Xavier Griffin (Newark, Del.)
Tight end David Grinnage (Newark, Del.)
Wide receiver Charlie Hegedus (Marietta, Ga.)
Defensive back Majid Salahuddin (Fayetteville, N.C.)
Defensive back Josh Sessoms (Bailey, N.C.)
Quarterback Manny Stocker (Coatesville, Pa.)
Quarterback James Summers (Greensboro, N.C.)
Defensive end Joe Wright (Greenville, N.C.)


  Virginia (18)

Defensive back Demeitre Brim (Lakeland, Fla.)
Wide receiver Jamall Brown (Hampton, Va.)
Athlete Maurice Canady (Richmond, Va.)
Offensive lineman Tyrell Chavis (Richmond, Va.)
Wide receiver Anthony Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Tight end Kyle Dockins (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Offensive lineman Ryan Doull (Fork Union, Va.)
Linebacker Mark Hall (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Quarterback Matt Johns (Warrington, Pa.)
Offensive lineman Sean Karl (Manorville, N.Y.)
Offensive lineman Andre Miles-Redmond (Richmond, Va.)
Offensive lineman Michael Mooney (Malvern, Pa.)
Defensive back C.J. Moore (Buford, Ga.)
Linebacker Kwontie Moore (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive end Michael Moore (Hyattsville, Md.), Tom Lemming Top 100 for 2012 member
Athlete Max Valles (Hammonton, N.J.)
Athlete Wilfred Wahee (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive end Courtnye Wynn (Norfolk, Va.)


  Virginia Tech (23)

Defensive end Woody Baron (Brentwood, Tenn.)
Linebacker Jawand Blue (Boca Raton, Fla.)
Linebacker Deon Clarke (Chesterfield, Va.)
Running back J.C. Coleman (Chesapeake, Va.)
Offensive lineman Augie Conte (Powhatan, Va.)
Defensive end Seth Dooley (Salem, Va.)
Wide receiver Desmond Frye (Chester, Va.)
Athlete Der'Woun Greene (Portsmouth, Va.)
Wide receiver Mark Irick (St. Matthews, S.C.)
Tight end Dakota Jackson (Roanoke, Va.)
Defensive end Jarontay Jones (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Defensive back Donaldven Manning (Miami, Fla.)
Linebacker Dahman McKinnon (Hope Mills, N.C.)
Athlete Brenden Motley (Christianburg, Va.)
Athlete Mario Nixon (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive back Donovan Riley (Norfolk, Va.)
Defensive tackle Alston Smith (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Wide receiver Thomas Smith (Williamsburg, Va.)
Offensive lineman Adam Taraschke (Fredericksburg, Va.)
Defensive back Davion Tookes (Fairburn, Ga.)
Linebacker Devin Vandyke (Lorton, Va.)
Offensive lineman Jack Willenbrock (Exton, Pa.)
Defensive tackle Nigel Williams (Richmond, Va.)


  Wake Forest (9)

Defensive end Josh Banks (Apex, N.C.)
Tight end Zach Gordon (Carrollton, Ga.)
Defensive tackle Sheldon Lewison (Seffner, Fla.)
Quarterback Alec Morris (Allen, Texas)
Tight end Anthony Rook (Greenville, N.C.)
Offensive lineman Will Smith (Christchurch, Va.)
Offensive lineman Joel Suggs (Randleman, N.C.)
Defensive back LaRonji Vason (Prattville, Ala.)
Running back Joshua Wilhite (Missouri City, Texas)

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 11:26 am
 

7/29 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Interesting story on recruiting services for players.
Quarterback Faton Bauta took an unofficial visit to UCF.

Athlete Janarion Grant was one of the top performers at USF's Sling and Shoot 7-on-7 Tournament.

Miami head coach Al Golden talks a little recruiting.

 Minnesota seeks an in-state recruiting coup.

  West Virginia is hoping to close out their summer with a commitment or two out of their summer camp.

With North Carolina coach Butch Davis gone, Virginia Tech lost a recruiting thorn in their side.

Commitments:

Mississippi State added receiver Fred Brown and speedster Brandon Holloway to their class.

 Offensive lineman Joe Harris selected South Carolina over Georgia and Clemson.

 Corner Jhavon Williams will head to UConn to play ball.

 Kansas picked up quarterback Bilal Marshall from South Florida.

  Receiver D'Arthur Cowan made it official: he was going to Arkansas.

Number 18 is in for Arizona State and it's defensive end Jarvis Lewis.
Posted on: July 23, 2011 2:55 pm
 

7/23 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Defensive end Tyriq McCord received an invite to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

  Does Michigan have a spot for running back Dennis Norfleet?

 Receiver D’Arthur Cowan made his second trip to Arkansas.

 Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt is focused on recruiting, not what Mississippi State is doing with billboards.

 Florida State commit Marvin Bracy ran a very impressive 10.09 100-meter dash.

 Pretty cool video from Florida's famous summer camp, Friday Night Lights:



Commitments:

Baylor added defensive back Zack Sanchez to their class.

 Offensive tackle Adam Taraschke became Virginia Tech's 23rd commit, which gives the program the most in the nation.

 Wideout Keithon Redding committed to Tennessee.

 Defensive back Antonio Crawford verbally pledged to Georgia Tech.


Posted on: July 22, 2011 9:48 am
Edited on: July 22, 2011 9:52 am
 

7/22 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

-- Recruiting services were a topic at SEC Media Days.

Michigan has been the biggest benefactor on the recruiting trail from Ohio State's troubles. 

Recruiting is an everyday process, according to Will Muschamp.

Karl Joseph is down to six schools, including UCF.

Florida State commit Mario Edwards Jr., all 6-foot-3, 270-pounds of him, can do a backflip.

Commitments:

Devin Vandyke has committed to Virginia Tech. 

Virginia added local player Kyle Dockins and might pick up another player. 

Texas cornerback John Gibson committed to Arkansas.
Posted on: July 14, 2011 8:34 am
Edited on: July 14, 2011 8:51 am
 

7/14 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Virginia Tech's Shane Beamer is on a recruiting tear recently.

Minnesota seems to be targeting one unusual area for recruiting: South Florida.

Seems like more and more Colorado is becoming a destination for Texas recruits.

Florida's Friday Night Lights camp continues to add top talent from all over the region.

Offensive lineman John Theus headlines the list of players at Georgia's Dawg Night camp.

A few top performers from Michigan State's recent camp.

Georgia Tech is looking to add some linemen during their summer camp.

Commitments:

Wide receiver Devonte Robinson committed to West Virginia.

Florida linebacker Jakarri Thomas selected Arkansas yesterday.
Posted on: July 13, 2011 9:44 am
Edited on: July 13, 2011 9:45 am
 

7/13 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- I joined the In The Bleachers podcast to talk about The Opening so be sure to listen in.

- Top 100 quarterback Jameis Winston won't pass up first round money if he's drafted high. 

- The top returning high school passers for this upcoming season from Maxpreps

- There are plenty of factors going into the decision of number one recruit Dorial Green-Beckham.

- A look at the ACC Coastal division's recruiting classes.

 Florida put together two really good recruiting classes this past decade. Wide receiver Jeremy Glinton could commit to their current class.

 Miami has been very aggressive in their recruiting under Al Golden

Commitments:

 Virginia Tech recruiting is doing well after the Hokies added another receiver.

 UCLA added a defensive end from Delaware. 

It's no surprise but Colorado picked up a commitment from another player from Texas. 

 Another new Husky for Washington's recruiting class.
Posted on: July 12, 2011 9:17 am
 

7/12 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Does 7-on-7 success equal real football success? It seemed to last year in Texas.

Cool look back over the past 10 years from Rivals, which found that USC was the school that recruited the best over the past decade.

Good story on Maty Mauk, a Missouri commit who is racking up the yards and on pace to break a lot of records.

Offensive lineman Kyle Kalis talks some more about his flip from Ohio State to Michigan.

New linebackers coach Mike Vrabel brings some credibility with him on the recruiting trail.

A recruiting surge means the future is bright for Virginia Tech.

Some more on Iowa commitment Jaleel Johnson.

Commitments:

Virginia Tech landed former Georgia offensive lineman Brent Benedict.

Quarterback Will Gardner selected Louisville over Alabama and Mississippi State.
 
 
 
 
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