The “Road To Signing Day 2014″ is a weekly report on how each school in the Atlantic Coast Conference is doing in class of 2014 football recruiting. Throughout this recruiting year, all the way up until Signing Day next February, we’ll provide the latest commitment updates and rankings for each ACC program.
It has been just over a week since our last feature, and since then Florida State, Georgia Tech, and Syracuse have landed commitments from rising high school seniors. The Yellow Jackets landed two recruits last week after not receiving any pledges up until that point.
Below is a compilation of how each school in the Atlantic Coast Conference is faring. Included in each player listing is the player’s name, position, school (and school location), and the player’s highest star rating among the four national recruiting outlets (Rivals, Scout, ESPN, 247). Later in the year, the star rating will be an average of the four national sites.
BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES
- Marcus Outlow, RB, Norwich Free Academy (Norwich, CT), (247Sports)
- Dalvin Cook, RB, Central (Miami, FL), (Rivals, 247Sports, Scout)
- Taylor Hearn, OL, Williston Elko (Williston, S.C.). (Scout)
- Jae-lon Oglesby, RB, D.W. Daniel (Central, S.C.), (Rivals)
- Cannon Smith, TE, Hammond School (Columbia, S.C.), (247Sports, Scout)
- Deshaun Watson, QB, Gainesville (GA), (Rivals)
DUKE BLUE DEVILS
- Zavier Carmichael, LB, St. Paul’s (Mobile, AL), Not Rated
FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES
- Demarcus Christmas, DT, Manatee (Bradenton, FL), (Rivals, 247Sports, Scout)
- J.J. Cosentino, QB, Central Catholic (New Kensington, PA), (247Sports)
- J.C. Jackson, DB, Immokalee (FL), (Rivals, 247Sports, Scout)
- Blake McClain, DE, Sandalwood (Jacksonville, FL), (247Sports, Scout)
- Delvin Purifoy, LB, Catholic (Pensacola, FL), (Rivals, 247Sports)
- JoJo Robinson, ATH, Northwestern (Miami, FL), (Scout)
- C.J. Worton, WR, South Dade (Homestead, FL), (247Sports, Scout)
Recent Developments/Notes: Florida State landed a quarterback with its seventh verbal commitment in the class of 2014. Central Catholic (New Kensington, PA) signal caller J.J. Cosentino pledged on Monday, choosing the Noles over offers from Akron and South Florida. He is head coach Jimbo Fisher’s first rising senior commitment from outside the Sunshine State.
GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS
- Tre Jackson, RB/LB, Lowndes (Valdosta, GA), Not Rated
- Miles Taylor, DB, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.), (247Sports)
Recent Developments/Notes: Taylor became Tech’s first class of 2014 recruit when he pledged to head coach Paul Johnson one week ago today. Michael Carvell of the AJC has more on the Washington (D.C.) native’s decision. Two days later, Jackson jumped on board as well.
- Jared Cohen, OL, McDonogh (Owings Mills, MD), (Scout)
- Trevor Darling, OL, Central (Miami, FL), (Rivals, 247Sports, Scout)
- Alin Edouard, QB, Hialeah (FL), (247Sports)
- Nick Linder, OL, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, FL), (247Sports, Scout)
- Joseph Yearby, RB, Central (Miami, FL), (Scout)
Recent Developments/Notes: The Canes took a step back when Travis Rudolph, a wide receiver prospect out of Cardinal Newman High School (West Palm Beach, FL), revealed that he was de-committing.
NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS
- Tajze Battle, DB, Dunbar (Fort Myers, FL), (247Sports)
- Robert Dinkins, DE, Olympic (Charlotte, N.C.), (247Sports, Scout)
- Freeman Jones, PK, Bunn (N.C.), (247Sports)
N.C. STATE WOLFPACK
- Chandler Kincade, QB, Blackhawk (Beaver Falls, PA), (247Sports, Scout)
Recent Developments/Notes: Kincade, who pledged to the Panthers all the way back in November of 2011, remains committed to Pitt but recently made visits to Alabama and Tennessee.
- Naesean Howard, RB, West Genesee (Camillus, N.Y.), (Scout)
- A.J. Long, QB/ATH, Friendship Christian (Lebanon, TN), (247Sports)
Recent Developments/Notes: The Orange landed a solid player in Long, who also had offers from Arizona and UCLA, among others, according to the Tennessean. The dual-threat signal caller plans to graduate early from high school and enroll at Syracuse in January of 2014.
- Quin Blanding, S, Bayside (Virginia Beach, VA), (Rivals, 247Sports, Scout)
- Chris Nelson, DT, Victory Christian Academy (Lakeland, FL), (247Sports, Scout)
VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES
- Xavier Burke, TE/DL, Brunswick (Lawrenceville, VA), (247Sports)
- Javon Harrison, DB, Kathleeen (Lakeland, FL), (Rivals, Scout)
- Vinny Mihota, DE, Massaponax (Fredericksburg, VA), (247Sports)
- Marshawn Williams, RB, Phoebus (Hampton, VA), (247Sports, Scout)
WAKE FOREST DEMON DEACONS