ACC Football Recruiting Update

On the class of 2013 football recruiting front, it has been an active and interesting past two weeks in the Atlantic Coast Conference.  A one-time Boston College commitment is now with Maryland, and a one-time UVa lean verbally committed to Virginia Tech.  But both Boston College and Virginia gained commitments as well.

We begin in Chestnut Hill (MA).  Tight end Andrew Isaacs, who was one of the Eagles’ top commitments in the class of 2013, de-committed and committed to Maryland.  The Terps now have 19 commitments in the class of 2013.

Boston College rebounded with a commitment from Charles Callinan, a 6’4″ wide receiver/tight end out of St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.).  Callinan’s decision gives coach Frank Spaziani 17 commitments in the class of 2013.

One week ago today, Liberty (Bealeton, VA) 4-star defensive lineman Wyatt Teller cast his lot with Virginia Tech.  Sixteen rising high school seniors have committed to Frank Beamer’s program.

Teller, a 6’5″, 272-pound prospect, was thought to be a UVa lean for the better part of the spring and summer.  In the end, though, he chose the childhood favorite Hokies.

UVa made headlines of its own this week, when Bayside (Virginia Beach, VA) running back Taquan Mizzell committed to the Cavaliers over West Virginia and UNC.  Mizzell, who earned the nickname of “Smoke” for his elusiveness in the open field, was recently named a 5-star by Rivals.com.  The Cavaliers now boast 18 rising senior commitments.

Also within the past two weeks, Duke added consensus 3-star running back Joseph Ajeigbe of Norco (CA) while Florida State landed two more commitments in Chamblee (GA) defensive end Davin Bellamy and Jones (Orlando, FL) wide receiver Levonte Whitfield.  Bellamy, it appears, still plans to visit other schools.

Numbers-wise, Maryland leads the way with 19 commitments. Florida State and UVa is second with 18.  Boston College and Clemson have 17 apiece.  North Carolina, N.C. State and Virginia Tech each have 16 commits. Duke has 15 verbals, Georgia Tech has 13, Wake Forest has 12, and Miami has 10.

Combining the rankings of the four national recruiting networks (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, and 247Sports), Clemson, Miami, Florida State and Virginia Tech are the top third in the conference so far with respect to individual player rank. The Tigers lead the way with an average of 3.57 stars per prospect. Miami averages 3.56 stars per recruit, but the Canes have the least amount of recruits in the conference. Florida State averages 3.54 stars per recruit and Virginia Tech averages 3.36 stars per recruit.

TEAM BY TEAM BREAKDOWN

BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES

– 17 verbal commitments (Rivals.com’s full list here)

– Average star ranking per player from each of the four national recruiting outlets (a scale of 1 to 5): 2.76 (ESPN), 2.71 (Rivals), 2.18 (247Sports.com), 2.18 (Scout)

– Top recruit: Tim Boyle, QB, Xavier (Middletown, CT), Consensus 3-star recruit

– Notable:  Boyle and Massachusetts prep star Mackay Lowrie are the Eagles two quarterback commits in the class.  They have plenty of receiving options, as the addition of Charles Callinan gives Boston College four wide receiver commitments.

CLEMSON TIGERS

– 17 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 3.82 (ESPN), 3.53 (Scout), 3.47 (247Sports.com), 3.47 (Rivals)

– Top recruit: Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Grayson (Loganville, GA), Consensus 5-star recruit

– Notable: Headlined by Nkemdiche, Clemson has recruited well in the state of Georgia. Overall, seven of the Tigers’ 17 commitments reside in the Peach State, and three of the seven (including Nkemdiche) attend Grayson High School in Loganville.

DUKE BLUE DEVILS

– 15 commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 2.53 (Rivals), 2.47 (247Sports), 2.47 (Scout), 2.47 (ESPN)

– Top recruit: Austin Davis, OL, Mansfield (TX), Consensus 3-star recruit

– Notable:  Including its latest pledge, eight of Duke’s 15 commitments are designated for the offensive side of the ball.  All eight of those commits are rated a 3-star prospect by at least one of the national recruiting sites.

FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES

– 18 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 3.83 (ESPN), 3.44 (Rivals), 3.44 (247Sports.com), 3.44 (Scout)

Top recruit: Ryan Green, RB, Catholic (St. Petersburg, FL), Consensus 4-star recruit

– Notable: Levonte Whitfield, FSU’s latest commitment, is only 5’9″ but is a big-time speedster.  Of the Noles’ four wide receiver commits in the class, two — Isaiah Jones and Tony Stevens — are in the 6’4″ range, while Whitfield and Jesus Wilson are about 5’9″.

GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS

– 13 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 3.08 (Rivals), 3 (ESPN), 2.92 (247Sports), 2.85 (Scout)

– Top recruit: Shamire DeVine, OL, Tri Cities (East Point, GA), 4-star recruit by 247Sports, Rivals and Scout. ESPN 3-star recruit.

– Notable: Tech has a good looking offensive line haul so far.  In addition to the 6’6″, 355-pound DeVine, Georgia Tech has gained commitments from 6’5″, 275-pound Chris Griffin and 6’4″, 340-pound Jeremi Hall.  Rivals.com has DeVine and Hall, both products of Tri-Cities High School (East Point, GA) as 4-star prospects.

MARYLAND TERRAPINS

– 19 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 3 (247Sports), 2.79 (ESPN), 2.79 (Rivals), 2.47 (Scout)

– Top recruit: Derwin Gray, OL, Friendship Collegiate (Washington, D.C.), Consensus 4-star recruit

– Notable: Andrew Isaacs gives Maryland its first tight end recruit in the class.  He also gives the Terrapins five prospects with a 4-star ranking from at least one of the four national recruiting services.

MIAMI HURRICANES

– 10 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 3.7 (ESPN), 3.7 (Scout), 3.5 (Rivals), 3.4 (247Sports.com)

– Top recruit: Kevin Olsen, QB, Wayne Hills (Wayne, N.J.), Consensus 4-star recruit

– Notable: The quantity may not be there, but the quality certainly is. Each of the four national recruiting sites rate at least five of the Hurricanes’ class of 2013 commits on the 4-star level. ESPN has Miami with seven 4-star prospects.

Al Golden has done well in Florida, currently boasting seven in-state commits.

NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS

– 16 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 3.44 (ESPN), 3.38 (247Sports), 3.25 (Rivals), 3.19 (Scout)

– Top recruit: Greg Webb, DT, Timber Creek (Sicklerville, N.J.), Consensus 4-star recruit

– Notable: Webb, UNC’s most highly rated recruit, originally committed to Penn State. He de-committed after the NCAA sanctions were handed down.  The Tar Heels have eight defensive commitments in total, including five defensive linemen.

N.C. STATE WOLFPACK

– 16 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 2.94 (ESPN), 2.86 (Rivals), 2.69 (247Sports), 2.31 (Scout)

– Top recruit: Tylar Reagan, OL, Bartram Trail (Fruit Cove, FL), Consensus 3-star recruit

– Notable: Tom O’Brien has landed nine in-state commits so far. Outside of the state, he has done the most work in Florida, where the Pack’s top rated recruit Tylar Reagan resides.  Reagan is one of three offensive line recruits for the Wolfpack.

VIRGINIA CAVALIERS

– 18 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 3.22 (Rivals), 3.17 (247Sports), 3.11 (ESPN), 2.78 (Scout)

– Top recruit: Taquan Mizzell, RB, Bayside (Virginia Beach, VA), 5-star recruit by Rivals.com.  4-star recruit by ESPN.com, 247Sports.com and Scout.com.

– Notable: Mizzell is the fourth Bayside standout to commit to UVa in as many years.  He’ll join linebacker Henry Coley (signed in the class of 2010), cornerback Demetrious Nicholson (signed in the class of 2011), and wide receiver/safety Anthony Cooper (signed in the class of 2012).

VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES

– 16 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 3.63 (ESPN), 3.38 (247Sports), 3.31 (Rivals), 3.13 (Scout)

– Top recruit: Kendall Fuller, CB, Good Counsel (Olney, MD), 5-star recruit by 247Sports, Rivals and Scout. ESPN ranks him as a 4-star prospect.

– Notable: Frank Beamer loves to recruit the state of Virginia.  This year is no different, as 11 of the Hokies’ 16 pledges reside in the Commonwealth.  Three — LB Holland Fisher, QB Bucky Hodges and Teller — have achieved 4-star status on at least one of the four national recruiting sites.

WAKE FOREST DEMON DEACONS

– 12 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 2.92 (ESPN), 2.58 (Rivals), 2.5 (Scout), 2.42 (247Sports),

– Top recruit: Tyree Harris, WR, Marietta (GA), Consensus 3-star recruit

– Notable: The Deacs have no more than three recruits from a particular state. They have three from Georgia and three from North Carolina, and then they have one recruit from each of the following states: Florida, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

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