Around The ACC: 2013 FB Recruiting

Combining the rankings of the four national recruiting networks (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, and 247Sports), Miami, Clemson, Florida State and Virginia Tech are in the top third in the conference so far with respect to individual player rank. Miami leads the way with an average of 3.6 stars per prospect.  The caveat here is that the Canes only have 10 high school senior commitments.  Clemson averages 3.57 stars per recruit, Florida State averages 3.53 stars per recruit, and Virginia Tech averages 3.36 stars per recruit.

In terms of total commitments, UVa leads the conference with 18.  Boston College, Clemson, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State and Virginia Tech have 17 apiece.  Florida State has 16 commitments.  Duke has 15.  Georgia Tech has 13, Wake Forest has 12, and Miami has 10.  Note that these numbers only include current high school seniors.  They do not include postgraduate players who signed in the class of 2012 but did not enroll in college this fall.

Class of 2013 recruiting activity was quiet until the past few weeks, when Virginia Tech added Thomas Dale (Chester, VA) running back/athlete D.J. Reid to its class.  Reid, a 6’0″, 215-pound prospect, gives the Hokies 12 in-state recruits in this class.

Boston College gained a commitment from Marquis Little before suffering a de-commitment from wide receiver David Coggins.  Little plays quarterback at Manchester High School in Connecticut, but he could end up playing linebacker for the Eagles.

The news wasn’t positive for Florida State, which had two de-commits of its own in tight end Christian Morgan and wide receiver Greg Stevens.  N.C. State, however, received a pledge from Georgia prep running back Josh Mercer.

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): 2.71 (ESPN), 2.53 (Rivals), ), 2.17 (Scout), 1.94 (247Sports.com)

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

– Notable:  The Eagles have only one in-state commitment, but the pledge from Marquis Little gives the program three commitments out of the neighboring state of Connecticut.  Boyle and Cory Jasudowich (LB, Cheshire Academy) are the others.  BC would have four commitments from Connecticut if another Manchester product, tight end Andrew Isaacs, didn’t switch his commitment from the Eagles to ACC-rival Maryland.

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:  The Tigers have done very well in recruiting the defensive line.  In addition to Nkemdiche, Clemson also boasts pledges from defensive ends Elijah Daniel and Dane Rogers, as well as defensive tackle Scott Pagano.  Daniel is a consensus 4-star recruit.  ESPN and Rivals rank Pagano as a 4-star recruit.  And Rogers is rated a 3-star recruit by 247Sports and Rivals, while ESPN has him on the 4-star level.

DUKE BLUE DEVILS

– 15 commitments (full list here)

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

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

– Notable:  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

– 16 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 3.86 (ESPN), 3.44 (Rivals), 3.44 (247Sports.com), 3.38 (Scout)

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

– Notable: The Noles may have lost two class of 2013 recruits recently, but this week they gained a verbal from standout junior Damarcus Christmas.  The Manatee (Bradenton, FL) d-tackle reportedly also had verbal offers from Alabama, Auburn and Florida, among others.  FSU now has seven commitments in the class of 2014.

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: Seven of Tech’s 13 verbals hail from Georgia.  DeVine and Jeremi Hall, both products of Tri-Cities High School (East Point, GA), are rated 4-star prospects by Rivals.com.  Lovejoy (Hampton) running back Travis Custis headlines the rest of Tech’s Peach State prospects.

MARYLAND TERRAPINS

– 17 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 2.94 (247Sports), 2.82 (ESPN), 2.76 (Rivals), 2.71 (Scout)

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

– Notable:  Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley has a great reputation for attracting recruits from Maryland and Washington, D.C.  His influence is showing as 12 of the Terps’ class of 2013 commits hail from either Maryland or D.C.

MIAMI HURRICANES

– 10 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 3.8 (Scout), 3.7 (ESPN), 3.5 (Rivals), 3.4 (247Sports.com)

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

– Notable:  Olsen comes from a football family.  Older brother Christian played quarterback at Notre Dame and UVa, and older brother Greg attended Notre Dame and Miami before moving on to an NFL career.  Greg, who starred at Miami, is the starting tight end for the Carolina Panthers.

Kevin’s father, Chris, is the head football coach at Wayne Hills.

NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS

– 17 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 3.47 (ESPN), 3.35 (247Sports), 3.26 (Rivals), 3.18 (Scout)

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

– Notable: ESPN.com ranks 11 of UNC’s 17 class of 2013 recruits on the 4-star level.  Position-wise, seven of those recruits are projected to play on offense (1 QB, 1 RB, 3 WR, 2 OL).

N.C. STATE WOLFPACK

– 17 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 2.94 (ESPN), 2.88 (Rivals), 2.71 (247Sports), 2.31 (Scout)

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

– Notable: Tom O’Brien’s newest commit, Josh Mercer, is a running back with decent size and excellent speed.  He is listed at 5’11”, 190 pounds, and he consistently runs the 100 meters in under 11 seconds.  Mercer has run the 100 in the 10.6-second range on several occasions.

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:  Linebacker is a big need in UVa’s class, and the Cavaliers have done well in filling the need with three commitments:  State of Maryland products Zach Bradshaw (Damascus High School) and Micah Kiser (Gilman School), and speedy South Iredell (Statesville, N.C.) standout LaChaston Smith.  Smith plans to enroll at UVa in January of 2013.

VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES

– 17 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 3.59 (ESPN), 3.41 (247Sports), 3.29 (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:  Reid, Tech’s newest pledge, has seen action at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, linebacker, and safety in his time at Thomas Dale High School (Chester, VA).  The Hokies ultimately see him as a tailback, but his size and speed (runs the 40 in under 4.5 seconds) could translate to a variety of spots offensively and defensively at Tech.

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: Harris, who again is one of the Deacs’ prized pick-ups in the class of 2013, plays alongside LSU-bound signal caller Anthony Jennings.  Jennings boasted offers all across the country before settling on the Tigers.

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