Around The ACC: 2013 Recruiting Update

Blue Devils, Wolfpack Add Recruits

N.C. State scored a commitment from Brookwood (Snellville, GA) senior wide receiver Kyrin Priester, a former University of Georgia commit.  Priester, who ESPN.com ranks as the no. 164 overall prospect in the nation in the class of 2013, chose the Pack over South Carolina, TCU, and others.

Priester is State’s second consecutive high school senior commitment from the state of Georgia.  Speedy running back Josh Mercer pledged to Tom O’Brien’s program on September 25.

Duke scored its 16th verbal commitment of the class of 2013 in Providence Day School (Charlotte, N.C.) athlete Bryon Owens.  The 5’10”, 170-pound senior likely will play cornerback or wide receiver for the Blue Devils.

Combining the rankings of the four national recruiting networks (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, and 247Sports), Miami, Clemson, Florida State and Virginia Tech continue to be 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, though it should be noted 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, N.C. State and UVa lead the conference with 18 apiece. Boston College, Clemson, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia Tech have 17 each. Duke and Florida State have 16 commitments. 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.

Recruiting Links

– Boston College website BCInterruption.com breaks down recruiting under head coach Frank Spaziani.  Spaziani was on the proverbial hot seat before the 2012 season got underway, and a 1-6 start certainly does not bode well.

– The Fayetteville Observer writes about N.C. State’s newest commitment Kyrin Priester, who gets the job done on and off the field.

– Clemson has done excellent work in the state of Georgia in the class of 2013, including landing a commitment from 5-star defensive end Robert Nkemdiche.  The Atlanta Journal-Constitution  reports on the likelihood of the Tigers holding all of these commitments come Signing Day.

– Florida State has been hit by the de-commitment bug recently, losing senior tight end Christian Morgan and senior wide receiver Greg Stevens.  Heralded linebacker E.J. Levenberry (Hylton H.S. in Woodbridge (VA)) remains committed to the Noles, but the Washington Post reports he will take an official to Oklahoma this weekend.

– UVa and Virginia Tech fans looking for information on how each school’s class of 2013 recruits are performing this season should check out the Good Ol Blog and the TechSideline.com’s Blog.  Both mediums are free for everyone.

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

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

DUKE BLUE DEVILS

– 16 commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 2.56 (Rivals), 2.56 (247Sports), 2.31 (ESPN), 2.31 (Scout)

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

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

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.

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

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

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

N.C. STATE WOLFPACK

– 18 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 3 (ESPN), 2.89 (Rivals), 2.72 (247Sports), 2.39 (Scout)

– Top recruit: Kyrin Priester, WR, Brookwood (Snellville, GA), 4-star recruit by ESPN.com, 3-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com, and 247Sports.com

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.

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.

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

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