Around The ACC: 2013 Recruiting Update

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

– Grayson (Loganville, GA) defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, the consensus (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports) number one overall player in the nation in the class of 2013, has decided to reopen his recruitment.  This is obviously bad news for Clemson, the school the 5-star prospect originally pledged to back in June of this year.  While Nkemdiche told ESPN.com that the Tigers remain under consideration, the general consensus seems to be that the team to beat is Ole Miss, where Nkemdiche’s older brother, Denzel, is now a red-shirt freshman linebacker.

Clemson lost its second Grayson senior recruit in a week’s time last night, when defensive back David Kamara withdrew his commitment.  A third player, Grayson senior running back Wayne Gallman, remains firm in his commitment to Dabo Swinney’s squad.

No question the past week has dealt a big blow to Clemson’s class, but the Tigers maintain a quality group of recruits.  Fifteen high school seniors and two postgraduate players are committed, including 13 4-star recruits according to ESPN.com.  Rivals.com rates nine of Clemson’s recruits on the 4-star level.

– Miami received some bad news of its own when South Plantation (Plantation, FL) senior running back Alex Collins withdrew his commitment to the Canes.  Collins is rated a 5-star prospect by Scout.com and a 4-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals, and 247Sports.  The Hurricanes have nine high school senior commitments and one postgraduate commit.

– While the Tigers and Canes look to rebound in the coming weeks and months until Signing Day, recent recruiting news was much more positive for Florida State, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, and Wake Forest.  All four schools have gained at least one 2013 class commit in recent weeks.  Wake Forest added two prospects to the fold, bringing their 2013 class total to 14.

Neither Virginia nor Virginia Tech came through with an offer for 6’6″, 290-pound Mills Godwin (Richmond, VA) offensive tackle Eric Tetlow, who recently accepted Jim Grobe’s scholarship offer over Boston College, Maryland, Pitt, and others.  The Deacs also gained a commitment from Lake Worth (FL) offensive guard/defensive end James Looney.

Georgia Tech also has 14 high school senior commitments after accepting a pledge from Lovejoy (Hampton, GA) wide receiver JuMichael Ramos.  The Yellow Jackets earlier secured a commitment from Ramos’ teammate and classmate, running back Travis Custis.

N.C. State landed its 19th high school senior when Scotland (Laurinburg, N.C.) linebacker Artemis Robinson came on board.

Finally, Jimbo Fisher and company received a commitment from South Plantation (Plantation, FL) senior quarterback/athlete John Franklin.  Franklin is a teammate of the aforementioned Alex Collins, a player FSU is pursuing as well.

SUMMARY

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. Despite Nkemdiche’s decision to look elsewhere, Clemson now leads the way with an average player ranking of 3.55 stars per prospect.  Miami comes in with an average of 3.53 stars per prospect.  Florida State averages 3.41 stars per recruit, and Virginia Tech averages 3.36 stars per recruit.

In terms of total commitments, N.C. State leads the conference with 19.  Virginia is second with 18.  Boston College, FSU, North Carolina and Virginia Tech have 17 apiece. Duke and Maryland each have 16 commitments. Clemson drops to 15 commits.  Georgia Tech has 14, Wake Forest has 14, and Miami has 9. 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.

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

– 15 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 3.8 (ESPN), 3.53 (Scout), 3.47 (247Sports.com), 3.4 (Rivals)

– Top recruit: Dorian O’Daniel, LB, Good Counsel (Olney, MD), Consensus 4-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

– 17 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 3.65 (ESPN), 3.35 (Rivals), 3.35 (Scout), 3.29 (247Sports.com),

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

GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS

– 14 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 2.86 (Rivals), 2.86 (247Sports), 2.79 (ESPN), 2.79 (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

– 16 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 3 (247Sports), 2.81 (ESPN), 2.81 (Rivals), 2.75 (Scout)

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

MIAMI HURRICANES

– 9 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 3.67 (Scout), 3.67 (ESPN), 3.44 (Rivals), 3.33 (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

– 19 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 2.84 (ESPN), 2.84 (Rivals), 2.68 (247Sports), 2.37 (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

– 14 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 2.93 (ESPN), 2.5 (Scout), 2.43 (Rivals), 2.43 (247Sports)

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

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