Around The ACC: 2013 Recruiting Update

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS

After a slow September and October, class of 2013 recruiting activity has increased significantly in November and December.  Wake Forest has enjoyed the most success, landing four commitments over the course of the past several weeks.  Clemson has been on the other end of the spectrum, as the Tigers have been dealt some major blows to its class.  In the past month, Dabo Swinney and company have lost a pair of 4-star recruits and a 3-star defensive back in addition to 5-star defensive end Robert Nkemdiche.  Here are some other recent class of 2013 football recruiting developments from around the ACC…

– Boston College added promising in-state lineman Tevin Montgomery but saw recruits Michael Geiger and Cory Jasudowich de-commit.  Geiger, a place-kicker, switched his pledge to Michigan State.  Jasudowich, a linebacker, is now a Connecticut commitment.  The Eagles now have 16 verbal commitments in the class of 2013.  The program has a new head coach as well, as former Temple head coach Steve Addazio has been hired to replace Frank Spaziani, who was let go shortly after the end of the regular season.

Montgomery, a 6’5″, 280-pound defensive tackle/offensive lineman, committed after Spaziani was fired and before Addazio was hired.  The Tabor Academy (Marion, MA) product chose the Eagles over Vanderbilt and Virginia.

– As mentioned above, Clemson continues to take hits on the recruiting trail.  Grayson (Loganville, GA) 5-star defensive end Robert Nkemdiche de-committed in November, and shortly thereafter the Tigers lost defensive back David Kamara, a high school teammate of Nkemdiche’s.  4-star defensive end Elijah Daniel de-committed in late November.  On Wednesday, coveted wide receiver recruit Demarcus Robinson switched his pledge from Clemson to Florida.

– In late November, Bishop Amat (La Puente, CA) wideout Darren Andrews switched his pledge from Duke to UCLA.  Florida prep linebacker Dominic Zanca provided the Blue Devils with some good news, though, when he committed to David Cutcliffe and company.  Zanca had previously committed to the University of Tennessee.

– Junior college defensive end Desmond Hollin is on board with Florida State.  He verbally committed to the Seminoles earlier this week.

– Aquinas (Augusta, GA) running back Brendan Douglas has verbally committed to Georgia Tech, becoming one of three running backs Paul Johnson has landed in the class of 2013.  The Yellow Jackets have 15 commitments in total.

– Maryland dipped into the Tidewater region of Virginia for Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA) defensive tackle Demetri McGill.

– The Hun School (Princeton, N.J.) offensive lineman/defensive tackle Hunter Knighton committed to the Miami Hurricanes on Monday.

– The dismissal of Tom O’Brien as head coach has cost N.C. State at least two class of 2013 commits in cornerback Hassan Childs and running back Matt Dayes.  Dayes is still considering the Wolfpack, while Childs appears likely to head elsewhere.

– UVa, which recently dismissed four assistant coaches including defensive coordinator Jim Reid, has not had any official “de-commits” as of yet, but a handful of recruits are at least expressing some interest in visiting other schools.  Class of 2012 signees Tyrell Chavis and Max Valles, who are finishing up postgraduates semesters at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia, may not stick with the Hoos.  Class of 2013 defensive tackle Donta Wilkins has scheduled official visits to Virginia, UNC, and Michigan State, and defensive back recruits Malcolm Cook and Tim Harris are considering visits to other programs.

– Wake Forest has enjoyed a nice run recently, landing four commitments to bring its class of 2013 total to 18.  The Deacons scored two prospects this week, including St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, FL) linebacker Lance Virgile and Palmetto (Miami, FL) linebacker Wendell Dunn.  The latter had previously committed to Central Florida.  Virgile is now the Deacs’ most highly rated recruit in the class.

SUMMARY

Combining the rankings of the four national recruiting networks (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, and 247Sports), Miami, Clemson, Florida State and UNC are currently in the top third in the conference with respect to individual player rank. In what is a testament to the depth of talent Clemson had assembled before the recent defections, the Tigers continue to lead the way with an average player ranking of 3.5 stars per prospect.  Miami comes in with an average of 3.42 stars per prospect, but the Canes have only nine high school senior commitments.  Florida State averages 3.41 stars per recruit, and North Carolina averages 3.38 stars per recruit.

In terms of total commitments, Virginia and Wake Forest lead the conference with 18 apiece.  FSU, Maryland, N.C. State, and Virginia Tech have 17 apiece. Boston College, Duke, and North Carolina each have 16 commitments. Georgia Tech has 15 commitments, Clemson has 13, and Miami has 9.  Note that these numbers only include current high school seniors. They do not include postgraduate players that originally were in the class of 2012 but did not enroll in college this fall.

TEAM BY TEAM BREAKDOWN

BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES

– 16 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): 2.69 (ESPN), 2.63 (Rivals), 2.5 (247Sports.com), 2.44 (Scout)

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

CLEMSON TIGERS

– 13 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 3.77 (ESPN), 3.46 (Scout), 3.46 (247Sports.com), 3.31 (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: 2.63 (247Sports), 2.56 (Rivals), 2.56 (ESPN), 2.44 (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

– 15 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 3 (ESPN), 2.93 (Rivals), 2.8 (247Sports), 2.73 (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: 3 (247Sports), 2.88 (Rivals), 2.82 (ESPN), 2.76 (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: 3.56 (ESPN), 3.56 (Scout), 3.33 (Rivals), 3.22 (247Sports.com)

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

NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS

– 16 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 3.69 (ESPN), 3.38 (247Sports), 3.25 (Scout), 3.19 (Rivals)

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

N.C. STATE WOLFPACK

– 17 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 2.94 (ESPN), 2.88 (Rivals), 2.65 (247Sports), 2.35 (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), 3.22 (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), 3.12 (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

– 18 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Average star rankings: 2.83 (ESPN), 2.67 (Rivals), 2.56 (Scout), 2.56 (247Sports)

– Top recruit: Lance Virgile, LB, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, FL), 4-star recruit by ESPN, 3-star recruit by Rivals, Scout, and 247Sports

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