Around The ACC: 2013 Recruiting Update

Division 1 coaches all across the country are gearing up for February 6, which is National Signing Day for recruits in the class of 2013.  There has been plenty of activity on the football recruiting front in the Atlantic Coast Conference, which currently has four schools with consensus national top 30 classes.  Florida State is the headliner at this point, as the Seminoles have the 9th best class in the nation according to 247Sports and the 10th best class in the country according to and All three of these sites, plus, rank Florida State’s class as no. 1 in the ACC.  Clemson, North Carolina and Virginia Tech are the other programs with a consensus national top 30 ranking.

Below is a look at all 12 ACC schools, including recent developments on the recruiting trail and current class rankings according to the four national recruiting sites.


Recent Developments:  Harding (Warren, OH) running back Leshun Daniels de-committed from Boston College and cast his lot with the Iowa Hawkeyes.  Daniels’ decision leaves the Eagles with 15 commitments in the class of 2013.

– 15 verbal commitments (’s full list here)

– Class rank (National):  No. 67 (Rivals), No. 69 (Scout), No. 77 (247Sports)

– Class rank (ACC):  No. 11 (Scout), No. 12 (Rivals), No. 12 (247Sports)

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


Recent Developments:  Thomas Jefferson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko announced for the Tigers at the Under Armour All-American Bowl.  The 4-star prospect (per ESPN and Rivals) has now enrolled at Clemson along with three other prospects.  The Tigers have also lost a recruit this month, when Georgia WR Ryan Jenkins de-committed from the Tigers in favor of the University of Tennessee.

– 15 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Class rank (National):  No. 12 (, No. 17 (247Sports), No. 26 (Scout), No. 27 (Rivals)

– Class rank (ACC):  No. 2 (ESPN), No. 3 (Scout), No. 3 (247Sports), No. 4 (Rivals)

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


Recent Developments:  The Blue Devils added two players in January, including former N.C. State pledge Chris Holmes and WR Phillip Carter.  Holmes is a potential wide receiver or defensive back out of Chancellor High School in Fredericksburg, Virginia, while Carter hails from Folsom, California.  Four players enrolled this semester and 14 more are expected to sign on February 6.

– 18 commitments (full list here)

– Class rank (National):  No. 62 (Scout), No. 63 (Rivals), No. 69 (247Sports)

– Class rank (ACC):  No. 10 (Scout), No. 11, (Duke), No. 11 (247Sports)

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


Recent DevelopmentsU.S. Army All-American wideout Tony Stevens, an Orlando (FL) native who originally committed to the Noles, announced at the Army Bowl that he is headed to Texas A&M.  The Seminoles responded by landing 4-star defensive end Demarcus Walker, who switched from Alabama.  Florida State has 17 recruits in the class of 2013.  One, linebacker Freddie Stevenson, has enrolled.

– 17 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Class rank (National):  No. 9 (247Sports), No. 10 (ESPN), No. 10 (Rivals), No. 17 (Scout)

– Class rank (ACC):  No. 1 (ESPN), No. 1 (Rivals), No. 1 (Scout), No. 1 (247Sports)

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


Recent Developments:  The Yellow Jackets scored a commitment from St. Joseph’s (Montvale, N.J.) wide receiver Ricky Jeune this past Sunday.

– 16 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Class rank (National):  No. 51 (Scout), No. 53 (Rivals), No. 57 (247Sports)

– Class rank (ACC):  No. 7 (Rivals), No. 8 (Scout), No. 8 (247Sports)

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


Recent Developments:  Two players, including talented junior college wide receiver Deon Long, have enrolled in school.  Seventeen more are expected to sign with the Terrapins next month.  Maryland received a verbal commitment from Bozeman (Panama City, FL) defensive end Chandler Burkett on Monday.  Just before Christmas, the Terps added a pledge from Glades Central (Belle Glade, FL) defensive back Will Likely, who is rated a 4-star recruit by and

– 19 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Class rank (National):  No. 33 (247Sports), No. 40 (Rivals), No. 47 (Scout)

– Class rank (ACC):  No. 6 (Rivals), No. 7 (Scout), No. 7 (247Sports)

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


Recent DevelopmentsSince our last report, the Canes have secured four commitments, including Sierra Community College (Roseville, CA) linebacker Devante Bond, Pierce Community College (Woodland Hills, CA) tight end Beau Sandland, Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad, and Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, VA) offensive lineman Sonny Odogwu.  Muhammad made his announcement at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on January 5.

– 13 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Class rank (National):  No. 23 (ESPN), No. 29 (247Sports), No. 39 (Scout), No. 58 (Rivals)

– Class rank (ACC):  No. 5 (ESPN), No. 5 (Scout), No. 6 (247Sports), No. 10 (Rivals)

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


Recent Developments:  UNC has had some good and bad news over the past month.  The Tar Heels gained a commitment from Monsignor Donovan (Toms River, N.J.) offensive lineman Brad Henson, who originally committed to ACC-rival UVa.  Former South Florida recruit Mikey Bart (DE/TE out of Buford (GA)) committed as well, but UNC saw one of its previous commits, Korren Wiggins, de-commit.

Four players enrolled at Chapel Hill this month.

– 18 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Class rank (National):  No. 15 (ESPN), No. 21 (Scout), No. 22 (Rivals), No. 23 (247Sports)

– Class rank (ACC):  No. 2 (Scout), No. 3 (Rivals), No. 4 (ESPN), No. 4 (247Sports)

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


Recent Developments:  New head coach Dave Doeren has enjoyed some success on the recruiting trail in January, reeling in commitments from three prospects:  Vero Beach (FL) defensive backs Sean Paul and Dravious Wright, and Lewisville (S.C.) athlete Malcolm Means.

– 18 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Class rank (National):  No. 57 (Rivals), No. 59 (247Sports), No. 71 (Scout)

– Class rank (ACC):  No. 9 (Rivals), No. 9 (247Sports), No. 12 (Scout)

– Top recruit: Kyrin Priester, WR, Brookwood (Snellville, GA), 4-star recruit by, 3-star recruit by,, and


Recent Developments:  UVa lost two previous commitments — the aforementioned Henson and Houston (TX) defensive back Hipolito Corporan, who switched to Utah — but gained pledges from Columbia (Decatur, GA) offensive lineman Eric Smith and Monacan (Richmond, VA) linebacker/fullback Connor Wingo-Reeves.  The latter was previously committed to Temple.  UVa has 20 commitments in total, including LaChaston Smith, who enrolled this month.

– 20 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Class rank (National):  No. 24 (247Sports), No. 31 (Rivals), No. 32 (ESPN), No. 42 (Scout)

– Class rank (ACC):  No. 5 (Rivals), No. 5 (247Sports), No. 6 (ESPN), No. 6 (Scout)

– Top recruit: Taquan Mizzell, RB, Bayside (Virginia Beach, VA), 5-star recruit by 4-star recruit by, and


Recent Developments:  The Hokies added to their offensive line haul with a commitment from Fork Union Military Academy (VA) postgraduate Jonathan McLaughlin.  McLaughlin signed with ECU last February but did not qualify.  He has gained admission to Tech and will enroll on Monday along with three other high school early grads, including cornerback/wide receiver Brandon Facyson, offensive tackle Parker Osterloh and quarterback Carlis Parker.

– 18 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Class rank (National):  No. 13 (ESPN), No. 14 (247Sports), No. 15 (Rivals), No. 29 (Scout)

– Class rank (ACC):  No. 2 (Rivals), No. 2 (247Sports), No. 3 (ESPN), No. 4 (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.


Recent Developments:  Clearwater (FL) standout Michael Stevenson has committed, giving the Deacs 18 verbal commitments in the class of 2013.  Three of those recruits have enrolled early.

– 19 verbal commitments (full list here)

– Class rank (National):  No. 53 (Rivals), No. 58 (Scout), No. 66 (247Sports)

– Class rank (ACC):  No. 7 (Rivals), No. 9 (Scout), No. 10 (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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