Road To Signing Day 2014

The “Road To Signing Day 2014” is a weekly report on how each school in the Atlantic Coast Conference is doing in class of 2014 football recruiting.  Throughout this recruiting year, all the way up until Signing Day next February, we’ll provide the latest commitment updates and rankings for each ACC program.

As a result of the action over the past two weeks, which was plentiful, every one of the schools in the ACC is now on board with at least one commitment in the class of 2014.  Duke and Miami each added two talented offensive line prospects, while Florida State continues to roll in the big-time recruits.  Boston College quadrupled its commitment total, while N.C. State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest added one prospect apiece.  Clemson, however, was dealt a blow with a de-commitment.

Below is a compilation of how each school in the Atlantic Coast Conference is faring.  Included in each player listing is the player’s name, position, school (and school location), and the player’s highest star rating among the four national recruiting outlets (Rivals, Scout, ESPN, 247).  Later in the year, the star rating will be an average of the four national sites.

BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES

Commitments (4)

– Harold Landry, DE, Pine Forest (Fayetteville, N.C.),  (247Sports)

– Marcus Outlow, RB, Norwich Free Academy (Norwich, CT),  (Rivals, 247Sports)

– Darius Wade, QB, Middletown (DE),  (Rivals, 247Sports)

– Isaac Yiadom, WR/DB, Doherty Memorial (Worcester, MA),  (Rivals, 247Sports)

Recent Developments/Notes:  The Eagles and new head coach Steve Addazio are gaining traction on the recruiting front, having gone from one commitment to four over the course of the past two weeks.  Yiadom came on board in late March, choosing BC over Connecticut.  Landry and Wade followed suit this Monday.  Wade chose the Eagles over offers from Nebraska, N.C. State, Syracuse, and more.

CLEMSON TIGERS

Commitments (4)

– Taylor Hearn, OL, Williston Elko (Williston, S.C.).  (Scout)

– Jae-lon Oglesby, RB, D.W. Daniel (Central, S.C.),  (Rivals)

– Cannon Smith, TE, Hammond School (Columbia, S.C.),  (247Sports, Scout)

– Deshaun Watson, QB, Gainesville (GA),  (Rivals)

Recent Developments/Notes:  Dalvin Cook, a coveted 4-star running back out of Central High School (Miami, FL), de-committed from the Tigers in favor of the University of Florida.  Cook’s decision drops Clemson’s class of 2014 commitment total from five to four.

DUKE BLUE DEVILS

Commitments (4)

Zavier Carmichael, LB, St. Paul’s (Mobile, AL),  (Rivals, 247Sports)

– Trip McNeill, OL, Davie (Mocksville, N.C.),  (Rivals, 247Sports, Scout)

– Jake Sanders, OL, Carrollton (GA),  (Rivals, 247Sports, Scout)

– Kameron Schroeder, OL, Cosumnes Oaks (Elk Grove, CA),  (Rivals, 247Sports)

Recent Developments/Notes:  Duke has enjoyed some recruiting success of late, landing McNeill, Sanders, and Schroeder in a 3-week span.  All three players are offensive line recruits.

FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES

Commitments (8)

– Demarcus Christmas, DT, Manatee (Bradenton, FL),  (Rivals, 247Sports, Scout)

– J.J. Cosentino, QB, Central Catholic (New Kensington, PA),  (247Sports)

– Kain Daub, LB, Sandalwood (Jacksonville, FL),  (247Sports, Scout)

– J.C. Jackson, DB, Immokalee (FL),  (Rivals, 247Sports, Scout)

– Blake McClain, DE, Sandalwood (Jacksonville, FL),  (247Sports, Scout)

– Delvin Purifoy, LB, Catholic (Pensacola, FL), (Rivals, 247Sports)

– JoJo Robinson, ATH, Northwestern (Miami, FL),  (Scout)

– C.J. Worton, WR, South Dade (Homestead, FL),  (247Sports, Scout)

Recent Developments/Notes:  Florida State continues to flourish in class of 2014 recruiting, adding linebacker Kain Daub to its haul.  Daub, who had originally committed to LSU, is rated a 5-star prospect by 247Sports.com.  Five other recruits have a 4-star ranking.

GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS

Commitments (2)

– Tre Jackson, RB/LB, Lowndes (Valdosta, GA), Not Rated

– Miles Taylor, DB, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.),  (247Sports)

MARYLAND TERRAPINS

Commitments (1)

Jared Cohen, OL, McDonogh (Owings Mills, MD),  (Scout)

MIAMI HURRICANES

Commitments (6)

Trevor Darling, OL, Central (Miami, FL),  (Rivals, 247Sports, Scout)

– Alin Edouard, QB, Hialeah (FL),  (247Sports)

– Reilly Gibbons, OL, Catholic (St. Petersburg, FL),  (Rivals)

– Nick Linder, OL, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, FL),  (247Sports, Scout)

– KC McDermott, OL, Palm Beach Central (Wellington, FL),  (Scout)

– Joseph Yearby, RB, Central (Miami, FL),  (Scout)

Recent Developments/Notes:  The Canes added a pair of highly regarded offensive line prospects in Reilly Gibbons and Scout.com 5-star prospect KC McDermott, who both hail from the Sunshine State.

NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS

Commitments (3)

Tajze Battle, DB, Dunbar (Fort Myers, FL),  (247Sports)

– Robert Dinkins, DE, Olympic (Charlotte, N.C.),  (247Sports, Scout)

– Freeman Jones, PK, Bunn (N.C.),  (247Sports)

N.C. STATE WOLFPACK

Commitments (1)

– Bo Hines, WR, Charlotte Christian (Charlotte, N.C.),  (Rivals, 247Sports, Scout)

Recent Developments/Notes:  NCISAAA first-team all-state wide receiver Bo Hines, a teammate of 4-star rising senior tight end Jeb Blazevich, is N.C. State’s first verbal commitment in the class of 2014.

PITTSBURGH PANTHERS

Commitments (1)

Chandler Kincade, QB, Blackhawk (Beaver Falls, PA), (247Sports, Scout)

SYRACUSE ORANGE

Commitments (2)

– Naesean Howard, RB, West Genesee (Camillus, N.Y.),  (Scout)

– A.J. Long, QB/ATH, Friendship Christian (Lebanon, TN),  (247Sports)

VIRGINIA CAVALIERS

Commitments (4)

Quin Blanding, S, Bayside (Virginia Beach, VA),  (Rivals, 247Sports, Scout)

– Steven Moss, OL, Chancellor (Fredericksburg, VA), , (Rivals, 247Sports, Scout)

– Chris Nelson, DT, Victory Christian Academy (Lakeland, FL),  (247Sports, Scout)

– Gary Wunderlich, PK, Memphis University School (Memphis, TN)

Recent Developments/Notes:  The Cavaliers gained a commitment from top place-kicking prospect Gary Wunderlich, who follows in the footsteps of his parents and grandfathers, who all attended UVa.  Wunderlich is rated the top place-kicker in the class of 2014 by Chris Sailer and Kohl’s Kicking.

VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES

Commitments (5)

Xavier Burke, TE/DL, Brunswick (Lawrenceville, VA),  (247Sports)

– Javon Harrison, DB, Kathleeen (Lakeland, FL),  (Rivals, Scout)

– Kalen McCain, DB, Hillside (Durham, N.C.), , (Rivals, 247Sports, Scout)

– Vinny Mihota, DE, Massaponax (Fredericksburg, VA),  (247Sports)

– Marshawn Williams, RB, Phoebus (Hampton, VA),  (247Sports, Scout)

Recent Developments/Notes:  One day after hosting a Junior Day on April 6, the Hokies landed a commitment from McCain, a safety prospect out of talented Hillside High School.  McCain was in attendance for the event.  Hillside boasts two other major college talents in this class in RB Donte Thomas-Williams and WR Trevion Thompson.

WAKE FOREST DEMON DEACONS

Commitments (1)

– Cameron Glenn, DB, Stephenson (Stone Mountain, GA),  (247Sports)

Recent Developments/Notes:  Cameron Glenn is the Deacs’ first commitment in the class of 2014.  The 6’1″, 185-pound defensive back picked Jim Grobe’s program over offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, and others.

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