Road To Signing Day 2014

The “Road To Signing Day 2014” is a 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.

Since the April 17 report, Boston College, Duke, Florida State, Miami, North Carolina, N.C. State, Pittsburgh, Virginia, and Virginia Tech have added recruits.  The Hokies scored three new commitments, while Boston College added two, and the rest of the schools added one apiece.  Quarterback Chandler Kincade parted ways with Pitt, which then rebounded with a commitment from a 3-star offensive line prospect.

With nine recruits, Florida State is tops in the conference in terms of the amount of commitments.  Virginia Tech’s recent run vaults the program to second in the ACC with eight commitments.  Boston College, Miami, and UNC have seven each.

Below is a compilation of how each school in the Atlantic Coast Conference is faring.  Note that Maryland is no longer in the listing because of the fact that they will move to the Big 10 in the 2014 season.  Louisville is not listed either because they are not yet in the ACC.  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.


Commitments (7)

– Jon Baker, OL, Millis (MA),  (Rivals, 247Sports, Scout)

– Kevin Cohee, LB, Roxbury Latin (West Roxbury, MA),  (247Sports)

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

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

– Thaddius Smith, WR, Cardinal O’Hara (Philadelphia, PA),  (247Sports)

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

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

Recent Developments/Notes:  After also considering offers from Connecticut, Michigan State and Rutgers, Massachusetts offensive lineman Jon Baker pledged to Boston College on April 20.  Linebacker Kevin Cohee cast his lot with the Eagles on the same day.  BC is now up to seven commitments in the class of 2014, with five of the seven coming in the month of April.


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)


Commitments (6)

– Tinashe Bere, LB, Sycamore (Cincinnati, OH),  (Rivals, 247Sports, Scout)

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)

– Alonzo Saxton, CB, Bishop Hartley (Columbus, OH),  (Rivals, 247Sports, Scout)

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

Recent Developments/Notes:   Bere is the latest prospect to commit to Duke, which now boasts six verbals in this class.  As you can see above, head coach David Cutcliffe and company are getting players from all parts of the country. 


Commitments (9)

– 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)

– Alec Eberle, OL, Atlee (Mechanicsville, VA),  (Rivals)

– 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:  FSU headed to the Richmond (VA) area for its latest commitment, Atlee (Mechanicsville, VA) standout Alec Eberle.  Eberle, who plays on both sides of the line in high school but will start out on offense in Tallahassee, also had offers from Connecticut, Maryland, Old Dominion, and Temple.


Commitments (2)

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

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


Commitments (7)

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)

– Dalvon Stuckey, DT, Pearl River CC (Hattiesburg, MS),  (247Sports)

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

Recent Developments/Notes:  Miami’s most recent commitment is from Dalvon Stuckey, a defensive tackle prospect who originally signed with Florida State in the class of 2012.


Commitments (7)

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

– Cayson Collins, LB, Philip O. Berry Academy of Technology (Charlotte, N.C.),  (Rivals, 247Sports, Scout)

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

– Brandon Fritts, TE, Mentor (OH),  (Rivals, 247Sports, Scout)

– Caleb Henderson, QB, Lake Braddock (Burke, VA)  (Rivals, 247Sports, Scout)

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

– Caleb Samuel, OL/DT, Stratford Academy (Macon, GA),  (247Sports)

Recent Developments/Notes:   Brandon Fritts, who will be reunited with former Mentor teammate Mitch Tribusky in Chapel Hill, plays wide receiver in high school but will be an H-back type for the Tar Heels.  Fritts is the latest class of 2014 prospect to commit to the Tar Heels.


Commitments (2)

– Garrett Bradbury, TE, Charlotte Christian (Charlotte, N.C.), Not Rated

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

Recent Developments/Notes:   Bradbury decided to join his high school teammate, Bo Hines, on the next level at N.C. State.  The Wolfpack land a player who plays tight end, defensive end, and long snapper at Charlotte Christian.


Commitments (1)

– Connor Hayes, OL, Traverse City West (Traverse City, MI),  (Rivals, 247Sports, Scout)

Recent Developments/Notes:  In what appears to have been a mutual parting, quarterback Chandler Kincade is no longer a Pitt pledge and is now considering all options.  It appears the Panthers are still an option, though.  Pitt rebounded with a commitment from Connor Hayes, a guard out of Michigan.  Hayes also considered offers from Duke, Indiana, and Syracuse, among others.


Commitments (2)

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

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


Commitments (4)

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

– Jordan “JJ” Jackson, OLB/DE, Woodgrove (Purcellville, VA),  (247Sports)

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

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

Recent Developments/Notes:  The Cavaliers bounced back quickly from defensive tackle Chris Nelson’s de-commitment with a pledge from sleeper prospect JJ Jackson, who has only one year of high school football experience.  The 6’4″ Jackson could be an outside linebacker or defensive end at UVa.


Commitments (8)

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

– Terrell Edmunds, CB, Dan River (VA),  (247Sports)

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

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

– Travon McMillian, QB/ATH, Hylton (Woodbridge, VA),  (Scout)

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

– CJ Reavis, S, Thomas Dale (Chester, VA),  (Rivals, 247Sports)

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

Recent Developments/Notes:   As is typically the case, Virginia Tech’s Spring Game produced results on the football recruiting front.  Touted safety CJ Reavis pledged to the Hokies just before the Spring Game.  He also considered offers from North Carolina, Ohio State, Tennessee, Virginia, and more.  Two days later, another in-state standout, cornerback Terrell Edmunds, committed to Tech over offers from Cincinnati and Hampton.  Edmunds’ older brother, Trey, is a rising red-shirt freshman running back for Tech.  And finally, Hylton star quarterback/athlete Travon McMillian revealed last Thursday that he had also committed to the Hokies.  McMillian had double-digit offers but ultimately chose Virginia Tech over California and Georgia Tech.  He committed to Tech while at the Spring Game but announced his decision publicly this past Thursday.


Commitments (1)

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

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