ACC Football Recruiting Round-Up: July 31-August 3rd

Although summer camps are beginning to wind down, the ACC recruiting trail is as hot as it’s been for the last couple of months. Here’s the latest news from over the weekend and Monday on some of the conference’s top targets and commitments.

Larry Fedora and his staff add a big time run stopper to their class of 2016 with the commitment of DT Kyree Campbell out of Freedom High School in Woodbridge, Virginia. New defensive coordinator Gene Chizik is hoping that the addition of Campbell will help them lure five-star lineman Dexter Lawrence, as the team remains hot on the trail for his services.

The Miami Hurricanes received a vote of confidence from three-star athlete Devin Studsill of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida over the weekend. Studsill, who admits that his recruitment is still “wide open” hopes to visit Miami in September as he inches closer to determining where he will play college football.

 While Florida State lost a commitment of one of the nation’s top tight end targets in Isaac Nauta last week, it appears that they haven’t wasted any time in getting back on the trail for another pass catching tight end. Four-star recruit Naseir Upshur of Philadelphia, Pa has said in recent days that he has been in contact with the Florida State staff and has great interest in playing for the Seminoles come 2016.

Phil Patterson will play for the Virginia Tech Hokies. The 2016 three-star prospect out of Bayside High in Virginia Beach, Va announced his decision on his twitter account on Saturday, shortly after a ceremony in his high school gym with family and friends.

While the Hokies were able to land Patterson over the weekend, they were not so lucky on another local receiving target. Four-star wideout Tino Ellis from famed DeMatha High School in Maryland chose to stay in-state and commit to the Maryland Terrapins. This was especially disappointing for Virginia Tech, as they felt they had the inside track on gaining his commitment since he is the cousin of current Hokie defensive back, Donovan Riley.

Georgia Tech gained a solid addition to their defensive backfield as they were able to solidify a commitment from three-star defensive back Jarett Cole. Cole is the seventh commitment of the 2016 class for Paul Johnson, as Cole looks to bring versatility to the 4-2-5 defense in Atlanta.

Three-star Alabama athlete Erroll Thompson committed to Mississippi State over the weekend. Thompson, who plays linebacker at the high school level, also had given serious consideration to Michigan, Kentucky, Alabama, and the ACC’s own Louisville Cardinals. He’s the second linebacker to verbally commit to the Bulldogs for 2016, although his position at the next level is unknown.


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