ACC Football Weekend Recruiting Round-Up

Fall camp has opened up across the ACC and across the country as well. With that being said, recruiting is as busy as ever, as teams across the conference have not slowed down in efforts to bring in some of the nation’s best prospects in 2016 and beyond. Here’s a look at the latest news and notes from the recruiting trail over the weekend.



Lytle, who is a rising junior at Servite High School in Anaheim, California, has turned heads from scouts across the country after a very strong summer. The 6’4″ pocket passer is hoping he can follow-up his impressive summer workouts with a solid start to his junior season as he looks to add some more scholarship offers going into the winter. Miami (FL) was the very first school to extend Lytle an offer, which was followed up shortly thereafter by a scholarship from Colorado State. Notre Dame, Michigan, Florida, and Washington have all shown interest in Lytle as well, with no clear frontrunners this early in his recruitment. Below is some film of his passing ability.




Four-star wide receiver Dylan Crawford is moving closer to a college decision, as he hopes to narrow his list of schools within the next couple of weeks, according to Rivals. The 6’1″ Crawford, who is the 15th-ranked receiver from the class of 2016, has a list comprised of many schools out west, but has commented in recent days that he has a “particular interest” in Michigan, UCLA, and the ACC’s Miami Hurricanes.  


While Miami chases a four-star receiver from the west coast, they continue to attempt to hold onto another four-star from close to home who committed last month. Sam Bruce, a four-star receiver and the #36 overall recruit in the 2016 class according to Rivals, will make visits to Ohio State and Florida State, despite verbally pledging to the Hurricanes in early July. Bruce, who is a 5’8″ speedster from the local Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, is performing his due diligence as he looks to ensure that he made the right college decision.




Four-star tight end Naseir Upshur appears to have had two positive official visits at South Carolina and Florida State over the last couple of weeks, he told Rivals over the weekend. The Philadelphia product still has yet to take visits to Michigan and Arizona State, and has not distinguished any school as a frontrunner as of yet. Upshur is the #4 tight end in the country and the 63rd-ranked prospect overall in the 2016 class.



Not only are the Hurricanes running into potential trouble with the commitment of 2016 wide receiver Sam Bruce, but 2017 tight end Tre McKitty is also continuing to take a look at other schools despite his verbal commitment to Miami. McKitty, who is a four-star tight end out of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, has received interest from Ohio State, Auburn, and Florida throughout camps this summer. With that being said though, McKitty says his plans remain largely unchanged, as he told Rivals that he has a very good relationship with Al Golden and the Hurricanes staff.




Although Mike London’s Virginia Cavaliers have underachieved on the field in recent years, his recruiting classes have remained solid. London is hoping that he can add three-star cornerback Sean Mahone out of West Chester, Ohio to the list of 2016 commitments to the Cavaliers later this week when he makes his college decision. Kentucky, Purdue, and West Virginia remain firmly in the mix for the versatile defensive back.  


It seems like the Hurricanes have dominated this piece, but they have continued to be active, as they nabbed 2016 three-star defensive back Nick Roberts out of Orange Park, Florida. Roberts picked Miami after also giving consideration to Cincinnati, Penn State, and the Florida Gators, among others.

Here’s some highlight film to show his ability.




After Frank Beamer held a barbecue for prospective recruits last month, defensive end Jimmie Taylor came away with a good feeling about playing his college football in Blacksburg. The three-star defensive end out of North Carolina received heavy interest from UNC, as well as Michigan throughout the recruiting process. However, the family atmosphere, as well as the potential to contribute right away, swung his decision to the Hokies, as Tech was able to add another nice piece to their 2016 recruiting class.  



While it is still quite early in the recruitment of 2017 four-star defensive end Yemur Matos, a trip to Clemson two weeks ago left him quite impressed. The 6’5″ weakside terror out of Chancellor High School in Fredericksburg, Virginia appears to be of top priority to the Tigers at this time. With that being said, many ACC schools have joined in the recruitment of Matos, including NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, and Duke.


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