In Coastal Division, UNC, Virginia Tech chasing Miami on recruiting trail

Duke and Georgia Tech working three-star level for solid classes

Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee (2) pitches the ball to a teammate as Virginia defensive ends Max Valles (88) and Jake Snyder (90) close in for the tackle during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/The Daily Progress, Ryan M. Kelly)

The Daily Progress

Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee (2) pitches the ball to a teammate as Virginia defensive ends Max Valles (88) and Jake Snyder (90) close in for the tackle during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/The Daily Progress, Ryan M. Kelly)

The ACC's Coastal Division teams find themselves chasing Miami on the recruiting trail, as coach Al Golden has put together a class widely ranked as the league's second best. Miami (7), Virginia Tech (4), UNC (3), Virginia (2) and Pitt (2) have all added four-star prospects, while Virginia won national recruiting battles for in-state five stars Quin Blanding and Andrew Brown.

Rankings are based on 247Sports Composite Ratings, which are based on data from 247Sports, Rivals, Scout, ESPN and others.

Duke

(#59, 17 commitments, 0 5-star, 0 4-star, 17 3-star)

Coming off the first 10-win season in school history, David Cutcliffe's Blue Devils are working solidly in three-star territory this days, but still looking for a breakthrough at the elite recruiting level. That doesn't mean Duke isn't beginning to win recruiting battles against elite teams, however, as in the case of in-state 'athlete' Johnathan Lloyd, who also had offers from Clemson, Florida and Ohio State. The Blue Devils had success close to home with running back Shaun Wilson and offensive lineman Tripp McNeill, and afar with tight end Davis Koppenshaver and offensive lineman Kameron Schroeder from California, defensive back Zack Muniz from St. Louis, quarterback Nicodem Pierre from Miami, and linebacker Zavier Carmichael from Alabama. Duke came into the Upstate for a commitment from Easley, S.C., defensive lineman Quaven Ferguson.

Georgia Tech

(#56, 18 commitments, 0 5-star, 0 4-star, 18 3-star)

The Yellow Jackets, like the Blue Devils, build their recruiting classes almost exclusively from the three-star level of prospects. Among Tech's top pick-ups this cycle are defensive back Step Durham, quarterback Matthew Jordan, running back C.J. Leggett, and a large group of defensive players, including defensive back teammates Lance and Lawrence Austin and Qua Searcy from Lamar County, Ga., and defensive ends Tyler Merriweather, Michael Preddy and KeShun Freeman.

Miami

(#11, 26 commitments, 1 5-star, 7 4-star, 18 three-star)

Coach Al Golden is putting the Hurricanes back on the national recruiting map, concentrating on reestablishing Miami's dominance for local players and selectively recruiting elsewhere. Miami's seven four-star prospects rank second to Florida State's 14 and Clemson's 10. The Hurricanes' stretch-run priorities include holding onto five-star defensive end Chad Thomas against a strong Seminole push, and securing the signing of defensive tackle Trevonte Valentine against a late LSU run. Golden's class includes a pair of four-star offensive linemen in Trevor Darling and Reilly Gibbons, as well as four-stars Braxton Berrios (WR), Kiy Hester (DB), Demetrius Jackson (DE) and Joseph Yearby (RB).

North Carolina

(#25, 22 commitments, 0 5-star, 3 4-star, 19 three-star)

The Tar Heels pulled off an important in-state 'keep' when four-star running back Elijah Hood flipped his commitment from Notre Dame. Other top recruits include pro-style quarterback Caleb Henderson, offensive tackle Bentley Spain, offensive lineman Jeremiah Clarke, and linebacker Tyrell Tomlin. In-state, UNC won battles for defensive end Robert Dinkins, linebacker Cayson Collins, wide receivers Austin Proehl and Josh Cabrera, tight end Avery Edwards, and kickers Corbin Daly and Freeman Jones.

Pittsburgh

(#41, 24 commitments, 0 5-star, 2 4-star, 19 3-star)

The Panthers have solidified their offensive front with the addition of in-state four-star linemen Alex Bookser and Mike Grimm, as well as adding a pair of highly-regarded skill players in running back Chris James and receiver Adonis Jennings. Pitt will add a pair of quarterbacks in Wade Freebeck out of Florida and Adam Bertke from Ohio. Top in-state signees include wide receiver Elijah Zeise and defensive backs Jaquan Davidson and Patrick Amara.

Virginia

(#31, 17 commitments, 2 5-star, 2 4-star, 11 3-star)

Despite their worst season in 30-something years and continued uncertainty about coach Mike London's job status, the Cavaliers have been able to hang onto five-star in-state prospects Quin Blanding, a defensive back, and defensive tackle Andrew Brown, both of whom are ranked among the top 10 players in the nation. Other in-state additions include wide receiver Jamil Kamara, defensive end J.J. Jackson, offensive lineman Steven Moss, tight end Evan Butts, and quarterback Corwin Cutler.

Virginia Tech

(#27, 25 commitments, 0 4-star, 5 4-star, 21 3-star)

The Hokies have put together a class that fills some immediate needs, particularly with early enrollees Andrew Ford, a quarterback who'll compete for the starting job this spring, and running backs Shai McKenzie and Marshawn Williams. Four-star prospects on Fran Beamer's commitment list include defensive backs C.J. Reavis and Holland Fisher, linebacker Marvin Keihn and defensive tackle Ricky Williams.

© 2014 OrangeAndWhite.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Discuss
  • Print

Comments » 0

Be the first to post a comment!

Share your thoughts

Comments are the sole responsibility of the person posting them. You agree not to post comments that are off topic, defamatory, obscene, abusive, threatening or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be banned. Click here for our full user agreement.

Comments can be shared on Facebook and Yahoo!. Add both options by connecting your profiles.

Features