|Boston College || |
Boston College seems to have backed off Virginia cornerback James Butts, although he hasn't come out and said so. Butts said he doesn't hear much from the BC coaches and is showing more interest in Maryland and Virginia Tech despite a BC offer
.BC jumped into the Josh Haden sweepstakes with an early offer. The 2008 running back is one of the top players in the nation for next year. His brother, Joe Haden, is a Florida commitment
.BC has stopped recruiting New Hampshire prospect Mark Spinney. Spinney can play offensive or defensive line but the Eagles liked him on offense. BC is done with their o-line recruiting unless a big name wants to come.
|Clemson || |
Clemson quarterback commitment Willy Korn struggled a bit on national television this past weekend as his team beat Glades Central 27-15. Korn threw three interceptions and fumbled once and appeared to be trying to do too much. He did show some flashes of his strong arm and excellent accuracy as well
The same can be said for Korn's teammate Stanley Hunter, also a Clemson commitment. Hunter is undersized at linebacker, but he showed excellent speed in the game
.Tennessee defensive end Rae Sykes listed Clemson in his final six along with Tennessee, Florida State, LSU, Notre Dame and Georgia.
|Duke || |
Byrnes linebacker Chad Diehl raised his stock with a good performance on national television on Saturday. That might not be good news for Duke, one of the two teams to offer Diehl so far (Virginia Tech is the other)
Offensive lineman Chris Shannon's father has told us that the family won't be speaking to anyone except for coaches from here on out. The last time Shannon spoke, his two offers were Duke and Maryland
.Georgia wide receiver Austin Kelly visited Duke recently and was expected to commit before Sept. 1. However, he seems to be delaying his decision. His only other offer is from Indiana.
|Florida State || |
Georgia offensive tackle Chris Little has set an official visit to Florida State for the weekend of Sept. 15 when the 'Noles host Clemson. Little will also visit Notre Dame the weekend before
.Top wide receiver target Arrelious Benn has tentatively scheduled his official visit to Notre Dame for the weekend of Sept. 8 for their home game against Penn State. He's also likely to visit Illinois the weekend of Sept. 22 when the Illini host Iowa. That could push his official visit back to October when the 'Noles host Boston College. Benn can't visit the weekend of Sept. 15 due to a Saturday game so if he wants to visit in September, he could be forced to visit mid-week
..Running back Noel Devine mentioned head coach Bobby Bowden as one of his favorite coaches. FSU is the local leader for the standout running back.
|Georgia Tech || |
This could be a huge week for Georgia Tech as both Jonathan Dwyer and Nick Claytor are expected to join this impressive early class. Dwyer is one of the top running backs in the country and Claytor is a massive tackle who will lead the way
.Dual-threat quarterback Josh Nesbitt was also expected to commit to Georgia Tech this week, but he has delayed his decision. Georgia quarterback Cameron Newton is expected to commit to Florida this week. He was also a target of the Yellow Jackets.
|Maryland || |
Maryland's recruiting is getter better with each commit as they followed up recent four-star verbal Lansford Watson with a commitment from Piscataway, N.J. athlete Tony Logan. Logan will get a look at quarterback but more likely he'll end up as a wide receiver at Maryland. The Terps currently don't have a wideout with his skill set
.Maryland and Syracuse are the first two schools to offer linebacker Al-Ghaffaar Lane from Paterson Catholic in New Jersey
.Washington, D.C. defensive end Tony Tucker is being recruited by Maryland to play their LEO position, a position Shawne Merriman made more attractive with his recent success. Tucker is intrigued by the option of standing up at times.
|Miami || |
Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Aquinas defensive back Major Wright has been linked to Miami and Florida as favorites, but the 'Canes and Gators need to watch out for Ohio State. There are some close to the program that feel he's going to head north to play ball in Columbus
.It still makes zero sense to me that Miami isn't recruiting Noel Devine heavily. The star running back said that Miami continues to recruit him but others are recruiting harder. Devine said that Miami could still come in and be a serious contender for his services. Miami seems to be a lock for Enrique Davis, but passing on Devine if he wants to come would be a huge mistake
.Based on his performance against Byrnes on ESPN Saturday, Miami is getting a very good one in defensive back Damien Berry.
|North Carolina || |
The recruiting mystery of wide receiver Jason Barnes continues. The Charlotte (N.C.) Independence standout was expected to commit to North Carolina last week but now it seems he'll do so this upcoming weekend when he visits for the Rutgers game
.North Carolina still leads for defensive tackle Tydreke Powell but he's going to look at some huge programs. Powell said that Florida State, Miami and Penn State will get official visits and Florida could be likely as well. He's already set a date for Penn State for Oct. 13.
|North Carolina State || |
Commitment No. 11 came for NC State this past week when defensive end J.R. Sweezy picked the Pack over East Carolina and James Madison offers. Sweezy is a sleeper with good size and speed
Chris Culliver isn't the only Pack commitment (although he's now de-committed) that other teams are coming after. Defensive end Linwan Euwell is getting looked at by other ACC teams and Florida could jump into the fray as well
.Florida linebacker Josh Hartigan will take an official visit to NC State for the weekend of Sept. 8. when they host Akron
.Defensive end Jamar Jackson from Virginia will take an official visit to NC State on Oct. 23, the weekend of their home game against Boston College. Jackson is considering both the Pack and the Eagles.
|Virginia || |
Batesburg (S.C.) Batesburg-Leesville wide receiver/safety Dontrelle Inman had a very good unofficial visit to Virginia this weekend. The Cavaliers are trailing Auburn and South Carolina, but have made up ground with the visit
. Offensive lineman Brad Hallick took an unofficial visit to Stanford recently but said it was only because he was on vacation out in California. However, there are mumblings that he's still considering the Cardinal
.Virginia got a scare when running back commitment Max Milien injured his knee recently. At first it was thought to be a serious injury, perhaps an ACL or MCL tear, but it turned out to be a severe knew bruise. He'll be back in about a month.
|Virginia Tech || |
Linebacker commitment Hunter Ovens is already off to a hot start for his senior season. Ovens opened his season with 155 yards rushing on offense, 19 tackles and an interception on defense against 6A competition
.So who's left for Tech? The Hokies really want a top wide receiver and are heavily recruiting Mark Barnes and Jay Smith. On defense, Jamar Jackson and Tony Tucker seem to be highest on the list
.Offensive lineman Kyle Nunn is rumored to be a less-than-solid verbal commitment. South Carolina is still recruiting him hard.
|Wake Forest || |
Offensive center Tyler McDermott favors Vanderbilt but could change his mind with a Wake Forest offer. Wake has been recruiting him, but haven't pulled the trigger yet. He is good friends with Wake running back target Brandon Pendergrass who is considering an official visit to Wake
.Much of the attention at Wake is on recent basketball commitment James Johnson, a four-star commitment. However, this weekend quarterback Skylar Jones is making an official visit for Wake's opener against Syracuse. Jones lists Wake, Purdue and some others as his leaders.