ACC Roundup: Closing time for Noles

Florida State is set to host nearly 20 official visitors over the next two weekends. The group includes a lot of FSU commitments, but also some uncommitted prospects and some prospects committed elsewhere that the Seminoles hope will help them close out their class.

Florida State will get five-star WR Malachi Dupre on campus this weekend.

At wide receiver, Florida State will host five-star Malachi Dupre from New Orleans (La.) John Curtis this weekend and four-star Ermon Lane from Homestead (Fla.) South Dade next weekend. Dupre is considered an LSU lean. He is also considering Alabama and UCLA. Lane, a former Florida commitment, is considered a Florida State lean. Norcross (Ga.) three-star athlete Myles Autry is also a potential visitor for Jan. 31. He is primarily looking at Florida State and Georgia Tech, with the Jackets having family ties.

On the offensive line, Havana (Fla.) East Gadsden four-star offensive tackle Derrick Kelly is tentatively set to make the short trek to Florida State next weekend. Kelly Jr., a former Kentucky commitment, has seen interest in him drastically increase over the past few months. He has officially visited Florida and South Florida. A visit to LSU will occur this weekend. Georgia, Kentucky, and South Carolina may also get an official. At this time, it is a tight battle between Florida State and LSU for his services with the Crystal Ball pretty evenly split.

Weak-side defensive end is a spot where Florida State is still looking for a game-changer and they will have a pair of prospects that fit that description on campus this weekend. Miami commitment Chad Thomas, a five-star from Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington, is checking out the Seminoles and Alabama before National Signing Day. Norcross (Ga.) five-star Lorenzo Carter is also coming in. Carter, who remains uncommitted with plans to announce on National Signing Day, is also considering Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and LSU. Georgia is considered his current favorite.

Another potential visitor who is not yet penciled in for the Seminoles is Immokalee (Fla.) four-star athlete J.C. Jackson. The Florida commitment could potentially visited this weekend or next weekend. Florida State is going in-home with Jackson and his family on Thursday in hopes of ironing out visit plans. If Jackson makes it to Tallahassee for an official visit, the Seminoles stand a great chance of swaying him away from the Gators. Miami is also in play with Jackson.

Florida State currently has the No. 4 ranked class in the nation with 29 commitments.

Important weekend at Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is hosting an important group of visitors this weekend. The group includes Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes four-star defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi, Delray Beach (Fla.) Village Academy three-star defensive end Kevin Bronson, and Virginia Beach (Va.) Green Run three-star all-purpose back Anthony Scott, all of whom are uncommitted, as well as Hokies pledge Javon Harrison, a four-star athlete from Lakeland (Fla.) Kathleen.

The Hokies are considered the favorite for all three uncommitted prospects.

DT Derrick Nnadi is part of a big weekend at Virginia Tech.

Bronson picked up an offer from Virginia Tech on Wednesday and his Crystal Ball has immediately trended in their direction. Others such as Nebraska, South Florida, and Vanderbilt are in the picture, but Virginia Tech has the most traction.

East Carolina is the competition for Scott, but at this point he is expected to remain in state.

Nnadi is considering Florida State, Ohio State, Penn State, and Virginia, in addition to Virginia Tech. Florida State has consistently been considered the main competition for his services. While the Seminoles have begun to pick up some steam on his Crystal Ball, it is still weighed heavily towards the Hokies. This will be an important weekend for Virginia Tech with Nnadi.

With regards to Harrison, he is receiving some pressure to remain in state with Florida and Florida State pursuing him. The Seminoles hosted him for an official visit last weekend and indications are that it went well. The long-time Virginia Tech pledge will check out the Hokies this weekend. A final decision could come soon after the visit.

‘Canes hosting at least three

Miami is expected to host at least three interesting visitors this weekend. The trio includes a pair committed elsewhere and one prospect who recently re-opened his recruitment.

The committed duo is Fayetteville (N.C.) Pine Forest four-star Lamont Gaillard and Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra three-star safety Glen Ihenacho. Gaillard is a long-time pledge to Georgia while Ihenacho committed to Oregon several months ago.

Gaillard contends he is still solid to Georgia, but a visit to Louisville may also occur before National Signing Day. As for his interest in Miami, it has been a constant throughout the recruiting process and it is no secret that the Hurricanes need a lot of help at his position. It is worth keeping an eye on.

Miami will host former Louisville commit Isaiah Ford.

Ihenacho is a prospect that has been intrigued by the Hurricanes throughout the process. He has had the visit to Miami on the docket for some time and will finally see them this weekend. He is considered firm to Oregon entering the visit.

The uncommitted prospect is Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian four-star wide receiver Isaiah Ford. Ford recently backed off his commitment to Louisville. The Cardinals remain in the picture with Miami and Virginia Tech providing the competition. Entering his Miami visit, Virginia Tech is considered the favorite. Ford is interested in playing football and basketball at the next level and Miami has shown a willingness to allow their players to do that.

Missouri commitment Tavon Ross, a versatile three-star athlete from Cochran (Ga.) Bleckley County, is also a possibility to visit Coral Gables. Alabama, Georgia, and Miami are some of the schools trying to get him to switch.

Other visitors to Coral Gables remain a possibility.

Commits in the Cards?

Louisville will have a big visit weekend as Bobby Petrino and his staff are expected to host at least 10 official visits. Four of those visitors are either uncommitted or committed elsewhere.

Miami (Fla.) Killian three-star cornerback Trumaine Washington is an Akron commitment. New Louisville defensive backs coach Terrell Buckley recruited Washington to the Zips and would like for him to follow him to the ACC. Washington is also drawing interest from Syracuse and a visit to see the Orange could occur on Jan. 31.

The three uncommitted prospects expected in town are Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons three-star wide receiver George Rushing, Clinton (Miss.) three-star strong-side defensive end Grant Harris, and Brooklyn (N.Y.) ASA College three-star offensive tackle Kelby Johnson.

Coaching moves at other schools could help Duke's case with Trevon Lee.

Rushing is a former Louisville commitment who backed off his pledge after the coaching changes. He is now considering LSU, Missouri, TCU, and Wisconsin, in addition to Louisville.

Harris is a new target for Louisville picking up an offer this past weekend. He has long been considered a prospect that would likely stay home and play at Mississippi State. The Bulldogs are the favorite entering his Louisville visit.

Johnson is another new target for Louisville. The Cardinals quickly ascended to the top spot with Johnson upon offering and setting up the official visit. A commitment isn't out of the question from him this weekend.

Devils trending with Lee

Duke continues to trend in a positive direction with Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons three-star wide receiver Trevon Lee.

Lee canceled his official visit to Stanford last weekend and the Cardinal appear to be eliminated.

He is set to visit Vanderbilt this weekend, but with the coaching changes in Nashville he is looking to become better acquainted with Derek Mason’s staff.

Meanwhile Duke has a long-established relationship with Lee and will get the final official visit next weekend. Scottie Montgomery’s promotion has only helped strengthen their case with the talented South Florida prospect.

The Crystal Ball favors Duke heavily, at an 87-to-13 percent advantage over Vanderbilt, entering the final two weeks of the process.

Eagles pursuing a second quarterback

Boston College already secured a commitment from Middletown (Del.) three-star dual-threat quarterback Darius Wade, who is now enrolled in Chestnut Hill.

Now Steve Addazio and his staff are pursuing a second option at the position. This past weekend the Eagles hosted Norcross (Ga.) two-star signal-caller AJ Bush for an official visit. Bush also picked up an offer from Boston College since that visit.

The 6-foot-3, 211-pound athlete has yet to set a timeline for making a decision. He is expected to see Marshall this coming weekend. He also has offers from Cincinnati, Georgia State, Kansas State, Temple, and Troy.

Notes

- Clemson will host Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Socastee athlete Hunter Renfrow this weekend. The former quarterback is expected to transition to slot receiver in college. Clemson is looking at Renfrow as a preferred walk-on and he would be a welcomed addition for the Tigers. He is down to Appalachian State, who has offered, and Clemson, with a decision expected to come soon after this weekend’s visit. If Renfrow opts for Dabo Swinney’s team, he will be passing on offers from Gardner-Webb, Presbyterian, Wofford, and others.

- Georgia Tech will host Norcross (Ga.) three-star athlete Myles Autry on his official visit this weekend. Autry’s old brother, Anthony, is a sophomore wide receiver for the Jackets. The Jackets are considered the favorite for the local prospect, with 75% percentof the Crystal Ball selections. An official visit to Florida State is expected to occur on Jan. 31 for Autry. The Seminoles claim the other 25 percent of the Crystal Ball predictions, but limited space may not allow Florida State to take Autry.

- Maryland will host at least two uncommitted official visitors this weekend in Stafford (Va.) Colonial Forge cornerback Daniel Ezeagwu and Baltimore (Md.) St. Frances Academy outside linebacker Nnamdi Egbuaba. Virginia is also in the picture with both prospects, but at this time the Crystal Ball is 100 percent for both to end up in College Park.

- North Carolina is still looking to add another offensive lineman in this class. This weekend they will take a shot at Owings Mills (Md.) McDonogh four-star offensive guard Jared Cohen. Cohen is focused on a top three of Maryland, North Carolina, and Penn State. The Crystal Ball currently favors Penn State, at 42 percent compared to 33 percent for Maryland and 25 percent for North Carolina, but the shakeup of offensive line coaches for the Lions and Terps have opened the door for Chris Kapilovic and North Carolina to pounce.

- N.C. State will host a familiar face this weekend when Hutchinson (Kansas) Hutchinson C.C. offensive lineman Quincy McKinney comes in for an official visit. McKinney signed with N.C. State out of Columbus (Ga.) Carver and spent his freshman season at the school before having to turn to a junior college. Now he may end up back with the Pack. He is also considered East Carolina and Louisville.

- Syracuse has entered the picture with Miramar (Fla.) three-star two-way lineman Yodny Cajuste. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound lineman has seen a rapid increase in interest since coaches hit the road in January. He began the month with an official visit to Florida and he will see West Virginia this weekend. Syracuse, who offered earlier this week, is hoping to get him to visit on Jan. 31.

- Newport News (Va.) Denbigh outside linebacker Chris Peace is expected to take an official visit to Virginia this weekend. During the visit, it is likely that Virginia offers the 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker. If an offer is extended, there is a good chance that Peace will pull the trigger and pledge his services to Mike London and company.

- Wake Forest is bringing in four uncommitted prospects this weekend. All four are rated as three-star prospects by 247Sports.com. The group includes a pair of wide receivers, Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes’ Shaedon Meadors and Ashburn (Va.) Briar Woods’ Melvin Holland Jr, as well as defensive tackle Zeek Rodney from Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe and inside linebacker Zack Wary from Rogers (Ark.). Dave Clawson and his staff are hoping to make quick work with the entire group and get them into the fold.

Recent commitments

WDE Rashawn Shaw, DB DaiQuan Lawrence and ATH Tyler Henderson to Wake Forest…ATH Elliott Davis, OL Will Richardson and S Shawn Boone to N.C. State…LB Jamal Davis, DE Hezekiah Trahan and OG Alex Paulina (2015) to Pitt…DB Juwan Dowels and ATH Treevon Prater to Syracuse…WR Trevion Thompson to Clemson…DT Edgar Cerenord to Duke…OT Kevin Feder (2015) to Miami…WR Devin Perry to North Carolina…CB Shaquille Jones to Louisville

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