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ACC Roundup: Flip potential

The transition from Jim Grobe to Dave Clawson at Wake Forest has resulted in some shake-ups to the recruiting efforts of the Demon Deacons.

Wake Forest commit Daiquan Lawrence will visit Virginia this weekend.

Commitments such as Chesapeake (Va.) Western Branch three-star cornerback Daiquan Lawrence and Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) two-star linebacker Jaboree Williams decided to take official visits elsewhere. Lawrence is expected to see Virginia this weekend and follow that up with trips to East Carolina and Syracuse in January. Williams saw Syracuse last weekend and will go to Pitt this weekend before he decides and enrolls early.

Another prospect unsure of what the future holds for him with regards to his Wake pledge is Demopolis (Ala.) two-star wide receiver Cortez Lewis. Lewis is also considering Minnesota and Northern Illinois, despite his pledge. He saw the Gophers last weekend and is expected to check out the Huskies this weekend.

Also, the hiring of Clawson has resulted in some new targets emerging. One at the top of the list for the new head coach of the Demon Deacons is Jacksonville (Fla.) Bishop Kenny three-star quarterback John Wolford. Wolford is an East Carolina commitment who is expected to hear a pitch from Clawson in the very near future about him being needed in Winston-Salem.

As is always the case with coaching turnover, expect the unexpected from here on out with regards to how Wake Forest’s 2014 class will come together.

Hoops to the rescue

North Carolina will utilize its basketball-rich history with regards to football visitors this weekend. The Tar Heels are set to host Kentucky in hoops, and that is providing a great opportunity to host a number of unofficial visitors.

Among those expected in Chapel Hill is Lexington (N.C.) North Davidson five-star junior defensive tackle Shy Tuttle, Orangeburg (S.C.) Orangeburg-Wilkinson four-star junior defensive tackle Albert Huggins, Richmond (Va.) Benedictine four-star junior defensive end Clelin Ferrell, and Clemmons (N.C.) West Forsyth four-star junior defensive end Jalen Dalton.

The 2016 class will also be represented by Richmond (Va.) Benedictine wide receiver/athlete Scott Bracey.

Class of 2015 five-star Shy Tuttle will be on hand for UNC's hoops matchup with Kentucky.

Trio to watch at Miami

Miami is set to host another big visitor weekend. Among the prospects expected in Coral Gables this weekend for a visit are Immokalee (Fla.) four-star wide receiver/cornerback J.C. Jackson, Wayne (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional four-star safety Kiy Hester, and Cedar Grove (N.J.) three-star athlete David Njoku.

Jackson, a Florida commitment, has been flirting heavily with the Hurricanes for several months. He appeared at multiple Miami games during the season. This weekend will go a long way towards a potential flip.

Hester, a former Rutgers commitment, opened things back up a month ago. He is considering Miami, as well as Arkansas and Michigan State.

Njoku is also a former Rutgers commitment. Since opening things back up he has taken a trip to Temple.

Filling needs

Florida State opened the week by landing a huge commitment from Garden City (N.Y.) Nassau C.C. four-star offensive tackle Chad Mavety. Mavety was the first piece to solving Florida State’s depth issues at offensive tackle. The next few days can go a long way to furthering their restocking at the position.

One of the bigger decisions in recruiting expected this week is Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha three-star offensive tackle Brock Ruble. The monstrous offensive tackle is selecting between a final three of all ACC schools – Florida State, Maryland, and N.C. State. Ruble officially visited all three schools and hosted coaches from all three schools. In both instances, N.C. State had the final crack at him. The Crystal Ball currently favors N.C. State over Maryland by a slight margin. Florida State has received no votes.

The weekend will see Florida State host two of their top offensive tackle targets – Florissant (Mo.) Hazelwood Central four-star Roderick Johnson and Chanhassen (Minn.) four-star Frank Ragnow. The Seminoles are considered the leader for both targets entering their visits. Johnson hasn’t ruled out making a decision while on the visit. Ragnow intends to wait and take more visits.

Two other offensive tackles near the board for FSU are District Heights (Md.) Bishop McNamara five-star Damian Prince Havana (Fla.) East Gadsden four-star Derrick Kelly Jr. Prince has already officially visited the Seminoles and will see more schools in January before making a post-signing day decision. Kelly has picked up a number of major offers in the past several weeks. He will officially visit Florida this weekend, on the heels of a mid-week unofficial to Florida State.


* Virginia will host Virginia Beach (Va.) Bishop Sullivan four-star wide receiver Jamil Kamara on his official visit this weekend. It will be his final visit before he makes his decision at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Kamara is also heavily considering Pittsburgh and Wisconsin.

* Georgia Tech will bring in a handful of official visitors this weekend, with the top uncommitted target being Washington (Pa.) four-star running back Shai McKenzie. This will mark McKenzie’s final official visit. He has previously been to Florida State, Pittsburgh, and Virginia Tech. The top two for his services are considered to be Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech.

* Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County five-star inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan will make his decision known in the coming days. The best chance he plays in the ACC is at Clemson, but the Tigers are considered a longshot at best. McMillan is expected to choose Ohio State over Alabama and Clemson.

* Brookline (Mass.) Dexter School three-star offensive tackle James Hendren, a long-time Boston College commitment, was offered earlier this week by Penn State. Hendren appreciated the offer but is focused on the Eagles.

Recent commitments in the ACC

ATH Tabyus Taylor to Virginia Tech
OL Chad Mavety to Florida State
S Tanner Muse to Clemson

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