Recruiting news, notes and analysis from around the ACC.
Miami is in good shape with Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School four-star cornerback Rashard Causey.
Attacking the Gold Mine
Every single school in the ACC recruits south Florida in some manner or another. Several of the programs assign multiple assistants recruiting territory in the most fertile grounds of the Sunshine State.
This cycle alone, 11 of the 14 ACC programs have at least one commit from somewhere in south Florida. Five of Florida State’s 15 in-state commits are from the southern half of the state. Miami coach Al Golden has prioritized his backyard more so this cycle after the Hurricanes only signed five prospects from south Florida last cycle. This round, 19 of its 26 commits are from Florida, specifically 17 coming from West Palm Beach or below.
Next cycle, it appears to be more of the same for the ACC.
Miami leads early on for Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School four-star cornerback Rashard Causey, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) American Heritage four-star athlete Torrance Gibson and four-star tight end Devonaire Clarington of Miami (Fla.) Westminster Christian School, along with his teammate Tim Irvin, a four-star athlete.
The Seminoles lead for four-star running back Jordan Scarlett of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School
Florida State and Miami are in the lead group for four-star safety Jaquan Johnson of Miami (Fla.) Killian, four-star wide receiver Da’Vante Phillips of Miami (Fla.) Central, defensive back Calvin Brewton of Miami (Fla.) Central, four-star safety Kendrell McFadden of Hollywood (Fla.) McArthur, three-star safety Jordan Cronkrite of Miami (Fla.) Westminster Christian School and Miramar (Fla.) four-star cornerback Tyrek Cole.
UNC could be finished at WR in this class with Josh Cabrera.
North Carolina picked up its third wide receiver commit this cycle on Sunday when Jacksonville (N.C.) Northside three-star recruit Josh Cabrera opted for his longtime leader. That may do it at the position for the Tar Heels since four-star prospect Trevion Thompson is considered a long shot at best to land in Chapel Hill. North Carolina continues to recruit three-star wideout Devin Perry of Memphis (Tenn.) University School.
Duke dipped into the Midwest for its latest get by securing a verbal commitment from Zach Muniz, a three-star cornerback from St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Brothers College last Friday. He’s a Top 20 overall prospect in Missouri this cycle.
This week’s biggest get in the ACC came from Middletown, Md. Florida State landed the nation’s No. 22 strongside defensive end Rick Leonard. The Seminoles legacy prospect had favored Clemson following a camp visit in June but a three-day stay in Tallahassee in July ultimately trumped the Tigers for his services. Leonard possesses a huge upside. He’s only played one year of football. As a junior, Leonard racked up 60 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks helping the Knights to a perfect 14-0 season and their second straight state title.
The 6-foot-7, 260-pounder will begin his career on the edge. He has the frame to grow into a 300-pounder which could ultimately land him at defensive tackle or more likely offensive tackle.
Leonard was recruited for the Seminoles by one of the nation’s best, Sal Sunseri, who has a history of success mining the top athletes in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Potential Splash for NC State
Havelock (N.C.) High four-star running back Derrell Scott will announce his college choice on October 25. It will be between his longtime leader South Carolina or North Carolina State. The potential get, if he were to choose the Wolfpack, would be considered a recruiting upset on the trail given the amount of time the Gamecocks have led in this situation.
North Carolina State has amped up its recruiting efforts instate under new coach Dave Doeren. That was a problem in the previous regime.
Thus far, the Wolfpack have secured verbal commits from 12 of the Top 50 recruits in North Carolina this cycle, according to 247Sports. However, none of the commits are inside the state’s Top 10.
North Carolina State resides in the lead group for three of the state’s best, including Scott. They are leading for four-star defensive end Kentavius Street and battling Clemson, Tennessee, Florida and North Carolina for four-star defensive end Lorenzo Featherston who doesn’t plan to make his college choice until National Signing Day.