Don't look now but Miami is off to its best start in recruiting since Al Golden took over as coach prior to the 2011 season.
Five-star OT Kc McDermott is a major get for the 'Canes.
Following the Tuesday pledge of highly touted offensive tackle Kc McDermott (the No. 23 prospect in the 247Composite), the Hurricanes are up to No. 8 in the team rankings.
Here are a few stats of note:
*Of Miami's five commits, two -- McDermott and running back Joseph Yearby -- have five-star 247Composite ratings.
*Miami has commitments from two of the top three prospects in Florida, and three of the top 16.
*All five players committed to Golden and Co. are from the Miami/Fort Lauderdale/West Palm Beach region former Miami coach Howard Schnellenberger once dubbed the "State of south Florida" -- a place that has long been key to the Hurricanes' success.
Because of Miami's early recruiting wins for the 2014 class, there certainly is a positive vibe in Coral Gables right now.
However, the Hurricanes still have plenty of work ahead. Specifically, they have a major need at defensive tackle and would like to land at least three of them in this cycle. One top Miami target at that spot, Anthony Moten, verbaled to Florida this week. The feeling, though, is that the Hurricanes will continue to work on him.
Also of note, four-star receiver Austin Roberts of Indiana is visiting Miami today. His father, Alfredo Roberts, is tight ends coach with the Colts. More importantly, he played at Miami from 1983-1987 and was a member of two national championship teams.
Four-star TE Jeb Blazevich visited Clemson last week.
The head coach during title No. 1? Schnellenberger
PRODUCTIVE DAY FOR CLEMSON
Last Friday was a big day at Clemson as the Tigers had several quality prospects on hand, including outside linebackers Cayson Collins of Charlotte and Bryson Allen-Williams of the Atlanta area. It seems Clemson made up significant ground with each.
Collins said the Tigers now sit second behind North Carolina [they were third before the visit]. The Tar Heels, however, still look like the team to beat -- at least for now.
With Allen-Williams, South Carolina has been in the driver's seat for awhile with Alabama next and Georgia also near the top. But according to Allen-Williams, whose father played at N.C. State, the Tigers could become a factor after he had a strong visit there. Is that likely to happen, though? It may be too soon to tell. Allen-Williams enjoys visiting schools. And he generally seems to like every place he goes. So at this point, it's difficult to tell how strong his interest in the Tigers is.
According to Allen-Williams, the No. 184 overall prospect in the 247Composite, a return trip to Clemson is likely. The key for the Tigers will be getting his mother on campus. She's a major player in his recruitment.
One other thing to consider -- Allen-Williams' younger brother, 2016 defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson, already has offers from Auburn, Clemson and South Carolina.
Another visitor last Friday, four-star tight end Jeb Blazevich, has Clemson in his final six along with Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Ole Miss. Blazevich has visited Clemson more than any of the other five as a prospect, and last week "[Clemson coach Dabo Swinney] said, 'I've just about run out of things to tell you because you've been here so much.' "
Does UNC have a shot with Top247 OT Bentley Spain?
Look for Blazevich, who visits Ole Miss today and Alabama next week, to have a decision by early June at the latest.
GOING TO THE CHAPEL … HILL
To say the least, it has been a busy week in Chapel Hill, N.C., where the Tar Heels have hosted some big-name prospects. Bentley Spain, the four-star offensive tackle and No. 92 overall prospect in the 247Composite, was among them.
The 6-feet-6, 293-pound Spain isn't giving interviews, but a source tells Carolina Blue that Spain's two-day visit on Tuesday and Wednesday went well. Spain has said a decision should come between now and the end of the summer, but there is some feeling it could happen sooner rather than later. He has visited North Carolina several times, and this might be shaping up as a North Carolina-South Carolina battle. Spain, by the way, was invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl last week.
Lamont Gaillard, the five-star defensive tackle from Fayetteville (N.C.) Pine Forest, was in town Monday. He called the visit "great" and said the Tar Heels are now in his top group.
On Wednesday, linebackers Cayson Collins and Robert Dinkins of Charlotte visited the school. Dinkins is a Tar Heels commit. Collins, as we mentioned earlier, has North Carolina in front. He could be ready to make a decision soon.
Around the ACC
*Florida State has had a high volume of prospects visit this spring, and look for that to continue. On Saturday, the Seminoles are expecting five-star inside linebacker Kain Daub of Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood to stop by with family. The FSU spring game is April 13. The Seminoles always get their share of quality players to attend, and it will help that Florida's big spring event is Saturday.
*Bradley Chubb, a three-star outside linebacker from Powder Springs (Ga.) Hillgrove, will visit Wake Forest this weekend to watch the Demon Deacons scrimmage. His name probably sounds familiar to Wake fans. That's because his brother, Brandon Chubb, is an inside backer for the Deacs. As of today, Wake hasn't offered the younger Chubb. It wouldn't be a shock if that changes sometime soon.
*Clemson's spring game, which is April 13, just happens to be the same day as the Atlanta Nike Football Training Camp. That's unfortunate for the Tigers as many top prospects in Georgia will head to that event in hopes of landing an invitation to The Opening. One of them is No. 4 overall prospect Lorenzo Carter, a defensive end from Norcross (Ga.). Carter had thought about visiting the Tigers that day but instead opted to compete in the NFTC. The Clemson spring game begins at 4 p.m. The camp could end before then, giving players time to make the 90-minute drive to Death Valley if they wanted to catch some of the action.
*Inside linebacker Kendall Joseph of Honea Path (S.C.) Belton Honea Path visited Georgia Tech on Wednesday and said he was told the Yellow Jackets staff loves his film. An offer could be forthcoming. Joseph was offered by Clemson last week.
*Top247 defensive end Jesse Aniebonam of Olney (Md.) Good Counsel is focusing on 10 schools, and the ACC is well-represented. "Clemson, Alabama, South Carolina, Notre Dame, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Georgia Tech, Florida and Virginia Tech" are the colleges he is looking at hardest. Aniebonam may visit Virginia Tech this weekend and Clemson next weekend. He's still trying to work out his spring travel schedule.
*The Virginia spring game is Saturday and the Cavaliers are expecting a strong crowd of prospects, notably five-star safety Quin Blanding and four-star offensive lineman Steven Moss. Both already are Virginia committed. The top target likely to attend might be Top247 in-state defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi. The Cavaliers like their chances with him.
*N.C. State picked up a commit Tuesday when three-star receiver Bo Hines of Charlotte (N.C.) Christian gave his verbal. He's the first pledge for the Wolfpack in the 2014 class. Hines is No. 20 in the North Carolina rankings. That's a place the Wolfpack hopes to do better moving forward.
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