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ACC Recruiting Links, Dec. 27

Friday, December 27, 2013 11:12am
By: Brian Geisinger

This week hasn't been quite as busy as last week's commitment frenzy, but there's still plenty to cover. Lets dive into the links.

Four-star linebacker/defensive end Melvin Keihn gave Hokies fans an early Christmas present when he committed to Virginia Tech on Christmas Eve. This news hurts Virginia and Maryland - the other two schools in Keihn's final three.

The holidays are here, and with that comes high school basketball tournaments. In Raleigh, this year's version of the Holiday Invitation - now in its 42nd year - will feature two of UNC's 2014 recruiting class: five-stars Joel Berry and Justin Jackson.

Berry and Jackson won't be the only two big time recruits on display, though. Kwe Parker and Seventh Woods - two of the top players in the 2016 class - will partake in the holiday event, too.

Steve Addazio and Boston College landed their first commitment of their 2015 recruiting class on Monday night, and it's a good one: four-star Anthony Palazzolo - a 6-8, 295-pound offensive tackle from Fairfield, Connecticut.

This could be a nice, early pull for the new Wake Forest football administration. Rashad Canty - a three-star WR from Georgia - committed to Appalachian State back in June. As signing day approaches, though, the Mountaineers will have to hold off the Demon Deacons, who recently offered Canty.

Shortly after visiting the College Park campus, one of the top long snappers in the nation - Nate Adams - committed to Maryland.

Dalvin Cook - a five-star running back, ostensibly committed to Florida - is now committed to Florida State, according to ... Florida State running back Devonta Freeman. Well, OK. Lets see how this plays out.

Kurt Roper just left Duke to become the offensive coordinator at Florida. Will his departure have a trickle-down impact on their 2014 recruiting class?

Three-star OT Will Richardson is committed to Virginia, but will the Burlington (N.C.) Cummings High senior product look elsewhere before signing day - N.C. State, perhaps.

Three-star wide receiver Austin Proehl committed to UNC back in July. His senior season started shortly after that decision, and Proehl did not disappoint in 2013. Here are his senior highlights.

A week ago, the Miami Hurricanes offered three-star DT Edgar Cerenord a scholarship, which was received with much appreciation - Al Golden's program is quickly climbing the tackle's ladder. Cerenord now has over 20 scholarship offers.

Bad news here for Maryland: this week, the Terps lost the commitment of four-star OT Jared Cohen, who was Randy Edsall's first commit of their 2014 class. Now, it looks as though Bill O'Brien and Penn State are positioning themselves for Cohen.

Thanks to the efforts of David Walkosky - Georgia Tech's special teams coordinator - the Yellow Jackets have landed a January visit with three-star offensive tackle Ja'Merez Bowen.

It came as an early surprise, but when Divine Deablo - a sophomore wideout from Winston-Salem (N.C.) Mount Tabor High - visited Clemson in October for the Florida State game, the Tigers offered him a scholarship. Deablo claims to have no favorites - and as a 2016 recruit why should he? - has since received offeres from Duke, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech.

2015 wing Brandon Ingram is one of the top players in the state of North Carolina. N.C. State and Carolina are the leaders for Ingram, but Duke and Georgetown are in the mix, too. Here he is talking about the most recent developments in his recruitment.