In the last week, four ACC teams have picked up verbal commitments from top-notch recruits from the Class of 2014. Here a compilation of information about the recruits Clemson, Florida State, Miami and Pittsburgh added to their commitment lists.
Four-star WR Artavis Scott turned down offers from Florida and UCF when he decided to commit to Clemson. The 5-10, 170-pounder plays bigger than his size would suggest on paper, and is known for being shifty and versatile at the receiver position.
Ranked as the No. 8 overall player in Florida and No. 8 WR in the 2014 class, Scott could have gone anywhere from Miami to Oregon to Notre Dame, but on ESPNU’s of Nike’s The Opening in Oregon, the East Lake product told a television audience he was headed to play for the Tigers.
“I’ll take my talent to Clemson,” he said on air. “I’ve liked them ever since I went there, I think it’s a good spot for me and I think I fit there better.”
In his junior year, Scott had 995 yards receiving with 10 touchdowns. His sophomore campaign was even better than that though. In 2011, he produced 1,158 receiving yards on 10 fewer receptions, and scored 12 touchdowns.
Scott is the 15th Clemson commit and has a chance to join Sammy Watkins in the Tigers' receiving corps, should Watkins decide to stick around for his senior season.
The Seminoles grabbed a four-star commitment last week on each side of the ball. Florida natives DB Trey Marshall and OL Corey Martinez made the decision to stay close to home by joining FSU’s list of commitments.
Marshall was the first to commit last Wednesday when the 5-11, 195-pounder chose the Noles over Ole Miss, UGA, and Florida.
24/7 Sports has Marshall rated as the 10th best safety in the nation, and Rivals, which gave him his lowest rating of the major recruiting websites, still ranked him as the 30th best in the land. SB Nation recruiting analyst Bud Elliott, who also runs the FSU blog Tomahawk Nation, doesn’t think Marshall has the speed to be a true one-on-one corner, but likes him at safety.
“I’m comfortable saying that Marshall’s one of the 20 best safeties I’ve scouted in 2014,” Elliott wrote for SB Nation. “And he could be even better.”
Martinez committed to the Seminoles the same day as Marshall, on Nike’s The Opening to become the 17th commitment on FSU’s 2014 list.
Ranked 22nd among guards in the nation according to 24/7 Sports, the 6-4, 297-pounder picked Florida State over Miami, LSU and Alabama.
While the Floridian plays tackle at Tampa Catholic currently, he’s projected to play center or guard in college. Martinez said the FSU coaches told him they could use him in any of the five positions on the offensive line.
“In his highlights he shows good feet,” Elliott wrote about Martinez. “Importantly, he doesn’t overextend or chase in the second level, which can lead to more agile defenders jumping around the block.”
Miami added to an already strong recruiting class with the commitment of DT Travonte Valentine. Valentine brings the class up to 20 commitments in July, one more than the Hurricanes had in the entire 2013 recruiting class. And this commitment is one of the biggest of the 20.
At 6-3, 290, Valentine is a four-star prospect rated the No. 12 player at his position in the country by Scout.com.
He’s certainly had an … interesting recruitment to say the least. He committed to Louisville before his junior year. Then he decommitted. Then he committed to Florida. Once again, he decommitted. But now after visiting Miami with his family, Valentine has made a decision that he hopes – and Miami certainly hopes – will be his last.
“I took a trip to Miami recently with my family and we loved it,” Valentine told Rivals.com’s Kynon Codrington. “It was different than any other trip because I had my family with me. Before I just committed to Louisville then UF without any help from my family.”
The player from Hialeah (Fl.) Champagnat Catholic is the third defensive tackle in the Hurricanes’ class now. He had offers from major programs like Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech, Louisville and LSU.
Here is a highlights video of Valentine, made when he made his Florida commitment.
Just like Miami, Pittsburgh picked up a local recruit. Elijah Zeise out of Wexford (Penn.) North Allegheny made his commitment on July 3 to bring the Panthers’ commitment total up to 14.
Zeise was certainly familiar with PItt, given that his father, Paul, covered Panthers football for the Post-Gazette. (Paul
“I liked the other schools, but it really came down what schools would give me the chance to play offense, and that was really just Pitt and Temple, so that’s really what it came down to,” Zeise told Panther-lair.com. “I appreciated everything the Temple coaches did and I really liked Temple, but Pitt was the right fit for me.”
At 6-2, 185, Zeise will have a great frame for a receiver. He provides a tall target and he does have some speed to go along with it. The three-star prospect is also a winner, and that’s always a great quality to see in prospects. His high school has won back-to-back state championships.