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Catching Up With Commitments, July 29

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 11:19am

It was a busy weekend for 2014 football recruiting. A few three stars went off the board to ACC schools, and one school landed the son of an in-state rival's legend. Find out who the winners were this weekend below.

Rori Blair on Friday for the class of 2014. While his name may not be recognizable, his story is certainly notable. Blair is a two-star defensive end out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania... who over a year ago.

On the field, Blair is a 6-foot-3, 225-pound defensive end who showed a lot of potential during his 2011 season. In 2012 Blair had a headache that caused him to slur his words, and when he was unable to communicate with his parents, they rushed him to the hospital. It was discovered that he had a type of stroke that is found in less than 1% of the population.

Despite several trying weeks, Blair recovered and is now a healthy teenager. Although Blair was not cleared to play football during his junior year, Pittsburgh's Paul Chryst went ahead and offered him a scholarship, which was quickly accepted.

Whether or not Blair can compete at the FBS level is perhaps still up in the air, but the Panthers will benefit greatly from simply having a student-athlete with the resolve and determination that Blair has already displayed being on their football team.

North Carolina , son of former Wake Forest great Ricky Proehl, on Sunday afternoon.

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound WR out of Providence High School in Charlotte (NC) chose to take a different path from his father and picked North Carolina over Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

Although Wake Forest was the first to offer the three-star Proehl, it became increasingly obvious that he was holding out for an offer from the Tar Heels. UNC offered him on Sunday morning, and he gave his commitment to play his college football in Chapel Hill a few hours later.

In Atlanta, Georgia Tech out of Manatee High School (FL) in Jake Stickler.

Stickler picked the Yellow Jackets over Missouri, Baylor, and South Florida.

“Missouri and Georgia Tech are both good schools,” Stickler told ESPN Recruiting Nation.“The curriculum at Georgia Tech is more what I am looking to study.”

Stickler is 6-foot-6, 285 pounds and will likely add some more weight to his body over the next year before he arrives in Atlanta.

The Yellow Jackets also for whom Stickler can block in three-star Caleb Kinlaw.

Kinlaw, is a 5-foot-9, 185-pound running back who is a fringe four-star prospect. He is also the cousin of former Georgia Tech Heisman finalist, Joe Hamilton.

He chose the Yellow Jackets over Tennessee, North Carolina, Arizona and Clemson. Kinlaw plays high school football at Goose Creek High School (SC), and is the first running back commitment for 2014 under head coach Paul Johnson.

Duke continued to see their recruiting efforts pay off as well, of three-star hybrid DE/LB Taariq Shabazz.

Shabazz currently stands at 6-foot-3, 240-pounds and was very close to coming in at a four-star. He chose Duke over Southern Miss, East Carolina and Vanderbilt.

Although he plays both linebacker and defensive end for Kennesaw Mountain High School (GA), he is projected to play defensive end for Duke.

“After (visiting Georgia Southern), I finalized my decision with my family and got it done.” Shabazz told 247sports.com.

Shabazz is the 13th commit for David Cutcliffe in what is shaping up to be one of the best recruiting classes in school history.

Syracuse kept up with its ACC foes this weekend by bolstering their future secondary Lamar Dawson.

Dawson, from St. Rita HS in Chicago, becomes the ninth commitment to the 2014 Syracuse class. He stands at 6-foot-0, 190-pounds and chose the Orange over Cincinnati and Michigan State.

“My top three was Syracuse, Michigan State and Cincinnati,” Dawson told Syracuse.com. “I went to Syracuse, and they had two seniors in front of me. I felt like it's the earliest chance for me to play.”

This reinforces Scott Shafer's defensive-minded recruiting efforts right now, as seven of the nine commits so far have been on the defensive side of the ball.

That's all for the weekend commits, check back in soon as the ever-evolving state of football recruiting moves on!