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ACC Recruiting Links, Dec. 20

Friday, December 20, 2013 12:29am
By: Carlos Collazo

We've had an extremely busy week with commitments and recruiting news. Here's where you can get to all of those stories around the ACC in one spot.

Paul Chryst keeps adding to his offensive line, which should have a huge amount of depth over the next few seasons. The latest addition is four-star offensive tackle Alex Bookser.

Immediately after losing to Florida State in the ACC Championship game, Duke coach David Cutcliffe hit the recruiting trail in an attempt to continue building the program and drawing bigger commitments.

Larry Fedora is bringing in UNC's first top-20 recruiting class since 2009 thanks to several big four-star commitments. That impressive class, and the young talent that will be returning to North Carolina next year, leave the Tar Heels in solid shape for the 2014 football season.

Three-star safety Marques Gayot recently de-committed from Louisville and committed to Miami after the defensive staff of the Hurricanes came and talked to him. "The entire Miami defensive staff came to see him," Gayot's position coach, Travis Klabon, told CanesSport.com. "They sold him on they wanted him."

After realizing that Virginia Tech would offer a better chance of quicker playing time, four-star QB Chris Durkin de-committed from Michigan State and committed to the Hokies.

Florida State recently landed three-star juco offensive lineman Kareem Are over Ole Miss, Penn State and others. Are is 6-6, 335-pounds and has been projected as a guard and a tackle at the next level.

FSU is also expected to be a big player for the No. 1 athlete in the 2015 class, George Campbell. Campbell recently de-committed from Michigan after giving a verbal back in July.

Marquis Haynes signed with North Carolina back in February, but he was denied admission to the school. Haynes - a three-star defensive end - is expected to look for another college in which to enroll.

Here are Kalen McCain's senior highlights. McCain is a three-star N.C. State commitment and is expected to enroll at the university in January. He is the No. 25 player in North Carolina according to 247Sports.com.

Marshawn Williams is excited to enroll at Virginia Tech in January, as well to begin practicing with an unknown Virginia Tech backfield. Williams is a three-star running back from Hampton, Va., who ran for over 2,000 yards in 12 games during his senior year.

N.C. State commit Kentavius Street will play a large role in the young core that coach Dave Doeren is compiling to rebuild his program that just went 3-9 without a win in conference play.

Dave Clawson has barely taken the reins at Wake Forest, but he's already taken a commitment away from ECU. John Wolford committed to the Demon Deacons after Clawson and incoming offensive coordinator Warren Ruggerio traveled to Jacksonville for an in-home visit with QB.

Four-star athlete Ashton White recently committed to Virginia Tech. White is planning on playing defensive back with the Hokies.

James Folston Jr., a two-star linebacker out of Florida, committed to Pitt earlier this week. Folston is only the second linebacker in the 2014 Panther class, and had 107 tackles his senior year.

Defensive back Cordell Hudson committed to Syracuse one week after traveling from Florida to visit the campus. Hudson became the 14th commit of the class, and the third defensive back, joining Rodney Williams and Lamar Dawson.

Miami got a huge commitment from Kiy Hester several days ago. Hester is a four-star athlete with the size and ability to play either safety of linebacker in college.

After missing out on Brock Ruble (FSU) and Marcus Applefield (Rutgers), Maryland got a commitment from offensive tackle Sean Christie. Christie is Maryland's 13th commitment and is going to have to prove himself at the collegiate level, as he was relatively unknown before this. 

For even more on ACC recruiting, check out our latest updates to the Atlantic Division and the Coastal Division's commitment lists.