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ACC Recruiting Links, Jan. 31

Friday, January 31, 2014 12:05am
By: Brian Geisinger

Signing day is less than a week away - Wednesday, Feb. 5 - and most ACC schools are trying to put the finishing touches on their 2014 recruiting classes. Lets jump into the last set of links before the big day.


The North Carolina Tar Heels added one last player to their 2014 class: four-star offensive guard Jared Cohen - who at one point in time was committed to Maryland. For more on Cohen, check here, too.

No one - and I repeat: no one - has been busier than the Wake Forest coaching staff the past two weeks, as Dave Clawson tries to formalize this class less than two months after accepting the job. In the last week alone, the Deacons have added five players to their 2014 haul: Kameron Uter, Justin Herron, Devin Pike, Travis Smith and Zeek Rodney.

Three-star tight end Devin Pike - just like Rashawn Shaw two weeks ago - was initially committed to Louisville, decommitted after Charlie Strong left for Texas and pledged to Clawson and Wake Forest.

Five-star wide receiver Travis Rudolph - widely regarded as someone who can make a big impact the second he steps foot on campus - committed to Florida State earlier this month. Recently, Florida's Will Muschamp has really been trying to lure the 6-1 receiver away from landing in Tallahassee. That, however, doesn't look like it's going to actually happen.

Three-star DB Troy Vincent Jr. took his official visit to N.C. State's campus, which was his first trip to Raleigh since de-committing from Penn State, and giving his verbal to the Wolfpack. According to Vincent, the trip was a success; he was able to spend some time with State's cornerbacks coach George Barlow.

2015 four-star RB Nyheim Hines is an all-purpose monster, and one of the top offensive talents in the state of North Carolina. Clemson and N.C. State have long been at the top of his list, but the Duke Blue Devils are now starting to make a serious push up the ladder.

One of the more intiguing prospects to watch in the coming week is four-star DT Derrick Nnadi. Florida State and Virginia Tech have long been his favorites - and most recruitniks believe he'll land at either of those schools - but now Virginia is really trying to make a late push. Mike London visited him in-house this week, and now this weekend, Nnadi will take his official visit to Charlottesville. Ohio State is somewhere in the mix, too. Oh, good luck trying to figure this one out.

Two weeks ago, two-star defensive tackle Jalen Harvey gave a soft verbal to Western Kentucky. Now, the 6-2, 300 pound tackle is having second thoughts, and Scott Shafer's Orange could have the inside track.

Michael Preddy - a three-star defensive end who committed to Georgia Tech last July - was in Atlanta last weekend for his official visit. Preddy enjoyed his time on campus, and he is very excited to become a full-time Yellow Jacket.

Three-star WR CJ Worton decommitted from Florida State earlier this week. Wasting no time - the Miami Hurricanes have jumped back in the mix, hoping to get Worton, who played prep ball at nearby Homestead (Fla.) South Dade High, to stay in the 305 for college.

When it comes to recruiting, the numbers don't lie - Florida State, Clemson and Miami are the cream of the crop in the realm of ACC football. Virginia Tech is tiered just below them.

This week, Pittsburgh became the first school to offer 2015 safety Ronnie James, who checks in at 6-0, 170 pounds. According to James, he will remember that as his recruitment progresses.