It was a busy week in recruiting for the ACC, as several teams upgraded their recruiting in positions of need.
First year head coach Scott Shafer of Syracuse added two solid recruits to his 2014 class in WR K.J. Williams and LB Jason Cabinda.
Williams, a four-star wide-receiver, is the best recruit for the Orange so far this year, ranked as the 39th best wide-receiver in the 2014 class. He is a 6-foot-2, 190-pound athlete out of Liberty High School in Pennsylvania.
It came down to Syracuse and Michigan, but Williams wound up choosing the school with which he was most comfortable.
Liberty High School head coach John Truby thought that Syracuse was the right choice for Williams.
“At Michigan he is just another four-star,” Truby told Syracuse.com. “At Syracuse he will be comfortable and have early playing time available.”
Cabinda, a 6-1, 220-pound two-way player out of Hunterdon Central in Flemington, NJ, excelled at both running back and linebacker. Despite being one of the best running backs in his area, Cabinda will play linebacker for Coach Shafer and the Orange.
The three-star chose Syracuse on July 1 over ACC rival Boston College and Connecticut.
With the signing of Williams and Cabinda, Syracuse jumped from 68 to 55 in the 2014 class rankings, according to 247Sports.com.
Down in Tallahassee, the Florida State Seminoles landed yet another four-star. This time the Seminoles landed four-star athlete Treon Harris out of Booker T. Washington in Miami.
The 5-11, 180-pound Harris threw for over 2,500 yards and 33 touchdowns to only seven interceptions. With his legs, he managed another 750 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Harris chose Florida State over Clemson, Miami, and Ole Miss.
The Seminoles plan to use Harris at the quarterback position.
“They are taking me at quarterback,” Harris told 247sports. “I don't have nothing to prove. I will do what I can do.”
The Seminoles climbed to second in the recruiting rankings, trailing only the Crimson Tide of Alabama. (247Sports.com)
Clemson raided the rural town of Middleton, MD, to pick up 6-5, 300-pound OL Justin Falcinelli from Middleton High School.
The three-star Falcinelli chose Clemson over offers from home-state team Maryland and powerhouse Nebraska.
A self-proclaimed “country boy” by his high school coach Kevin Lynott, Falcinelli has helped lead the Knights to two Class 2-A titles in the past three years.
Falcinelli joins Taylor Hearn as the second OL commit to the Tigers for 2014. It is likely that Falcinelli will play guard at Clemson.
Virginia Tech landed a somewhat unlikely offensive lineman from Ohio in 6-4, 260-pound Colt Pettit.
Pettit did not know a lot about Virginia Tech until offensive line coach Jeff Grimes contacted him after watching some video clips. Things progressed quickly from there, and on Wednesday Pettit decided to become a Hokie.
Indiana was also vying hard for Pettit's services.
Although he plays both ways right now, the three-star Pettit hopes to put on at least 20 pounds and bulk up for Blacksburg.
“Obviously, put on that good muscle, good weight,” Pettit told Andy Bitter of The Roanoke Times. “No fat, nothing like that.”
Pettit becomes the 14th commitment for head coach Frank Beamer, and the fourth offensive lineman recruit.
The Yellow Jackets picked up a very nice looking commitment from three-star defensive end Michael Preddy on July 12.
The 6-5, 250-pound DE chose the Yellow Jackets over ACC foes Louisville and Wake Forest. Preddy named Louisville the leader on June 16 after attending Charlie Strong's football camp, but he had a change of heart and committed to Georgia Tech.
He was recruited by the Yellow Jackets running back coach Lamar Owens, who also recruited three-star cornerback Stepheny Durham to Atlanta in June.
Marcus Collins, a two-star athlete out of Madison, WI, chose the Pittsburgh Panthers over offers from Air Force and Army this weekend. Illinois was also vying for his services late in the recruitment.
Collins stands at 6-5, 205-pounds, plays safety for La Follette High, but it sounds like he will start out at linebacker for the Panthers.
Although Collins is a two-star recruit, he possesses great size and becomes the 15th member of the Pittsburgh 2014 class.
The Demon Deacons of Wake Forest added their fifth commitment to the class of 2014 over the weekend when RB Isaiah Robinson committed to play his college ball in Winston-Salem.
Robinson is a two-star running back out of high school powerhouse (Charlotte) Independence. He chose Wake Forest over Louisville, ECU and rising interest from Duke and North Carolina.
At 5-10, 210-pounds, Robinson balances a power running game with quick bursts of speed. He totaled 1,549 yards on just 218 carries for 15 touchdowns his junior year.
This commitment is the second running back of the class, after Terence Ricks committed to the Deacs in the middle of June.