Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:15 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2012 11:23 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
Breaking down who won and lost in the ACC on National Signing Day
WINNER: Florida State
For the second year in a row, multiple top uncommitted prospects picked Florida State in widely publicized National Signing Day announcements. Cornerback Ronald Darby (pictured above, No. 3 athlete in 2012 class) never even told head coach Jimbo Fisher he was definitely coming to Florida State, but when decision time came he reached for the Seminoles' hat. It started with Mario Edwards, Jr. signing his letter on ESPN in the morning, then on to Eddie Goldman's commitment and Jameis Winston's public recruitment of Darby just before the cornerback's announcement. For Florida State, the revolution was televised.
LOSER: North Carolina schools
Recently, high school football in the state of North Carolina has been on the rise. Unfortunately, it has not resulted in a boost to any of the North Carolina schools in the ACC. North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest, and Duke missed out on every North Carolina prospect in Tom Lemming's Top 100 Players, and allowed 31 of the 55 in-state prospects to sign with out-of-state schools. If these football programs want to shake the "basketball school" reputation of Tobacco Road, they need to stop letting the best in-state talent get poached by other programs.
The Hurricanes got a jump start on the competition due to self-imposed bowl ineligibility, and those early verbal commits helped secure enough to talent to keep the Hurricanes as a Top 10 class despite some defections. Miami also got a much-needed boost in the secondary with the commitment of Tracy Howard, and defensive end Tyriq McCord signed his letter despite rumors he may flip to USC or South Carolina. The heart of Golden's 2012 recruiting class lies right in Miami's backyard, with over half of the class from Southern Florida - many from Broward-Dade County area. Several Hurricanes' signees openly spoke about expecting NCAA action, and are willing to follow Golden's plan for success anyway.
LOSER: Georgia Tech
Recruiting is just not a great time for the public image of Georgia Tech football. Head coach Paul Johnson was publicly critical of oversigning again, and the Yellow Jackets' stiff academic requirements have become a topic of conversations when competing against the SEC for in-state talent. But Georgia Tech did have a hat on the table when defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson was making his decision between the Yellow Jackets, Alabama, and Georgia on National Signing Day. Tomlinson, one of the top uncommitted in-state recruits, paused on the Georgia Tech hat, only to publicly spurn the Yellow Jackets and commit to Alabama. Additionally, Georgia Tech offensive line coach Todd Spencer resigned amidst potential NCAA violations from impermissible text messaging. Just not a good PR day for Georgia Tech.
Wide receiver Stefon Diggs (No. 14 overall prospect) did not commit on National Signing Day. The top ranked unsigned recruit is strongly considering Florida, Auburn, and Maryland. While many believe the Gators are in the lead for Diggs, MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak writes that Maryland still might have a chance. Former Illinois head coach Ron Zook believes that new Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, who has a great relationship with Diggs' family, could convince the Olney, Md. standout to stay in-state. With Locksley playing catch up in the recruiting game, every day without a Diggs commitment is likely to Maryland's advantage.
LOSER: Virginia Tech
While the Hokies pulled in another solid class, including talented wide receiver Joel Caleb, there was one decommit that caused an unwanted scene. Linebacker Jawand Blue, a Boca Raton, Fla. native, was committed to the Hokies until an opportunity arose at the last minute to jump in with Miami. When he called Virginia Tech, the phone conversation apparently did not go well. Unfortunately, a local reporter heard the conversation (from Blue's end) and began tweeting quotes "from Frank Beamer." A Virginia Tech spokesperson later clarified it was not Beamer, but assistant coach Charley Wiles. For more on the interaction, you can check out ACCSports.com's Signing Day blog. Blue was not a make-or-break recruit for Beamer, but the whole situation was a loss on a very public day for all recruiting news.
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Posted on: October 13, 2011 2:22 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2011 2:25 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson
Virginia Tech may have rejuvenated their hopes to defend their ACC title in a crucial 38-35 last-minute victory over Miami last Saturday. However, the Hokies defense took a couple of losses in the victory - with defensive end James Gayle and outside linebacker Jeron Gouveia-Winslow both leaving the game with injuries.
CBSSports.com's Sean Bielawski reports that Gouveia-Winslow suffered a Lisfranc sprain in his left foot and will undergo surgery next week. The starting linebacker is expected to miss the remainder of the season recovering. Gouveia-Winslow plays the WHIP linebacker position for the Hokies, and is expected to be replaced in the starting lineup by redshirt junior Alonzo Tweedy. Gayle's injury, not as severe, will apparently hold him back for at least for this week's game.
Gayle injured his ankle in first quarter against the Hurricanes, and defensive line coach Charley Wiles said earlier in the week the sophomore would need to practice this week in order to play against the Demon Deacons.
The school confirmed on Thursday that Gayle will not travel with the team to Winston-Salem this weekend. The Hampton, Va. native has had a breakout season so far on a injury-plagued Hokies defensive line. Gayle is tied for the team lead with 6.5 tackles for loss and has totaled 3.5 sacks in six games of action.
The injuries continue to mount up for Virginia Tech's defense, creating an uncharacteristic weakness in the front seven. As the high-scoring fourth quarter wound down against Miami, it was clear the lack of depth had become an issue for the Hokies. With Wake Forest running back Josh Harris looking to repeat his 241 yard performance from Blacksburg a year ago, defensive coordinator Bud Foster will be counting on the Hokies' underclassmen to rise to the occasion on Saturday.
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