Latest 2014 Recruiting Roundup: SEC, ACC Teams Have Strong Week
Georgia commitment Jeb Blazevich
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Welcome to this week's edition of the weekly recruiting roundup.
This is your one-stop shop for everything that has happened in the recruiting world during the past week. We'll touch on the biggest news, provide you with all of the latest commitments and even watch a highlight clip or two.
If you're a recruiting fan, this is the only place you want to be on a Friday morning. If it happened between 12:01 a.m. last Friday and midnight Thursday night, we'll have it covered.
This past week was a big one in the ACC, and, of course, the SEC had another successful week on the recruiting trail. We'll have those commitments plus much more—all you have to do is click "Begin Slideshow."
Jeb Blazevich via 247Sports
1. Week of the Tight Ends
This will be known as "The Week of the Tight Ends,'' as five of the nation's best prospects made their commitments. Five committed this past week, including huge commitments to Michigan, Notre Dame and Georgia. Jeb Blazevich, a 4-star tight end and the No. 5 tight end in the nation (247Sports Composite), was the biggest name in the group, and he committed to Georgia.
2. Alabama Keeps Rolling
Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide continue to be consistently consistent on the recruiting trail. Last week the Tide picked up a huge defensive commitment in 4-star inside linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton. This week Alabama lands another big-time defensive recruit—4-star cornerback Stephen Roberts, the No. 11 player from the state of Alabama, according to the 247Sports Composite.
3. Texas Loses Another Commitment
Mack Brown implemented a no-visit policy this recruiting cycle after he lost the commitment of 5-star lineman A'Shawn Robinson just days before signing day last cycle. The argument for that policy is that it would keep truly dedicated players committed to Texas. Unfortunately for the Longhorns, that wasn't the case with their best 2014 commitment so far. Demetrius Knox, a 4-star offensive tackle who is originally from Columbus, Ohio, had taken a few other visits (Oklahoma and Ohio State), He decided to decommit from Texas this past week in what will go down as a huge loss for Brown and his staff.
Michigan commitment Ian Bunting via 247Sports
Michigan State: Brian Allen, 3-star OC, Hinsdale Central High School (IL) 4/20/13
Enoch Smith Jr. 3-star DT, Mount Carmel High School (IL) 4/20/13
Penn State: De'Andre Thompkins, 4-star ATH/WR, Swansboro High School (N.C.) 4/20/13
Chris Godwin, 4-star WR, Middletown High School (DE) 4/23/13
Michigan: Ian Bunting, 4-star TE, Hinsdale Central High School (IL) 4/23/13
Maurice Ways, 3-star WR, Detroit Country Day School (MI) 4/25/13
With two commitments each, Michigan State, Penn State and Michigan all had big weeks. Most notably, Michigan landed another big tight end recruit in Ian Bunting, who's the No. 11 tight end in the 2014 class, according to the 247Sports Composite. Penn State also picked up two extremely talented wideout commitments, so the future of the Nittany Lions' passing game looks solid.
LSU commitment Garrett Brumfield via 247Sports
Missouri: Rocel McWilliams, N/R SDE, West Florida Tech High School (FL) 4/20/13
Kentucky: Mikel Horton, 3-star RB, Lakota West High School (OH) 4/20/13
LSU: Garrett Brumfield, 4-star OG, University Laboratory School (LA) 4/20/13
Tennessee: Daniel Helm, 4-star TE, Glenwood High School (IL) 4/23/13
Georgia: Jeb Blazevich, 4-star TE, Charlotte Christian School (N.C.) 4/23/13
Alabama: Stephen Roberts, 4-star CB, Opelika High School (AL) 4/24/13
Alabama and Georgia's commitments were discussed earlier, but LSU and Tennessee had big weeks as well. It's easy to see that Butch Jones has created a lot of excitement about the Tennessee program, and that's paying off on the recruiting trail. LSU landed a huge commitment in Brumfield, who's the No. 8 offensive guard in the 2014 class (247Sports Composite)
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Surprisingly, there were no commitments for the Pac-12 this week. But it's not likely that USC, Oregon, UCLA, Stanford and Cal will go without a commitment for two straight weeks. So stay tuned.
Virginia Tech commitment Travon McMillian via 247Sports
Boston College: Kevin Cohee, 3-star ILB, The Roxbury Latin School (MA) 4/20/13
Jon Baker, 3-star OG, Millis High School (MA) 4/20/13
Virginia Tech: C.J. Revis, 3-star ATH, Thomas Dale High School (VA) 4/20/13
Terrell Edmunds, N/R CB, Dan River High School (VA) 4/24/13
Travon McMillian, 4-star DUAL QB, C. D. Hylton High School (VA) 4/25/13
Duke: Tinashe Bere, 3-star ILB, Sycamore High School (OH) 4/21/13
Virginia: J.J. Jackson, 3-star SDE, Woodgrove High School (VA) 4/21/13
NC State: Garrett Bradbury, N/R TE, Charlotte Christian School (N.C.) 4/24/13
Miami: Dalvon Stuckey, 3-star DT, Walton Senior High School (FL) 4/24/13
Maryland: Will Ulmer, 4-star DUAL QB, Saint John's College High School (D.C.) 4/25/13
The ACC had an enormous week on the recruiting trail, landing 10 commitments. It's hard not to be extremely impressed at what Virginia Tech did. The Hokies received three commitments, one from 4-star dual-threat quarterback Travon McMillian, who's ranked as the No. 7 dual-threat QB in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite.
Side note: Keep an eye out for Virginia Tech to have a big year on the recruiting trail.
Baylor commitment Terrence Williams via 247Sports
West Virginia: William Crest, 3-star PRO QB, Dunbar High School (MD) 4/19/13
Texas Tech: Ian Sadler, 3-star WR, Argyle High School (TX) 4/20/13
Cameron Batson, 3-star WR, Millwood High School (OK) 4/21/13
Patrick Mahomes, 3-star PRO QB, Whitehouse High School (TX) 4/21/13
Tevin Madison, 3-star CB, Fayette County High School (AL) 4/21/13
Baylor: Devonte Jones, 3-star OG, Bellaire High School (TX) 4/20/13
Terence Williams, 4-star ATH, Ennis High School (TX) 4/24/13
Oklahoma State: Gyasi Akem, 4-star OLB, Broken Arrow High School (OK) 4/20/13
This was a solid week for the Big 12, especially if you're a Texas Tech fan. The Red Raiders landed four commitments, which constitutes a good week regardless of the rankings. Baylor also had a strong week, highlighted by landing Terrence Williams, who's the No. 21-ranked athlete in the nation (247Sports Composite).
Notre Dame commitment Nic Weishar via 247Sports
East Carolina: Kyle Erickson, N/R OT, Jack Britt High School (N.C.) 4/20/13
Old Dominion: Brandon Tyson, N/R DT, Clover Hill High School (VA) 4/20/13
Florida Atlantic: Jake Stoshak, 2-star S, University Christian High School (FL) 4/2013
Louisville: Desean Blair, 3-star WR, Sandalwood High School (FL) 4/20/13
Nilijah Balew, 3-star S, Walnut Hills High School (OH) 4/21/13
Notre Dame: Nic Weishar, 3-star TE, Marist High School (IL) 4/23/13
Temple: Connor Morehart, 3-star DT, Governor Mifflin High School (PA) 4/24/13
Aaron Ruff, N/R OT, Imhotep Charter High School (PA) 4/25/13
Western Michigan: Curtis Doyle, N/R OT, Alma Senior High School (MI) 4/25/13
Temple had a good week, landing two commitments, and it's worth noting that Louisville continues to stay hot on the recruiting trail. Last week Louisville was the program of the week. Notre Dame also came away with another big commitment in 3-star tight end Nic Weishar. He'll be a versatile tight end for the Fighting Irish, who will be able to block or be effective as a receiver.
Recruit of the Week
Adoree' Jackson, 5-star CB, Junipero Serra High School (CA)
He's athletic and agile, and he has the talent to be a big-time playmaker at the college level. He's only 5'11'' and 185 pounds, but he has great instincts as a cover corner and can make a play on the ball when it's in the air. Jackson displays quick feet, makes sharp cuts and could also play on offense as a slot receiver or a kick returner. That said, he should mainly be a cornerback in college.
Jackson appears to be a USC lean at the moment, according to his 247Sports interest list. He's from Gardenia, Calif., which is close to the school, so the Trojans will definitely have a major proximity advantage. Florida, LSU, Michigan, Texas A&M and UCLA are all "warm interests." USC is categorized as "warmer."
Check out this complete scouting report on Jackson.
Program of the Week
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Winner: Texas Tech
Kliff Kingsbury came to Texas Tech with a lot of hype, given what he was able to do with Johnny Manziel and the Texas A&M offense when he was the offensive coordinator. That has apparently translated to the recruiting trail, as it normally does.
Kingsbury and his staff had a massive week, landing four commitments, three in one day. Sunday the 21st was a major day for the Red Raiders, as they pulled in 3-star wideout Cameron Batson, 3-star quarterback Patrick Mahomes and 3-star cornerback Tevin Madison.
The day before, Texas Tech received the commitment from 3-star wide receiver Ian Sadler.
Not coincidentally, these commitments came the weekend of the spring game, further proving just how important that game and the hoopla surrounding it is on the recruiting trail.
You may look at Texas Tech's four commitments and only see 3-star recruits. But others see it is a program that's quickly building a great deal of excitement around a new coach.