Latest 2014 Recruiting Roundup: ACC and SEC Score Huge Talent
The SEC is always a dominant force on the recruiting trail, but this past week, the ACC joined in on the fun as well—specifically Clemson.
Dabo Swinney and his staff landed three recruits in three days, and all three were ranked as 4-star recruits. The Tigers also resolved what could have been a potential situation with 4-star quarterback recruit Deshaun Watson, who took a visit to Auburn, although he originally denied it, according to Kipp Adams of ESPN.com.
All is good at Clemson, and without a doubt, the Tigers ruled this week in recruiting.
Welcome to the weekly recruiting roundup, featured on the Signed, Sealed, Delivered blog.
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 Monday morning. If it happened between 12:01 a.m. last Tuesday and midnight this Sunday, we'll have it covered.
Note: All information courtesy of 247Sports.com unless otherwise noted. Star rankings courtesy of the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Scouting and analysis on "recruit of the week" done via tape study of film provided on his 247Sports profile page.
1. Clemson Makes A Huge Push
As talked about in the introduction, the Tigers landed three commitments in three days, which is noteworthy no matter the program or conference. Swinney's program had a huge week, and it picked up a ton of recruiting momentum.
It was such a good week, in fact, that Clemson is now ranked No. 6 overall, according to the 247Sports Composite team rankings.
2. Tennessee Stays Hot
Butch Jones and Tennessee continue to be one of the hottest programs on the 2014 recruiting trail. They picked up two more commitments this past week. The Volunteers' 2014 class is currently ranked No. 2 overall, according to the 247Sports Composite team rankings
3. State of Texas Commitments
14 recruits from the state of Texas made commitments this past week. 50 commitments were made in total.
Northwestern: Fred Wyatt, 3-star DT, Lawrence Free State High School (Kan.) 5/28/13
Purdue: Gregory Phillips, 2-star WR, Arabia Mountain High School (Ga.) 5/31/13
Michigan: Chase Winovich, 3-star OLB, Thomas Jefferson High School (Pa.) 6/1/13
Penn State: Noah Beh, 3-star OT, Scranton Preparatory School (Pa.) 6/1/13
Indiana: Michael Barwick, 3-star DT, Summit Country Day School (Ohio.) 6/2/13
It was a relatively quiet week in the Big Ten, but Michigan did pick up another commitment. The Wolverines are ranked No. 1 overall, according to the 247Sports Composite team rankings. Brady Hoke's class now features 12 commitments with the addition of Winovich.
South Carolina: Malik Young, 3-star OG, Woodmont High School (S.C.) 5/28/13
Kevin Crosby, 4-star TE, Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School (S.C.) 6/1/13
Kentucky: Jared Tucker, 3-star S, Stephenson High School (Ga.) 5/29/13
Ole Miss: Jamiyus Pittman, 3-star DT, Colquitt County High School (Ga.) 5/30/13
Tennessee: Joe Henderson, 3-star WDE, Shaker Heights High School (Ohio.) 5/30/13
Chris Weatherd, 3-star JUCO OLB, Trinity Valley Community College (Texas.) 5/31/13
Alabama: Viane Talamaivao, 4-star OG, Centennial High School (Calif.) 5/30/13
Texas A&M: Jarrett Johnson, 3-star WDE, Seven Lakes High School (Texas.) 6/2/13
Tennessee is the big winner this past week, but it is worth noting that South Carolina picked up two recruits.
Alabama received another huge commitment as well, as Talamaivao has star potential as a guard. He's the No. 8 guard in the nation, according to 247Sports Composite Rankings, and he has elite potential, checking in at 6'3'', 310 pounds.
Washington State: Zaire Andre, 3-star WR, Inglewood High School (Calif.) 5/28/13
Keith Harrington, 3-star APB, Northeast High School (Fla.) 5/30/13
Cal: Isadore Outing, 3-star WDE, Dekaney High School (Texas) 5/29/13
Colorado: Grant Watanabe, 3-star ILB, William J. Brennan High School (Texas) 5/29/13
ASU: Manny Wilkins, 3-star DUAL-QB, San Marin High School (Calif.) 5/30/13
Arizona: Jordan Morgan, 3-star WR, Southridge (Ore.) 6/1/13
Washington State had an impressive week with two commitments, including picking up Harrington all the way from the state of Florida. He's the No. 9 all-purpose back in the 2014 class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, so he's a big commitment for the Cougars.
Virginia: Caanan Brown, 2-star OLB, Clearwater Central Catholic H. S. (Fla.) 5/29/13
Virginia Tech: Eric Gallo, 3-star OC, Council Rock South High School (Pa.) 5/29/13
Boston College: James Hendren, 3-star OT, Dexter School (Mass.) 5/29/13
Florida State: Jacob Pugh, 4-star OLB, Godby High School (Fla.) 5/29/13
Clemson: Korie Rogers, 4-star ILB, Buford High School (Ga.) 5/29/13
Chris Register, 4-star OLB, Dudley High School (N.C.) 5/30/13
Demarre Kitt, 4-star WR, Sandy Creek High School (Ga.) 5/30/13
Wake Forest: Jaboree Williams, 3-satr ILB, Fort Lauderdale High School (Fla.) 5/30/13
Georgia Tech: Jalen Johnson, 3-star WR, Oneonta High School (Ala.) 5/30/13
Duke: Johnathan Lloyd, 3-star ATH, Southern Alamance High School (N.C.) 6/1/13
Maryland: David Shaw, N/R DT, Spring Grove Area High School (Pa.) 6/2/13
The ACC as a whole had a tremendous week, bringing home 11 commitments in total. Clemson had a stellar week. Kitt, a former Georgia commitment, is arguably one of the Tigers' biggest pickups. Florida State also landed a big recruit in Pugh, who's the No. 14 outside linebacker in the nation, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Kansas: Joe Dineen, 3-star ATH, Lawrence Free State High School (Kan.) 5/29/13
Oklahoma State: Trevion Roberts, 3-star ATH, Dwight D. Eisenhower High School (Texas.) 5/29/13
Texas: Sione Teuhema, 3-star WDE, Keller High School (Texas.) 5/30/13
Baylor: Cordell Dorsey, 3-star OLB, Cooper High School (Texas.) 5/31/13
Blake Blackmar, 3-star OG, Clear Lake High School (Texas.) 6/1/13
Chad Adams, 3-star CB, Allen High School (Texas.) 6/2/13
Baylor picked up three more commitments this past week. Although they were all 3-star recruits, Baylor has been noticeably consistent this recruiting cycle. The Bears have the No. 12-ranked class, according to the 247Sports Composite team rankings.
Kent State: Luke Callahan, N/R OG, Olentangy Liberty High School (Ohio.) 5/28/13
Cincinnati: Joel Thompson, N/R DT, McArthur High School (Fla.) 5/28/13
Spencer Williams, 3-star WDE, First Coast High School (Fla.) 5/31/13
Raashed Kennion, 3-star WDE, First Coast High School (Fla.) 5/31/13
UTEP: Sloan Spiller, 2-star FB, Katy High School (Texas.) 5/30/13
SMU: Chad Pursley, 2-star SDE, Mansfield Legacy High School (Texas.) 5/30/13
Rice: Trevor Long, 2-star WR, East Bernard (Texas) 5/29/13
South Florida: Deatrick Nichols, 3-star CB, Miami Central High School (Fla.) 5/30/13
Massachusetts: Norvel Stewart, N/R WR, Bloomfield High School (Conn.) 5/31/13
Bowling Green: Tyler King, N/R DT, St. Edward (Ohio.) 6/1/13
Houston: Anthony Jones, 3-star APB, North Forest (Texas) 6/1/13
Latrell Martin, 3-star WR, Hendrickson High School (Texas) 6/1/13
San Diego State: Eric Burrell, 3-star TE, Valley High School (Nev.) 6/1/13
Temple: Troy Simmons, 3-star ATH, Renaissance Christian Academy (Pa.) 6/1/13
Syracuse: Zaire Franklin, 3-star OLB, La Salle College High School (Pa.) 6/1/13
Cincinnati had a great week, landing three commitments. Houston also had a week worth mentioning, bringing two in-state recruits into the fold. UTEP and Massachusetts both got on the board with their first commitments in Spiller and Stewart, respectively.
Recruit of the Week
Marshon Lattimore, 5-star CB, Glenville High School (Ohio)
Lattimore is the No. 5 corner in the 2014 class, and he's the No. 1 player from the state of Ohio. He looks like a major Ohio State lean. The Buckeyes are the only program listed as "Warm" on his 247Sports interest list, and 20 out of 20 experts in the 247Sports Crystal Ball predict he'll commit to Ohio State.
He's lanky and plays extremely physical, even though he's just 6'0'', 175 pounds. He's an elite athlete with speed, agility and quickness to stick with any route that an offense throws at him.
His length helps him jam receivers at the line, and it also allows him to make plays on the ball in the air. Lattimore is a fundamental corner with a great stance, fluid backpedal and a quick break.
He's also not afraid to come down to the line of scrimmage and be physical as a run defender.
Note: Check out this complete scouting report for Lattimore.
Program of the Week
The Tigers look solid with their top quarterback commitment, and they landed a huge wide receiver recruit for him in Demarre Kitt. The fact that Kitt is a former Georgia commitment is just an added bonus for Clemson.
Dabo Swinney and his staff also brought in two big defensive commitments in 4-star inside linebacker Korie Rogers and 4-star outside linebacker Chris Register.
Clemson may not have the national spotlight of last season, but it's slowly but surely putting together a solid class.