Latest 2014 Recruiting Roundup: ACC Soars, Big 12 Sleeper Dominates

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIJune 10, 2013

Latest 2014 Recruiting Roundup: ACC Soars, Big 12 Sleeper Dominates

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    ACC recruiting has been on a roll lately, and that streak continued this past week, with 15 total commitments made to the conference.

    Two ACC programs in particular stood out, landing three commitments each.

    For as big of a week as it was in the ACC, though, one Big 12 sleeper program stood out above the rest and came away with the Signed, Sealed, Delivered "Program of the Week" award.

    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 Monday and midnight this Sunday, we'll have it covered.

    Welcome to the recruiting roundup. 


    Note: All information courtesy of 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. 

Making Headlines

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    1. Oklahoma State lands five commitments

    The Cowboys stood out this week on the recruiting trail by adding five commitments to their 2014 class. That's a huge week for any program, so Mike Gundy and his staff have to be feeling really good about where their class stands right now.

    Oklahoma State now has nine commitments and has moved all the way up to No. 26 in the 247Sports Composite team rankings for 2014.


    2. Miami stands out in ACC

    Al Golden has Miami set to do great things on the recruiting trail in 2013, and this week will go down as a big one for the Hurricanes. Miami landed three commitments, highlighted by 3-star outside linebacker Juwon Young, who's 6'2'', 228 pounds and runs a 4.62 40, according to 247Sports.

    Miami's 2014 class features 11 commitments, including two 5-stars.


    3. Penn State lands another elite QB recruit

    Last cycle, Penn State received the commitment and signature of 5-star pro-style quarterback Christian Hackenberg and enrolled a marquee JUCO quarterback in Tyler Ferguson

    This cycle, Bill O'Brien and his staff continue to recruit the position well, landing the commitment of Michael O'Connor, who's ranked as the No. 12 pro-style quarterback, according to the 247Sports Composite. 

    Penn State is still relevant on the recruiting trail, especially with quarterbacks. 

Big Ten

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    Iowa: Omar Truitt, 3-star CB, Saint John's College High School (Washington D.C.) 6/3/13

    CJ Hilliard, 3-star RB, Saint Xavier High School (Ohio.) 6/6/13

    Nebraska: Drew Brown, 2-star K, Southlake Carrol (Texas) 6/7/13

    Indiana: DeAndre Herron, 3-star OT, Avon High School (Ind.) 6/8/13

    Penn State: Michael O'Connor, 4-star PRO-QB IMG Academy (Fla.) 6/8/13


    Talking Points

    Penn State came away with the commitment of O'Connor, who also had offers from big programs like Michigan State and SEC schools like Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Missouri, amongst others.

    Iowa also had a good week on the recruiting trail, bringing its 2014 class to five commitments.


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    Texas A&M: Kyle Allen, 4-star PRO-QB, Desert Mountain High School (Ariz.) 6/3/13

    Koda Martin, 3-star OT, Manvel High School (Texas) 6/8/13

    Alabama: Johnny Dwight, 3-star DT, Wilcox County High School (Ga.) 6/4/13

    Kentucky: Ryan Flannigan, 3-star JUCO OLB, Blinn Community College (Texas) 6/5/13

    Denzel Ware, 4-star WDE, Crestview High School (Fla.) 6/9/13

    Ole Miss: Calvin Moore, 3-star ATH, Bassfield High School (Miss.) 6/7/13

    Alvin Moore, 3-star ILB, Bassfield High School (Miss.) 6/7/13

    Alfred Dickens, 3-star OLB, Olive Branch High School (Miss.) 6/8/13

    Georgia: Jake Edwards, 3-star OG, Heard County High School (Ga.) 6/8/13

    Florida: J.C. Jackson, 4-star WR, Immokalee High School (Fla.) 6/8/13


    Talking Points

    It's good to see Ole Miss continuing the hot streak from last recruiting cycle. The Rebels landed three commitments this past week, and their total now stands at 15. Ole Miss is definitely riding some major momentum.

    Florida landed a huge commitment from J.C. Jackson, who is a former Florida State recruit, per Derek Tyson of ESPN.

    Kentucky received a monumental commitment from Denzel Ware, who's ranked as the No. 5 weak-side defensive end in the class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. 


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    Washington State: Calvin Green, 3-star APB, Luther Burbank Senior High (Calif.) 6/4/13

    Oregon: Dominique Harrison, 3-star JUCO CB, Contra Costa Community College (Calif.) 6/4/13

    UCLA: Dominick Jackson, 4-star JUCO OT, College of San Mateo (Calif.) 6/5/13

    Arizona: Kaige Lawrence, 3-star JUCO OG, Chaffey College (Calif.) 6/7/13


    Talking Points

    This was apparently the week of the JUCO commitment in the Pac-12, with three of four commitments coming from JUCO players. The marquee recruit went to UCLA, though. Dominick Jackson is the No. 1 JUCO offensive tackle recruit, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.


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    Wake Forest: Daiquan Lawrence, 2-star CB, Oscar Frommel Smith High School (Va.) 6/4/13

    Boston College: Mike Knoll, 3-star K, Walsh Jesuit (Ohio.) 6/4/13

    Joe Vitiello, 3-star SDE, Immaculata High School (N.J.) 6/4/13

    Virginia Tech: Jaylen Bradshaw, 2-star WR, Oscar Frommel Smith High School (Va.) 6/5/13

    Miami: Courtel Jenkins, 3-star OG, Saint Anthony's High School (N.J.) 6/6/13

    Juwon Young, 3-star OLB, Albany High School (Ga.) 6/8/13

    Darrell Langham, 3-star WR, Santaluces Community (Fla.) 6/9/13

    Clemson: J.D. Davis, N/R ILB, Daniel High (S.C.) 6/7/13

    Judah Davis, N/R ILB, Daniel High (S.C.) 6/7/13

    Georgia Tech: KeShun Freeman, 3-star OLB, Callaway High School (Ga.) 6/7/13

    Tyler Merriweather, 3-star WDE, Demopolis High School (Ala.) 6/8/13

    Stepheny Durham, 3-star CB, Atlantic Coast High School (Fla.) 6/8/13

    Virginia: Jordan Ellis, 3-star RB, Peachtree Ridge High School (Ga.) 6/7/13

    N.C. State: Germaine Pratt, 3-star S, High Point Central High School (N.C.) 6/8/13

    Eric Shute, 3-star OG, Glenbard West High School (Ill.) 6/8/13


    Talking Points

    The talking points could be endless for the ACC this past week. Five programs landed more than one recruit, with Miami and Georgia Tech bringing in three each. Clemson landed recruits for the second straight week, and the Tigers' class now features 12 commitments.

Big 12

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    Texas Tech: Mildren Montgomery, 2-star OG, Douglass High School (Okla.) 6/3/13

    Texas: Courtney Garnett, 3-star DT, Saint Augustine High School (La.) 6/4/13

    Oklahoma State: Mason Rudolph, 3-star PRO-QB, Northwestern High School (S.C.) 6/5/13

    Matthew Mucha, 3-star OT, Clear Lake High School (Texas) 6/7/13

    Juwan Offray, N/R CB, Edna Karr High School (La.) 6/8/13

    Joyan Williams, 3-star DT, Edna Karr High School (La.) 6/8/13

    Cole Walterscheid, N/R WDE, Muenster High School (Texas) 6/9/13

    Iowa State: Martinez Syria, 3-star RB, Nimitz High School (Texas) 6/6/13

    Baylor: T'Kevian Rockwell, 4-star OLB, Wylie High School (Texas) 6/7/13

    Ira Lewis, 3-star DT, Lamar High School (Texas) 6/9/13

    Jourdan Blake, 3-star ATH, Princeton High School (Texas) 6/9/13


    Talking Points

    Oklahoma State's huge recruiting week was highlighted by the commitment of Mason Rudolph, who's the No. 24 pro-style quarterback in the 2014 class, according to the 247Sports Composite Ranking.

    Meanwhile, Baylor continued its recruiting excellence this cycle and now has 17 commitments.

Other Conferences

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    Rice: Calvin Anderson, 2-star OT, Westlake High School (Texas) 6/3/13

    Cory Klingler, 3-star OC, New Caney High School (Texas) 6/6/13

    Brady Wright, N/R WDE, Cypress Fairbanks (Texas) 6/9/13

    SMU: Nate Gaines, 2-star S, Ralph H Poteet High School (Texas) 6/3/13

    Christian Beard, 3-star OG, Midway High School (Texas) 6/5/13

    Chris Jefferson, N/R S, Athens High School (Texas) 6/8/13

    Louisville: Henry Famurewa, 3-star WDE, McEachern High School (Ga.) 6/3/13

    Colorado State: Josh Watson, 3-star ILB, Blue Springs South High School (Mo.) 6/4/13

    Louisiana-Monroe: Garrett Smith, 2-star PRO-QB, Smithson Valley High School (Texas) 6/5/13

    Temple: Sean Chandler, N/R CB, Camden High School (N.J.) 6/6/13

    Miami (OH): Mack Duffin, N/R SDE, Avon High School (Ind.) 6/6/13

    Ball State: J-Shun Harris, 2-star WR, Fishers High School (Ind.) 6/7/13

    Boise State: Squally Canada, 3-star RB, Milpitas High School (Calf.) 6/7/13


    Talking Points

    Both Rice and SMU had good weeks, landing three commitments each, and Louisville received commitment No. 15 for 2014. Miami of Ohio also got on the board with its first commitment.

Recruit of the Week

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    Morgan Mahalak, 4-star DUAL QB, Marin Catholic (Calif.) Committed to Oregon on 4/30/13

    Morgan Mahalak is the No. 9 dual-threat quarterback in the 2014 class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, and he's a perfect fit for Oregon.

    He has a strong arm and accurate throw, but he stands out because of his running ability. He has quick feet, great vision and he's elusive. Mahalak can make defenders miss, but he's not afraid to hit the hole hard and get vertical. He projects to be a great dual-threat quarterback prospect for Mark Helfrich and the Ducks.

    Note: Check out B/R's interview with Mahalak.

Program of the Week

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    Winner: Oklahoma State

    In one week, the Cowboys' 2014 class went from four commitments to nine commitments. That should be all you need to know about the week that was for Oklahoma State recruiting.

    The Cowboys' marquee commitment is 4-star running back Devon Thomas, but Coach Gundy and his staff really made a splash by landing Rudolph.

    According to a report from JC Shurburtt of, Rudolph threw for 4,010 yards and 41 touchdowns last season for Northwestern High School. 

    The Cowboy's four other commitment for the week came after Rudolph's.

    What a noteworthy week for Oklahoma State.


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