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October 19, 2005Top ACC targets are beginning to schedule their official visits while others are making their decisions as recruiting heats up in October. Star running back LeSean McCoy out of Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt will be taking in an important game between two ACC teams while Virginia's win over Florida State could make a few in-state battles interesting.
Here's this weeks ACC Blitz.
Thursday night battle
McCoy, the nation's No. 1 running back, will be in attendance at the Maryland-Virginia Tech game this Thursday evening in College Park. The 5-foot-11, 204-pounder is more likely visiting to watch the Hokies in action as they're one of his top schools. However, with teammates and Tucker Baumbach and Jeremy Ricker already committed to the Terps and McCoy's family interested in schools closer to home, who knows? If the Terps can avenge their humiliating loss to Virginia Tech from last season, and that's a huge if, then McCoy could take notice.
The Hokies can certainly help themselves in this battle with an impressive win and the running back situation looks very good at Virginia Tech.
Battle for Jacobs?
6-foot-7, 218-pound tight end Vince Jacobs was spotted taking an unofficial visit to Virginia for their home win against Florida State and he was obviously impressed. Does this mean the UNC commitment is looking elsewhere? Doubtful. After our article on Jacobs re-opening his commitment yesterday, Jacob's father Vince Sr. assured us that his son is solid to North Carolina and will only take other official visits if his official to UNC is less than expected.
Virginia and Clemson are still very interested in Jacobs, who could end up being UNC's biggest impact recruit, but right now Jacobs is solid to the Heels. He attended the UVa game with good friend Rico Bell, who has a great deal of interest in Virginia. Bell will visit the Hoos on Nov. 18.
Speaking of the UVa-FSU game, it has certainly helped the Cavs with a few in-state players. Phoebus teammates Brent Vinson and Matt Wright both said the win pushed UVa into their top five and both would like to take official visits there.
While Phoebus usually sends players to Virginia Tech, Virginia did break through a few years ago with a commitment from Phillip Brown.
Vinson, who is quickly making a name for himself, said he'll take an official visit to Virginia just a few days after saying UVa wasn't in his top five. The loss of wide receiver Chris Bell to Penn State is a big blow to Virginia, so they are looking to close on some other skill position players. While I still think Virginia Tech is the team to beat for Vinson, UVa has fought back into this battle.
The silent wideout
Bayonne, N.J. wide receiver Kenny Britt just doesn't seem to like any of the recruiting attention. The 6-foot-4, 191-pounder has stopped returning calls and hasn't talked about his recruiting since July. However, word has it that he's scheduled official visits to Virginia and Purdue with ACC nemesis Penn State also in the mix.
Huge recruiting win
Boston College received their biggest commitment of the year this past week when Minneapolis (Minn.) The Breck School tight end Jordon McMichael chose the Eagles over Nebraska and Oklahoma. It's not often BC goes head-to-head with those Big 12 powers and a recruiting win here was a must for the Eagles.
McMichael is a 6-foot-6, 230-pounder who plays a lot of wide receiver at Breck and has excellent mobility and soft hands. He'll need to add strength to be a tight end for BC, a team that incorporates their tight ends in the blocking and passing game, but he has the most potential of any BC tight end commitment in many years.
Why was this such a must for BC? McMichael's former teammate and good friend Brandon Robinson is on the BC roster and McMichael's whole family wanted him at Chestnut Hill. Had they lost this one, it would have been a huge blow to their efforts this year.
Hurricane to hurt Hurricanes?
They're not Batman and Robin, but they seem to have super powers of their own, at least on the football field. Virginia Beach (Va.) Landstown wide receivers Percy Harvin and Damon McDaniel are two of the best offensive players in the country -- and it's looking more and more like they might end up at the same school.
Both players visited Florida already and now they'll visit Miami this weekend. Both will also likely take a trip to Florida State, although it won't be together. That's three of the same schools in their top five, much better odds than just a few months ago.
So what will a team need to get both? They'll need to show a need for wide receivers and an offense that likes to throw the football. That's going to be hard for Miami to do if their game remains scheduled for this weekend with Hurricane Wilma coming in or it the date gets moved.
If the game gets moved up to Friday, they'll both have to reschedule because they have a game the same night. And if it gets moved back to Nov. 18 as some say it will, Harvin will be in Michigan that weekend. Both players still want to visit Miami, but they might have to do it separately as they will with FSU.
More Recruiting Blitzes:
• SEC: LSU gets two linebackers
• Big Ten: Irish rolling
• Pac-10: Duck coming back
• Big East: Syracuse has a shot
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