Mid-Atlantic Notebook

News and notes on some of the top prospects in the Mid-Atlantic.

Johnny Frasier's recruitment has exploded over the last few months. It appears that Florida State and Georgia are in the best shape with the 2015 four-star Princeton (N.C.) running back. However, I'm hearing other schools to watch are Michigan, Ohio State, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Josh Sweat will have a busy summer. The 2015 Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith defensive end will visit Tennessee on June 19, Georgia on June 20 and Florida State on July 18. Other possibilities include Duke, North Carolina and North Carolina State in mid-June.

Jaason Lewis decommitted from UCLA earlier this week. While he says UCLA is still his No. 1 school, I think the opportunity to play in SEC appeals to the 2015 four-star Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes running back. Other than the Bruins, I believe that Florida, Georgia and LSU are the main contenders for Lewis at this time.

Houshun Gaines is a prospect on the rise. The 2015 Rocky Mount (N.C.) Nash Central defensive end said Boston College, N.C. State, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech are standing out Wednesday night, but will take more visits before he makes any major decisions. Gaines will visit Boston College and Wake Forest in June.

Darrell Taylor was an under-the-radar prospect earlier this year. Now, the 2015 Hopewell (Va.) defensive end is closing in 30 scholarship offers. So far, he will visit Florida, Miami, South Carolina and Tennessee this summer.

Nyheim Hines will visit Ohio State on May 31 and West Virginia on June 2. I would still give schools closer to home – Clemson, North Carolina and N.C. State the edge – but both are big visits for the 2015 four-star Garner (N.C.) running back. Look for him to narrow his list of schools down at the end of the summer.

A.J. Turner has also seen his stock soar in recent months. The 2015 Clifton (Va.) Centreville running back is up to 20 offers. He will visit Ohio State and Michigan State this weekend. Turner claims no favorites at this time.

Brian Chaffin named his top four schools on Wednesday night. The 2015 Charlotte (N.C.) Christian center is down to Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State and Stanford – in no particular order. His most recent visit was to North Carolina and he enjoyed his time there. I believe North Carolina may lead, but he will visit Stanford on June 5 and 6 and N.C. State on June 13. Ultimately, I believe it will come down to the Tar Heels and the Wolfpack – and I think it could go either way.

Austin Clark narrowed his list of schools to seven last month. The 2015 Lexington (Va.) Rockbridge County offensive tackle is still considering Clemson, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Clark will make his decision on June 12, but plans to cut his list to four schools the weekend before (June 7 or 8) . Right now, he plans to visit South Carolina on May 31, and possibly Tennessee and Virginia Tech before deciding. I think one of those three schools has the best chance to land him.

Emanuel McGirt has claimed North Carolina and N.C. State as his top schools for some time. While that is likely still the case for the 2015 Durham (N.C.) Hillside offensive tackle, keep an eye on LSU, who recently offered, and Georgia, who could be close to pulling the trigger.

Trevon Hill was set to make his decision next week, but that changed recently. Hill released his top five in order of North Carolina, Clemson, Virginia Tech, N.C. State and Wake Forest last week. However, he has decided to take a step back and take his time before making a decision. Notre Dame and Tennessee are schools he has expressed interest in, so if they offer, it could make things interesting. But as it stands right now, I would still give North Carolina the edge, with Clemson and Virginia Tech close behind.

Keion Joyner has become a household name and holds numerous offers. Although it is early in the 2016 five-star Havelock (N.C.) outside linebacker's recruitment, LSU, Auburn and North Carolina seem to be in the best position currently. I would give LSU the edge, but he has also had great visits to the other two schools and they are not far from behind in my opinion.

Levonta Taylor continues to add offers, as he is up to 20. The 2016 Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes cornerback will visit Notre Dame next month and possibly LSU later this summer. Both schools have offered.

Robbie Robinson, who holds double-digit offers, will take several trips this summer. The 2016 Hampton (Va.) Phoebus cornerback plans to visit Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame, Penn State and maybe Stanford in the next few months.

Mark Birmingham, who received his fourth star this week, will visit Duke and North Carolina the weekend of June 1, and Stanford a few weeks later. The 2016 Ashburn (Va.) Briar Woods tight end already holds an offer from the Tar Heels and look for Duke and Stanford to follow suit after he visits.

Tim Glass is a 2016 prospect to watch. The Danville (Va.) George Washington safety already has offers from Charlotte, Cincinnati, East Carolina and N.C. State. He will visit Virginia next Tuesday. Then this summer, he plans to camp at Duke, North Carolina, Miami, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State and UCF.


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