Recruiting Florida: The ACC

The Atlantic Coast Conference has two schools amongst the 12 that are in Florida. This helps to recruit the state and it was yet another successful season inside the Sunshine State for the ACC. Analyst Geoff Vogt breaks down how the ACC schools did inside the state.

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1. Sammy Watkins

School: Fort Myers (South Fort Myers)

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 185

Position: Wide Receiver

College: Committed to Clemson

Southwest Florida's All-Time leading wide receiver, Watkins is the top athlete in the state. He blends size, speed, explosion, hands, and ball skills into one of the best overall packages in the country. Watkins figures to make an early impact at the next level because there is nothing he needs to work on, he is ready to go. He played both ways, particularly as a junior, but he has an NFL future at the WR position.

Bellamy leaves the state of Florida has one of the best rushers of all-time
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7. Mike Bellamy

School: Punta Gorda (Charlotte)

Ht/Wt: 5'10, 190

Position: Running Back

College: Committed to Clemson

The man they call "Speedy" is just that the state's biggest play-maker. He ran for over 7,000 yards and 110 touchdowns in his four-year career. Bellamy added needed size to the equation this year and should be an immediate factor at the next level. He can run inside, but prefers to just run past or away from defenders. He has an extra gear when he needs it. Bellamy is a complete player who should be a threat in the passsing game as well.

8. Tony Steward

School: St. Augustine (Menendez)

Ht/Wt: 6'2, 220

Position: Linebacker

College: Committed to Clemson

Steward has everything that you look for in a LB prospect. He had knee surgery in late December which should make him questionable in terms of making an instant impact, however rehab is reportedly ahead of schedule. When healthy, few possess his upside and sideline to sideline ability. He figures to find a home at WLB, but could easily play any of the LB spots.

83. Cortez Davis

School: Daytona Beach (Mainland)

Ht/Wt: 6'3, 185

Position: Defensive Back

College: Committed to Clemson

Davis is all about upside. He has elite length and has displayed the versatility to play on either side of the ball. His ceiling would be at CB where he has the athleticism to excel and his 6'3 height is a major asset. Davis could easily be a WR down the road. He committed early to Clemson, switched up to FSU, and flipped back to Clemson with team mate Marlin Lane.

Analysis: The Tiger's walk with THREE top 10 players in the state which is more than either Miami or UF had. Both Bellamy and Watkins are special offensive play-makers with big-time speed. Steward is one the nations finest LBs. Davis is a 6'3 DB who has a high ceiling, but needs to show more toughness on the field. They did lose Marlin Lane down the stretch, but this is an outstanding job in Florida by Clemson.

Wake Forest

62. Allen Ramsey

School: Ft. Lauderdale (Dillard)

Ht/Wt: 6'0, 175

Position: Cornerback

College: Committed to Wake Forest

Ramsey is another plus sized Corner from South Florida. He has good range, speed and ball skills. He flew a little under the national radar because of team mate Wayne Lyons garnered much of the attention. He could ultimately play anywhere in the defensive secondary.

69. Cody Preble

School: Lake Worth (Park Vista)

Ht/Wt: 6'4, 280

Position: Offensive Guard

College: Committed to Wake Forest

Preble made an early commitment to WF and never wavered on that choice. He is a pure OG who has outstanding technique to go with a real mean streak. He is more ready than most linemen to contribute early and we expect him to make a big impact. Hard worker who is driven to succeed.

Analysis: WF walks with seven Floridians, two of which make the top 100(Preble and Ramsey). QB Kevin Sousa has a ton of upside, but is raw. RB Orville Reynolds is fast and slippery. Gods Power-Offor could be a DE or OLB, he is project with a lot of athleticism. DeAndre Martin could help a couple of different spots. This is a terrific haul for the Demon Deacon's.

Davis could help on either side of the ball, but figures to play Safety
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North Carolina

74. Alex Dixon

School: Clearwater (Countryside)

Ht/Wt: 6'0, 180

Position: Cornerback

College: Committed to North Carolina

Big Corners are in short supply and Dixon is one of the best. He has the body, speed, hips, and physicality to leave UNC as a top two round draft choice in a few years. His ability to play the run is second to none. Dixon will need to work on his man coverage skills, he can freelance a bit in an effort to make plays.

Analysis: Only one player from the state is not enough for North Carolina, but Dixon is a classic Butch Davis recruit. Big, fast, and physical. We never saw Sam Smiley, thus he did not make the top 100. Reports are that he is a classic Butch Davis recruit. We did watch Keeon Virgille and he is an excellent two-way performer. He should settle in at OLB. Virgille just missed the top 100 at 107.

Georgia Tech

80. Errin Joe

School: Lakeland (Lake Gibson)

Ht/Wt: 6'3, 285

Position: Offensive Guard

College: Committed to Georgia Tech

Dominant high school OT who lacks ideal height and length at that spot. Really dominant run blocker who is known to pancake all that get in his way. Joe could easily end up at OG at certain schools, but GT is listed above and he seems to be an ideal fit for their run-oriented attack. Few linemen have his body of work over the past three years.

Analysis: GT adds OT Trey Braun and former Miami commit Nick Menocal to Joe. Joe is an outstanding linemen and found a perfect fit for his skill set. Menocal has great intangibles physically. LB Anthony Harrell is a top run stuffer with SEC size. GT always does well in Florida, this year is no different.


Analysis: While they landed no top 100 players, the Terps walk with three Florida Defensive Backs and each has a ton of upside. Dorleant has the physical tools to be special. Foreman is a rangy safety. Bowers is great pick-up from a power program.

Virginia Tech

Analysis: Those tricky Hokie's do a terrific job of cherry picking inside the state of Florida. Robert Lockhart came on late and blew up at the All-Star games. He did not make the top 100 only because he was never seen. Matt Roth is a solid linemen from a school that produces starters at the next level. VT signed two from Atlantic(a pipeline) in Luther Maddy and Wedley Estime.

North Carolina State

Analysis: The 'Pack lost big DT Chris Jones from the Jacksonville area to Illinois. They landed Tyrell Burriss from Mainland who should play CB down the road. They do not hit Florida like they used to under Amato, but are certainly capable of pulling from the Sunshine State.

Boston College

Analysis: BC needs play-makers and they land one who has the potential to stretch the field in Chaminade's Curt Evans.


Analysis: Duke needs speed and they landed one of the faster players in South Florida in Cardinal Gibbons Tim Burton. Not the tallest DB, but he is physical and he can fly. Should be an ideal fit and the Blue Devils will return to Gibbons in the future for more players.

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