ACC Recruiting Roundup

By Mychal Hunter

Big recruiting week in the ACC. A few more high level recruits have landed in the conference, Miami and Louisville both have a tough week for the second week in a row, and Syracuse gets their man. Landers Nolley also finally made his decision after a long, drawn out, “look at me” process.

THE RUNDOWN

  • RJ Barrett has cut his list to 3, including Duke and will announce 11/10. Oregon and the Kentucky Wildcat$ are the other two possibilities. Purely coincidence that they are all Nike schools.
  • Isaiah Stewart, a top player in the 2019 class, lists Cuse, Notre Dame and FSU as the schools he has either heard from or is after him the hardest.
  • Talen Horton-Tucker is on an official visit to Georgia Tech this weekend. Josh Okogie is his host. Horton is now the #1 priority on the Yellow Jackets board.
  • VT has offered 2018 3 star wing Chance Moore.
  • NC State hosted 2019 Patrick Kelly, 2020 Jalen Cone and 2021 Carter Whitt on 10/5
  • VT offers 2020 five star Anthony Edwards. Edwards is a 6’6 wing out of Atlanta. Edwards also has offers from FSU and GT.
  • GT was in to see Omar Payne.  He visited FSU last week, Clemson has also been in to watch the the top 50 big man in the 2019 class.
  • Marcus Watson took an unofficial visit to NC State this weekend. The 2019 four star wing is right in Kevin Keatts back yard just outside of Greensboro.
  • NC State is now playing the waiting game with 5 star Keldon Johnson. The 2018 top 15 player has completed his official visits and a decision is expected this fall. The palpable buzz is Texas, but Kevin Knox was definitely going to Duke and Quade Green was basically committed to Syracuse, until they weren’t.
  • Darius Days is on his official visit to UNC this weekend.
  • Moses Brown has officially eliminated Louisville. He is now down to UCLA and Maryland.
  • Saddiq Bey is on his official visit to NC State this weekend. Right now the Wolfpack leads the crystal ball at 100%, but there are only two predictions in. He visited Miami last weekend, but due to recent development I can’t imagine they are a legit option, though Bey has said nothing regarding the investigation.
  • Scottie Lewis has removed Notre Dame and Miami from consideration.
  • Clemson offers Elias King
  • GT offers Jaden Harris
  • Wake Forest offers Tre Mitchell
  • Wake Forest and Clemson have both offered Courtney Ramey
  • FSU has offered 2019 Aundre Hyatt. Hyatt is a top 60 player in the 2019 class, he also holds an offer from VT.
  • Wake Forest offers 2020 post player Isaiah Cottrell out of Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas.

COMMITMENTS

  • UNC has landed Nassir Little over Georgia Tech and Duke. Little is a top 15 player in the 2018 class who has shot up the rankings the last 18 months and is now a legit OAD type player. A 6’7 combo forward, Little is a tremendous athlete who has recently developed above average range.
  • Syracuse received a commitment from their top guard target Jalen Carey in the 2018 class. Boeheim is putting a hell of a class together for 2018 and is still waiting on Nate Roberts to make his commitment on 10/17. They are also seemingly still in on Dimon Carrigan and have room for both frontcourt players
  • Former Creighton commit Ian Steere has committed to NC State as Kevin Keatts continues to kill it in Raleigh. Steere is a 6’9 post forward out of High Point who looks like the spawn of a bulldozer and brick wall.

NOTES

  • Austin Powers was released roughly 20 years ago. In one of those movies their is a part where Mike Myers is in a construction roller (indoors which is weird) and driving at a henchman while the man screams “Noooooooooo!”. The camera pans out and the roller is still about 50′ away but the scene stretches out. That is the Landers Nolley recruitment in a nutshell, which finally came to a end last night when Nolley committed to UGA. Which is fantastic because UGA is going to suck a bag of dicks this year, and Mark Fox will probably be fired.
  • Virginia Tech recruit David Duke is on an OV to Providence this weekend. He is joined by UNC recruit Armando Bacot.
  • Vanderbilt is hosting UNC recruit Simi Shittu this weekend. Shittu recently cancelled his Arizona visit and is seemingly down to UNC and Vanderbilt.
  • Adrien Nunez has committed to Michigan. He was a BC recruit
  • Lukas Kisunas has committed to UConn. I am not sure how involved UVA and Pitt were at the end of the recruitment but they had been on him early.
  • Ronald Segu has committed to Buffalo. FSU had been on Segu, but not sure he had a committable offer. He may have been a secondary option.
  • Eric Ayala is expected to make his decision soon. The decision appears to be between Maryland and Oregon. Syracuse was once very high on Ayala. Miami was deep into Ayala but had been eliminated recently.
  • Khalif Battle will be taking an unofficial visit to Rutgers.

LOUISVILLE

The drama continues. 2019 PG David Jackson has de-committed from Louisville. Louisville may not get the death penalty in this deal (I don’t believe they will), but they may be dead in a roundabout way. In the time since the story of the scandal broke the destruction left in its wake has been incredible, if not predictable

  • Firing of Rick Pitino has been set in motion
  • Assistant Coaches Kenny Johnson and Jordan Fair have been placed on paid administrative leave and will eventually be fired
  • Moses Brown, a 5 star center who Louisville was probably in the lead for, has eliminated the Cardinals from consideration
  • Romeo Langford has eliminated the Cardinals from consideration
  • Anfernee Simons, Courtney Ramey from the 2018 class, and David Jackson from the 2019 have all de-committed.
  • David Padgett, a former Louisville player, strength coach, video coordinator, director of ops (after Andre McGee went to a farm up state where there was room to run) and eventual Assistant Coach as of 2015 has now been hired as the Interim Head Coach.

Nothing against Padgett, but I do not envy him. He has been put in a position where there is very little chance of him succeeding. He is now behind the 8-ball in recruiting as he doesn’t have a staff in place to recruit. In the past some programs have promoted Director of Ops and Video Coordinator people into Assistant positions just to get people out on the trail. I have yet to see if Louisville has done that. In any case this story is far from concluded and I cannot wait to see where it goes.

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