The ACC weekend wasn’t the most action-packed on the recruiting trail, with Clemson and Florida State playing road games Thursday and Friday nights, and four others playing road games before conference play gets going.
That said, there were some big visits in Chapel Hill and Miami, with both programs trying to build on the defensive side of the ball for future ACC title runs:
Craig-Myers takes in North Carolina
The Tar Heels hosted one of the nation's best prospects, Nate Craig-Myers, over the weekend on an official visit. The No. 43-ranked prospect certainly has North Carolina fans excited about the possibilities -- as slim as they may seem to be currently.
Craig-Myers is considered a long shot for the Tar Heels, with Florida and Florida State the most likely scenarios. Craig-Myers' half-brother, Jayvaughn Myers, is committed to the Gators. A former Auburn commit, Craig-Myers also continues to consider the Tigers along with Ohio State and Notre Dame, where he will officially visit Oct. 17.
Miami hosts two of Georgia’s best
The Peach State was represented very well over the weekend in Miami. ESPN 300 No. 30 Mecole Hardman made his official visit to Miami, and was accompanied by ESPN Junior 300 quarterback Davis Mills, who was considered a Florida lean before the Gators decided on Jake Allen in the class of 2017.
The Hurricanes have a chance at Mills, but are considered a long shot for Hardman. While Hardman grew up a Hurricanes fan, the SEC schools closer to home -- Georgia and Tennessee -- will be tough to beat at the end of the day.
That doesn’t mean Hardman came away unimpressed by Miami, as he posted on twitter last night.
Miami Lit 🔥🔥— Mecole Hardman Jr. (@iiAm_Mesho) September 20, 2015
The good news didn’t end for the Canes on the field Saturday, in a thrilling 36-33 overtime win over Nebraska. Following the game, ESPN Junior 300 No. 295 Ahman Ross decided there wasn’t a better time to cast his lot with the Hurricanes.
Extremely blessed to announce my commitment to the U!!🌴🔥3⃣0⃣5⃣ pic.twitter.com/aE8O9PcUSN— Ahman Ross™ (@ross8156) September 20, 2015
Ross, from in-state power Bolles School in Jacksonville, picked the Hurricanes over Florida State. He becomes the 10th commitment for Miami (FL) in the 2017 class.
Duke hosts the future of the program
The Blue Devils may have lost on the field Saturday, but they continue to take positive steps on the recruiting trail under David Cutcliffe. With a top 25 class committed and on the way, increased speed and athleticism is headed to Durham. On Saturday, many members of the class of 2016 were on hand for the Northwestern game.
Along with Hill are 2016 commitments Mark Gilbert, Elijah Deveaux and Scott Bracey. Hill and Gilbert are key to the future of the Blue Devils defense, while Bracey will bring size and playmaking to the receiving corps.