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ACC schools sending 12 commits to The Opening

Led by Florida State and MIami, ACC schools are sending a handful of commits to Oregon.

Florida State commit Kain Daub
Florida State commit Kain Daub
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The ACC doesn't typically enter the conversation as the nation's top conference, but member schools are sending 11 commits to The Opening, led by three apiece pledged to the Seminoles and Hurricanes.


QB Deshaun Watson, Gainesville (Ga.): The 6'4, 200-pound Watson is one of the highest-rated quarterbacks in the country, carrying a consensus four-star grade. Watson has already committed to Clemson after also being offered by major programs such as Georgia, Florida State, LSU, Ohio State and Tennessee. As a junior, the Georgia Class AAAAA Player of the Year completed 315 passes out of 435 attempts for 4,311 yards and 50 TDs with only eight interceptions. Watson also ran for 1,444 yards and another 24 scores, giving him 74 touchdowns on the year. In one of his games, a 69-0 win over Winder-Barrow, the Gainesville star was literally perfect, going 18-of-18 for 350 yards and seven touchdowns, becoming one of only three players to throw for seven or more scores in a game in Georgia high school history. Watson is on Twitter @ShaunWatson4, and his highlights are available here.

LB Chris Register, Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley: Register was one of the top defenders at the Charlotte NFTC and made the All-Camp team. The 6'3, 220-pounder totaled 110 tackles with seven sacks and five forced fumbles in 2012. He has committed to Clemson over a dozen other offers including Florida, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), North Carolina, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Virginia. Opponents have to watch out for him over the middle, but fans can find him on Twitter @HEAD_Hunta6.

Florida State

WR JoJo Robinson, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern: The 6'0, 175-pound speed merchant started off the NFTC tour by running a 4.41 40 at the Miami Nike Combine, before coming back out to the Miami NFTC in March and tore it up. Has the speed to get behind any defense and showed off good hands in Miami. A consensus four-star prospect ranked as the No. 21 athlete nationally in the 247Sports composite, Robinson committed to Florida State in 2012 over offers from LSU, Miami, USC and UCLA among others, but his recruitment may be far from over as he gets set to play with the Land Sharks.

LB Kain Daub, Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood: Daub was a Class 8A All-State pick after recording 74 tackles, seven sacks, and five forced fumbles as a junior. The 6'3, 238-pounder is a consensus five-star prospect and committed to Florida State over offers from Alabama, Miami, Florida, LSU, Ohio State, South Carolina, USC and UCLA. Check him out on Twitter @DaubKain.

DB Derwin James, Jr., Auburndale (Fla.): A member of the 2015 class, James and impressed at the Orlando NFTC where he ran a 4.66 in the 40, recorded a 35.1-inch vertical, and dominated the one-on-one drills to earn All-Camp Team honors. Comes in at No. 36 overall in 247 Sports' 2015 Rankings. A Class 5A Honorable Mention All-State player, he has already committed to Florida State. Fans can find him on Twitter @derwinjames6.


QB Brad Kaaya, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade: The 6'4, 215-pound Kaaya is a consensus four-star recruit, but is not widely considered to be one of the ten best pro-style passers by the industry. He'll be looking to change that in Oregon. One of the standouts at the San Francisco Elite 11, he passed for 1,875 yards with 12 TDs and only two INTs on the field as a junior and has committed to Miami (Fla.) over an offer from San Diego State. Kaaya is on Twitter @TrinidadBrad, and his highlights are available here.

RB Joseph Yearby, Miami (Fla.) Central: The prolific 5'9, 190-pounder was Class 6A All-State after rushing for 1,448 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior. Rated as the top Dade Country prospect by one source and No. 17 in the country by the 247Sports composite, he committed early to Miami after receiving offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, and West Virginia, remaining solid since then and taking two trips over to campus. Representing team Vapor Carbon at The Opening, Yearby is on Twitter @joe_yerby.

OL Trevor Darling, Miami (Fla.) Central: Darling was a Class 6A All-State pick after he helped pave the way to a state championship for the Rockets. The 6'5, 328-pound, four-star linemen is joining the two guys he opens holes for, Joseph Yearby and Dalvin Cook, at The Opening. Darling ended his recruitment early when he committed to the hometown Miami Hurricanes back in his sophomore year.


DB Quin Blanding, Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside: Rated as the No. 4 player in the country by, Blanding made 111 tackles with five interceptions to earn The Beach District Defensive Player of the Year. The 6'2, 205-pound safety also had 1,035 yards at wide receiver with six touchdowns to lead the Eastern Region in receiving. Blanding will stay instate to play at the next level as he committed to Virginia over offers from Florida State, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt and West Virginia. The consensus five-star prospect is on Twitter @TakeOver_7.

DT Andrew Brown (@DrizoBeats), 6-4, 290
Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith
Brown turned in one of the most impressive NFTC performances for a defensive linemen this year and will pick between Virginia, Virginia Tech, Alabama, Clemson and Florida State before getting on his plane to The Opening.

Virginia Tech

QB Andrew Ford, Camp Hill (Pa.) Cedar Cliff: The 6'3, 185-pound Ford will be looking to prove he belongs with the known stars at the Elite 11 Finals and The Opening. Carrying a consensus three-star rating, he holds a single BCS scholarship offer. But Ford hit the double jackpot in Washington D.C., being invited not only to the Opening but also the Elite 11 Finals after doing well at the D.C. Elite 11 Regional and D.C. NFTC. The lefty passed for nearly 3,000 yards as a junior with 35 touchdowns and ran for another nine more. He committed to the Virginia Tech Hokies on Father's Day (June 16) over offers from UMass and Temple. Ford is on Twitter @Andrew_Ford7, and his highlights are available here.

DB C.J. Reavis, Chester (Va.) Thomas Dale: Reavis recorded 107 tackles, 17 pass breakups, three sacks and two interceptions last year and emerged from a strong pack of DB's at the DC NFTC to take home an Opening invite. The 6'1 200-pounder committed to Virginia Tech over offers from Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Vanderbilt and Virginia among others. Find him on Twitter @C_Reavis11.