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ACC News and Notes: Jerrick Gibson, Mike Matthews, Jalil Martin to Syracuse, Ernest Udeh Jr. Visiting Duke, Keon Coleman to Florida State



PITTSBURGH – Wednesday’s ACC News and Notes focus heavily on ACC teams adding premiere talent through the transfer portal and high school recruits beginning to narrow down their lists of potential schools. 

Top Running Back Jerrick Gibson Down to Five Schools

Class of 2024 running back Jerrick Gibson will choose between five schools for his freshman year. A 5-foot-11, 207-pound back from Gainsville, Florida, Gibson is the No. 1 running back in the class. He announced Wednesday he will attend either Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, or Miami. According to On3, he runs a 4.57 40-yard dash and 40.3-inch vertical. Gibson joined IMG Academy before his junior year. 

High School Wide Receiver Mike Matthews to Visit Four Schools

Five-star wide receiver Mike Matthews is narrowing his list of Power-5 schools. Matthews will visit Clemson (June 2), Georgia (June 9), and Tennessee (June 23) over the next month, Chad Simmons of On3 reported Wednesday. Matthews ranks as the No. 10 player in the Class of 2024 by and the fourth-best receiver. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound wideout hails from Lilburn, Georgia.

Nebraska Transfer DB Jalil Martin Commits to Syracuse

Former Nebraska defensive back Jalil Martin announced he will play for the Syracuse Orange in 2023. A Chicago native, Martin entered the portal on April 30 after spending his freshman year with the Cornhuskers. 

The 6-foot-3 safety was a three-star recruit out of high school. Syracuse finished 2022 7-6 overall and 4-4 in ACC play. He redshirted last season after being named the 37th-best athlete by On3 in the 2022 class.

Former Kansas Forward Ernest Udeh Jr. Visiting Duke Wednesday, Heard from Multiple Others

The Duke Blue Devils may become an even clearer favorite to win the ACC in the next coming days as former Kansas forward Ernest Udeh Jr. is on campus Wednesday. According to 247Sports analyst Travis Branham, the former McDonald’s All-American has heard from the Blue Devils, Kansas State, TCU, Arkansas, Ohio State, Florida State, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Georgetown, and others. 

Recruiting analyst Andrew Slater said earlier this week that Udeh Jr. also visited TCU and Kansas State after the dead period ends. The 6-foot-11 transfer played 30 games off the bench for the Jayhawks and averaged 2.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. He made 34-of-45 (76%) shots from the floor and was a top-40 prospect by out of high school. 

Florida State Grabs Michigan State WR Keon Coleman

Already seen as one of the favorites to win the ACC and reach a New Years Six bowl game, Florida State added another weapon this week. Former Michigan State wide receiver Keon Coleman has committed to the Seminoles. 

The 6-foot-4 playmaker lead MSU in catches (58) and yards (798) and seven touchdowns in 12 games. He averaged 13.8 yards per reception during his sophomore campaign and 66.5 yards per game. He upped his touchdown production from a lone one score in 2021 in 10 appearances. Coleman ranked as the No. 3 available player by On3 and has two years of eligibility remaining. 

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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