2018 ACC Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Rankings

2018 ACC Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Rankings

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2018 ACC Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Rankings


How did the ACC teams stack up with their respective recruiting classes? Who had the strongest-looking haul of talent, and who struggled a bit?


2018 ACC Schedule Breakdown

2018 ACC Recruiting Class Rankings

Miami has now busted into the Clemson and Florida State world of owning the ACC recruiting world, but there are still just enough good classes across the board for everyone to be excited.

Remember, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Duke recruit to a certain type, Virginia Tech, NC State, Louisville and North Carolina are all getting top talents, and there are a slew of nice wins for all the teams across the board.

But Miami, Clemson, and Florida State are still at a whole other level.

So how do the 2018 ACC recruiting classes stack up? Here’s how the rankings are figured out.

1) Bulk. Who gets the most talent? Sometimes, getting lots of good prospects is better than getting a few great ones.

2) Superstars. Yeah, getting the elite guys matters. Who got the supposedly best players?

3) The needs and hole filling. How do the programs manage to do what’s needed to get their types of players, at least compared to the others in the conference?

The goal is to get these close. Verify range to target – one ping only …

14. Duke Blue Devils

Wide receivers, defensive tackles, defensive backs – that’s everything about this class. David Cutcliffe rocked last year’s recruiting season, and now this is about just filling in a few gaps. Landing talented defensive tackle Tahj Rice as the likely anchor in the near future, and loading up with a few fantastic defensive back recruits, starting with Jeremiah Lewis and with other versatile options.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

13. Virginia Cavaliers

There’s not a lot to get too excited about, but the hope will be for linebackers Noah Taylor and Javar Garrett to become the nucleus of the defense a few years from now – they have to gain weight. Brennan Armstrong has to be the quarterback of the near future, and he’s got a solid group of receiver prospects to play around with. However, when your most impactful prospect might be a kicker – Hunter Pearson, though, is a terrific one – you’re working at a different level.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

12. Boston College Eagles

As always, Boston College has to get a certain type of talent. But it’s starting to work – the wins are coming. And now head coach Steve Addazio was able to load up with a few nice offensive linemen, a good passer in Johnny Langan, and a fantastic linebacking corps full of options that should rise up and rock with a few years in the weight room. As long as Finn Dirstine turns into a starting guard and Thomas Shelmire gets a job as a tackle, the class will have done its job.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

11. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

The Demon Deacons have figured out their groove under Dave Clawson. Sam Hartman is another baller of a quarterback who’ll be able to hang with the better ACC teams a few years from now. A few real, live talents are coming in, too, with Michael Edwards and Devonte Gordon for the O line and Jacorey Johns an interesting linebacker. With all the good defensive backs and D tackles coming in, too, this is how Wake Forest builds on success.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

10. Syracuse Orange

The skill guys are coming in, with two good receivers – who doesn’t want to be a part of this passing game? – in Taj Harris and Edward Hendrix and running backs Jarveon Howard and Jawhar Jordan two quick runners to be a part of the fun. There isn’t a whole lot for the defense other than Juan Wallace and a few good linebackers, but if QB Chance Amie and the passing game rocks, who needs defense?
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

9. Pitt Panthers

There aren’t any superstars, but in a strength-in-numbers way, there are a whole bunch of good prospects to hope for a few to rise up and rock. QBs Nick Patti and Ricky Town will each get a shot right away, and RB Michael Salahuddin might be too good to not get on the field, but for the second year in a row, the Panthers are loading up in the secondary and with pass rushers to be more disruptive.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

8. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Overall it’s an athletic crew, but the stars are on the defensive side. Paul Johnson is bringing in the guys who fit the offensive style in the recruit-to-a-type sort of way, but the best prospects are on the other side. Jaylon King and Charlie Thomas are good-looking defensive backs to build the pass defense around, and tackles Austin Smith and T.K. Chimedza are for the defensive interior.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

7. North Carolina Tar Heels

It’s not quite as strong as last year’s class, but it’s solid. The passing game is getting the best infusion of talent with receivers Dyami Brown and Jordyn Adams a good enough twosome to build around for the next few years, and Jace Ruder might just be the quarterback who makes them shine. It’s a big class with enough defensive backs and ends to soon hope for more production from a porous D.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

6. Louisville Cardinals

Last year’s recruiting class was about trying to keep the offense rolling, and now this is about stopping someone. Depending on where do-it-all athlete Marcus Riley ends up playing, all of the top prospects are for the secondary, and the next-best group is the defensive front. The offense was all but ignored, but there are a few nice receivers coming in.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

5. NC State Wolfpack

After a terrific 2017 season, head coach Dave Doeren kept it all going with enough high-end talents to build around for the next few years. Getting QB Devin Leary is the big splash, but RB Ricky Person was a great get with All-ACC upside. With a huge haul of defensive backs and defensive linemen, that side of the ball is being fortified.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

4. Virginia Tech Hokies

It might not get the love of some of the other ACC hauls, but it’s really, really good. Josh Jackson is the young returning quarterback star with a year of experience, but Quincy Patterson might turn out to be a better option. The receiving tandem of Tre Turner and Darryle Simmons is great, and there’s a nice class of offensive linemen to work with, but the defensive side is getting the bulk – the group of defensive backs coming in is fantastic.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

3. Florida State Seminoles

Any and all concerns about the FSU recruiting class struggling with the coaching change are unfounded. Willie Taggart crushed it in the little time he had to work, building on the program’s amazing haul last year.

The biggest stars are for the defense, landing Asante Samuel, Jaiden Woodbey, and others for an NFL factory of a secondary, and the front seven is getting more than its share of stars. There wasn’t anything for the offensive backfield, but the receiving corps – led by 6-5 Warren Thompson and TE Camren McDonald – will be explosive.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

2. Miami Hurricanes

And there’s the Mark Richt recruiting touch, and here come the defensive backs. There might have been a few tough February losses, but there are more than enough great prospects coming in to keep the great 2017 season going. For an O that needs more pop, the receivers are coming in, and for the other side, who doesn’t want to be a part of the Turnover Chain fun? The offense might need WR Mark Pope and RB Lorenzo Lingard right away, and QB Jarren Williams might be knee-deep in the race for the starting job.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

1. Clemson Tigers

Yeeeeeeeesh. Put it this way – most of Clemson’s worst gets would be the stars in most classes.

It all started by locking in QB Trevor Lawrence, and it just didn’t stop with superstar after superstar signing on. The receiving tandem of Derion Kendrick and Justyn Ross is special. The pass rushers are coming, with Xavier Thomas and K.J. Henry both next-level talents for a fortified defensive line that’ll get a year to mature behind the returning stars. There might not be bulk for the offense, but the prospects Dabo Swinney picked and chose are all sensational.
2018 Recruiting Class Breakdown
2017 | 2016

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