How did all of the ACC teams do recruiting in the Early Signing Period? Where do they all rank, who are the stars, where are the holes and what are the needs?
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ACC Early Signing Period Team Rankings
14 Louisville Cardinals
There just aren’t enough commitments for Scott Satterfield. He got a a few offensive linemen, but the Cardinal recruiting season will come in February.
13 Boston College Eagles
The Eagles came up with a great BC style of class with a strong running back in Patrick Garwo and a slew of terrific linemen. It’s a big class of good enough talents who fit what they do.
12 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
There have been some lost parts of the puzzle with the pivot from the Paul Johnson system to what Geoff Collins is bringing, but the receivers are on the way, a few good running backs stayed on, and all things considered, it’s a solid class.
11 Syracuse Orange
Dino Babers is building himself a defense. Almost all of the top players are for the D side with a whole lot of scary-good pass rushing prospects and a few outstanding-looking linebackers.
10 Wake Forest Demon Deacons
For Wake Forest, it’s really, really strong, landing a few great pass rushing prospects and cranking it up for the receiving corps, starting with Donavon Greene and Nolan Groulx. The passing game will be infused with young stars.
9 North Carolina Tar Heels
Okay, Mack Brown. The era is off and running with a slew of strong defensive backs and just enough good skill guys – RB Josh Henderson and receivers Emery Simmons and Khafre Brown – to get through the transition okay. Flipping QB Sam Howell from Florida State was a huge, huge moment for Brown.
8 Pitt Panthers
The run to the ACC championship game and the relative coaching stability now seems to have helped. The skill spots are outstanding – the running backs apparently saw what the ground game did during the little of the season. There’s a nice talent upgrade across the board.
7 Duke Blue Devils
Really, really strong, especially for the secondary and defensive line, David Cutcliffe restocked the shelves with a whole lot of bulk talent for the D and the O line. This was a bit of an infrastructure haul, and it’s a good one.
6 Virginia Cavaliers
It’s a class about upgrading the overall athleticism and speed. The defensive line is getting some serious talent for the interior with Jowon Briggs and Ben Smiley, and there’s a ton of versatility coming in.
5 Miami Hurricanes
It’s not amazing for Miami, but it’s good enough. The superstar power isn’t there like it should be, and Mark Richt hasn’t put a fence around the “State of Miami,” but the defensive ends are coming, and there are a few okay offensive parts.
4 Virginia Tech Hokies
The passing game gets the boost from a slew of strong receiver prospects, but overall it’s a big class with a little something for everywhere. Mostly, it’s a class about the offensive firepower.
3 NC State Wolfpack
It’s one of the ACC’s biggest classes, and it’s good. The talent coming through Raleigh for the defensive line keeps on rolling. Dave Doeren apparently has the pitch down, because the Wolfpack defensive front should be a thing for the next few years with this group.
2 Florida State Seminoles
Willie Taggart was advertised as a special recruiter, and he showed it with a full cycle to work with. The defensive backs have some next-level guys in one of the nation’s best position classes, and the defensive front got help, too. However, the offensive front – the biggest hole – didn’t get reenforcements.
1 Clemson Tigers
The talent flow just doesn’t stop. Clemson has the ACC’s best recruiting class by a mile with NFL talent coming for just about everywhere. The defensive backs are the stars, but skill spots have the talent for the near future, too.