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Power Ranking the ACC Coaches by Their Recruiting Skills

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIJune 18, 2016

Power Ranking the ACC Coaches by Their Recruiting Skills

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    The ACC as a whole is putting up a pretty impressive 2013 recruiting cycle—highlighted by No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche's verbal commit to the Clemson Tigers—but not every ACC coach is made the same as a recruiter.

    A few are extremely good recruiters and are well on their way to building reputable ACC football programs.

    Others, well, they are struggling to bring in the top notch talent.

    Here's a power ranking of each ACC coach by their recruiting skills:

The Bottom Part of the List

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    These coaches and their programs really need to step up their recruiting games if they want to get out of the lower half of this list. If their competition keeps getting better talent they won't ever have a chance at improving.

    This is not the part of the list you want to be on. You gotta step up your game fellas:

    12. David Cutcliffe, Duke                                              

    11. Jim Grobe, Wake Forest                                         

    10. Al Golden, Miami

    9. Tom O'Brien, North Carolina State

    8. Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech

    7. Frank Spaziani, Boston College

    6. Randy Edsall, Maryland

5. Larry Fedora, North Carolina

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    They play football at North Carolina?

    The very fact that Fedora has been able to keep the football program somewhat relevant in the ACC earns him a spot in the top five. For a school so focused on basketball, this is quite a task.

    Fittingly enough, his current 2013 class is ranked No. 5 in the ACC by Rivals.com and he has, count 'em, five 4-star recruits committed so far.

    Not half bad for a basketball school...

4. Mike London, Virginia

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    Virginia's recruiting class was ranked No. 10 in the ACC by Rivals in 2010, the year London took over as head coach.

    Since then he has boosted the Cavaliers up to No. 4 in 2011, No. 5 in 2012 and his current 2013 class sits at No. 4 overall in the ACC, all according to Rivals.

    That's called an upswing folks, and London has his first 5-star recruit to prove it as well in running back Taquan Mizzell.

    This is a coach on the rise in the ACC recruiting world.

3. Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech

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    Va Tech always seems to have some top notch talent on their roster and much of that has to be attributed to Beamer.

    Whether it by Tyrod Taylor, David Wilson or current quarterback Logan Thomas, Beamer finds a way to get exciting playmakers on his squad.

    Last season he had the fourth best class in ACC according to Rivals. This year he's currently at No. 3 in the ACC, with a class highlighted by 5-star defensive back Kendall Fuller.

    Yet another playmaker for Virginia Tech...

2. Dabo Swinney, Clemson

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    Swinney has made Clemson a nationally relevant program and has the nation's No. 1 overall recruit, Robert Nkemdiche verbally committed to play for him next season.

    Whether or not that commit sticks is left to be seen, but the fact of the matter is that Swinney is an incredible recruiter that has brought in a ton of talent to the program

    If he can get Nkemdiche to stay with Clemson, he'll be making a statement to the college football world that Clemson will be a recruiting power not just in the ACC, but nationwide.

1. Jimbo Fisher, Florida State

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    Fisher had some big shoes to fill when he took over for Bobby Bowden at Florida State, but he has done an incredible job so far.

    His team is currently ranked No. 4 in the nation by the AP Poll and much of it has to do with his recruiting. Fisher's 2011 class was second overall in the nation according to Rivals, his 2012 class with sixth nationally and his current 2013 class is Rivals' No. 11 overall class so far.

    Fisher is easily the best recruiter in the ACC, and he's quickly becoming one of the best in the country.

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