Power Ranking Top 2014 ACC Football Recruiting Classes
The ACC features two of the best recruiting programs in the game in Miami and Florida State. So seeing them leading the conference in recruiting, once again, should not shock anyone.
Virginia and Virginia Tech are involved in perhaps the best year for in-state talent that their state has ever had. Also, Steve Addazio has Boston College recruiting better than it has in recent memory, which is why the Eagles are high in the ACC rankings as of now.
Another surprise is Duke. The Blue Devils are certainly more known for their hoops programs, but David Cutcliffe is quietly enjoying a solid recruiting cycle thus far.
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Total Commits: 1
Top Commit: Connor Hayes, OL
Hayes is a 3-star OL who is 6'4", 300 pounds. He is from Michigan and can play both OT and OG. With head coach Paul Chryst being the former offensive coordinator at Wisconsin, look for him to stock up on blockers each cycle.
Chryst has a good offensive mind, and his staff will definitely bring in more recruits. Do not expect the Panthers to finish this low next February.
13. Wake Forest
Total Commits: 3
Top Commit: Cameron Glenn, S
The Demon Deacons have three commitments, and the top one is the 2-star safety Glenn. Hailing from Georgia, he is a 6'2" 185-pounder who can really hit. Glenn has good speed and solid transition quickness, and he is a smart player.
Jaboree Williams is a 6'1", 215-pound 3-star LB, and 2-star CB Daiquan Lawrence adds size to the secondary at 6'1", 185 pounds. Jim Grobe will eventually add more commitments, but don't expect much sizzle from Wake Forest this year.
12. Georgia Tech
Total Commits: 3
Top Commit: Miles Taylor, S
Paul Johnson's club will probably never be a sexy recruiting school under his leadership. He recruits certain types of players who fit what he wants to do on both sides of the ball.
Johnson has three 3-star commitments, which includes Miles Taylor. From D.C., he's a 6'0", 185-pound safety with good range and instincts. And Tre Jackson is a stout 5'10", 232-pound ILB who will bring toughness and power to the middle of the Yellow Jackets' defense.
Total Commits: 3
Top Commit: A.J. Long, QB
The Orange will make a commitment to being more physical under new coach Scott Shafer. He will be looking for tough players who hustle and hit.
Shafer's top commit is Long, who's a 3-star dual-threat QB prospect from Tennessee. RB/CB Naesean Howard is also a 3-star prospect and should be a solid runner in upstate New York. Shafer also has a pledge from 3-star OLB Zaire Franklin.
Total Commits: 4
Top Commit: Will Ulmer, QB
The feeling around the DMV area is that it is time for Randy Edsall to start to show more results on the field. The Terrapins' coach has recruited pretty well, but he needs to start getting more wins.
As far as 2014 recruiting goes, Edsall has a class that has one 4-star commitment, two 3-star pledges and one non-ranked player committed.
Maryland has three commitments from offensive recruits. Ulmer is from the D.C. area and has dual-threat abilities from the QB position. Keep an eye on 3-star OG Jaren Cohen, as the 6'3', 275-pounder could blossom into a starter.
9. North Carolina State
Total Commits: 7
Top Commit: Bo Hines, ATH
New N.C. State coach Dave Doeren has five 3-star commitments, plus one 2-star pledge and a non-ranked commitment. He will be attempting to wake up a potential "sleeping giant" program.
Doeren's top commitment is Hines, who is from Charlotte. He is a 6'1", 180-pounder who can play WR or RB. Micah Hill is a 6'5", 250-pound TE who's an intriguing 3-star recruit. A 2-star LB, Coult Culler, may be a 6'3", 225-pound diamond in the rough.
Total Commits: 6
Top Commit: Quin Blanding, S
Mike London scored a huge early goal when he landed the 5-star safety Blanding. At 6'2" and 200 pounds, Blanding is the top seam defender in the country and a player who will be a multi-year team captain in Charlottesville.
At 6'5" and 275 pounds, 4-star OG Steven Moss is another big commitment with starter potential.
London, who has one 5-star commitment, one 4-star commitment, three 3-star commitments and one 2-star commitment, even has a kicker pledged in Gary Wunderlich of Tennessee.
7. North Carolina
Total Commits: 8
Top Commit: Caleb Henderson, QB
Recruiting in North Carolina has not been the problem in recent years. The Tar Heels have great academics, solid facilities and a great location for talent.
Larry Fedora signed a top-25 class last year and is looking to do it again. He has one 4-star commitment and seven 3-star pledges locked up.
Henderson is the top player in the class and one of the best QBs in the nation. He will come to Chapel Hill to challenge Mitch Trubisky next year. OT Caleb Samuel, a 3-star prospect, will help protect either passer.
Quick 3-star DE Robert Dinkins is the top defensive pledge.
Total Commits: 10
Top Commit: Alonzo Saxton, CB
The Blue Devils being at this slot at any point in the recruiting cycle is a shocker. Sure, their class is more about quantity rather than quality, but they do have 10 3-star commitments from solid players.
Saxton leads the group. The 5'11", 175-pounder is from Ohio. He's a heady cover man who has good short-area quickness.
Big 6'6", 320-pound Jake Sanders is a massive OL prospect from Georgia with an imposing presence.
Defensively, LB Tinashe Bere is the player to watch. He is 6'1", 210 pounds and can play inside or outside.
5. Virginia Tech
Total Commits: 9
Top Commit: Javon Harrison, ATH
The Hokies have had some solid years on the trail, and other years have not been so solid. This year has the makings of a special year.
Frank Beamer has nine pledges in his class, with two 4-star prospects and seven 3-star prospects.
Harrison is a 4-star recruit, and at 6'1" and 187 pounds, the Florida native can play WR, S or OLB.
C.J. Reavis is a 3-star ATH who stands 6'2", weighs 200 pounds and will be a starter somewhere soon enough. Terrell Edmunds is a big cover corner at 6'1" and 180 pounds. DE Xavier Burker is a 6'4", 250-pounder who could grow into a DT.
4. Boston College
Total Commits: 13
Top Commit: Thaddius Smith, ATH
Steve Addazio is in charge of BC now, and he's going to go full tilt on the trail. Keep in mind that Addazio coached at Florida, so he knows how important recruiting is.
His 13-man class has 12 3-star recruits and one 2-star commitment. Smith is the headliner. The 5'9", 170-pounder comes from the same school that produced Kevin Jones, the former 5-star RB who was a first-round pick by the Chicago Bears.
Smith is explosive and versatile, which will create a tug of war between Addazio's staff over where he plays. Darius Wade is an athletic QB who fits Addazio's spread-option offense well. He's from Delaware and stands at 6'2" and 183 pounds.
Total Commits: 8
Top Commit: Joseph Yearby, RB
The 'Canes are coming back and Al Golden is the man leading the charge. He has commitments from two 5-star prospects in Yearby and OT Kc McDermott.
Golden also has one 4-star commitment and five 3-star pledges. Yearby is one of the top RBs in America, and the same can be said for McDermott as far as OL prospects go. Golden has six Sunshine State players in this class along with 3-star California QB Brad Kaaya and JUCO DT Dalvon Stuckey.
Miami could finish with a top-15 class this year.
Total Commits: 10
Top Commit: Deshaun Watson, QB
Dabo Swinney has established himself as one of the best recruiting head coaches in the game today. Clemson finds itself routinely in the pot of many of the nation's best players.
The Tigers already have a commitment from Watson, a 4-star dual-threat QB. He'll be throwing to 4-star TE Cannon Smith, a 6'5", 235-pounder from South Carolina. LB Korie Rogers leads the defensive class. The 4-star recruit is an athletic 6'1" 210-pounder.
This class is made up of seven 4-star players and three 3-star players.
1. Florida State
Total Commits: 10
Top Commit: Kain Daub, LB
Jimbo Fisher is at it again on the recruiting trail. He has the best class in the ACC. Fisher has a 5-star commitment to go along with six 4-star commitments and three 3-star commitments.
Daub is a 6'4" linebacker who weighs more than 240 pounds and has explosive strength. The 5-star LB is not the best athlete in the world, but he shows good straight-line speed, instincts and power.
J.J. Cosentino is a 6'4", 4-star QB from Pennsylvania with a high ceiling. DT Demarcus Christmas is a 4-star DL prospect who is 6'4" and 287 pounds. Markell Pack is a 4-star WR from Mississippi who is 6'2" and will be a dynamic player in Tallahassee.
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.