The ACC changed for the better in 2004.
That's when Virginia Tech and Miami jumped ship from the Big East, and Boston College came over a year later in 2005. Since then, the conference has been dominated by Virginia Tech--on the football field that is.
The recruiting trail has been a different story.
The three schools that have brought in the best recruits since 2004, including the 2011 signing class are Florida State, Miami and Clemson. The Hokies didn't even crack the top three, but they have four ACC titles in that time span.
How did the top three recruiting winners fair? Only one ACC title combined, and three ACC championship game appearances between the three, two from Florida State and one from Clemson.
National Signing Day has become a huge event that largely puts 17 and 18-year-old teenagers on a pedestal before they've proven they can play at a high level.
That's fine, and often the schools competing for a national title take home the best classes on an annual basis--but not in the ACC. The ACC hasn't been a dominate conference since 2004, fielding zero great teams, with just one really good, consistent program in Virginia Tech.
This list is a power ranking of sorts. It ranks the best teams in the ACC since 2004 by wins, and then looks at how they ranked in conference recruiting over that same time span.
All recruiting rankings are courtesy of Rivals.