Ranking ACC Football’s 2013 Recruiting Class
Ranking the 2013 ACC Football Recruiting Class
The 2013 edition of National Signing Day was a pretty solid read for ACC Football and its now 14 member schools that will line up and compete this season.
In all, the ACC was able to pick up six of the 34 Five Star Recruits that were on the board and available on Wednesday. A solid percentage for sure considering the SEC signed 14 alone. And if you want to add future ACC member in the Notre Dame Fighting Irish inked four then it was an even great success when it came to picking up the elite for the ACC.
There is constantly all this talk about how the Big 10 or the Big 12 are going to break up the ACC. But the facts are this from signing day; not a single Big 12 team signed one Five Star guy and the Big 10 could only muster four.
Sounds more like the ACC is the conference that is in charge than these other two...
At least when it comes to all the Five Star talk. As a whole from top to bottom, the ACC still has some work to do in the numbers game as the conference came in fifth out of the six BCS leagues. Two ACC schools posted the worst ranking out of any of the big six conferences.
For the ACC to get the love it deserves on the national level the league clearly cannot have two teams rank out at the bottom. Moving forward it will be expected for every team to finish in the Top 40 or Top 50 in the recruiting battle. If the ACC can't pull this off, it will quickly lose any ground it started to gain with the big wins in the 2012 Bowl Season.
So with all that being said, where does your team rank?
Let’s take a look at the ACC National Signing Day Team Rankings for 2013.
No. 14 - Boston College Eagles -- 70 Points
There is always a school that takes the hit when there is a coaching change at the end of a season and that school for the ACC is the Boston College Eagles.
New Head Coach Steve Addazio was able to string together eight Three Star recruits but could not get any Four Star or Five Star guys. In all, the Eagles signed 15 on Wednesday.
Something he will have to improve on greatly especially in the new look ACC.
No. 13 - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets -- 78 Points
Head Coach Paul Johnson is never one to concern himself about the big names and whether a kid is a Five Star or a walk on.
Johnson has a plan for his quirky offense and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets that he believes is greater than the experts evaluation of the potential of a high school kid.
With that being said, Johnson was able to get 10 Three Star kids and signed 14 overall. Most of those will redshirt this season according to Johnson making it a class that will need an extra year or so to determine the potential.
But in all, Tech and Johnson really need to address their numbers and depth to stay competitive at the level the ACC needs them to be at year in and year out.
No. 12 - Syracuse Orange --93 Points
The Syracuse Orange didn’t make much of a big splash at all in their first recruiting effort as a member of the ACC at all.
New Head Coach Scott Shafer was able to string together 19 total recruits including 11 Three Star guys. Not good enough to for a school that is suppose to bring some big time value from the New York market.
No. 11 - Duke Blue Devils -- 98 Points
This is what you are going to get pretty much year in and year out from recruiting with the Duke Blue Devils.
And to be honest, if it were not for the pedigree of Head Coach David Cutcliffe things would be a heck of alot worse...
In all, Duke signed 20 kids Wednesday including 11 Three Star studs.
Cutcliffe will work his magic and will have these guys ready to go for sure. But it sure would be nice to see the Blue Devils address their depth level at some point for the greater good of the ACC.
No. 10 - Wake Forest Demon Deacons -- 126 Points
It seemed the Wake Way marketing campaign was able to resonate with quite a few kids as the Wake Forest Demon Deacons were able to sign 23 players of which 16 were Three Star athletes.
But for Wake to truly compete on the level it and the ACC needs it to, the Wake Way needs to convince some Four Star and Five Star guys to sign on the dotted line.
No. 9 - North Carolina Tar Heels -- 129 Points
Despite the fact the North Carolina Tar Heels 2013 class is mathematically grading out in the lower half of the ACC do not overlook what Head Coach Larry Febora was able to sign.
The Heels inked 17 players overall which was a low number but the total available of what Carolina had to offer. And with a small number to work with, you have to make the most of your efforts and that is exactly what Fedora did by adding a pair of Four Stars in RB T.J. Logan and DT Greg Webb along with 15 Three Stars on Wednesday.
All 17 of these guys will be immediate impacts especially Logan who will look to fill the shoes left by the early departure of Gio Bernard.
No. 8 - Miami Hurricanes -- 135 Points
Despite being involved in the craziness that was Alex Collins and his mom and eventually losing out on his talents, the Miami Hurricanes put together a pretty solid recruiting class for 2013.
Head Coach Al Golden was able to sign seven Four Star and seven Three Star guys to add to an extremely young and talented team in Miami.A solid day for the Hurricanes all the way around, but Golden has to find a way to get Miami back in the top three year in and year out in the ACC when it comes to recruiting.
No. 7 - North Carolina State Wolfpack -- 141 Points
Wednesday was a good day for the North Carolina State Wolfpack and first year Head Coach Dave Doeren.
Despite being behind in the game, Doeren was able to pick up 23 total recruits including 19 Three Star talents.
The Wolfpack seems to be well on its way in revamping the philosophy when it comes to what it needs to do to in the ACC.
No. 6 - Maryland Terrapins -- 156 Points
The Maryland Terrapins had a great day on Wednesday as it was able to sign 23 kids including Five Star WR Deon Long.
In all, Maryland added four Four Star kids and 10 Three Star studs to what will be one of the better classes the Terps have had in years.
No. 5 - Virginia Cavaliers -- 164 Points
Head Coach Mike London and the Virginia Cavaliers put together one great class as it signed Five Star RB Taquan Mizzell and a pir of Four Stars in DB Kirk Garner and DB Tim Harris.
Add 15 Three Star signees and it seems the swaggar could be returning the the Cavaliers.
No. 4 - Virginia Tech Hokies -- 168 Points
Head Coach Frank Beamer put together a solid class on Wednesday for the Virginia Tech Hokies with 19 signees.
Leading the class is Five Star DB Kendall Fuller and a trio of Four Stars in DB Holland Fisher, QB Bucky Hodges and DE Wyatt Teller. The Hokies added 15 Three Star kids as well.
Solid class that will give Virginia Tech some much needed depth the team lacked in 2012.
No. 3 - Pittsburgh Panthers -- 174 Points
And making the biggest splash of the 2013 signing day the new kid on the block in the Pittsburgh Panthers.
Pitt was able to ink 27 kids overall, the most in the ACC, including Five Star OL Dorian Johnson and a pair of Four Stars in QB Tra’von Chapman and WR Tyler Boyd.
Add 15 Three Star athletes to the days list and the Panthers seem poised to make themselves know early and often in the ACC.
No. 2 - Clemson Tigers -- 196 Points
The Clemson Tigers were hoping for a bit more on National Signing Day and at one point in time could have had one of the best classes in the nation.
But at the end of the day, the Tigers ended with a solid team that addresses a ton of depth issues on both sides of the ball.
Clemson signed 23 kids overall including 10 Four Stars and 10 Three Stars. Look for a lot of those Four Star kids to make an immediate impact on the field in 2013 as well as the Tigers look to make a big run for the National Title.
No. 1 - Florida State Seminoles -- 227 Points
What is there not to like about the class the Florida State Seminoles put together for 2013.
Leading the charge are a pair of Five Stars in DB Jalen Ramsey and LB Matthew Thomas who will make immediate impacts this season.
Add to the mix nine Four Star and nine Three Star athletes and the ‘Noles are reloaded and ready to make a big run in 2013.-----------------------------
M Shannon Smallwood is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the US Basketball Writers Association.
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