By Dan Kelley on June 16, 2014
After ACC teams won two BCS bowl games last year, including the Florida State Seminoles’ BCS title, it is clear that the league is moving up the hierarchy of power conferences. ACC teams are now carrying the momentum born from that on-the-field success to the recruiting trail.
There are currently six ACC teams in the top 30 of 247 Sports’ recruiting rankings and a couple may surprise you.
All rating information comes from 247 Sports.
The Syracuse Orange's No. 29 ranked recruiting class should ensure a strong running game well into the future. It is headlined by two running backs, Dontae Strickland and Tyrone Perkins, and includes a quartet of offensive linemen. Strickland is a four-star athlete from New Jersey and picked the Orange over offers from the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, the West Virginia Mountaineers and others. Perkins is the No. 2 prospect from New York.
The Boston College Eagles’ No. 27 ranked class may be the biggest surprise of the year so far. The Eagles have received verbal commitments from a large group of offensive linemen. Four of those linemen are three-star prospects and the fifth received a two-star rating. The Eagles also have a commitment from dual-threat QB Elijah Robinson, who picked the Eagles over the Michigan State Spartans, the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Rutgers.
The North Carolina Tar Heels' No. 23 ranked class currently has 10 verbal commitments from players covering nearly every area of the field. The highest rated prospect to commit to UNC so far is four-star offensive tackle Mason Veal. The Heels have also earned commitments from a pair of three-star dual-threat quarterbacks, Anthony Ratliff and Nathan Elliot.
The Miami Hurricanes’ No. 11 ranked class is like a reflection of Syracuse’s, but with a few extra stars scattered across the mirror’s image. The top recruits in Miami’s class are four-star running backs Mark Walton and Dexter Williams. The two running backs should have the benefit entering with a solid class of offensive linemen. The Hurricanes currently have commitments from four offensive linemen who are all rated three-stars.
The Florida State Seminoles' recruiting class just moved into the top ten after a commitment from four-star defensive end Michael Barnett. Barnett picked the Seminoles from a long list of impressive offers, but he is not the headliner of FSU’s class. That would be five-star safety Derwin James. James is currently the only five-star prospect committed to FSU, while Barnett became the fourth four-star commit.
The only program ahead of the Clemson Tigers is the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Tigers owe their No. 2 ranking to commitments from one five-star, six four-star and 11 three-star recruits. The gem of the class is five-star OT Mitch Hyatt, who is considered to be the second-best prospect in the country at his position. But several other star-studded recruits will help ensure that the Tigers are strong in the trenches for years to come.
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