National Signing Day is right around the corner and as ACC teams head down the homestretch it’s time to take a look and see who’s leading the pack. Here are the top 10 recruiting classes in the ACC as we approach Feb. 3rd’s National Signing Day.
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10: Syracuse: No. 57 247Sports/No. 48 Rivals
Dino Babers first recruiting class at Syracuse is shaping up to be a quality one as the Orange have pulled in 21 commitments with 15 of them receiving three-star ratings from Rivals, while 247Sports credited ’Cuse with 19. Wide receiver Jaquwan Nelson, a 6’4” three-star commit from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is one of the more enticing prospects and could be a game-changer
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9: N.C. State: No. 50 247Sports/No. 45 Rivals
The 2016 recruiting class will be crucial for N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren, who after three season with the Wolfpack has a compiled an 18-20 record. Doeren appears to have hit a home run by luring four-star TE Thaddeus Moss, the son of NFL legend Randy Moss, to Raleigh. At 6-4, 240, Moss has great size and tremendous potential.
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8: Virginia Tech: No. 39 247Sports/No. 46 Yahoo
Piecing together his first recruiting class with Virginia Tech, newly hired head coach Justin Fuente is off to a good start and has managed to land two four-star commits (according to Rivals) in CB Khalil Ladler and dual-threat QB Jerod Evans.
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7: Louisville: No. 38 247Sports/No. 37 Rivals
Heading into the third year of his second stint with the Cardinals, Louisville coach Bobby Petrino appears to be loading up for a run at ACC Atlantic Division heavyweights FSU and Clemson. According to Rivals, the Cards have three four-star commits in DB Jaquelle Green, WR Chris Taylor-Yamanoha and QB Jawon Pass. Of the trio, Pass is the only one to receive four-stars from 247Sports, who credited Louisville with having a total of 19 three-star recruits.
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6: Pitt: No. 34 247Sports/No. 29 Rivals
Pitt’s second-year head coach Pat Narduzzi has been working the recruiting trail hard. Rivals credits Pitt with five four-star recruits, while 247Sports listed the Panthers with one. Both sites agree that ATH/all-purpose back George Hill should be special. The 6-0, 200-pound Hill is listed as the No. 8 best “athlete” in the nation by 247Sports.
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5: Duke: No. 30 247Sports/No. 23 Rivals
Led by consensus four-star recruit, Scott Bracey, Duke’s class of 2016 is laced with talent. Bracey is a 6-3, 210-pound “athlete” who is expected to play receiver and is ranked the No. 2 prospect in the state of Virginia by 247Sports. Also keep an eye out for safety Dylan Singleton and 6-8, 250-pound OL, Robert Kraeling, both of whom could become key players. Of Duke’s 21 prospects, 19 of them received three-star ratings from 247Sports.
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4: Miami: No. 21 247Sports/No. 32 Rivals
Miami first-year coach Mark Richt is enjoying the benefit of having one of the nation’s recruiting hotbeds in his backyard. The Hurricanes have total of 14 commits, with six earning four-stars from 247Sports, while Rivals listed them with nine. Wide receiver Sam Bruce is the big get this year as he spurned several major offers to remain committed to Miami. The ’Canes also did a tremendous job recruiting corners as they added all-Americans Tyler Byrd and Malek Young.
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3: North Carolina: No. 33 247Sports/No. 16 Rivals
One of the more polarizing teams in terms of recruiting ratings, UNC ranks in Rivals’ top 25 while 247Sports lists the Heels at 33. Chazz Surratt, a 6-2, 180-pound QB, headlines a talented group that could get even better if 6-2, 205-pound four-star WR Nate Craig-Myers decides to head to Chapel Hill instead of Auburn.
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2: Clemson: No. 10 247Sports/No. 8 Rivals
The rich keep getting richer. After finishing second in the nation with a 14-1 record, the ACC champion Clemson Tigers have been hot on the recruiting trail. Of Clemson’s 14 commits, three received five-star ratings by Rivals. Clemson has an excellent group of LBs coming in led by Tre Lamar and Dexter Lawrence, who is ranked the No. 2 prospect in the country by 247Sports. The Tigers class could get even better if they find a way to lure DT Rashan Gary, the consensus No. 1 prospect in the nation, to Death Valley.
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1: Florida State: No. 4 247Sports/No. 6 Rivals
FSU coach Jimbo Fisher is a master at retaining home grown talent. The Seminoles hauled in some big names in the class of 2016 led by QB Malik Henry, a four-star dual-threat QB, and five-star DB Levonta Taylor, who is listed as the No. 1 corner in the country by both Rivals and 24Sports. The Seminoles are loaded as they were also able to land OL Andrew Boselli, DE Janarius Robinson and OL Josh Ball.