ACC Football Recruiting Rankings: June 20, 2012

Jeff is encouraged by Boston College football's recent recruiting efforts. The program just landed its sixth commitment for the Class of 2013 in Connecticut linebacker Cory Jasudowich. All indications are that BC is well ahead of where they were last year when it comes to football recruiting and the next class should be improved.

Yet we are still subjected to articles like this, ranking the Eagles recruiting class dead last in an already expanded ACC (convenient).

14. Boston College
Commitments: 6

Top pledge: Andrew Isaacs
Not surprisingly, the smallest class in the conference is at the bottom, especially when the group doesn't have much quality to it.

So which is it? Where does BC's current class rank among the other 11 ACC programs (and Syracuse and Pittsburgh). With a big assist from Mgoblog's Ace, who pens similar posts on Big Ten recruiting, here is the current ACC big board:

NOTE: This is not meant to be down on the current recruiting class. This exercise is only meant to take a measured approach to ranking the current ACC recruiting classes. I don't put a ton of weight into these rankings, but averaging them out provides a reasonable ranking of the current classes across the four major recruiting ranking services.

Rank School # Commits Rivals Avg Scout Avg 24/7 Avg ESPN Avg Avg Avg^
1 Florida St. Seminoles 12 3.42 3.42 3.42 3.92 3.54
2 Miami Hurricanes 7 3.43 3.29 3.29 3.43 3.36
3 Clemson Tigers 11 3.09 3.36 3.27 3.64 3.34
4 Virginia Tech Hokies 12 3.17 2.83 3.25 3.58 3.21
5 North Carolina Tar Heels 10 3.10 3.00 3.10 3.40 3.15
6 Virginia Cavaliers 11 3.00 2.82 3.09 3.18 3.02
7 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 8 3.13 3.00 3.00 2.88 3.00
8 Maryland Terrapins 9 3.00 2.89 2.89 2.78 2.89
9 Pittsburgh Panthers 7 2.71 2.86 2.57 3.00 2.79
10 Boston College Eagles 6 2.83 2.33 2.67 2.83 2.67
11 N.C. State Wolfpack 9 2.78 2.22 2.67 2.67 2.58
12 Duke Blue Devils 10 2.40 2.40 2.60 2.40 2.45
13 Syracuse Orange 7 2.57 2.29 2.00 2.57 2.36
14 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 9 2.44 2.22 2.11 2.56 2.33

^The average of the average rankings of the four recruiting services (the previous four columns). The figure is calculated based on the raw numbers and then rounded, so the numbers above may not average out exactly.

NOTE: Unranked recruits are counted as two-star players.

Interesting to see when the rankings of the four major recruiting services are averaged out, BC currently has the 10th best class in the conference, ahead of N.C. State, Duke, Syracuse and Wake Forest. Not 14th.

Full data set after the jump.

#1 Florida State - 12 commits

Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Maquedius Bain DT FL 3 4 3 4
Ira Denson OL FL 4 3 4 4
Austin Golson OL AL 4 4 4 4
Ryan Green RB FL 4 4 4 4
Ro'Derrick Hoskins LB FL 3 3 3 4
Michael Johnson DB FL 3 3 3 4
E.J. Levenberry Jr. LB VA 4 4 4 4
Tyrell Lyons LB FL 3 3 3 4
Sojourn Shelton DB FL 3 3 3 4
Tony Stevens WR FL 4 4 4 4
Marquez White DB AL 3 3 3 4
Jesus Wilson ATH FL 3 3 3 3

Florida State has the strongest recruiting class according to three of the four recruiting services when averaging our the individual player rankings. Only Miami currently averages higher than FSU according to Rivals (3.42 to 3.43).

#2 Miami - 7 commits

Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Keith Bryant DT FL 4 4 3 4
Alex Collins RB FL 4 4 4 4
Standish Dobard TE LA 4 4 3 4
Jeremy Kerr TE FL 3 3 2 3
Ray Lewis III RB FL 3 2 3 3
Kevin Olsen QB NJ 4 4 4 4
Angelo Jean-Louis WR VA 2 2 4 2

Miami currently has one of the smallest classes in the conference. But what the U lacks in numbers they make up for in quality. Three to four of the U's seven recruits are ranked as 4* depending on who you ask. The class is currently headlined by consensus 4* RB Alex Collins. Bonus: Yes, that Ray Lewis.

#3 Clemson - 11 commits

Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Ben Boulware LB SC 3 3 3 4
Elijah Daniel DE IN 4 4 4 4
D.J. Greenlee LB SC 2 3 2 3
Jadar Johnson ATH SC 3 3 3 3
David Kamara DB GA 3 3 2 3
Jordan Leggett TE FL 3 3 3 4
Maverick Morris OL GA 2 3 3 2
Robert Nkemdiche DE GA 5 5 5 5
Dorian O'Daniel LB MD 4 4 4 4
Dane Rogers DE NC 3 3 3 4
Wayne Gallman RB GA 2 3 4 4

Clemson already has 11 commits in 2013, including recently landing the consensus #1 ranked recruit in the 2013 class, DE Robert Nkemdiche. Nkemdiche is the only consensus 5* recruit on the board for the ACC.

#4 Virginia Tech - 12 commits

Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Charles Clark DB VA 3 3 4 3
Holland Fisher DB VA 4 4 4 4
Bucky Hodges QB VA 4 3 4 4
Cequan Jefferson ATH VA 3 3 3 4
Jamieon Moss LB NC 3 2 3 3
Andrew Motuapuaka LB VA 3 3 3 4
Deon Newsome ATH VA 3 2 3 3
Parker Osterioh OL VA 3 3 3 3
Carlis Parker QB NC 3 3 3 4
Braxton Pfaff OL VA 3 3 3 4
David Prince ATH VA 3 3 3 3
Anthony Shegog DB VA 3 2 3 4

Virginia Tech already has 12 commits for 2013. Note the state distribution here: 10 HS players from the Commonwealth and two from North Carolina.

#5 North Carolina - 10 commits

Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Jordan Fieulleteau WR NC 3 3 3 4
Khris Francis RB NC 3 3 3 4
Desmond Lawrence DB NC 3 3 3 3
Donnie Miles ATH GA 3 3 3 3
R.J. Prince OL NC 4 3 3 4
Jarran Reed DT MS 2 2 2 2
Ryan Switzer RB WV 3 3 3 3
Mitch Trubisky QB OH 3 4 4 4
Brian Walker DB NC 4 3 4 4
Korrin Wiggins DB NC 3 3 3 3

ESPN is really high on the Tar Heels incoming class; much moreso than any other recruiting service. North Carolina has four 4* recruits according to the WWL, but just one per Scout.

#6 Virginia - 11 commits

Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Hipolito Corporan DB TX 3 2 3 2
Corwin Cutler QB VA 3 3 3 4
Jack English DE VA 2 2 2 3
Tim Harris DB VA 4 4 4 4
Keeon Johnson WR NC 3 3 3 3
Zach Jones WR VA 3 2 3 3
Micah Kiser LB MD 3 3 4 4
Andre Levrone WR MD 3 3 3 2
Brendan Marshall QB MD 3 3 3 3
Sadiq Olanrewaju OL CT 3 3 3 3
LaChaston Smith LB NC 3 3 3 4

Consensus 4* CB Tim Harris currently headlines the 'Hoos 2013 class.

#7 Georgia Tech - 8 commits

Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Harrison Butker K GA 2 3 3 2
Darius Commissiong DT MD 3 3 3 3
Travis Custis RB GA 3 3 3 3
Shamire DeVine OL GA 4 4 4 3
Chris Griffin OL FL 3 2 3 3
Jeremi Hall OL GA 4 3 2 3
Kevin Robbins DE MD 3 3 3 3
Donovan Wilson RB OH 3 3 3 3

The name Commissiong should be familiar to most Boston College fans.

#8 Maryland - 9 commits

Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Shane Cockerille QB MD 3 3 3 3
Jajuan Dulaney OL GA 3 3 3 3
Derwin Gray OL DC 4 4 4 4
Derrick Hayward LB MD 2 3 3 3
DeAndre Lane ATH MD 2 2 2 2
Yannick Ngakoue LB DC 4 4 3 3
Jarrett Ross DB DE 3 3 3 3
Cavon Walker LB DC 3 2 3 2
Mike Williams DE MD 3 2 2 2

Maryland has really turned it on on the recruiting trail over the last few weeks, drawing heavily from Maryland and Washington D.C. Locksley doing work.

#9 Pittsburgh - 7 commits

Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Zach Challingsworth WR PA 2 2 3 3
Corey Clement RB NJ 3 4 3 4
Tony Harper DB OH 2 2 2 2
Scott Orndoff TE PA 3 3 3 3
Jaymar Parrish TE PA 3 3 2 3
Aaron Reese OL PA 3 3 2 3
Shakir Soto DE PA 3 3 3 3

Five of the Panthers seven commits are on the offensive side of the ball. The class is headlined by recent commit Corey Clement, a RB from southern New Jersey.

#10 Boston College - 6 commits

Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Tim Boyle QB CT 3 3 3 3
Jack Cottrell LB MN 3 2 3 3
Andrew Isaacs TE CT 4 3 3 3
Cory Jasudowich LB CT 3 2 2 2
Mackay Lowrie QB MA 2 2 3 3
Josh Tapscott ATH VA 2 2 2 3

It's kind of embarrassing how far behind Scout is at updating BC's football commitment list. Cottrell, Jasudowich and Tapscott aren't even listed on the Scout commit list. ESPN and Rivals think most highly of the current class. Half of the class hails from Connecticut.

#11 N.C. State - 9 commits

Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Cole Blankenship OL NC 3 3 3 3
Chris Burton TE VA 3 2 3 2
Marcus Edmond ATH SC 3 2 3 3
Jerod Fernandez LB FL 3 2 2 3
Ford Howell LB TN 3 3 2 3
Da'Wan Hunte DB FL 3 2 2 3
Jalen McDaniel WR NC 3 2 3 2
Pharoah McKever ATH NC 2 2 3 2
Dakwa Nichols RB NC 2 2 3 3

A pretty underwhelming commitment list for TOB and N.C. State. No 4* or 5*.

#12 Duke - 10 commits

Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Darren Andrews WR CA 3 3 2 2
Johnell Barnes WR FL 3 3 3 2
Breon Borders DB NC 2 2 2 2
Gabe Brandner OL SC 2 2 3 2
Quay Chambers ATH NC 2 2 3 2
Austin Davis OL TX 3 3 3 3
Evrett Edwards DB VA 3 3 3 3
Jake Kite DB VA 2 2 2 3
DeQuavais Mann DB NC 2 2 2 3
Sterling Korona OT TX 2 2 3 2

A lot of these kids weren't ranked by all of the services. Bonus: Conference All-Name team nominee: Sterling Korona.

#13 Syracuse - 7 commits

Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Zach Allen QB TX 3 2 2 3
Devan Carter LB NY 2 2 2 3
Marqez Hodge LB FL 2 3 2 2
Isaiah Johnson DT MD 2 2 2 2
Tyler Provo RB FL 3 3 2 3
Wayne Williams DT NY 3 2 2 2
Austin Wilson QB PA 3 2 2 3

Syracuse is all over the map, landing two commits from New York, two from Florida and one each from Texas, Florida, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

#14 Wake Forest - 9 commits

Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN
Taylor Chambers OL SC 3 3 2 3
Cameron Gardner OL NC 2 2 2 3
Josh Harris OL GA 3 2 2 3
Cory Helms OL GA 3 3 2 3
Ali Lamot LB NC 2 2 2 2
Brendan O'Neil TE MA 3 2 2 2
Michael Radford QB NC 2 2 3 2
Cameron Serigne TE VA 2 2 2 3
Brad Watson DB TX 2 2 2 2

Two players -- OL Taylor Chambers and Cory Helms -- are rated 3* by three of the four major services.

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