ACC Football Recruiting Rankings: January 9, 2013

Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

The ACC's recruiting big board with a month to go before National Signing Day.

It's been a few months since we last checked in on ACC football recruiting. With less than a month before National Signing Day 2013, let's take a look at the ACC big board:

DISCLAIMER: Recruiting rankings.

Rank Program # Commits Rivals Avg Scout Avg 247 Avg ESPN Avg Avg Avg^
1 Clemson 15 3.40 3.47 3.40 3.73 3.50
2 Florida State 16 3.38 3.19 3.38 3.81 3.44
3 Virginia Tech 16 3.31 3.07 3.38 3.63 3.34
4t North Carolina 19 3.21 3.21 3.32 3.58 3.33
4t Miami (Florida) 13 3.31 3.31 3.31 3.38 3.33
6 Virginia 18 3.24 2.88 3.22 3.31 3.16
7 Louisville 13 3.15 3.15 3.00 3.23 3.13
8 Georgia Tech 15 2.93 2.87 2.80 3.00 2.90
9 Pittsburgh 21 2.81 2.86 2.71 2.95 2.83
10 N.C. State 15 2.87 2.33 2.73 2.93 2.72
11 Wake Forest 19 2.63 2.42 2.42 2.89 2.59
12 Duke 18 2.56 2.44 2.56 2.61 2.54
13 Boston College 15 2.60 2.33 2.47 2.67 2.52
14 Syracuse 13 2.54 2.31 2.46 2.58 2.47
Total 216 3.00 2.84 2.94 3.17 2.99

^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.

Oh, the horror! A recruiting class ranked below Wake Forest AND Duke? Boston College currently has the 13th best class in the expanded conference, ahead of only Syracuse. Addazio's got some work to do. Clemson is now atop the conference's recruiting rankings, topping Florida State with less than a month to go before National Signing Day.

Full data set enclosed below.

1) Clemson Tigers - 15 commits

Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN Program
Ben Boulware LB SC 3 3 3 4 Clemson
Tyshon Dye RB GA 4 4 4 4 Clemson
Wayne Gallman RB GA 3 4 4 4 Clemson
D.J. Greenlee LB SC 2 3 2 3 Clemson
Jadar Johnson ATH SC 3 3 3 3 Clemson
Jayron Kearse ATH FL 4 4 4 4 Clemson
Shaq Lawson DE VA 4 3 4 4 Clemson
Jordan Leggett TE FL 3 3 3 4 Clemson
Maverick Morris OL GA 3 3 3 3 Clemson
Dorian O'Daniel LB MD 4 4 4 4 Clemson
Ebenezer Ogundeko LB NY 4 3 3 4 Clemson
Scott Pagano DT HI 4 4 3 4 Clemson
Dane Rogers DE NC 3 3 3 4 Clemson
Cordrea Tankersley DB VA 3 4 4 3 Clemson
Mike Williams WR SC 4 4 4 4 Clemson

Even without Robert Nkemdiche, the Tigers have passed Florida State as the highest rated recruiting class for 2013. This year's class boasts four consensus four star recruits in RB Tyshon Dye, ATH Jayron Kearse, LB Dorian O'Daniel and WR Mike Williams.

2) Florida State Seminoles - 16 commits

Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN Program
Davin Bellamy DE GA 3 4 3 4 Florida State
Ira Denson OL FL 4 3 4 4 Florida State
John Franklin QB FL 2 3 NR 3 Florida State
Austin Golson OL AL 4 4 4 4 Florida State
Ryan Green RB FL 4 4 4 4 Florida State
Ryan Hoefeld OL LA 3 3 3 4 Florida State
Desmond Hollin DE NY 3 2 3 3 Florida State
Ro'Derrick Hoskins LB FL 3 3 3 4 Florida State
Michael Johnson DB FL 3 3 3 4 Florida State
Isaiah Jones WR FL 4 4 4 4 Florida State
E.J. Levenberry Jr. LB VA 4 4 4 4 Florida State
Tyrell Lyons LB FL 3 3 3 4 Florida State
Freddie Stevenson LB FL 4 3 4 4 Florida State
Marquez White DB AL 4 3 3 4 Florida State
Jesus Wilson ATH FL 3 3 3 3 Florida State
Levonte Whitfield WR FL 3 2 4 4 Florida State

The Seminoles 2013 recruiting class took a bit of a hit this past fall when a pair of four star recruits decommitted from the program. But the 'Noles are firmly in the #2 spot in the conference with an average star rating of 3.44. ESPN is loving the Seminoles class. Only three of 16 2013 recruits are rated less than 4*.

3) Virginia Tech Hokies - 16 commits

Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN Program
Kyle Chung OL FL 3 2 3 3 Virginia Tech
Charles Clark DB VA 3 3 4 3 Virginia Tech
Brandon Facyson DB GA 3 3 3 4 Virginia Tech
Holland Fisher DB VA 4 4 4 4 Virginia Tech
Kendall Fuller DB MD 5 5 5 4 Virginia Tech
Drew Harris RB VA 4 4 4 4 Virginia Tech
Bucky Hodges QB VA 4 3 4 4 Virginia Tech
Cequan Jefferson ATH VA 3 3 3 4 Virginia Tech
Jamieon Moss LB NC 3 3 3 3 Virginia Tech
Andrew Motuapuaka LB VA 3 3 3 4 Virginia Tech
Deon Newsome ATH VA 3 3 3 3 Virginia Tech
Parker Osterioh OL VA 3 3 3 3 Virginia Tech
Carlis Parker QB NC 3 3 3 4 Virginia Tech
Braxton Pfaff OL VA 3 3 3 4 Virginia Tech
David Prince ATH VA 3 3 3 3 Virginia Tech
Anthony Shegog DB VA 3 2 3 4 Virginia Tech

The Hokies have always pulled in recruiting classes with a very regional focus and this year is no different. Only three of 16 commits hail from outside of Virginia or North Carolina -- OL Kyle Chung (Florida), DB Brandon Facyson (Georgia) and DB Kendall Fuller (Maryland). Fuller, a five star recruit per Rivals, Scout and 247, Virginia DB Holland Fisher and RB Drew Harris headline the class.

T-4) North Carolina Tar Heels - 19 commits

Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN School
Lucas Crowley OL FL 3 3 3 4 North Carolina
Dajaun Drennon DE NJ 3 4 4 3 North Carolina
Jordan Fieulleteau WR NC 3 3 3 4 North Carolina
Khris Francis RB NC 3 3 3 4 North Carolina
Marquis Haynes DE FL 3 2 3 3 North Carolina
Brad Henson OL NJ 3 3 3 3 North Carolina
Johnathan Howard WR GA 3 3 3 4 North Carolina
Nazair Jones DE NC 3 3 4 4 North Carolina
Desmond Lawrence DB NC 3 4 3 3 North Carolina
T.J. Logan RB NC 4 4 4 4 North Carolina
Donnie Miles ATH GA 3 3 3 3 North Carolina
R.J. Prince OL NC 3 3 3 4 North Carolina
James Summers QB VA 4 4 3 4 North Carolina
Ryan Switzer RB WV 3 3 3 3 North Carolina
Monte Taylor DE VA 3 2 3 3 North Carolina
Mitch Trubisky QB OH 3 4 4 4 North Carolina
Brian Walker DB NC 4 3 4 4 North Carolina
Greg Webb DT NJ 4 4 4 4 North Carolina
Korrin Wiggins DB NC 3 3 3 3 North Carolina

With 19 recruits in the class of 2013, North Carolina has the second largest class in the conference behind only Pittsburgh. North Carolina RB T.J. Logan and New Jersey DT Greg Webb headline this class. Very few 2* recruits in a class that relies heavily on the Southeast (North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Florida).

T-4) Miami Hurricanes - 13 commits

Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN Program
Devante Bond LB CA 3 2 3 3 Miami (Florida)
Artie Burns DB FL 4 4 4 4 Miami (Florida)
Jamal Carter DB FL 4 4 4 4 Miami (Florida)
Standish Dobard TE LA 3 4 3 4 Miami (Florida)
Alex Figueroa DE VA NR 2 3 3 Miami (Florida)
Alex Gall OL OH 3 3 3 3 Miami (Florida)
Jeremy Kerr TE FL 3 3 2 3 Miami (Florida)
Hunter Knighton OL NJ 3 3 3 3 Miami (Florida)
Ray Lewis III RB FL 3 3 3 3 Miami (Florida)
Al-Quadin Muhammed DE NJ 4 4 4 4 Miami (Florida)
Sonny Odogwu OL VA 3 3 3 NR Miami (Florida)
Kevin Olsen QB NJ 4 4 4 4 Miami (Florida)
Beau Sandland TE CA 4 4 4 4 Miami (Florida)

Miami currently ranks fifth in the conference, which is actually down from their previous June ranking. Since then, the U lost three recruits who had verballed as of last June -- defensive tackle Keith Bryant (Florida State leading), running back Alex Collins and wide receiver Angelo Jean-Louis (committed to Marshall after failing to academically qualify at Miami). Five consensus 4* recruits headline the current class -- DB Artie Burns, DB Jamal Carter, DE Al-Quadin Muhammed, QB Kevin Olsen and TE Beau Sandland.

6) Virginia Cavaliers - 18 commits

Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN Program
Zach Bradshaw LB MD 3 3 3 3 Virginia
Malcolm Cook DB VA 3 NR 4 NR Virginia
Hipolito Corporan DB TX 3 2 3 3 Virginia
Corwin Cutler QB VA 3 3 3 4 Virginia
Jack English DE VA 3 2 2 3 Virginia
Kirk Garner DB MD 4 3 3 3 Virginia
Tim Harris DB VA 4 4 4 4 Virginia
Keeon Johnson WR NC 3 3 3 3 Virginia
Zach Jones WR VA 3 2 3 3 Virginia
Micah Kiser LB MD 3 3 4 4 Virginia
Andre Levrone WR MD 3 3 3 3 Virginia
Brendan Marshall QB MD 3 3 3 3 Virginia
Jack McDonald OL MA 3 3 3 3 Virginia
Taquan Mizzell RB VA 5 4 4 4 Virginia
Sadiq Olanrewaju OL CT 3 3 3 3 Virginia
Eric Smith OL GA NR 2 3 NR Virginia
LaChaston Smith LB NC 3 3 3 4 Virginia
Donta Wilkins DT VA 3 3 4 3 Virginia

Mike London's problem hasn't been recruiting down in Charlottesville. The 'Hoos have been cleaning up on the recruiting trail and this year is no different. That Virginia's class is ranked in the top half of the conference (and below only Clemson, Florida State, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Miami) is a testament to the job London has done in rebuilding the UVa program. Now he's just got to start winning more. The additions of experienced coaching assistants to the staff should help.

7) Louisville Cardinals - 13 commits

Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN Program
Richard Benjamin WR FL 3 3 3 4 Louisville
Kyle Bolin QB KY 3 4 4 3 Louisville
Chandler Bridges OL GA 2 3 2 3 Louisville
Derrick Calloway DT FL 4 3 3 3 Louisville
Donel Elam LB FL 3 3 3 4 Louisville
Skylar Lacy OL IN 3 3 3 3 Louisville
Finesse Middleton DT AL 3 3 3 3 Louisville
Brett Nelson QB CA 3 2 3 NR Louisville
James Quick WR KY 4 5 3 4 Louisville
De'Asian Richardson DE FL 4 4 3 4 Louisville
Terrence Ross DB FL 3 2 3 3 Louisville
Kyle Shortridge DT FL 3 3 3 3 Louisville
Keith Towbridge TE OH 3 3 3 3 Louisville

8) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets - 15 commits

Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN Program
Justin Akins DE GA 3 3 3 3 Georgia Tech
Harrison Butker K GA 3 3 3 3 Georgia Tech
Tolando Cleveland DB GA 3 2 3 3 Georgia Tech
Darius Commissiong DT MD 3 3 3 3 Georgia Tech
Travis Custis RB GA 3 4 3 3 Georgia Tech
Shamire DeVine OL GA 3 4 4 3 Georgia Tech
Brendan Douglas RB GA 3 2 2 3 Georgia Tech
Chris Griffin OL FL 3 3 3 3 Georgia Tech
Jeremi Hall OL GA 3 3 2 3 Georgia Tech
John Marvin DB FL 3 3 3 3 Georgia Tech
Antonio Messick WR GA 2 2 2 3 Georgia Tech
Damon Mitchell ATH NJ 3 2 3 3 Georgia Tech
Jumichael Ramos WR GA 3 3 2 3 Georgia Tech
Kevin Robbins DE MD 3 3 3 3 Georgia Tech
Donovan Wilson RB OH 3 3 3 3 Georgia Tech

Paul Johnson has put together about as average a 2013 ACC class as you can get. Georgia Tech's average star rating across the four major recruiting services is as close to the conference-wide average as any other program in the league. Though I'm hardly surprised, strange to see BC didn't offer Egg Harbor City, NJ athlete Damon Mitchell when Tech, Rutgers, Wisconsin, UConn and Syracuse all offered the New Jersey product. Mitchell is the #24 rated recruit from New Jersey. BC has all of one top 30 recruit from the Garden State per Rivals (#30 WR Charlie Callinan). A priority for Addazio has to be rebuilding the recruiting pipeline in New Jersey and the Mid-Atlantic.

9) Pittsburgh Panthers - 21 commits

Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN Program
Carson Baker OL OH 2 2 NR 2 Pittsburgh
Chris Blewitt K VA 2 3 2 3 Pittsburgh
Tyler Boyd WR PA 4 4 4 4 Pittsburgh
Zach Challingsworth WR PA 3 2 3 3 Pittsburgh
Tra'von Chapman QB OH 4 4 3 3 Pittsburgh
James Conner DE PA 3 2 3 3 Pittsburgh
Devon Edwards TE OH 2 2 3 3 Pittsburgh
Matt Galambos LB PA 3 3 3 3 Pittsburgh
Reginald Green ATH NJ 2 3 3 3 Pittsburgh
Tony Harper DB OH 3 2 3 3 Pittsburgh
Titus Howard DB PA 2 3 2 3 Pittsburgh
Rachid Ibrahim RB MD 3 3 2 3 Pittsburgh
Dorian Johnson OL PA 4 4 5 4 Pittsburgh
James Julius DB FL 2 2 NR NR Pittsburgh
Luke MacLean DE MI 3 3 3 3 Pittsburgh
Justin Moody DE PA 3 3 NR NR Pittsburgh
Alexander Officer OL NY 3 3 3 3 Pittsburgh
Jaymar Parrish TE PA 3 3 2 3 Pittsburgh
Aaron Reese OL PA 3 3 2 3 Pittsburgh
Shakir Soto DE PA 3 3 3 3 Pittsburgh
Ryan Winslow K PA 2 3 2 3 Pittsburgh

Paul Chryst has the largest recruiting class in the conference for 2013. The Panthers come into the ACC with two studs in the class -- 4*/5* OL Dorian Johnson and consensus 4* receiver Tyler Boyd. It will be interesting to see how BC and Pittsburgh's recruiting efforts in western PA and Ohio change with the Panthers in the fold. Fifteen of the 21 Panther commits hail from either Pennsylvania or Ohio.

10) N.C. State Wolfpack - 15 commits

Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN Program
Cole Blankenship OL NC 3 3 3 3 N.C. State
Chris Burton TE VA 3 2 3 3 N.C. State
Bra'Lon Cherry ATH NC 3 2 2 3 N.C. State
Marcus Edmond ATH SC 3 2 3 3 N.C. State
Jerod Fernandez LB FL 3 2 3 3 N.C. State
Jalen McDaniel WR NC 3 2 3 3 N.C. State
Pharoah McKever ATH NC 3 2 3 3 N.C. State
Joshua Mercer RB GA 3 3 3 3 N.C. State
Dakwa Nichols RB NC 3 2 3 3 N.C. State
Quinton Patterson LB NC 2 2 2 2 N.C. State
Kyrin Priester WR GA 3 3 3 4 N.C. State
Tylar Reagan OL FL 3 3 3 3 N.C. State
Patrick Roane OL NC 2 3 3 3 N.C. State
Artemis Robinson LB NC 3 2 2 2 N.C. State
Jack Tocho DB NC 3 2 2 3 N.C. State

N.C. State is surprisingly low in these rankings and it seems like new Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren has his work cut out for him. Only one recruit -- Georgia wide out Kyrin Priester -- is ranked as a four star commit by any of the four major recruiting services (ESPN). The Wolfpack's recruiting classes are very Carolina centric and it will be interesting to see how Doeren, a Midwesterner, builds up the recruiting pipelines in North and South Carolina.

11) Wake Forest Demon Deacons - 19 commits

Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN Program
Taylor Chambers OL SC 3 3 2 3 Wake Forest
Wendell Dunn LB FL 2 3 3 3 Wake Forest
Cameron Gardner OL NC 2 2 2 3 Wake Forest
Josh Harris OL GA 3 2 2 3 Wake Forest
Tyree Harris WR GA 3 3 3 3 Wake Forest
Cory Helms OL GA 3 3 2 3 Wake Forest
Ford Howell LB TN 3 3 2 3 Wake Forest
Ali Lamot LB NC 3 2 2 3 Wake Forest
Marquel Lee LB MD 2 2 2 3 Wake Forest
James Looney DE FL 3 3 3 3 Wake Forest
Brendan O'Neil TE MA 3 2 2 2 Wake Forest
Joshua Okonye DB TX 2 NR 2 2 Wake Forest
Michael Radford QB NC 2 2 3 2 Wake Forest
Cameron Serigne TE VA 2 2 2 3 Wake Forest
Michael Stevenson DB FL 3 2 3 3 Wake Forest
Eric Tetlow OL VA 3 2 3 3 Wake Forest
Lance Virgile LB FL 3 3 3 4 Wake Forest
Brad Watson DB TX 2 2 2 3 Wake Forest
Dezmond Wortham RB TX 3 3 3 3 Wake Forest

UPDATE: With apologies to Wake Forest, I hadn't updated the recruiting list from June. Grobe has actually put together the 11th best class in the conference with 19 total commitments. LB Lance Virgile headlines the class.

12) Duke Blue Devils - 18 commits

Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN Program
Johnell Barnes WR FL 3 3 3 2 Duke
Breon Borders DB NC 2 2 2 2 Duke
Gabe Brandner OL SC 3 2 3 2 Duke
Quay Chambers ATH NC 2 2 3 2 Duke
Austin Davis OL TX 3 3 3 3 Duke
Evrett Edwards DB VA 3 3 3 3 Duke
Jake Kite DB VA 2 3 2 3 Duke
DeQuavais Mann DB NC 2 2 2 3 Duke
Sterling Korona OT TX 2 2 3 2 Duke
Mike Ramsay DT GA 2 2 2 NR Duke
Joseph Ajeigbe RB CA 3 3 3 3 Duke
Terrence Alls WR FL 3 2 2 3 Duke
Parker Boehme QB FL 3 3 3 3 Duke
Phillip Carter WR CA 2 2 NR NR Duke
T.J. Douglas ATH FL 2 2 3 3 Duke
Byron Fields DB NC 3 2 2 3 Duke
Chris Holmes ATH VA 3 3 2 3 Duke
Dominic Zanca LB FL 3 3 3 3 Duke

Cutcliffe and the Blue Devils have 18 commits in the 2013 class, a class that ESPN ranks slightly higher than the other three services. Five commits are consensus 3* recruits -- Texas OL Austin Davis, Virginia DB Evrett Edwards, California RB Joseph Ajeigbe, Florida QB Parker Boehme and Florida LB Dominic Zanca. Cutcliffe has also seemed to widen his recruiting reach more than most ACC programs, landing four recruits from Texas and California.

13) Boston College Eagles - 15 commits

Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN Program
Tim Boyle QB CT 3 3 3 3 Boston College
Jack Cottrell LB MN 3 2 3 3 Boston College
Mackay Lowrie QB MA 2 2 3 2 Boston College
Kevin Kavalec DE OH 2 2 2 3 Boston College
Drew Barksdale WR OH 3 2 3 3 Boston College
Charles Callinan WR NJ 3 3 2 3 Boston College
Truman Gutapfel DT OH 2 2 2 3 Boston College
John Johnson DB MD 2 2 2 2 Boston College
Marquis Little LB CT 2 NR 2 2 Boston College
Matt Milano DB FL 3 2 2 3 Boston College
Dan Monteroso WR OH 3 3 3 3 Boston College
Tevin Montgomery DT MA 3 3 3 3 Boston College
Atem Ntantang DB VA 2 2 2 2 Boston College
Joel Rich DE OH 3 2 2 2 Boston College
Myles Willis ATH GA 3 3 3 3 Boston College

BC's 15 member class is headlined by four consensus 3* recruits -- Connecticut QB Tim Boyle, Ohio receiver Dan Monteroso, Massachusetts DT Tevin Montgomery and Georgia athlete Myles Willis (though I think 247 may be selling Callinan a bit short). As has been well documented, BC has fallen woefully short in recent years recruiting Massachusetts. This year, just two of the four Massachusetts products that signed on with ACC programs will play for the Eagles next fall. OL Jack MacDonald and TE Brendan O'Neil will be taking their talents elsewhere in the conference (Virginia and Wake Forest, respectively). The recruiting turnaround has to start with Addazio rebuilding in-state relationships if BC is going to return to winning football.

14) Syracuse Orange - 13 commits

Name Position State Rivals Scout 24/7 ESPN Program
Zach Allen QB TX 2 2 3 3 Syracuse
Luke Arciniega LB CA 3 2 NR NR Syracuse
Malik Brown DE FL 3 2 3 3 Syracuse
Devan Carter LB NY 2 2 2 3 Syracuse
Marqez Hodge LB FL 3 3 3 2 Syracuse
Isaiah Johnson DT MD 2 2 3 2 Syracuse
Darius Kelly DB AZ 2 3 NR 3 Syracuse
Josh Kirkland LB KS 2 2 2 2 Syracuse
John Miller OL CA 3 2 NR NR Syracuse
Tyler Provo RB FL 3 3 2 3 Syracuse
Trevon Trejo DE CA 2 2 3 NR Syracuse
Wayne Williams DT NY 3 3 3 3 Syracuse
Austin Wilson QB PA 3 2 2 3 Syracuse

Have to think that new Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer was installed to build on the momentum of the Doug Marrone years and to hold together the 13-member 2013 recruiting class. Still, this is currently the conference's lowest rated class. Interesting fact about this class: recruits hail from eight different states, the second highest total in the conference (tied with Clemson and Pittsburgh and one less than BC). In many ways that makes sense as the conference's two northernmost, private school outposts have to branch out beyond the Northeast to fill the class.

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