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ACC Football Recruiting: Oversigning By The Numbers

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Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples takes a look at the practice of oversigning by college football programs, compiling the number of recruits schools signed over the last five years. 

Boston College has averaged a class size of 21.4 scholarship players over the last five years. That average class size ranks ninth in the ACC. 

It probably shouldn't come as a surprise that Florida State and Miami top the list of largest class sizes over the past five years. The Seminoles have signed 26 players on average, the 16th highest average in the nation. It also seems hardly surprising that eight SEC schools are in the top 25 re: class size the last five years.

Virginia Tech ranks third in the conference with 24 scholarships a class, with UNC close behind with 23.8. 

What I found a bit surprising is the average class size of Clemson (20.8), which is just 10th highest in the ACC. Clemson's average class sizes were higher than only Georgia Tech's (19) and Wake Forest's (18.8).

Full ACC statistics below.

# Program 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 Total Average
1 Florida State 25 21 33 20 31 130 26.0
2 Miami (Fla.)  29 19 33 19 22 122 24.4
3 Virginia Tech 19 22 31 26 22 120 24.0
4 North Carolina 21 28 18 24 28 119 23.8
5 N.C. State 19 27 26 25 20 117 23.4
6 Maryland 21 26 17 26 22 112 22.4
7 Duke 20 27 17 21 26 111 22.2
8 Virginia 18 26 18 24 23 109 21.8
9 Boston College 21 18 30 18 20 107 21.4
10 Clemson 24 12 25 23 20 104 20.8
11 Georgia Tech 18 21 20 20 16 95 19.0
12 Wake Forest 19 23 17 20 15 94 18.8