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National Signing Day 2015: ACC Football Recruiting Class Rankings

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How does the newest crop of dudes stack up in the ACC?

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We're now just a few hours away from National Letter of Intent Signing Day. Let's check in on how this year's recruiting classes are stacking up in the ACC (as of 1:00 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday).

Rivals.com

1. Clemson Tigers
2. Florida State Seminoles
3. Virginia Tech Hokies
4. North Carolina Tar Heels
5. Miami Hurricanes
6. Louisville Cardinals
7. N.C. State Wolfpack
8. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
9. Boston College Eagles
10. Virginia Cavaliers
11. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
12. Duke Blue Devils
13. Syracuse Orange
14. Pittsburgh Panthers

247Sports.com

1. Florida State Seminoles
2. Clemson Tigers
3. North Carolina Tar Heels
4. Virginia Tech Hokies
5. Miami Hurricanes
6. N.C. State Wolfpack
7. Louisville Cardinals
8. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
9. Virginia Cavaliers
10. Duke Blue Devils
11. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
12. Boston College Eagles
13. Pittsburgh Panthers
14. Syracuse Orange

Scout.com

1. Florida State Seminoles
2. Clemson Tigers
3. North Carolina Tar Heels
4. Louisville Cardinals
5. N.C. State Wolfpack
6t. Miami Hurricanes
6t. Virginia Tech Hokies
8. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
9. Syracuse Orange
10. Virginia Cavaliers
11. Boston College Eagles
12. Pittsburgh Panthers
13. Duke Blue Devils
14. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

ESPN (top 40 only)

1. Florida State Seminoles
2. Clemson Tigers
3. North Carolina Tar Heels
4. Miami Hurricanes
5. Virginia Tech Hokies 
6. Louisville Cardinals
7. N.C. State
8. Duke Blue Devils
9. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

The results vary slightly across recruiting service, with Boston College somewhere in the 9-12 range. Rivals.com seems to regard BC's class the best of the three, with 19 of 25 recruits garnering three stars. If you take the average of the three services that rank all 14 teams, you currently come up with a set of rankings that look like this:

Rivals-Scout-247Sports Composite

1. Florida State Seminoles
2. Clemson Tigers
3. North Carolina Tar Heels
4. Virginia Tech Hokies
5. Miami Hurricanes
6. Louisville Cardinals
7. N.C. State Wolfpack
8. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
9. Virginia Cavaliers
10. Boston College Eagles
11. Duke Blue Devils
12. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
13. Syracuse Orange
14. Pittsburgh Panthers

Though this year's class ranks in the bottom half of the ACC this year, I still think this year's crop of dudes has some really nice gets -- defensive line reinforcements, restocking the OL, a potential future program quarterback and some well-regarded wide receivers and tight ends. Boston College also did really, really well locally; landing four of the five top Massachusetts recruits and acquitting themselves well in Connecticut as well. That's something the program hasn't done well in a few years and was a clear point of emphasis for Addazio when he took over. He's absolutely delivering on that fencing building promise early.

I think wrapping up this class early hurt Addazio in this year's rankings, as schools backed off some of the early BC recruits. As a result, some of these dudes ended up with fewer offers than they otherwise would have if they had wanted to drag out the process longer.

There's also the matter of disappearing stars and offers that seems to plague Boston College recruits. Palazzolo, Boston College's first verbal in the class, was originally a four star recruit per Rivals; now a three. Other programs also seem to be sensitive about having their name tied to BC commits on the recruiting profiles, which makes head-to-head recruiting battles hard to quantify once National Signing Day rolls around.

I'm disappointed the class doesn't rate higher but I don't think it's a lost year on the recruiting trail by any means. There's also the nagging question as to what the realistic ceiling is for Boston College in these ACC class rankings. I wouldn't realistically expect BC to finish in the top 5 in the conference given other school's inherent recruiting advantages (mostly related to location). Unless BC goes on a prolonged run of success here -- think: Stanford's string of BCS bowl appearances -- I wouldn't expect BC to ever out-recruit Florida State, Clemson, Miami and Virginia Tech, for starters.