ACC Football Recruiting Class of 2013 Rankings Update (October 26)

Rumors Swirl Around Robert Nkemdiche, but Clemson’s Class Continues to Rank Among Country’s Best

We’ve revamped recruiting coverage since last month’s update, now showing more in-depth comparisons from several services, as opposed to just one. While in-season recruiting has slowed up some, we still saw movement over the past month, with some of the top teams adding to their stockpile of solid recruits. The speculation around number-one recruit Robert Nkemdiche also continues, as Clemson fans hold their breath and hope he remains committed.

Below you’ll find a breakdown of ACC recruiting rankings from Rivals, 247Sports and Scout, as well as a breakdown of ACC players currently ranked in the ESPN 300.

ACC Football 2013 Recruiting Rankings (October 26)

Each service compiles rankings with a different scoring system, using the total number of points accumulated per school to decide their rank compared to all other classes. However, this also provides an unfair advantage to larger classes, emphasizing quantity over quality. With that in mind, we also included averages, to account for high-quality, smaller classes. For some schools, like Miami, numbers jumped up considerably under this guidance, while schools like Maryland and Pittsburgh saw their rankings plummet when emphasizing averages. Also note that while Scout and Rivals use the standard “stars” system (1-5), 247Sports has an algorithm out of 100 that they explain on their site. Under “composite” below, you’ll find the average ranking score for each school (using both total score and average score), so we can get a much fuller picture on the quality of respective classes using a variety of methods.

TEAM Total Players Scout (pts) Scout (avg) Rivals (pts) Rivals (avg) 247 (pts) 247 (avg) Composite
Clemson 19 12 13 (3.53) 11 13 (3.47) 9 16 (89.26) 12.33
Florida State 16 16 18 (3.38) 14 15 (3.44) 16 12 (90) 18.20
Virginia Tech 19 26 23 (3.19) 16 18 (3.33) 12 17 (89.11) 18.67
North Carolina 19 18 25 (3.11) 17 24 (3.21) 17 19 (88.26) 20.00
Miami 11 27 6 (3.80) 42 12 (3.55) 40 14 (89.64) 23.50
Virginia 20 29 33 (2.94) 19 23 (3.22) 18 24 (87.05) 24.33
Maryland 17 44 51 (2.71) 40 59 (2.76) 28 41 (84.12) 43.83
Georgia Tech 13 50 41 (2.85) 49 33 (3.08) 54 44 (83.77) 45.17
Pittsburgh 19 38 44 (2.78) 37 70 (2.58) 41 56 (81.89) 47.67
NC State 20 54 67 (2.39) 29 49 (2.89) 43 57 (81.65) 49.83
Boston College 17 61 77 (2.31) 50 64 (2.69) 51 59 (81.24) 60.33
Duke 16 58 68 (2.38) 53 72 (2.56) 56 62 (80.75) 61.50
Syracuse 9 74 73 (2.33) 80 60 (2.75) 86 60 (81.11) 72.17
Wake Forest 11 70 63 (2.46) 72 75 (2.55) 81 84 (78.45) 74.17

When checking out the ESPN 300 rankings, you can also see that the majority of the ACC’s top recruits went to the top-ranked schools. A look at the top 10 ACC recruits:

Player School Position Rating (ESPN)
Robert Nkemdiche Clemson DE 94
Kendall Fuller Virginia Tech CB 88
Ryan Green Florida State RB 87
Austin Golson Florida State OT 85
Kevin Olsen Miami QB 85
Artie Burns Miami CB 85
Dorian O’Daniel Clemson OLB 84
Travis Johnson Miami TE 84
Elijah Daniel Clemson DE 84
Taquan Mizzell Virginia RB 84

No surprises there, and there were few shocks when looking at the full ESPN 300 either. In total, 37 of those named on that list are heading to ACC schools, with Florida State leading the way at 10 recruits. Unfortunately, however, just half of the conference currently has a top-300 recruit signed on for next season.

TEAM Total
Florida State 10
Clemson 9
Miami 6
Virginia Tech 5
North Carolina 5
Virginia 1
NC State 1

Some additional thoughts:

  • Syracuse‘s small class of nine so far fared much better when looking at averages than total score — as we would expect. The team’s total class will likely end up under 20, which could push rankings down, but the quality of player being pursued right now should also help balance that out (should they sign).
  • It’s no secret that the success of Clemson’s class will hinge on Nkemdiche’s decision, but at the same time, the school still has eight other top-300 recruits — which would still easily finish second in the conference.
  • Miami has a smaller class at just 11, however they’ve made those players count, with three-stars and higher on virtually every one. That’s why, when you look at the average scores, the ‘Canes typically rank in the top 15.
  • Despite some concerns in the middle of pack, the conference still has the second-most schools in the top 20 in 247 and Rivals (five, versus SEC’s eight), and tie for second in Scout’s rankings (Pac-12 and ACC each have three, versus SEC’s nine).

Check back next month, since we’re compiling recruiting rankings on a monthly basis. We’ll have additional notes on individual commitments as deemed necessary/important.

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