ACC Football Recruiting Class of 2014 Rankings Update

Virginia-Commit Quin Blanding is the ACC's Top Recruit So Far for 2014

Virginia-Commit Quin Blanding is the ACC’s Top Recruit So Far for 2014

Sure, we’re still more than three months from the start of the 2013 college football season, but since teams are currently recruiting for 2014, there are actually things to keep track of on that front. Like always, recruiting rankings mean absolutely nothing, especially when they’re compiled with nine months remaining in the recruiting period and no hard, binding letters signed yet. Still, it’s fun to see where teams stand, and if your school’s doing well, you get to give yourself a badge of pride for an afternoon (or whatever else you might do to get enjoyment out of this).

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 150 (there is no ESPN 300 for 2014 yet).

ACC Football 2014 Recruiting Rankings (May 9)

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 school with large classes right now, like Florida State and Louisville, the overall rankings are an advantageous figure. But for schools with just one recruit thus far, like Pittsburgh and Wake Forest, it hurts — which is where the averages come in. 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
Miami 7 10 13 (3.43) 12 12 (3.67) 13 11 (90.71) 11.83
Clemson 5 22 15 (3.4) 17 6 (3.8) 27 20 (89.6) 17.83
Florida State 9 12 35 (2.89) 7 24  (3.44) 9 22 (89.44) 18.17
Virginia Tech 8 21 48 (2.14) 16 35 (3.29) 16 38 (87.63) 29.00
Louisville 11 28 47 (2.18) 11 42 (3.09) 11 47 (85.64) 31.00
Virginia 4 27 60 (1.75) 25 2 (4) 36 28 (88.25) 31.33
North Carolina 7 31 50 (2) 21 43 (3) 24 49 (85.14) 36.33
Maryland 3 55 30 (3) 42 33 (3.33) 51 43 (86.33) 42.33
Duke 6 35 45 (2.33) 63 46 (3) 29 45 (85.83) 43.83
Boston College 8 54 77 (.25) 28 63 (2.83) 21 57 (84.13) 50.00
Pittsburgh 1 60 31 (3) 63 58 (3) 71 36 (88) 53.17
Syracuse 2 64 57 (2) 56 52 (3) 75 78 (78) 63.67
Georgia Tech 2 67 68 (1) 63 55 (3) 67 65 (81.50) 64.17
NC State 3 69 62 (1.67) 63 70 (2.5) 60 71 (80.67) 65.83
Wake Forest 1 88 88 (-1) 74 77 (2) 82 74 (79) 80.50

When checking out the ESPN 150 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)
Quin Blanding Virginia S 90
Deshaun Watson Clemson QB 88
Joseph Yearby Miami RB 87
Kain Daub Florida State ILB 85
J.C. Jackson Florida State ATH 84
Kc McDermott Miami OT 84
Ja’Von Harrison Virginia Tech ATH 84
Delvin Purifoy Florida State OLB 83
Trevor Darling Miami OT 83
JoJo Robinson Florida State ATH 83

Not surprisingly, Florida State and Miami are currently owning the in-conference recruiting process, something that is very likely to continue unless the ‘Canes are hit with more NCAA sanctions (I consider that unlikely at this point). Additionally, the total numbers for schools with recruits in the ESPN 150 (will be upgraded to the ESPN 300 once that list is available):

TEAM Total
Florida State 4
Miami 3
Clemson 1
Virginia Tech 1
North Carolina 1
Virginia 1

Some additional thoughts:

  • Current top ACC recruit, Quin Blanding (S, Virginia) is 11th overall on the ESPN 150.
  • Current Clemson recruit Deshaun Watson, ranked 13th overall, is the highest ranked quarterback in this year’s class.
  • Duke and Boston College have made impressive jumps thus far, in comparison to their previous respective recruiting classes. It’ll be interesting to see if those numbers can hold long-term, or if that apparent success is fleeting.
  • No recruit inside the current national top-10 has committed anywhere, though ACC schools are in the running for several of them.
  • The top ACC schools are in contention with the SEC, Michigan, Texas and Notre Dame for the nation’s recruits, though the rest are sort of in the middle of the overall pack right now. As a conference, the ACC has performed well recruiting-wise — despite perception — so expect that tide to turn as recruiting season wears on.

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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