National Signing Day 2013 Predictions: How Will the ACC Fare Tomorrow?

We Try to Guess Where Top Recruits Like Matthew Thomas Are Headed Tomorrow

We Try to Guess Where Top Recruits Like Matthew Thomas Are Headed Tomorrow

National Signing Day is upon us (almost)! And before letters of intent start getting faxed to various institutions of higher education around the country, we wanted to take one final look at which of the country’s top undecided recruits could land at ACC schools. No, we won’t mention Robert Nkemdiche here… Robert Nkemdiche.

Matthew Thomas, OLB (5 Stars)

Our PickFlorida State; Also In ContentionMiami (FL), Alabama, Georgia

Montravious Adams, DT (5 Stars)

Our PickClemson; Also In ContentionAuburn, Georgia

MacKensie Alexander, CB (5 Stars)

Our PickMississippi State; Also In Contention – Clemson, Auburn

Stacy Coley, WR (4 Stars)

Our Pick – Florida State; Also in Contention – Miami (FL), Syracuse, Louisville

James Clark, WR (4 Stars)

Our PickFlorida; Also In Contention – Clemson, Ohio State

Tyrone Crowder, OG (4 Stars)

Our Pick – Clemson; Also in ContentionNorth Carolina, Georgia

Denver Kirkland, OG (4 Stars)

Our PickArkansas; Also in Contention – Florida State, Miami (FL)

E.J. Levenberry, ILB (4 Stars)

Our PickTennessee; Also in Contention – Florida State

Update (2/5, 5:38 p.m. PT): Florida State holds onto Levenberry (via Tomahawk Nation)

Keith Bryant, DT (4 Stars)

Our PickSouth Carolina; Also in Contention – Florida State, Miami (FL)

Cornelius Elder, ATH (4 Stars)

Our PickUCLA; Also In ContentionGeorgia Tech, Ohio State, Purdue

Myles Jack, OLB/RB (4 Stars)

Our Pick – UCLA; Also In Contention – Florida State, Washington, Georgia

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ACC Football Recruiting Class of 2013 Rankings Update (December 20)

Jimbo Fisher and Florida State Continue to Win Big on the Recruiting Trail

Jimbo Fisher and Florida State Continue to Win Big on the Recruiting Trail

As we pointed out back in October, we’ve revamped recruiting coverage a bit. While in-season recruiting has slowed up some, we still saw movement over the past month, with the ACC taking its fair share of lumps and losing a handful of solid recruits. You’ll notice this dip in the overall numbers across the board.

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 (December 20)

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 schools like Louisville and Syracuse, looking at smaller overall classes, the total score hurt quite a bit. For schools with larger recruiting classes, like Pittsburgh and Wake Forest, saw their rankings get a boost. 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.

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Top-Ranked Recruit Robert Nkemdiche De-Commits From Clemson

Top-Ranked Recruit Robert Nkemdiche — Formerly Headed for Clemson — is Now Back on the Open Market

After months of speculation and rumors, top-ranked recruit Robert Nkemdiche has de-committed from Clemson, according to his high school coach. The Grayson (Ga.) High School senior has now said he’ll be making his final decision on signing day. Alabama, Georgia and Ole Missappear to be the new frontrunners for his services.

The biggest issue here, as so expertly laid out by SB Nation’s Shakin’ the Southland earlier, is Nkemdiche’s mother’s misunderstanding of the process, and ultimately it’s the straw that broke the camel’s back by most accounts. Her displeasure with his commitment to Clemson has been well-documented and is believe to be the main driver here. Nkemdiche’s brother, Denzel Nkemdiche, currently plays linebacker for Ole Miss, which is how they’ve become a favorite of their mother, who resides in Nigeria.

As for the issues here, it’s best to let Shakin’ the Southland tell it. More than anything, it’s a misunderstanding of the rules on the part of Nkemdiche’s mother, who believes Mississippi is more interested:

“Why hasn’t Nkemdiche’s mom been contacted, you ask? Because she has been–by phone, by email, by Facebook, by hand written letter. Placing a call to the staff (or even me) would get you that information. The question should be when was she contacted and there are conflicting opinions, reports on this. Nkemdiche’s mom says she wasn’t told about the commitment (or she wasn’t allowed to sanction the commitment) when Robert made the decision. Obviously living in Nigeria made that difficult for the staff. More importantly though, Ole Miss gets to communicate freely because they have a brother at the school. As a parent not knowing the rules and intricacies of NCAA regulations on recruiting, it is very understandable to feel that Ole Miss is showing you a lot of love and Clemson is not. Clemson’s hands are tied and the staff can only make contact during certain time periods.”

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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

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

Five-Star Running Back Taquan Mizzell Highlights a Huge Class for Virginia and Head Coach Mike London

September’s slowed down on the recruiting front (but not completely), so there aren’t too many changes to detail here. Still, coaching staffs continue to span the country in order to lock down the best high school players, based solely on arbitrary star-based ratings and a “gut feeling” that one may turn into a blue-chipper. While it’s fun to see where teams stand at this point in the game, it’s also important to keep in mind that the process is largely a crapshoot.

Included below are the Rivals.com rankings for all 14 ACC schools. The number to the left is each program’s national rank. Obviously, these figures can and will change over time, since these commitments are still tentative. Additional thoughts are also below.

ACC Football 2013 Recruiting Rankings (September 26)

11. Florida State (18 commits; 3.44 average) (August Rank: 10)

13. Clemson (17 commits; 3.47 average) (August Rank: 14)

16. North Carolina (19 commits; 3.21 average) (August Rank: 18)

18. Virginia Tech (17 commits; 3.35 average) (August Rank: 19)

19. Virginia (18 commits; 3.32 average) (August Rank: 24)

35. NC State (18 commits; 2.89 average) (August Rank: 49)

36. Maryland (17 commits; 2.76 average) (August Rank: 22)

39. Miami (FL) (11 commits; 3.55 average) (August Rank: 34)

40. Pittsburgh (17 commits; 2.65 average) (August Rank: 35)

47. Boston College (18 commits; 2.71 average) (August Rank: 57)

48. Georgia Tech (13 commits; 3.08 average) (August Rank: 41)

55. Duke (15 commits; 2.53 average) (August Rank: 60)

67. Wake Forest (12 commits; 2.58 average) (August Rank: 59)

76. Syracuse (8 commits; 2.75 average) (August Rank: 77)

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ACC Football Recruiting Class of 2013 Rankings Update (August 15)

Five-Star Defensive Back Kendall Fuller Provides a Big Boost to Virginia Tech’s 2013 Recruiting Class

August saw plenty of move movement for the ACC on the recruiting front, as the league firmly positioned itself in second for soft commitments, but still well behind the SEC. As these classes start to gain more recruits, you’ll see an even more dramatic shift, since many of these rankings are guided entirely by volume, and not necessarily quality (for teams with less than 12 recruits, at least).

Included below are the Rivals.com rankings for all 14 ACC schools. The number to the left is each program’s national rank. Obviously, these figures can and will change over time, since these commitments are still tentative. Additional thoughts are also below.

ACC Football 2013 Recruiting Rankings (August 15)

10. Florida State (19 commits; 3.42 average) (July Rank: 11)

14. Clemson (17 commits; 3.50 average) (July Rank: 21)

18. North Carolina (16 commits; 3.25 average) (July Rank: 34)

19. Virginia Tech (15 commits; 3.27 average) (July Rank: 28)

22. Maryland (19 commits; 2.79 average) (July Rank: 27)

24. Virginia (17 commits; 3.13 average) (July Rank: 19)

34. Miami (FL) (10 commits; 3.60 average) (July Rank: 46)

35. Pittsburgh (15 commits; 2.67 average) (July Rank: 51)

41. Georgia Tech (13 commits; 3.00 average) (July Rank: 36)

49. NC State (16 commits; 2.77 average) (July Rank: 43)

57. Boston College (16 commits; 2.54 average) (July Rank: 57)

59. Wake Forest (12 commits; 2.58 average) (July Rank: 53)

60. Duke (14 commits; 2.42 average) (July Rank: 56)

77. Syracuse (8 commits; 2.71 average) (July Rank: 65)

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Despite Heavy Sanctions, Penn State Football Remains Largely Intact (For Now)

Penn State RB Silas Redd Is Likely Departing the Program. Who Else Will Join Him?

Remember last week when we thought the entire Penn State football team was headed for greener, less-sanctioned pastures? Well, for right now, it appears that will not be the case anymore.

Since the initial announcement of PSU’s “almost death-penalty” 62 current scholarship players have publicly stated they’re staying with the program (spreadsheet courtesy of Nittany Lions blog Black Shoe Diaries). Six top recruits from the class of 2013 all showed some impressive solidarity the other day when they reaffirmed their commitment to the school via Twitter. After all the doomsday predictions and sky-is-falling rhetoric about the beleaguered program, the first player to officially leave the program only did so yesterday.

But is that just the beginning of what may be a larger wave of fallout? Tim Buckley, former PSU safety and Raleigh native, officially jumped ship to his hometown NC State yesterday. While just a two-star player out of high school, Buckley was not sticking around to see how much playing time he could gain by other defections and now finds himself much closer to home (though not much closer to starting right now). Buckley’s departure may not make ripples in the big scheme of things, but it’s a warning shot for the other two big names in PSU transfer conversations.
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