Without a doubt, National Signing Day 2013 was a bloodbath in favor of the SEC. Eight of the top 20 classes (per ESPN). Eleven of the top 25 recruits overall (again, per ESPN). And yet, the ACC still put up a pretty good fight (and a much better one than most are willing to give credit for). Unlike the top-heavy classes of the Big 12, Pac-12 and Big Ten — largely buoyed by two programs apiece atop the rankings — the ACC saw four different programs finish among ESPN’s top 20 classes, and carried six of the nation’s top 30 players. And that’s not even counting Notre Dame.
All that aside, however, this is about the best players the ACC brought in the door this National Signing Day. Below are the top 15 recruits of the class of 2013, using ratings by ESPN for consistency’s sake:
3. Jalen Ramsey, CB/Florida State (No. 14 overall, Grade: 89)
6. Ryan Green, ATH/Florida State (No. 30, Grade: 88)
7. Demarcus Walker, DT/Florida State (No. 40, Grade: 87)
9. Al-Quadin Mohammad, DE/Miami (FL) (No. 58, Grade: 85)
10. Artie Burns, CB/Miami (FL) (No. 70, Grade: 85)
11. Levonte Whitfield, ATH/Florida State (No. 74, Grade: 85)
13. Ben Boulware, ILB/Clemson (No. 78, Grade: 84)
15. Kevin Olsen, QB/Miami (FL) (No. 87, Grade: 84)
No one would argue that Florida State and Miami (along with Clemson) carried the flag for the conference this year, though at the same time, there was also plenty of recruiting diversification. Seven different schools are represented among these top 15; which is half the league. You go a little bit further down the list, and you’ll find many of the other schools too. Even one like North Carolina — largely a “basketball school” and without a recruit until number 118 on ESPN’s list — still finishes 20th overall, despite a class of just 17 players total.
Want to see a full breakdown of every ACC team’s class? Check back in an hour for our team-by-team rankings.