Let’s take a look at each conference over the next few weeks as we hit the summer lull in recruiting and see who’s been doing the best and who’s been struggling. We continue today with the ACC.
Dominating – Clemson – The Tigers are running away with the ACC on the field and are dominating off the field in recruiting. This is likely to be the best recruiting class in the program’s history as they already have numerous five-stars and are involved with so many more.
So Close – Miami, North Carolina, Florida State – The ‘Canes are putting together a very strong recruiting class with quantity and quality while North Carolina is one of the surprises of the country under Mack Brown and is killing it. Florida State has a gaudy average star ranking and Willie Taggart continues to add quality to the class.
Struggling – Virginia Tech – With only six commitments and not a lot of momentum, things are puzzling in Blacksburg. A big season will be needed for recruiting to get a boost.
Quietly Impressive – Georgia Tech, Pitt – Georgia Tech was one of the early surprises of the 2020 class and the Yellow Jackets are fifth in the conference, which bodes well for the future. I like what Pitt is doing as the Panthers continue to land quality players from Florida.
Happy With Headliners – NC State, Boston College – Wide receiver Porter Rooks is a huge in-state commitment for the Wolfpack and the only four-star in the class so far. Offensive tackle Kevin Pyne is one of the highest-ranked recruits in the Rivals era for Boston College and has the potential to be a great one.
Small But Good – Virginia, Duke – The Cavaliers and Blue Devils don’t have a ton of commitments but their average star ranking is solid, especially for two programs that have high academic standards.
2. RECENT ACC COMMITMENTS I LIKE
Commitments have come so quickly over the last few months that I’m going to break down the recent ones I like by conference, continuing with the ACC today.
LB Tirek Austin-Cave, Miami – Austin-Cave is a versatile linebacker who can play inside or outside and is very good at timing his blitzes. His versatility will be key for Miami.
LB Romello Height, Miami – A big linebacker who could grow into a defensive end if needed, he’s very long and has a great first step.
WR Michael Redding, Miami – A big and physical receiver, Redding will be a tough matchup for corners who aren’t physical because he can overpower them.
DE Myles Murphy, North Carolina – I see him as a defensive tackle down the line who can handle the run but is also a solid pass rusher.