National Signing Day 2017: ACC and Notre Dame
The ACC had a great year for football, which was capped off by a National Championship for the Clemson Tigers. Now it’s time to move over to see how the ACC Signing Day has gone. This will be throughout Signing Day. Here is how the teams rank:
1. Florida State Seminoles
Signees: 21, 5*: 3, 4*: 13, 3*: 5, Other: 0
The Seminoles have a solid class that should remain in the top ten, if not the top five, in the nation. Their class is headed by their two five-stars who are signed. Cam Akers is considered by some to be the best running back in the whole class and Joshua Kaindoh is also considered the number one defensive end in the class by some. Florida State targeted a lot of skill position players with plenty of running backs and wide receivers in the class, as well as secondary players. They are in the running for one more five-star recruit and many more four-star recruits.
Top Prospects Signed: DE Joshua Kaindoh (5*), RB Cam Akers (5*), DT Marvin Wilson (5*)
2. Clemson Tigers
Signees: 14, 5*: 0, 4*: 11, 3*: 3, Other: 0
Dabo Swinney has a championship and now, likely has a top ten recruiting class. Tee Higgins is the best committed player so far and will remind a lot of Tiger fans of Mike Williams at the wide receiver position. With Higgins, comes a very talented quarterback prospect in Hunter Johnson. The two will look to be the future of Clemson’s offense. Behind them, Clemson made sure to get depth for the trenches, on both the offensive and defensive line. While there are no five-star players considering them, the Tigers do have a lot of four-star prospects who could sign with them.
Top Prospects Signed: QB Hunter Johnson (4*), WR Tee Higgins (4*)
3. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Signees: 21, 5*: 0, 4*: 11, 3*: 10, Other: 0
Notre Dame needs better players after a lackluster 2016 season. They have done a solid job in recruiting so far and are looking to have a top 15 recruiting class. Brock Wright is a very talented tight end and Robert Hainsey is a great offensive guard. Those two recruits are the two best players the Fighting Irish have signed so far. Although the defense was a major problem last year, Notre Dame has a lot of offensive players signed in this class. There are a lot of standout prospects still considering the Irish, so they have a real chance to move up in the recruiting ranks.
Top Prospects Signed: TE Brock Wright (4*), LB Robert Hainsey (4*)
4. Miami Hurricanes
Signees: 24, 5*: 0, 4*: 13, 3*: 11, Other: 0
Miami has a good recruiting class, in large part due to the number of commitments they already have. Defensive end D.J. Johnson is one of the best in the class and quarterback N’kosi Perry will provide an athletic quarterback as the two best commitments. Behind these players Miami has a very diversified class, as Mark Richt tries to fill the roster with his types of players. Richt has a chance to make this class even better by getting uncommitted players to choose the Hurricanes today.
Top Prospects Signed: WR Jeff Thomas (4*), DE D.J. Johnson (4*)
5. North Carolina Tar Heels
Signees: 20, 5*: 0, 4*: 8, 3*: 11, Other: 0
Larry Fedora should have the recruits to feel good about his team again heading into the 2017 season. Billy Ross and Jonah Melton are two good offensive line prospects, while Jake Lawler is a good defensive line prospect. The Tar Heels have a well-rounded class, with plenty of players who still may choose to go to school their.
Top Prospects Signed: OT Billy Ross (4*), DE Jake Lawler (4*)
6. Virginia Tech Hokies
Signees: 26, 5*: 0, 4*: 5, 3*: 19, Other: 2
Justin Fuente has put together a pretty good crop of players for his first full recruiting class. With 27 commitments, they have a deep class. Nathan Proctor is their top recruit and plays outside linebacker. Devon Hunter is also a talented safety recruit. Even though they have a lot of players committed, they have more considering becoming a Hokie.
Top Prospects Signed: LB Nathan Proctor (4*), S Devon Hunter (4*)
7. Louisville Cardinals
Signees: 20, 5*: 0, 4*: 6, 3*: 13, Other: 1
The Cardinals had an impressive 2016 campaign and need some more talent to help them cap off a season with an ACC Championship. C.J. Avery is a safety who will help out with all of their departures in the secondary. Justin Marshall will be, yet another good target for Lamar Jackson to throw to.
Top Prospects Signed: S C.J. Avery (4*), WR Justin Marshall (4*)
8. Pittsburgh Panthers
Signees: 25, 5*: 0, 4*: 5, 3*: 16, Other: 4
Pittsburgh has a good class for Pat Narduzzi’s second full year of recruiting. The class is led by a great athlete in Paris Ford and a good running back in Todd Sibley. Running back A.J. Davis is confident he can have an instant impact for the Panthers due to being familiar with their blocking schemes. There is a lot of focus on offense in this class, which will be beneficial for Pitt, due to a lot of players moving on to the next level.
Top Prospects Signed: ATH Paris Ford (4*), RB A.J. Davis (4*)
9. Duke Blue Devils
Signees: 23, 5*: 0, 4*: 3, 3*: 19, Other: 1
David Cutcliffe has done wonders with Duke and now has a chance at a top 40 recruiting class to help him in the future. Jake Marwede will be a tight end that may see the field early for the Blue Devils. Safety Drew Jordan and outside linebacker Damani Neal will also have a chance to play next season as incoming freshmen. With a lot of good offensive players in the class, Duke should have good depth for Cutcliffe on at least one side of the ball.
Top Prospects Signed: TE Jake Marwede (4*), LB Drew Jordan (4*)
10. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Signees: 24, 5*: 0, 4*: 4, 3*: 18, Other: 2
Georgia Tech is coming off a bowl win over Kentucky and will be looking to become ACC Title contenders again soon. They focused on mostly defense in this class, but their best player is offensive. Running back Bruce-Jordan Swilling will look to get a lot of touches in the triple option attack.
Top Prospects Signed: CB Jaytlin Askew (4*), RB Bruce Jordan-Swilling (4*)
11. North Carolina State Wolfpack
Signees: 22, 5*: 0, 4*: 1, 3*: 18, Other: 3
The Wolfpack had a good season last year, but is still looking to make their recruiting class better. Dual-Threat quarterback Matt McKay is their only four-star commitment so far, but he should be a good player at the college level. NC State has several other decent offensive prospects in the class as well.
Top Prospects Signed: QB Matt McKay (4*), LB Louis Acceus (3*)
12. Virginia Cavaliers
Signees: 27, 5*: 0, 4*: 3, 3*: 19, Other: 5
Bronco Mendenhall has put together a solid first recruiting class for the Cavaliers so far. Two four-star athletes lead the recruiting class in Shawn Smith and Germane Crowell. There are a lot of positions represented, but if the Cavaliers want to compete in the future, they need to get some more players on the offensive line.
Top Prospects Signed: ATH Germane Crowell (4*), ATH Shawn Smith (4*)
13. Syracuse Orange
Signees: 24, 5*: 0, 4*: 1, 3*: 19, Other: 4
Syracuse may rank at 13 in the ACC, for now, but they have an average class nationally. Quarterback Tommy Devito is their only four-star, but can be a program changer as a signal caller. He competed in the elite 11 quarterback camp last summer. The Orange have a lot of solid offensive players in the class, as things currently stand.
Top Prospects Signed: QB Tommy Devito (4*), WR Sharod Johnson (3*)
14. Boston College Eagles
Commitments: 20, 5*: 0, 4*: 0, 3*: 15, Other: 5
It looks like it will be another year near the bottom of the recruiting ranks for the Eagles. Three-star players C.J. Lewis (QB) and A.J. Dillon (RB) are the best players in the class, but will likely not see the field early on in their careers.
Top Prospects Signed: QB C.J. Lewis (3*), RB A.J. Dillon (3*)
15. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Commitments: 20, 5*: 0, 4*: 0, 3*: 17, Other: 3
Wake Forest had a good season on the field in 2016, but that didn’t translate to the recruiting trail. It will be hard to sustain success in the ACC with no four-star players in the class. Michael Allen Jr. has a chance to be a productive player for the Demon Deacons at defensive end.
Top Prospects Signed: DE Michael Allen Jr. (3*), WR Sage Surratt (3*)
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