ACC Football: 2016 Recruiting Roundup

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The ACC has been surging as of the last few years, and it’s showing on the recruiting trail. You expect to see schools like Clemson and Florida State up there in the national class rankings, but Duke, Pittsburgh and Louisville are among the eight ACC schools ranked inside the 247Sports top 40. Here’s how these teams are shaking out among themselves with National Signing Day coming up on Wednesday.

1. Florida State (No. 3)

With the No. 3 recruiting class in the country, the Seminoles’ 2016 class is being headlined by five-star cornerback Levanta Taylor, rated as the No. 7 player in the country. Florida State has already had seven early enrollees on campus since the beginning of the spring semester. The Seminoles have a special class taking shape.

Top Commits:

Levonta Taylor, 5-star CB (early enrollee)

Baveon Johnson, 4-star C

Janarius Robinson, 4-star DE

Top Favored to Land:

Landon Dickerson, 4-star OT

2. Clemson (No. 9)

Clemson’s run to the national championship is apparently paying off on the recruiting trail, where the Tigers have nailed down one five-star recruit who’s already enrolled, and they’ve got a few incredible athletes committed. The college football betting types should still be in love with this Clemson team next season.

Top Commits:

Dexter Lawrence, 5-star DT (early enrollee)

Tavien Feaster, 4-star APB

Tre Lamar, 4-star ILB (early enrollee)

Top Favored to Land:

John Simpson, 4-star OG

3. Miami (No. 17)

Miami didn’t hit the resurgence it was hoping for on the field this last season, but the Hurricane’s 2016 recruiting class is looking very good with National Signing Day just around the corner. The ‘Canes don’t have any five-stars to boast (yet) in this class, but it’s deep and has many bright spots.

Top Commits:

Same Bruce, 4-star WR

Tyler Byrd, 4-star CB

Shaquille Quarterman, 4-star ILB

Top Favored to Land:

Ahmmon Richards, 4-star WR

4. Duke (No. 30)

Duke has slowly been battling itself into the national spotlight of college football for the last couple seasons, and a respectable 2016 recruiting class should help the Blue Devils sustain this effort. Duke isn’t a program that’s going to pull in top recruiting classes, and it wouldn’t be realistic to expect a significant shift in the near future, but having a top 30 class heading into signing day is a good sign.

Top Commits:

Scott Bracey, 4-star ATH

Dylan Singleton, 4-star S

Mark Birmingham, 3-star TE

Top Favored to Land:

Prince Sammons, 4-star DE

5. Pittsburgh (No. 34)

Pat Narduzzi is getting his first crack at his very own recruiting class, and it’s taking a respectable shape for the most part. There aren’t any major stars to report on, but it’s an excellent first foundation Narduzzi is going to have as he moves forward with this program.

Top Commits:

Damar Hamlin, 4-star CB

George Hill, 4-star ATH

Amir Watts, 3-star DT

Top Favored to Land:

Keyshon Camp, 4-star DT

6. North Carolina (No. 35)

North Carolina was one of college football surprises this last season, but it couldn’t quite pull of the upset over Clemson in the ACC Championship Game to complete what would have been a tremendously successful season. In fact, though, that didn’t take much away from the accomplishments of North Carolina, and this class might be something to build on further.

Top Commits:

Chase Surratt, 4-star DUAL-QB

Logan Byrd, 3-star QB (early enrollee)

Jay Jay McCargo, 3-star OT

Top Favored to Land:

KJ Sails, 3-star CB

7. Louisville (No. 36)

Louisville has an overlooked 2016 recruiting class. The Cardinals have been largely written off. One of the country’s top dual-threat quarterbacks is committed to Louisville, along with a few very speedy wide receivers. Louisville is placing some weapons in this class.

Top Commits:

Jawon Pass, 4-star DUAL-QB

Desmond Fitzpatrick, 4-star WR

Chris Taylor-Yamanoha, 3-star WR

Top Favored to Land:

Landon Iakopo, 3-star S

8. Virginia Tech (No. 39)

Virginia Tech pretty much draws the line between the upper and lower halves of the ACC in terms of this recruiting class. The Hokies don’t have the sexiest class, but one advantage they do have is the fact that eight players have enrolled early, giving them months of more time to be acquainted with the college game, and college in general.

Top Commits:

Jerod Evans, 4-star DUAL-QB (early enrollee)

Khalil Ladler, 3-star CB (early enrollee)

Divine Deablo, 3-star WR

Top Favored to Land:

Tyrell Pigrome, 3-star ATH

9. N.C. State (No. 47)

N.C. State is the first team in the ACC that I would say is having a disappointing time on the recruiting trail. The Wolfpack do have 23 commits on the board, which is a good number for a team that’s in the middle of the bottom of the pack, but there is certainly work to be done.

Top Commits:

Shug Frazier, 3-star DT

Isaiah Stallings, 3-star ATH

Thaddeus Moss, 3-star TE

Top Favored to Land:

Matthew Stevens, 3-star OLB

10. Georgia Tech (No. 50)

I think this recruiting class is a very accurate reflector of what we’ve been seeing from Georgia Tech on the field. It’s almost there—perhaps getting there—but not quite to the level where it needs to be.

Top Commits:

Jordan Woods, 3-star DE

Parker Braun, 3-star OG

Emanuel Bridges, OLB

Top Favored to Land:

Romeo Finley, 4-star S

11. Wake Forest (No. 55)

Wake Forest is not looking at a great recruiting class this offseason, but I don’t think it’s difficult to sift through those currently committed and find a couple viable “breakout” candidates in the batch. That said, though, there’s some work to be done on this class. Not a lot of time to do it.

Top Commits:

Sulaiman Kamara, 3-star DT

Taleni Suhren, 3-star OT

Jamie Newman, 3-star DUAL-QB

12. Virginia (No. 57)

Although Virginia’s 2016 class isn’t much to look at, the Hokies definitely focused their efforts on the offensive side of the ball. You can see that with some of the top recruits committed to Virginia. No, they’re not elite, but it’s easy to see where the emphasis was placed.

Top Commits:

Tre Harbison, 3-star RB

Joseph Reed, 3-star WR

Hasise Dubois, 3-star WR

Top Favored to Land:

Wayne Taulapapa, 3-star RB

13. Syracuse (No. 59)

Syracuse is another team that spent this 2016 class hitting heavy the offensive side of the ball, and it’s easy to see where it’s paying off. Although this isn’t a class that’s going to make any kind of noise, Syracuse did its job on a small scale.

Top Commits:

Moe Neal, 3-star ATH

Sam Heckel, 3-star OT

Jaquwan Nelson, 3-star DE

Top Favored to Land:

Jerrion Nelson, 3-star DE

14. Boston College (No. 74)

Boston College has far and away the worst 2016 recruiting class in the ACC. Part of it is because the Eagles only have 17 commits with National Signing Day right around the corner, and there’s just not a lot of substance to it.

Top Commits:

Ethan Tucky, 3-star OLB

Anthony Brown, 3-star DUAL-QBA

Bryce Morais, 3-star DE


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