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ACC recruiting capsules

Here's a Signing Day round-up of ACC schools:

Boston College

Signees: 17.

Where they come from: The Eagles concentrated most of their efforts in the Northeast, where they signed 10 players.

Strategy: The firing of head coach Jeff Jagodzinski came less than a month from signing day and cost the Eagles momentum heading into the stretch run. The new staff kept some commitments, but this class isn’t nearly as strong as one should be for a team that has played for two straight ACC titles.

Three to watch:

ŸRolandan Finch, RB, 5-10, 204, Louisville, Ky.

The third-best prospect in Kentucky, according to Rivals.com.

ŸAndre Lawrence, LB, 6-1, 196, Hartford, Conn.

Lawrence is listed as the third-best prospect in Connecticut, according to Rivals.com.

ŸDillon Quinn, DT, 6-6, 285, Elmsford, N.Y.

The second-best prospect in New York, according to Rivals.com.

Grade: D+. The Eagles were hurt by the firing of their head coach so close to National Signing Day. Frank Spaziani’s first class doesn’t have any true stars on paper.

Clemson

Signees: 12.

Where they come from: The signees were spread out, but five came from South Carolina.

Strategy: The Tigers didn’t have a lot of room to work with. Clemson lost two elite recruits when Tommy Bowden in the middle of last season. New head coach Dabo Swinney did a good job of hanging onto some recruits but lost two safeties and linebacker Eric Fields to academics late in the process. The Tigers did land three linebackers, a big area of emphasis.

Three to watch:

ŸTajh Boyd, QB, 6-1, 210, Hampton, Va.

One of the consensus top 100 players in the country, Boyd passed for 1,455 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior.

ŸBryce McNeal, WR, 6-2, 175, Minneapolis

He was one of the top 100 players in the country according to Rivals.com.

ŸCorico Hawkins, LB, 6-0, 225, Milledgeville (Baldwin)

Two-time all-state linebacker led the Braves’ standout defense during the past two seasons.

Grade: C+. The Tigers’ class was too light to warrant a very high mark.

Duke

Signees: 27.

Where they come from: Duke signed eight from North Carolina, five from Florida and South Carolina and four from Georgia.

Strategy: Duke spread itself across the Southeast, landing strong prospects from a number of states. The Blue Devils got two of the five best recruits in Columbus and did a great job with running backs.

Three to watch:

ŸJohn Drew, DL, 6-1, 303, Columbus (Northside)

A four-star recruit, Drew orginally picked Georgia Tech but switched over to Duke early in the process.

ŸKyle Griswould, RB, 5-9, 173, Columbus (Shaw)

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer’s Offensive Player of the Year rushed for 1,534 yards and 11 touchdowns.

ŸDesmond Scott, RB, 5-9, 185, Durham, N.C.

Duke’s top recruit rushed for 2,249 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior.

Grade: C+, David Cutcliffe showed his value as a recruiter, helping Duke land one of its best classes in recent memory.

Florida State

Signees: 21.

Where they come from: The Seminoles got 13 players from Florida, including four from Tallahassee.

Strategy: The Seminoles nabbed three offensive linemen and four defensive backs. They will need a playmaker to emerge on offense out of Willie Haulstead, Willie Downs or Greg Reid to make up for the dismissal of receiver Preston Parker.

Three to watch:

ŸWillie Downs, ATH, 6-2, 192, Tallahassee, Fla.

The third-best athlete in the country according to Rivals.com, Downs has amazing ball skills and could slide into a playmaker role early on.

ŸJacobbi McDaniel, DT, 6-0, 267, Greenville, Fla.

Rivals.com’s 15th-best player in the country should have an immediate impact on the Seminoles’ defense.

ŸGreg Reid, CB, 5-8, 175, Valdosta (Lowndes)

One of the best playmakers in recent history, the Georgia Player of the Year picked the Seminoles over Georgia.

Grade: A. The Seminoles signed their best class in three years and nearly caught North Carolina for the top ACC class when they closed with Reid and Aubrey Phillips.

Maryland

Signees: 24.

Where they come from: Thirteen of the players came from Maryland/Washington D.C.

Strategy: With 30 seniors gone, the Terps landed a class that some ranked in the top 25 nationally. The class addressed needs at linebacker and on both lines of scrimmage.

Three to watch:

ŸD.J. Adams, RB, 5-10, 210, Norcross

Explosive running back rushed for 1,584 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior.

ŸDe’Onte Arnett, DL, 6-4, 250, Capitol Heights, Md.

Rivals.com’s sixth-ranked strongside defensive end was ranked among the top 100 players in the country according to Rivals.

ŸTravis Hawkins, DB, 5-10, 185, Gaithersburg, Md.

Ranked as the 12th best cornerback in the nation by Scout.com and invited to play in the Under Armour All-American Game.

Grade: B. The Terps addressed their needs and added some true impact players like Arnett, who enrolled in the spring and could be a factor from this season.

Miami

Signees: 19.

Where they come from: Miami signed 13 players from Florida and four from Miami itself.

Strategy: Randy Shannon is one of the best closers in the business, and he did a good job of locking down some of the best prospects in the state. Shannon has done an even better job of closing the doors to Miami. He is still waiting on the top running back in the country, Bryce Brown.

Three to watch:

ŸRay Ray Armstrong, DB, 6-4, 215, Sanford, Fla.

Armstrong shot up the recruiting rankings to the No. 13 overall player in the country by Rivals.com.

ŸBrandon McGee, DB, 5-11, 180, Plantation, Fla.

Already enrolled in school, McGee is ranked as the 10th best cornerback in the nation by Rivals.com.

ŸLamar Miller, RB, 5-11, 205, Miami

Top 100 player by Rivals.com, Miller rushed for 1,749 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior.

Grade: A-. The grade will likely go up if and when Brown signs with the Hurricanes. Brown’s brother, Arthur, plays linebacker for Miami.

North Carolina

Signees: 28.

Where they come from: Half of the 28 signees are from North Carolina, and the Tar Heels signed players from 10 different states.

Strategy: Butch Davis has turned North Carolina into the top recruiting program in the ACC. He has continually put together top 15 classes nationally, and this class is probably a top-five class nationally.

Three to watch:

ŸJheranie Boyd, WR, 6-2, 185, Gastonia, N.C.

Ranked as the No. 48 player in the country by Rivals.com, Boyd had 1,965 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns during his past two seasons.

ŸDonte Moss, DL, 6-4, 235, Jacksonville, N.C.

The top defensive end in the country according to Scout.com, Moss headlines rushed for 20 touchdowns as a tailback and had 28 sacks.

ŸDonovan Tate, ATH, 6-2, 205, Cartersville

Signing Tate was one thing, but getting him on campus is another. He is considered an early baseball draft pick.

Grade: A+. Clearly the best class in the ACC, North Carolina landed both quality and quantity. Davis is becoming a force to be reckoned with on the recruiting trails.

N.C. State

Signees: 27.

Where they come from: The Wolfpack signed more players from Georgia (seven) than anywhere else.

Strategy: Assistant coach Andy McCollum went nuts in Georgia, landing seven signees from all across the state. The staff also did well in Ohio but nabbed only four in-state players.

Three to watch:

ŸJarvis Byrd, CB, 5-10, 173, Pahokee, Fla.

Byrd is the Wolfpack’s only four-star signee according to Rivals.com.

ŸEverett Proctor, QB, 6-1, 190, Fayetteville, N.C.

The underrated quarterback prospect passed for 1,100 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior.

ŸRashard Smith, CB, 5-10, 180, Dublin

The two-time GHSA Class AA Defensive Player of the Year intercepted 20 passes his last two seasons.

Grade: C+. The Wolfpack did a good job in Georgia but misfired in other targeted areas.

Virginia

Signees: 25.

Where they come from: The Cavaliers went after in-state talent, landing 16 players from talent-rich Virginia.

Strategy: The Cavaliers went after a class heavy on playmakers. They signed eight skill position players and another two athletes who could wind up on either side of the ball.

Three to watch:

ŸQuintin Hunter, QB, 6-2, 180, Orange, Va.

Left-hander rushed for and passed for more than 1,000 yards and added 35 touchdowns as a senior.

ŸMorgan Moses, OL, 6-7, 347, Richmond, Va.

Moses headlines the class. He is the fifth-best offensive tackle in the country, according to Rivals.com, which also ranks him among the top 50 players nationally.

ŸTim Smith, WR, 6-0, 180, Chesapeake, Va.

Caught 73 passes for 1,681 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Grade: B-. The Cavaliers signed a solid but not spectacular class. The playmakers could inject some life into a Cavaliers offense that struggled down the stretch.

Virginia Tech

Signees: 20.

Where they come from: The Hokies know where to go for their talent, getting 15 signees from inside the state.

Strategy: Frank Beamer seems to always land a solid class, but he does an even better job coaching the players up when they get to Blacksburg. He lands a five-star player every once in a while, but he almost always gets the most out of his players.

Three to watch:

ŸJayron Holsey, CB, 5-11, 180, Delray Beach, Fla.

One of the top cornerbacks in the country, Holsey intercepted five passes as a junior.

ŸLogan Thomas, ATH, 6-6, 230, Lynchburg, Va.

Thomas played wherever needed in high school, but SuperPrep ranks him as the top tight end in the country and the No. 19 prospect overall.

ŸDavid Wilson, RB, 5-11, 195, Danville, Va.

The top prospect in Virginia according to Rivals.com and the Roanoke Times, Wilson rushed for 2,291 yards and 35 touchdowns as a senior.

Grade: B. Thomas and Wilson are as good as any players at those positions in the country and headline a strong class for the Hokies.

Wake Forest

Signees: 21.

Where they come from: Like the other strong academic programs in the country, Wake Forest has to go outside its state borders for talent and signed players from seven states.

Strategy: Wake Forest signed what will probably be rated as the worst class in the ACC. But head coach Jim Grobe’s system has proved very successful in Winston-Salem, and he will find the players he needs to fit that system.

Three to watch:

ŸMichael Campanaro, WR, 5-10, 173, Clarksville, Md.

The Demon Deacons’ class is highlighted by this Under Armour All-American who rushed for 1,848 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior.

ŸKris Redding, DE, 6-4, 235, Atlanta (Whitefield Academy)

Wake Forest stole Redding away from Louisville late in the process.

ŸFrank Souza, DT, 6-4, 285, Ponte Vedra, Fla.

Collected 86 tackles and 12 sacks as a senior.

Grade: C-. On paper, Wake Forest signed a lowly rated class. It could very well turn out to be a good class with Grobe’s coaching ability, but all we’ve got is paper right now.

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