ACC Football Recruiting Class of 2014 Rankings Update (June 18)

Clemson's Demarre Kitt is the Best of the ACC's Top Recruits in the Last Month

Clemson Commitment Demarre Kitt is the Best of the ACC’s Top Recruits in the Last Month

The 2013 college football season is still a couple months away, but with the 2014 recruiting season heating up, we’ve actually got things to keep track of. Like always, recruiting rankings mean absolutely nothing, especially when they’re compiled with nine months remaining in the recruiting period and no hard, binding letters signed yet. Still, it’s fun to see where teams stand, and if your school’s doing well, you get to give yourself a badge of pride for an afternoon (or whatever else you might do to get enjoyment out of this).

Below you’ll find a breakdown of ACC recruiting rankings from Rivals, 247Sports and Scout, as well as a breakdown of ACC players currently ranked in the ESPN 300.

ACC Football 2014 Recruiting Rankings (June 18)

Each service compiles rankings with a different scoring system, using the total number of points accumulated per school to decide their rank compared to all other classes. However, this also provides an unfair advantage to larger classes, emphasizing quantity over quality. With that in mind, we also included averages (except with 247, which won’t let us sort by average), to account for high-quality, smaller classes. For school with large classes right now, like Florida State, Boston College and Louisville, the overall rankings are an advantageous figure. But for schools with just a few recruits thus far, like Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Wake Forest, it hurts — which is where the averages come in. Also note that while Scout and Rivals use the standard “stars” system (1-5), 247Sports has an algorithm out of 100 that they explain on their site. Under “composite” below, you’ll find the average ranking score for each school (using both total score and average score), so we can get a much fuller picture on the quality of respective classes using a variety of methods.

TEAM Total Players Scout (pts) Scout (avg) Rivals (pts) Rivals (avg) 247 (pts) Composite
Clemson 11 13 19 (3.25) 9 4 (3.64) 12 11.40
Florida State 15 9 20 (3.2) 8 19 (3.38) 5 12.20
Miami 12 15 26 (3) 12 14 (3.45) 13 16.00
Louisville 15 22 35 (2.93) 15 52 (2.93) 16 28.00
Virginia 7 26 22 (3.14) 30 35 (3) 35 29.60
North Carolina 14 21 37 (2.86) 16 53 (2.93) 21 29.60
Virginia Tech 10 29 51 (2.5) 28 26 (3.25) 26 32.00
Boston College 15 32 54 (2.45) 19 57 (2.87) 24 37.20
NC State 11 46 63 (2.27) 29 54 (2.9) 31 44.60
Duke 11 42 55 (2.45) 31 68 (2.7) 29 45.00
Georgia Tech 9 53 59 (2.33) 32 55 (2.89) 33 46.40
Pittsburgh 2 71 32 (3) 83 46 (3) 80 62.40
Maryland 5 63 64 (2.2) 58 61 (2.8) 69 63.00
Syracuse 4 73 68 (2) 68 43 (3) 75 65.40
Wake Forest 3 79 78 (1.67) 86 79 (2.33) 84 81.20

When checking out the ESPN 300 rankings, you can also see that the majority of the ACC’s top recruits went to the top-ranked schools. A look at the top 10 ACC recruits:

Player School Position Rating (ESPN)
Quin Blanding Virginia S 90
Deshaun Watson Clemson QB 88
Joseph Yearby Miami RB 87
Kain Daub Florida State ILB 85
Kc McDermott Miami OT 84
Ja’Von Harrison Virginia Tech ATH 84
Demarre Kitt Clemson WR 83
Jacob Pugh Florida State OLB 83
Delvin Purifoy Florida State OLB 83
William Richardson Virginia OG 83

Not surprisingly, Florida State, Miami and Clemson are currently owning the in-conference recruiting process, something that is actually a huge boon to the rest of the league. These are the ACC’s traditional powers and it helps to see them atop the rankings and scoring the best recruits. Additionally, the total numbers for schools with recruits in the ESPN 300:

TEAM Total
Florida State 7
Clemson 7
Miami 6
Virginia 2
Virginia Tech 1
North Carolina 1
Louisville 1

Some additional thoughts:

  • Like last time, current top ACC recruit, Quin Blanding (S, Virginia) is 11th overall on the ESPN 300.
  • Coach Steve Addazio has really hit the recruiting trail hard at Boston College, scoring 15 recruits already for a team that desperately needs a top-flight class to fix perceptions.
  • Maryland‘s impending Big Ten move doesn’t appear to be doing much for them just yet, as they’re hovering near the bottom of the rankings.
  • On a similar, less entertaining note, the move to the ACC isn’t helping Syracuse and Pitt in early recruiting returns, at least according to the overall numbers. SU’s average quality has jumped up tremendously over the last few years though, and with the current average being three stars, that’ll be huge for the Orange in the final numbers if it holds.
  • As mentioned earlier, the ACC’s recruiting crown is a three-horse race between Miami, Clemson and Florida State. That’s all well and good, but there’s a considerable drop from those three. At the same time, there’s another four or five schools that could end up on track for top-30 classes. Not too shabby.
  • Virginia’s been recruiting extremely well under Mike London, but that has not resulted in as many victories as hoped. Despite what should be another strong class this year, could he be shown the door if the Hoos can’t win six games this year?

Check back next month, since we’re compiling recruiting rankings on a monthly basis. We’ll have additional notes on individual commitments as deemed necessary/important.

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2 thoughts on “ACC Football Recruiting Class of 2014 Rankings Update (June 18)

  1. Clemson’s class is quality, but obviously not quantity. To measure the impact of a class, multiple total # players times the average star rating (or better yet, average the averages from both Scout & Rivals). That results in a list like this:

    TEAM Qty X stars = star*qty
    Florida St 15 x 3.29 = 49.35
    Louisville 15 x 2.93 = 43.95
    North Carolina 14 x 2.895 = 40.53
    Boston College 15 x 2.66 = 39.9
    Miami 12 x 3.225 = 38.7
    Clemson 11 x 3.445 = 37.895
    Virginia Tech 10 x 2.875 = 28.75
    N C State 11 x 2.585 = 28.435
    Duke 11 x 2.575 = 28.325
    Georgia Tech 9 x 2.61 = 23.49
    Virginia 7 x 3.07 = 21.49
    Maryland 5 x 2.5 = 12.5
    Syracuse 4 x 2.5 = 10
    Pittsburgh 2 x 3 = 6
    Wake Forest 3 x 2 = 6

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