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).
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:
|Kain Daub||Florida State||ILB||85|
|Ja’Von Harrison||Virginia Tech||ATH||84|
|Jacob Pugh||Florida State||OLB||83|
|Delvin Purifoy||Florida State||OLB||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:
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.