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Recruiting 2013 - ACC Atlantic Needs

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Posted Jan 30, 2013


What does each ACC Atlantic team need and what are the concerns this offseason?

Recruiting 2013 

ACC Atlantic Needs

CFN Top Prospects for 2013
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- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers
- Tight Ends | Off. Tackles | Guards & Centers 
- Def. Ends | Def. Tackles | Linebackers | Corners | Safeties 

- 2013 ACC Coastal Needs & Concerns 

Boston College | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: After a disastrous year defensively, the Eagles desperately need a pass rush after finishing last in the nation in sacks and tackles for loss. After years of loading up on the offensive line, the front five has to be far better, too, after giving up a whopping 36 sacks and not doing much of anything for the running game. The offense needs more scoring pop and has to take the pressure off the passing game with some semblance of a ground attack, but no matter how it's happening, the Eagles have to come up with points.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Quarterbacks. New head coach Steve Addazio hasn't had too much time to work, but without having to go after offensive linemen - the Eagles are stocked up front for years to come - he's mostly going after quarterbacks for the near future with Tim Boyle the best-looking of a decent lot. The starting job will be open in two years, and the Eagles now have more prospects to be ready to fight for the spot when Chase Rettig is done.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 54. That Class Was Heavy On ... Linebackers. Is BC the new Linebacker U.? With Mark Herzlich and Luke Kuechly, the tradition of spectacular linebacker play continues, and now the program needs to load up on more options for the middle. The position is fine for now, but the class will be looking three years ahead. Upgrading the receiver talent would be a bonus. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 37. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. BC has a thing for loading up on lots and lots and lots of linemen. Considering how good the front five has been over the years, the plan works, but a huge class of offensive linemen last year didn’t seem to deter anyone in this year’s class with six true tackle prospect including Paul Gaughan, a strong athlete with the potential to be the next great Eagle blocker. Looking to be the next in line in the recent tradition of tremendous linebackers are Sean Duggan, Steven Daniels, and Nick Lifka, but the star defensive prospect is safety Albert Louis-Jean, who has All-ACC written all over him.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 45. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. The Eagles needed quarterbacks after several issues last year, and they got two strong ones in Chase Retting out of California and Josh Bordner from Maryland. Andre Williams should eventually be a key running back, and Shakim Phillips is a No. 1 wide receiver who'll be used in a big role next year. But the strength is on the offensive line with Seth Betancourt one of the ACC's top tackle recruits and Andy Gallik and Harris Williams two good-looking guards. Defensively, Steele Divitto should be the team's next great linebacker.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 74. That Class Was Heavy On ... big bodies. As is often the case at Boston College, the school added a considerable amount of girth to the offensive and defensive lines. The Eagles’ success has long been built in the trenches, so it makes sense to continue to stockpile big bodies from the Northeast. The new staff is going to love DT Dillon Quinn, an uncommon blend of size, strength, and quickness. At a school being ravaged by graduation at the position, his arrival could not come at a more opportune time.

Clemson | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: Defensive backs. The Tiger secondary wasn't anything special last season, and now it has to replace three starters and could use more options. The offensive line need a few more options to develop for the near future - the pass protection has to be stronger. The Tigers need to improve on special teams with one of the ACC's worst punt return games and mediocre kickoff return production.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Linebackers. The running game is getting high-end help with backs Tyshon Dye and Wayne Gallman coming in, and Mike Williams is a fun receiver who could see time right away, but the Tigers are bringing in some phenomenal linebacker prospects. Ben Boulware will eventually be a star in the middle, while Jayron Kearse and Dorian O'Daniel are fast prospects for the outside. Defensive tackle Scott Pagano was an interesting pickup from Hawaii who has all the talent and potential to be the next great Tiger lineman.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 13. That Class Was Heavy On ... Lowered expectations. Head coach Dabo Swinney appears to be putting together another terrific class, but it’s asking for way too much to come up with an instant game-changer like Sammy Watkins. Even so, this receiving corps is about to get even better with a few good four-star types to be ready to roll when Watkins bolts for the NFL as soon as humanly possible. The defensive line will get the most attention and should be the strongest part of the haul. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 9. That Class Was Heavy On ... The passing game. After a few yeas of focusing mostly on the defense, the Tigers came up with something for the offense that struggled last year with three new quarterback prospects and several dangerous receivers with Sammy Watkins, a five-star talent with next-level upside, and Charone Peake and Martavis Bryant, two big, strong receivers who could be involved immediately. Eric MacLain is one of the nation’s top tight ends. Defensively, Corey Crawford isn’t Da’Quan Bowers, but he’s a pass rusher who might make some noise this year.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 21. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive backs. Dabo Swinney did a nice job loading up on defense, while also getting a few key pieces for the offense including receiver Martavis Bryant and tackle Reid Webster. Josh Watson and Corey Crawford should quickly become terrors for the defensive front, and Jake Nicolopulos Justin Parker will be key starters in the linebacking corps by 2012, but the strength is in the secondary where corners DeAndre Hopkins and Darius Robinson are speedy defenders with All-ACC potential. Bashaud Breeland is the key safety signing with excellent size and great range.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 45. That Class Was Heavy On ... ends. Even with Ricky Sapp and Da’Quan Bowers bringing quickness off the edge, Clemson had little luck getting to the quarterback in 2008. Malliciah Goodman and Spencer Shuey have been brought in to push the starters and kickstart a tired pass rush. Once he sharpens his fundamentals and adds a few more pounds, Goodman has the blazing speed and long arms to be a real nuisance to ACC quarterbacks.

Florida State | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: Replacing quarterback E.J. Manuel is Concern One, but overall, can the Seminoles improve on turnover margin? Considering the across-the-board talent level, the defense needs to make more big plays. The defensive front needs the most immediate help losing all four starters along with a few reserves, while replacing linebackers Nick Moody and Vince Williams isn't a plus. The offensive line that turned out to be so strong for the ground game has to be better in pass protection.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Wide receivers. After a few phenomenal classes, the Noles don't have any major areas of need after bringing in the nation's No. 1 overall class last season, but there are still plenty of big-time talents coming in. However, it's nowhere near last year's haul with so many key spots already filled. Linebacker E.J. Levenberry and defensive tackle Demarcus Walker are two of the big stars, but receivers Isaiah Jones (big), Kermit Whitfield (small and speedy) and Jesus Wilson (fast) should crank up the passing game down the road.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 6. That Class Was Heavy On ... This might not turn out to be the class last year’s was, but head coach Jimbo Fisher is playing with the biggest of big boys when it comes to bringing in the talent. He’s loading up on the lines, especially defensive end, with Mario Edwards the top end prospect in America, and Chris Casher and Dante Fowler not far behind. He’s looking for instant help from the JUCO ranks for the offensive line that needs a few more options, and he’s going hard after a few top quarterback prospects to be ready to fight for a job when E.J. Manuel is done next year. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 1. That Class Was Heavy On ... High expectations. Florida State has done its normally strong job of recruiting over the past several years, but now with the transition of power well in the rearview mirror, the program is rocking on the recruiting trail. Jimbo Fisher did a nice job last year, but that was nothing compared to the haul he brought in this season led by defensive tackle Tim Jernigan, safety Karlos Williams, outside linebacker James Wilder, and offensive tackle Bobby Hart. They’ll be expected to be All-ACC stars in the near future, while JUCO transfer defensive tackle Cornellius Carradine is ready for right now. Position-wise, the defensive line got the most attention with a jaw-dropping group of players who should make the Noles a brick wall for the next four years. There might have been a few stunning losses here and there, including linebacker Stephone Anthony to Clemson, but this the program’s best class in a long, long time.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 12. That Class Was Heavy On ... Jimbo Fisher's ability. Any worries now that Florida State couldn't recruit quite as well without the Bobby Bowden touch? The transition turned out to be a plus as Fisher was able to sell stability to a slew of tremendous prospects that upgraded the team's talent level in a hurry. WR Christian Green was a steal from Florida and Georgia, while Kenny Shaw is the type of target to get excited about even if Green didn't sign. DT Darious Cummings was taken away from Florida and Auburn, defensive end Bjorn Werner was a key get for the line, and Jeff Luc is an NFL-ready defender who'll be the next great Seminole linebacker. Throw in star corner prospect Lamarcus Joyner and safety Greg Dent, and FSU did more than just fine.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 16. That Class Was Heavy On ... safeties. With their secondary going through a bit of an overhaul, the Seminoles focused on that unit, specifically the safeties. Florida State has signed four of them, two who rank among the ten best in the country at the position. Willie Downs and JaJuan Harley are outstanding talents, whose families won’t be traveling far on Saturdays. Both teens hail from Tallahassee, and decided some time ago to remain close to home.

Maryland | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: Healthy quarterback, healthy quarterback, healthy quarterback. The Terp season went into the tank after the O lost quarterback after quarterback in a disappointing season. Randy Edsall was known for cranking out great running games at UConn, but it hasn't started to work yet in Maryland because the line has been so awful. The punting game could use a little work, too, after sophomore-to-be Nathan Renfro struggled and didn't get any help from the coverage team.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. The skill spots got the most help over the last few classes, and now it's time to build up the infrastructure so they can all do their thing. Offensive tackle Derwin Gray is a phenomenal get from the D.C. area with all the tools and the potential to become an anchor for the Terp line. Moise Larose and Jajuan Delaney aren't bad options for down the road after a few years in the weight room, while JUCO transfer Silvano Altamirano is for now to provide depth at guard. Watch out for JUCO transfer Deon Long to become an instant factor, while tight end Andrew Isaacs should be a part of the passing game early on.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 50. That Class Was Heavy On ... The running backs. The defense will end up getting the most help with a ton of great linebackers coming in, but head coach Randy Edsall wants to run the ball, run the ball, run the ball. His ground attack is what made him such a success at UConn, and his first job in his first full recruiting cycle is to beef up the talent in the backfield.

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 56. That Class Was Heavy On ... Receivers. Apparently, Randy Edsall is going to start throwing the ball more in College Park than he did at UConn. He brought in four new targets with decent speed and impressive size with Jeremiah Hendy and Nigel King the future of the air show. His offensive line class is small, but excellent with some good guard prospect and a nice center in Evan Mulrooney. Picking up corners Makinton Dorleant and Michael Williams was a plus, and end Quinton Jefferson should be a terror.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 49. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defense. Wasn't Ralph Friedgen supposed to be a lame duck head coach? This class certainly didn't reflect that with several very good, very promising prospects to provide both instant help and a foundation for the future. Tyler Smith was the key to the offensive class as the quarterback to be groomed for down the road, and Sean Conaboy is a promising guard who should be a steady starter in a few years. The defense was the key starting with linebacker Javarie Johnson, a lightning fast playmaker who'll be all over the field the second he gets a chance. 13 good defensive players signed on, and they need to be factors early.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 28. That Class Was Heavy On ... linebackers. Maryland continues to stockpile the type of versatile linebackers that eventually move on to play on Sundays. Seven, in fact, are packing their bags for College Park, even though there’s no urgency for any to play right away. From New Jersey to South Carolina, Ralph Friedgen swept down the Eastern seaboard searching for athletic defenders who can play with range. It’s obviously early in the process, but Lorne Goree appears to be the best of a deep bunch.

NC State | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: Dave Doeren has some work to do on an offense that didn't get much out of the running game. Step One will be improving an offensive line that loses two starters and didn't do much of anything in pass protection. Quarterback Mike Glennon is gone to the NFL, but the passing game wasn't efficient enough even when he was under center. The team has to improve in turnover margin and need a stronger season from Wil Baumann and the punting game.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Skill players. Dave Doeren got a few nice defensive backs in corners Dravious Wright, Josh Jones and Sean Paul, and it would be nice if Artemis Robinson turned into a factor at linebacker. The offense got the most help with two promising running backs in Dakwa Nichols and Josh Mercer along with receivers Pharoah McKever and Jalen McDaniel. Chris Burton has the upside to be a go-to target at tight end.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 41. That Class Was Heavy On ... The Wolfpack is going hard after the defensive line for the second time in four years. The line is fine for now, but Tom O’Brien needs players to develop for down the road with the wave of strong prospects from the 2009 class are done. The offensive side will get more help for the interior with the guards getting the most attention. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 72. That Class Was Heavy On ... Linebackers. There aren’t a ton of great ones in a generally mediocre class, but the hope is for strength in numbers with Mike Rose and Brandon Pittman two safety-sized defenders with the potential to be excellent with a little bit of time. The defensive line got help with Ty McGill for the inside and Dave Mann on the end, and quarterback Brian Taylor and WR Hakeem Flowers will be asked to be the star pitch-catch combo by 2013, but overall the star power isn’t there.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 43. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive lineman. This might not be the sexiest class, but it has teeth. WR Tony Creecy is a speedster who should make a big impact, and JUCO transfer Tobais Palmer will be a part of the running back mix right away. The key is the offensive line with Robert Crisp a massive and very talented offensive tackle who'll end up being the anchor up front. Crisp is 6-8, as is fellow tackle Andy Jomantas, while Tyson Chandler is a 6-6, 340-pound mauler. Defensively, Fre'Shad Hunter will be the star on the inside up front once he adds some weight.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 36. That Class Was Heavy On ... defensive linemen. Tom O’Brien and his assistants absolutely loaded up on defensive linemen with this class, going as far north as Massachusetts and as far south as Georgia to find space-eaters. Willie Young, Alan-Michael Cash, and Shea McKeen have only one year of eligibility remaining, so this group will be expected to eventually form the backbone of the defensive front for the next four or five seasons.

Syracuse | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Orange needs new head coach Scott Shafer to get more out of the special teams. Ross Krautman wasn't awful hitting 15-of-23 field goals, but the return game went nowhere and the punting game was among the worst in the nation with Jonathan Fisher averaging just 38.4 yards per kick. The secondary loses strong safety Shamarko Thomas and corner Ri'Shard Anderson from a group that gave up way too many long passes. Replacing quarterback Ryan Nassib will be the offseason concern, but replacing left tackle Justin Pugh will be almost as big a problem.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Instant defensive linemen. It was expected to be a rocky class with the coaching change with Scott Shafer doing everything he can keep the commitments. The passing game has some options for the future with midrange quarterback prospects Austin Wilson and Mitch Kimble along with receivers Corey Cooper and Corey Winfield, but for now, the team needs factors on defense and it got them from the JUCO ranks. Linebackers Josh Kirkland and Luke Arciniega could provide a little bit of depth, but safety Darius Kelly and defensive linemen Wayne Williams and Trevon Trejo are each expected to come in and produce immediately. The 335-pound Williams could be an anchor on the inside.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 62. That Class Was Heavy On ... The defensive line needs prospects. The Orange have tried everything possible over the last few classes to get more talent for the offense, and now is when it all has to kick in with an upgrade of talent ready to sweep in. Three starters are gone off the defensive front along with most of the top backups, so any lineman who comes in must be prepared to shine immediately. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 55. That Class Was Heavy On ... More offense, more offense, more offense. The 2010 class was loaded up with prospects for the offensive side of the ball, and head coach Doug Marrone kept the fun going with a heavy class of offensive prospects to move around where needed. The quarterback fight should be an interesting one with Aston Broyld and Terrel Hunt to dangerous playmakers, while running backs Tyree Smallwood and Adonis Ameen-Moore are shifty, multi-talented backs with good size. Marrone also added six receivers led by Brandon Reddish out of Brooklyn.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 69. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offense, offense, offense. After loading up with a ton of defensive back prospects last year, this year's massive class brings in players to salvage something out of Doug Marrone's offense. 17 offensive players were brought in headlined by quarterbacks John Kinder and Jonny Miller and six running backs. The D wasn't ignored with linebackers Malcolm Carter and Myles Davis good enough to see time early.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 92. That Class Was Heavy On ... defensive backs. Understanding the need to address a secondary that was last in the Big East in pass efficiency defense, the staff loaded up on defensive backs. In fact, almost half of the entire class was either a safety or a cornerback. The best of the lot are corners Torian Phillips, Phillip Thomas, and Dale Peterman, who’ll all have a shot for immediate playing time.

Wake Forest | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: Moving the ball. If the offense was able to do anything, the Demon Deacons would've gone bowling finishing 117th in the nation in yards and 114th in scoring. Josh Harris is a good back, but the running game didn't go anywhere behind a shaky line, while the passing game was the ACC's most inefficient. The secondary that allowed 267 yards per game needs more out of a veteran group that only loses safety Chibuiken Okoro.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Outside linebacker. This is a massive class with a little bit for everyone. The line got a future starting tackle in Taylor Chambers, while Josh Harris could be better, and center Cory Helms will someday be the quarterback up front. The bulk is on defense with several outside linebacker prospects led by Wendell Dunn and Lance Virgile, who'll bring speed along with the size to add several pounds of good weight, while Ford Howell and Ali Lamot are going to be factors. Brad Watson will be a starting corner sooner than later.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 69. That Class Was Heavy On ... The passing game. Wake Forest is hardly known for its air attack, bit it has to have the pieces in place for 2014 with Tanner Price and Ted Stachitas done in a few years. The receiving corps lost talented Chris Givens a year early to the NFL, and this year’s class could produce a prospect or two to make an early impact. More than anything else, head coach Jim Grobe wants to go after as many good players as possible regardless of position.  

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 75. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. This is a smallish class after coming up with a little bit of everything last year, and while head coach Jim Grobe got a few good players like quarterback Kevin Sousa and receiver Airyn Willis, the key are the three offensive linemen brought in to build the foundation to finally get the offense moving again. Hunter Goodwin is a tall, athletic tackle, while Cody Preble and Dylan Intemann were brought in for the interior. Andre Wiggins will eventually be a star somewhere in the defensive back seven.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 53. That Class Was Heavy On ... Variety. Jim Grobe got a little of everything across the board with Tanner Price the passer to take over the offense in the near future, while Nick Knott and Joseph Byrd are quick backs who fit the system. Antonio Ford and Daniel Blitch are promising offensive linemen for the interior, while Duke Mosby has anchor potential on the defensive front. Only six defensive recruits were signed on, but four of them are for the secondary with Merril Noel a good corner who would've been rated higher if he was a wee bit taller than the generously listed 5-8.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 59. That Class Was Heavy On ... linebackers. Now that Aaron Curry and Stanley Arnoux have exhausted their eligibility, it’s time for the Deacons to replenish at linebacker. While this year’s four recruits aren’t very big, they can all fly to the ball, which is exactly the way Wake likes its defenders. The prototype is Justin Jackson, a 6-1, 203-pounder with 4.5 speed and a better vertical leap than most of the ACC’s receivers.

- 2013 ACC Coastal Needs & Concerns