Recruiting 2013 - ACC Coastal Needs Concerns
Posted Jan 30, 2013

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

Recruiting 2013 

ACC Coastal Needs

CFN Top Prospects for 2013
- No. 1 to 50 | No. 51 to 100 | No. 101 to 150
- No. 151 to 200No. 201 to 250 | No. 251 to 300
- Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Receivers
- Tight Ends | Off. Tackles | Guards & Centers 
- Def. Ends | Def. Tackles | Linebackers | Corners | Safeties 

- ACC Atlantic Needs & Concerns

Duke | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Blue Devils have to improve the defense to have any chance of equaling the 2012 success. The offense will be fine, but the secondary was a disaster giving up deep play after deep play. With three starters gone in the 4-2-5 alignment, the Blue Devils have to rebuild as well as improve. The kickoff return game was among the worst in America.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive backs. It's an easy recruiting pitch. Our secondary was awful and there are several holes needing to be filled - come to Duke and play defensive back right away. Corners Johnell Barnes, Evrett Edwards and Deondre Singleton all have the potential to be an instant upgrade, while safeties Chris Holmes and Jake Kite were nice gets. David Cutcliffe isn't going to totally ignore the offense, picking up quarterback Parker Boehme and running back Joseph Ajeigbe.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 51. That Class Was Heavy On ... More options for the passing game. The 2010 class addressed the quarterback situation for the next few years, but more and more targets need to be developed for down the road. Head coach David Cutcliffe is trying to build up the offensive talent level, and he's getting a few more good prospects than normal. With Donovan Varner gone and Conner Vernon done next year, the opportunities will be there to shine early on. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 63. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive linemen. The skill players were all but ignored after going big for the passing game last season, and now the David Cutcliffe offense needs blockers to allow the machine to run. Marcus Aprahamian is a strong tackle prospect with the body to be ready almost right away, while guards Lucas Patrick and Cody Robinson out of Tennessee should be good in time. The defense got help up front with Sam Marshall leading a decent group of linemen, while the secondary went big on the corner with Jared Boyd, Jamison Crowder, and Tim Burton all good enough to have gone somewhere bigger.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 70. That Class Was Heavy On ... The passing game. Now that David Cutcliffe isn't going anywhere (at least for this year), bringing in decent quarterback prospects isn't an issue. Who wants to be a statistical star? Brandon Cromartie is one of the better quarterback prospects the program has had in a while, and Anthony Boone will get his chances. Brandon Braxton and Braxton Deaver are dangerous receiver prospects, and Juwan Thompson could be the key to the running game this year.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 56. That Class Was Heavy On ... defensive backs. The Blue Devils perennially struggle to stop opposing passers, which prompted David Cutcliffe to go extremely heavy on the secondary. Almost one-third of the class is either a safety or a cornerback, led by Taylor Sowell, a 6-0 speedster who garnered a lot of attention from the rest of the ACC. Duke had rare success in South Carolina, a credit to the job being done by secondary coach Derek Jones.

Georgia Tech | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Yellow Jackets should be ready to rock and roll with a veteran team returning, but veteran quarterback depth is a problem and the defensive line will be a concern. More plays needs to be made behind the line and the punting game has to be far better for a running team that relies on field position, but outside of experienced options, Paul Johnson has his team in place.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Skill players. Quarterback was addressed last season, but that still didn't stop Damon Mitchell from signing on. Travis Custis will eventually be a star among the running backs, while Donovan Wilson should bring a little bit of pop. JuMichael Ramos fits the Georgia Tech mold of big receiver. Offensive tackle Shamire DeVine is a massive big body who's ready to roll out of the box, while the defensive front has few nice options led by tackle Darius Commissiong and end Kevin Robbins.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 39. That Class Was Heavy On ... Receivers. Georgia Tech recruits to a type, and while its classes won't ever be high up on the lists, they work for what Paul Johnson is trying to do. The defensive line is a focus with a few excellent talents coming in, and the secondary is getting a few new prospects even though the 2010 class was loaded with DBs, but the key might be finding the next gamebreaking receiver to be the home-run hitter the offense needs. No Tech target will ever be a 100-catch playmaker, but Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas have made the school cool for wideouts.

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 44. That Class Was Heavy On ... Quarterbacks. The offense needs options to run the Paul Johnson attack, and while there’s an eye towards doing more for the passing game, Vad Lee, Demontevious Smith, and Jamal Golden are runners who’ll be moved around where needed. Broderick Snoddy was the only true tailback brought in, and while he’s not big, he’s fast enough to be a gamebreaker. Defensively, the bulk is at linebacker with Tremayne McNair and Anthony Harrell for the middle and three nice prospects for the outside in Jamari Hunt-Days, Nick Menocal, and Chaz Cheeks all athletic big hitters.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 37. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive backs. Paul Johnson loaded up on linemen last year, he has a few solid quarterbacks in place to run his attack, and several other decent pieces are in place offensively. This year he wanted help for the secondary and he got it with seven defensive backs including Louis Young, a fine corner out of Maryland, and Ryan Ayers, a speedster with lockdown ability. Safety Isaiah Johnson has the build and the potential to be a difference maker, an All-ACC difference maker, while Fred Holton, speedy Synjyn Days, and Jake Skole beefed up the safety depth.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 34. That Class Was Heavy On ... linemen. For Paul Johnson, success starts on the lines, and he recruited with that thought in mind. With both sides of the ball being hurt by graduation, the Yellow Jackets added four big bodies to the offense and five on defense. The front four returns just one starter, creating an opening for 345-pound tackle J.C. Lanier to avoid a redshirt and make a quick ascent up the depth chart.

Miami | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: With 20 starters returning, the Canes don't have too many holes to fill other than kicker with Jake Wieclaw gone along with punter Dalton Botts. Experience needs to translate into production for a defense that got roasted time and again with no pass rush and little production against the run. The offense should be terrific, so if the D can do anything remotely well, the season could be special.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Tight ends. The Canes are bringing in some terrific stars led by quarterback Kevin Olsen from New Jersey, who has all the tools and all the abilities to be the next great Miami passer. Running back Ray Lewis III - yes, his son - will be the big name, but defensive end Alquadin Muhammad and defensive backs Jamal Carter and Artie Burns are expected to be great. The most interesting pickups were at tight end with Standish Dobard an athletic star from New Orleans and JUCO transfer Beau Sandland ready to go right away.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 7. That Class Was Heavy On ... Hope that everything will be fine. Apparently, someone forgot to tell the excellent Miami recruiting class about the Nevin Shapiro situation. While this might not be a special haul, it's looking like a strong job done by Al Golden to keep bringing in enough NFL caliber prospects to keep the expectations high. Golden wants to upgrade the passing game, and it shows with a load of receivers coming in of all shapes and sizes. At least three quarterbacks are going to be signed, and they'll be expected to be the main backups behind Stephen Morris sooner than later. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 36. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. New head man Al Golden only brought in four defensive line prospects, but two are among the best in America with Jalen Grimble a shocking get out of Las Vegas, taking him away from any big-time program you can name, and snagging pass rushing terror Anthony Chickillo for one end. The receiving corps got some help with Phillip Dorsett and Rashawn Scott two good-sized speedsters who can stretch the field. Kevin Grooms has No. 1, lockdown corner potential, while Dallas Crawford and Thomas Finnie aren’t far behind.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 18. That Class Was Heavy On ... The defensive back seven. Randy Shannon signed a ton of defensive back talent last year, and there wasn't much of a need for too many safeties. Instead, Shannon upgraded the cornerback talent with four fantastic prospects taking Keion Payne away from Florida, Florida State, and Ohio State, and getting Kacy Rodgers out of ... Texas?! As if Miami doesn't have enough talent in its own backyard, it went and got a ready-for-right-now defender away from Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State. There weren't any superstar linebacker prospects, but the five brought in can run. Offensively, Eduardo Clements is the speed back who'll be a weapon early on.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 18. That Class Was Heavy On ... defensive backs. Never at a shortage for quality defensive backs, Randy Shannon is making sure it stays that way with this class. All four of this year’s additions are ranked no lower than No. 40 nationally at their position. S Ray Ray Armstrong is a 6-3, 210-pound beast in the mold of former ‘Cane Sean Taylor. Corners Brandon McGee and Jamal Reid are a couple of top 10 talents, who were hotly pursued by schools in the ACC and SEC.

North Carolina | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Tar Heels have to keep building up the young players as they still try to get out from under the NCAA sanctions. The offense and return game have to find a replacement for RB Giovani Bernard, and the O line needs to come up with two new starters losing future NFL guard Jonathan Cooper and tackle Travis Bond. The pass defense could stand to be a bit tighter, but overall, Larry Fedora has a solid team helped by a few great recent recruiting classes.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive backs. After coming up with a few great classes for the defense, UNC loaded up once again with two excellent linemen in tackle Greg Webb and end Dajuan Drennon, but the defensive backs should be the key with safety Desmond Lawrence and corner Brian Walker leading the way. The offense is getting some nice pieces to play around with led by running back T.J. Logan and quarterback Mitch Trubiski, who'll each play a big role sooner than later.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 31. That Class Was Heavy On ... New head coach Larry Fedora hasn't have any time to work, and he has to deal with the pressure of a new gig and trying to live up to the expectations of past UNC recruiting classes. For good and bad, the program has been a factory for pro talent over the last few years, and while there aren't any jaw-droppers in this class, there's talent at linebacker and a few good-looking defensive backs on the way. Next year's class will have to load up on skill players. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 18. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive tackles. This is yet another strong class brought in by Butch Davis, and while it’s not the deepest group, the star power is terrific at the top led by a pair of NFL defensive tackles. Once Delvon Simmons hits a weight room and fills out his 6-5 frame, he’ll be a dream of a 3-4 one-gap defender, while JUCO transfer Sylvester Williams could be the anchor of the front four tomorrow. 318-pound Devonte Brown is going to be a rock on the inside. Marquise Williams is the most talented quarterback the program has had in a long, long time, while Travis Hughes might turn out to be the best middle linebacker prospect in America.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 24. That Class Was Heavy On ...
Defense. Considering Tar Heels are going to be splashed all over the first two rounds of the 2011 NFL Draft, Butch Davis had an easy sell to load up on the defensive side. Brandon Willis could grow into a smallish, quick tackle with a little work or a tough end right away. Kareem Martin is a 6-6 athlete who'll be a speed rusher on the outside, while Ty Lingon, Darius Lipford, and P.J. Clyburn are interesting players who should be a key part of the 2012 team. Offensively, QB Gio Bernard is small, checking in at 5-9, but he's a baller and a talented playmaker. The best recruit was James Hurst, a sure-thing offensive tackle who'll be an All-ACC performer within three years.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 7. That Class Was Heavy On ... receivers. Carolina’s response to losing Hakeem Nicks, Brandon Tate, and Brooks Foster to the NFL was to sign a half-dozen receivers, headed by four-star stud Jheranie Boyd. No returning wideout caught more than 11 passes a year ago, meaning Boyd and his classmates will get every opportunity to play right away in September. In fact, they’ll be counted on to do so.

Pittsburgh | The Entire 2012 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: In the new world of the ACC, Pitt has to get more out of an offensive line that came up with a few shocking performances - Virginia Tech - but stunk overall. The pass protection was non-existent and the running game didn't work. Two starters have to be replaced up front, but figuring out the quarterback situation after losing Tino Sunseri is the first priority. The punting coverage team has to be stronger to help out veteran punter Matt Yoklic.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... TraVon Chapman, and protecting him. While he might not be the best player in the class, Chapman might be the most important and the rest of the recruiting class is focused on beefing up the O line. If it's not Chapman, tackle prospect Dorian Johnson might be the best player in the haul, but Aaron Reese and Jaryd Jones-Smith are good prospects with great frames. It'll fly under the radar, but getting kicker Chris Blewitt and punter Ryan Winslow is big.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 45. That Class Was Heavy On ... Keeping Todd Graham's recruits. New head coach Paul Chryst is behind and has to rally, but first he has to make sure the key recruits from the former head man – like superstar running back prospect Rushel Shell – are happy. Why did Chryst succeed as Wisconsin's offensive coordinator? Offensive linemen, but that's going to be for the 2013 class. This year will mostly focus on simply getting the best players possible in an abbreviated recruiting cycle. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 53. That Class Was Heavy On ... Running back. New head coach Todd Graham needs receivers to get his passing game going, and he’ll hope that Darius Patton is worth the hype with his 4.4 speed able to stretch the field. The secondary got plenty of help with corner Jason Frimpong and safety Rodrick Ryles two talented prospects, and linebackers Nicholas Grigsby and LaQuentin Smith should be dangerous linebackers once they hit the weight room. The big question is if top recruit Lafayette Pitts will be the team’s No. 1 lockdown corner or if he’ll stick at running back. Either way, the Panthers loaded up in the backfield with Malcolm Crockett and Corey Davis two shifty runners who fit the Panther mold.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 33. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. T.J. Clemmings is a superior end prospect with 6-6, 260-pound size and the potential to be thrown into the mix right away, but he's hardly the only good defensive lineman signed with tackle Aaron Donald and end Bryan Murphy keeping the shelves stocked. Across the board there isn't a lot of sure-thing star power, but this is a diverse class with several strong prospect; because of the sheer numbers a few of these players will be better than originally expected. The secondary could be just as loaded as the line.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 26. That Class Was Heavy On ... backs. How do you answer the departure of star LeSean McCoy to the NFL after his sophomore season? You sign four young backs, who’ll be in a position to contribute in a year or two. There’s a nice blend of skills in the group. Dion Lewis and Jason Douglas provide the dash. At 205 pounds, Kevin Adams will bring the punch if he doesn’t move to safety. Raymond Graham, who was also pursued by Rutgers and Maryland, has a chance to be the best of the group.

Virginia | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: The Cavaliers have to generate more of a ground game. The season went into the tank partly because the team was dead last in the ACC in turnover margin, but the offense didn't help the cause with a spotty season and not enough points, scoring 20 or fewer eight times. Losing left tackle Oday Aboushi is a problem for a line that struggled in pass protection, but the front five's biggest job will be to improve the ground game. More from Khalek Shepherd and the punt return game would be nice.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Quarterback. Mike London has done an amazing job of updating the talent level with a few top 30 recruiting classes, and this one has the potential to be almost as good as last year's haul. The offensive tackle prospects are excellent, safety Tim Harris is going to be a player, and running back Taquan Mizzell will be a factor, but the focus will be on the quarterbacks with Cowin Cutler and Brandan Marshall two big passers who look the part. They won't be needed for a while, but they'll be in a great fight for a starting job in a few years.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 22. That Class Was Heavy On ... The last few classes have revolved around the offense, and the defensive front seven is getting the strongest talent this year, but the Cavaliers are looking to keep bringing in good targets. Last year, head coach Mike London came up with a strength-in-numbers class of receivers, and he's doing it again with at least five prospects coming in. While the passing game needs more attention, London likes the running game and he's getting a good one in Kye Morgan. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 26. That Class Was Heavy On ... Wide receivers. Head coach Mike London brought in a really, really nice overall class highlighted by a terrific get in corner Demetrious Nicholson and a big-time Signing Day coup in corner Dominique Terrell. The defensive line got plenty of bodies with seven linemen brought in, and three nice offensive tackles will help the line. The key to the class was the haul of receivers with six prospects brought in including Brandon Phelps, Darius Jennings, and Clifton Richardson, three fast, talented targets who might get a long look for instant playing time.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 68. That Class Was Heavy On ... Quarterbacks. Virginia is still a factory for top-shelf offensive linemen with Morgan Moses a massive tackle who signed last year but sat out a year, and Conner Davis an interesting prospect, but new head coach Mike London was more in needs of upgrading the offense. Four quarterbacks were signed led by Mike Rocco and Michael Strauss, but there weren't any wide receiver prospects brought in.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 49. That Class Was Heavy On ... offensive tackles. After losing Branden Albert and Eugene Monroe to the NFL in successive seasons, the Cavaliers have bolstered their offensive line with a whopping six tackles standing 6-5 or taller. Like the last three great Virginia linemen, including D’Brickashaw Ferguson, the school traveled north to get Oday Aboushi, a 305-pounder with considerable upside and nasty demeanor. Landing four-star mountain Morgan Moses was the upset of this group.

Virginia Tech | The 2013 Recruiting Class

Team Concerns For 2013: Can the Hokies crank up a downfield pass? It's inexcusable for a team with an NFL-caliber (maybe) bomber in Logan Thomas to be so inefficient, but Tech struggled to open up the field which hurt the ground attack. It doesn't help to lose most of the top targets, and having to replace tackles Nick Becton and Vinston Painter isn't a plus, but more than anything else, the team has to find a way to utilize Thomas to start doing more to make the attack explode.

The 2013 Class Is Heavy On ... Defensive back. The receiving corps needs help right away, so there's a chance for David Price, Deon Newsome or Carlis Parker to be factors right away. Linebacker Holland Fisher is the star of the class and defensive line prospect Wyatt Teller has tremendous upside, but the strength is in the secondary with Kendall Fuller an NFL caliber corner who could see time right away. CeQuan Jefferson and Charles Clark are nice pickups at corner, while Anthony Shegog and Brandon Facyson are good safety options.

2012 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 18. That Class Was Heavy On ... Offensive skill players. Frank Beamer is always going after the next great running back, and he's bringing in several options along with plenty of receivers with size and talent. This will be a class to boost up the offense for 2014 and beyond, while the defense will get the most help at linebacker. It'll take a few years in the weight room, but this year's class is big on speed and athleticism for the back seven. 

2011 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 33. That Class Was Heavy On ... Defensive linemen. It’s a surprisingly mediocre class considering Virginia swooped up several key local players and Florida State and Clemson dominated the ACC, but there’s good bulk for the defensive line with Corey Marshall showing the potential to be the next great Hokie defensive end and Kris Hailey, a whirling dervish of a defensive tackle prospect. The stars of the class are at corner with Kyshoen Jarrett and James Farrow two big, talented defenders. The star skill prospects aren’t there, but the hope is for Michael Holmes to go from good to special once he gets into the program.

2010 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 32. That Class Was Heavy On ... The lines. The stars are in the secondary with Nick Dew, Brian Laiti, and Theron Norman very big and very good safety prospects, and Kyle Fuller and Detrick Bonner are going to be good corners in a few years. The quarterback situation will be interesting with Ricardo Young and Mark Leal each athletic enough to fit the Virginia Tech mold, while WR E.J. Smiling is big and fast. However, the class is all about the lines with Laurence Gibson a ready-made offensive guard with good athleticism and big-time upside. Zack McCray should be the next great Hokie pass rusher, while Derrick Hopkins and De'Antre Rhodes are pluggers for the defensive interior.

2009 CFN Recruiting Ranking: 43. That Class Was Heavy On ... backs. Even after watching redshirt freshman Darren Evans emerge as the feature back, the Hokies concentrated on further building depth at the position. Being brought to Blacksburg are three playmakers, which was missing from the offense a year ago. Two of those backs, David Wilson and Tony Gregory, are four-star gems with enough wiggle to make people miss in the open field. Both provide a nice complement to the north-south style of Evans.

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