Recruiting 2013 - ACC Atlantic Team Rankings
Posted Feb 7, 2013

Ranking and analyzing the 2013 ACC Atlantic Recruiting Classes

Recruiting 2013 

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1. 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. Corner Mackensie Alexander and safety Korrin Wiggins were great Signing Day gets, and guard Tyrone Crowder turned out to be the icing on the cake, but this class is deeper. 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.

2. 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. Defensive tackle Keith Bryant and guard Ira Denson were big pickups to make up for a few key losses, and landing linebacker Matthew Thomas made the class great. 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. 

8. 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.

9. 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. It was a mediocre class, and then Randy Edsall was able to sign star middle linebacker Yannick Ngakoue out of D.C. and get receiver Taivon Jacobs. 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.

10. 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. 

13. 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.

14. 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.