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2007 ACC Recruiting - What It All Means

CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Feb 11, 2007


How does the 2007 ACC recruiting class really affect the college football world? Which programs, like Georgia Tech getting QB Josh Nesbitt, did the best job this recruiting season? Now that the storm has died down, here's what it all really means.

Click on each team for the fill class list and top players
Atlantic Boston Coll | ClemsonFlorida St | Maryland | NC State | Wake Forest

Coastal Duke | Georgia Tech | Miami | North Carolina | Virginia | Virginia Tech

- CFN's 2006 ACC Recruiting Rankings

1.
Georgia Tech
The class is heavy on ... Balance. The Yellow Jackets got a little of everything forming the foundation for the future with a few good options at just about every spot. The quarterback situation might be the most interesting right off the bat with small, quick Josh Nesbitt and big pocket-passer Steven Threet each likely to get long looks to take over for Reggie Ball.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB Steven Threett
The player you might care about this year ... WR Willie White
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Just this close to being the ACC champions last year, Tech restocked the shelves with enough high-level talent to provide depth for this season as well as getting the fans excited for the future. Three years from now, Nick Clator, Clyde Yandell, and Joseph Gilbert will likely form the nucleus of a tremendous offensive line.

2. North Carolina
The class is heavy on ... Athletes. Never discount the effect that instant playing time has on the recruiting process. New head coach Butch Davis is a solid salesman to begin with, and this year, he was able to honestly pitch the idea of starting from day one to a slew of excellent prospects. The overall team athleticism was instantly upgraded with this class.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... DT Marvin Austin
The player you might care about this year ... QB Mike Paulus
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Not since Mack Brown was hanging around Chapel Hill has North Carolina been able to battle with the big boys in the recruiting wars. Davis has made an instant impact in the perception of Tar Heel football with this class. While the offensive skill players like QB Mike Paulus and receivers Greg Little, Dwight Jones and Rashad Mason will get the early attention, this class was built on making the defense quicker and more talented in a big hurry.

3. Miami
The class is heavy on ... Skill players and secondary. Randy Shannon and his staff made a big deal out of getting better skill players after the offensive disasters of the last few seasons. Receivers and running back were priorities, while QB Robert Marve might be in the mix quicker than you might think. The lines were pretty much left alone, but the secondary got plenty of reinforcements.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB Robert Marve
The player you might care about this year ... WR Kayne Farguharson
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Miami always recruited well under Larry Coker, but the players never developed up to their potential. This class gives the new coaching staff plenty of options on offense right off the bat and should make for some interesting depth chart competition throughout the season. RB Graig Cooper, WR Kayne Farguharson and speed back Shawnbrey McNeal could be difference makers in the 2007 ACC race.

4. Virginia Tech
The class is heavy on ... Tight ends and the offensive line. The Hokies got three talented tight end prospects, although Brandon Barden is more of a big wide receiver, while the line got some big help with three good tackles and two elite guards. The defense focused mainly on the middle with three tackles and two linebackers in Barquell Rivers and Quillie Odom who could bulk up to play on the inside.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB Tyrod Tyler
The player you might care about this year ... RB Darren Evans
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Hokie fans will live through the experience of QB Sean Glennon this year, but they'll be clamoring to see Tyrod Tyler if the offense struggles. While this wasn't an elite of the elite class, it was as good as Tech has had in a while and should keep the program as an ACC contender down the road.

5. Clemson
The class is heavy on ... Defensive end. It takes a lot of players to replace Gaines Adams. Clemson brought in six end prospects with great speed and athleticism, so look for a few to be converted into linebackers. Kourtnei Brown is the star of the show with room to add 15-20 pounds to his 6-5 frame, but others like Rennie Moore and Miguel Chavis already have the combination of size and quickness.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... LB Scotty Cooper
The player you might care about this year ... S DeAndre McDaniel
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Can Clemson really go with a true freshman quarterback? Probably not, but Willy Korn might get a big, long look this fall. Outside of Korn, this wasn't a big skill position class. This was about the lines and defense with as much overall speed as any class in the ACC.

6. Florida State
The class is heavy on ... Cornerback, middle linebacker and the offensive line. This might be the weakest class of skill position players Bobby Bowden has ever brought in, but they weren't needed after stocking up over the last few years. The offensive line got the most attention with several good prospects, especially at guard, but not a lot of sure-thing superstars. Kendall Smith and Maurice Harris are going to be next-level linebacker prospects over the next few seasons. Corner got the most help with three prospects (Dionte Allen, Bert Reed and Brandon Paul) all as good as any in America.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... CB Dionte Allen
The player you might care about this year ... DE Brian Coulter
What it all means to the real world of college football ... If you're looking for a big offensive boost from this class, you won't find it. This group is all about speed for the defensive back seven and reinforcements for the struggling offensive line. It's not going to be a class that provides a ton of instant help, so there's a chance that another head coach will reap the rewards.

7. Virginia
The class is heavy on ... Variety. Al Groh brought in a little bit of everything, so if you're a fan of strength in recruiting numbers for a specific position, this isn't the class for you. The strength is at linebacker mainly because of the coup of getting J'Coutrney Williams along with Jared Detrick and Aaron Taliaferro. This isn't the linebacking class of a few years ago when Ahmad Brooks and Kai Parham came to Charlottesville, but it's really good.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB Peter Lalich
The player you might care about this year ... LB J'Courtney Williams
What it all means to the real world of college football ... There's not a lot of instant help here, but there are some good prospects to work with young QB Jameel Sewell over the next several seasons. Expect this group to eventually provide a big punch to the offense. Andrew Devlin should be the next great Cavalier tight end.

8. Maryland
The class is heavy on ... Offensive tackle. The Terps loaded up on the O line with eight decent prospects with the most at tackle. 6-7, 275-pound Bruce Campbell will play at the next level once he hits the weight room and fills out his frame, while Maurice Hampton and Bearthur Johnson could surprise and provide a little bit of depth later in the year.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... CB Tony Logan
The player you might care about this year ... WR Lansford Watson
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Outside of CB Tony Logan, this isn't a group that'll make too much noise defensively. There are three good receiver prospects and three excellent tight ends, but this is a lunchpail class making the most noise on on the line. The offensive backfield was all but ignored.

9. Boston College
The class is heavy on ... The offensive line. There weren't a lot of prospects brought in by the new coaching staff with most of the attention spent on the offensive front, especially at guard with Mark Spinney, John Elliott and Nick Schepis all certain to be rocks of the attack by 2009. Tight end also got a lot of attention with three prospects to provide future safety valves.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... OG John Elliott
The player you might care about this year ... PK Billy Bennett
What it all means to the real world of college football ... This isn't a class of bulk, but there are a few elite of the elite prospects, like Elliott, Spinney, LB Will Thompson and PK Billy Bennett, who need to all be hits. Considering the offensive background of head coach Jeff Jagodzinski, it'll be interesting to see how quarterbacks Chris Johnson and Dominique Davis progress over the next few years.

10. NC State
The class is heavy on ... The lines. Tom O'Brien always brought in decent classes at Boston College, but he didn't have a full recruiting season to work on this one. Even so, he set the foundation for the future bringing in lineman after lineman with five guards, two defensive tackles, and three good looking ends. 
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... S Dominique Ellis
The player you might care about this year ... WR Jay Smith
What it all means to the real world of college football ... If you're looking for immediate offensive help, this class might not provide it. However, receivers Jay Smith and Steven Howard should be dangerous targets for Daniel Evans in 2008. Chuck Amato could recruit, but he had a hard time coaching the talent. O'Brien can coach, but he isn't going to bring in a top ten recruiting class. This is a class for the future but it should play into O'Brien's strengths at developing players.

11. Wake Forest
The class is heavy on ... Offense. There were only two recruits for the backfield, but they're good ones. Skylar Jones is a speedy quarterback who should fit Jim Grobe's system to perfection, while RB Brandon Pendergrass is a home-run hitter who should demand a few carries a game right off the bat. Not of the four receiver prospects are elite, but they're fast. All the Demon Deacon offense needs are a few big plays here and there out of the passing game, and this group should eventually provide them.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... QB Skylar Jones
The player you might care about this year ... RB Brandon Pendergrass
What it all means to the real world of college football ... Wake Forest won't ever scare USC or Florida when it comes to bringing in recruits, but it did a good job of building on the ACC championship with a few nice pickups to build the team around. LB Kyle Jarrett, S Cyhl Quarles, DE Uriah Grant and C Chance Raines could've gone just about anywhere in the ACC.

12. Duke
The class is heavy on ... Variety. Head coach Ted Roof got a little bit of everything and didn't load up on a particular spot. The offensive line, particularly center Bryan Morgan and tackles Kyle Hill and Chris Shannon, form the strength of the class, while Josh Trezvant has the potential to be the game-breaking receiver the offense has lacked over the last few seasons.
The player who'll someday be a really big deal ... WR Josh Trezvant
The player you might care about this year ... TE Danny Parker
What it all means to the real world of college football ... After a tremendous 2006 class, one of the school's best in years, there was bound to be an inevitable step back since several young players are already waiting in the wings. This is still a very young team, but for average prospects looking to play right off the bat, they should get their chance to compete for jobs right away. This class provided options at just about every position.