Last week we hit up some prominent ACC blogs to scout out their respective recruiting classes of 2010. The ultimate goal was to scout out our opponents at least 2 years in the future so we know what to expect. Participating schools are UVA, Boston College, Florida State, Maryland, and Wake Forest. Let's get to work!
1. Who is your prized prospect?
Recruiting is all about projecting the future and we wanted to see who we should be watching out for in 2011-2013. The Seminoles picked up two 5-star recruits, Lamarcus Joyner and Christian Jones. FSUncensored of Tomahawk Nation loves thinking rankings mean things and even links the all-quotable Dr. Saturday in proving so. Take it how you want, these guys were darn good in high school. The Eagles of Boston College expect big things out of their wide receiver prospect, Shakim Phillips among others:
While only a 3* Scout/4* Rivals recruit, the 6'2", 198 pound receiver can make an immediate impact in the Eagles passing game next season. BC loses WRs Rich Gunnell, Justin Jarvis and Clarence Megwa to graduation. Spaz and the coaching staff will look to Colin Larmond Jr., Ifeani Momah, Clyde Lee and Phillips to fill the shoes of Gunnell and Jarvis. BC traditionally hasn't gone out and landed the 4* and 5* wide receiver, so for the Eagles to land at 4* at wide out is very welcome (setting aside for the moment the debate about the validity of recruiting rankings).
Wake Forest looks to two recruits, Zach Allen and Merril Noel. The Cavaliers brought in a key recruit in Parade All-American K.P. Parks...one of only three on that list to choose an ACC team. Parks gets lost in the shuffle when it comes to the ratings because he's short, slow-ish on the sprint, and committed last February even before the dust had quite settled on the '09 crop. But his game and his skills are eerily reminiscent of Mike Hart, Michigan's career rushing leader, and so are his high school stats.
In two years or so, I'd like to go back and see where these recruits will be but we shall see if FTRS is still around (hope so!)
Check out the rest of the roundup after the Jump!
How does your fanbase react to recruiting? Or do they just want to see results no matter the star count?
The ACC represents the entire circle of caring about recruiting, Though Tech's own Wes Durham doesn't care. In his own words on National Signing Day "I will only care how good they are when the coaches tell me they're getting on the field."
The Terps like recruiting but it seems as if they use it as a pain reliever instead of a fuel. "The future is usually brighter than the present" so says Ben Broman of Testudo Times. On the other hand, Florid State fans believe good recruiting classes/rankings = successful seasons. ..."Florida State fans follow recruiting. They realize that results don't come without recruiting. Sure, a smaller school could win the Atlantic when FSU was screwing around with a joke of a coaching staff, but recruiting matters." (BOBBY BOWDEN BURN!)
Wake Forest, Boston College, and even Georgia Tech are mostly patient fans who expect mostly player development in the first year and want to see production on the field in the long run rather than projected. Tech fans know it best because we're led by fearless leader Paul Johnson who has stated countlessly that he does not care about recruiting rankings whatsoever. Mark Rickman of Blogger So Dear sums it up (just insert a random BC or GT player where needed):
Our fanbase is very patient when it comes to recruiting. A lot of fans would admit that they aren't as gungho, especially considering that it will be a year before most of the incoming class will take the field due to Grobe's penchant for redshirting, but the fans trust the coaching staff in their ability to scout talent and find diamonds in the rough. You'll look through the list and see a bunch of three and two star guys and think that Wake couldn't land blue chips, but when you start to dig deeper into the offer sheets, the competition these guys played against, their passion for the game and their overall resumés, if you add in that extra year of preparation and work at the D-1 level, that's why you see many of these players like Aaron Curry, Alphonso Smith, Riley Skinner and Chip Vaughn excel.
At the risk of insulting my readership, UVA fans have a tendency to wildly overrate the talent being brought in, especially if the player is coming from instate. The other theme is "why do we constantly get our ass kicked by VT for instate players?" This I can't call into question. It leads to a general overrating of the importance of certain aspects of recruiting, like "if we offer more instate players, then later years' instate players will see we care about Virginia's players and decide to come here," which is bunk. But the premise is a bullseye: we can't keep losing the instate battles and expect to be successful.
Georgia Tech's Charles Perkins
Who do you all think have assembled the strongest recruiting class, taking into account not just rankings but the needs each one has filled?
The consensus pick for this year's best class is Florida State. The 'Noles brought in Rival's 10th best recruiting class that included two 5* prospects and will ultimately fail as a squad if they can't live up to the hype. The Jackets filled holes, and took care of what needed to be done by going defensive-heavy and fulfilling needs. Once again, we learned that Paul Johnson DOES NOT CARE ABOUT RECRUITING RANKINGS. Clemson gets props as well as Virginia Tech simply because they also get their players to exceed the potential. FSUncensored rips the Canes and their practices: [Their class is garbage and that staff has given up. Luckily, the Canes don't have the money to fire Shannon. Miami's native son is running that program into the Gulf.
How do you all see ACC schools competing with schools in the SEC and Big 12 for recruits?
Their isn't really a consensus here because many of our schools are still developing their national influence and the capabilities to actually recruit nationally. Florida State is the exception however. Maryland is on the upswing for recruits as they mostly [compete] with the Big Ten, and they lose most of those battles. Honestly, when they win against big competition, it's usually against Big East or other ACC schools. Recently, though, Maryland has started to sniff around SEC territory, grabbing commits from the south, especially south Florida, so we're getting there. Boston College is in the same boat as Maryland due to their regional area and academic background.
Finally, this chart provides where the ACC stands against the SEC and Big 12.
|10. Florida State|
|15. Texas A&M|
|17. Ole Miss|
|22. Virginia Tech|
|25. South Carolina|
What are your thoughts?
Special thanks to Brian at BCInterruption, FSUncensored of Tomahawk Nation, Martin Rickman of Blogger So Dear, Ben Broman of Testudo Times, and Brendan from From Old Virginia for all their input.