Perhaps the promising signing from the upcoming class of freshmen comes in the form of safety A.J. Gray, a three-star player from Washington County High school who is deserving of much more recognition than he received during his high school days. Gray, the Gatorade state player of the year for Georgia, saw his college stock begin to gain traction after another stellar season at Washington County in which he led the team to a second consecutive Class AAA Finals appearance. If ever there was a college-ready player coming out of high school, Gray fits the bill perfectly. His combination of size, speed, and athleticism as well as instinct could make him an impact player from the get go. Of the 25 signees from the upcoming class, Gray also seems to be the least likely to redshirt given his skillset and the depth we currently have in the secondary. If all goes well, he very well could accomplish his goal of starting as a freshman if he can outwork and outplay two senior starters at safety.
Recent Georgia Tech commit Trysten Hill might be just as talented as a scuba diver as he is an offensive lineman, writes the AJC. Hill, who committed to Tech in late June right after receiving an offer, is an unranked recruit out of Florida. As Kelly Quinlan said when he committed, he currently features size comparable to All-American offensive lineman Shaq Mason and Tech lineman Gary Brown. Hill is the fifth commit in what should be a relatively small recruiting class for the Jackets as a result of the small number of seniors on the roster.
Everyone has their own opinion as to who the top five quarterbacks in the ACC are, and the ACC Digital Network recently published the video below detailing who they think are the top dogs in the conference. I've already established that Deshaun Watson isn't the best in the conference in my book, but I guess I could be crazy. Justin Thomas comes it at number two on their list, which seems more than fair.
Just for the fun of it, I'm now going to take a crack at the top 5. Feel free to do so as well and leave your response in the comments below.
5. Jacoby Brissett, NC State: Without Brissett at the helm, NC State would be totally lost. Extremely talented dual threat guy.
4. Brad Kaaya, Miami: I'm not as in love with Kaaya as most people seem to be. He's talented but not on the same level as the next three guys.
3. Marquise Williams, UNC: Honestly just an impressive player. Threw for 3,000 yards with 21 touchdowns last season coupled with 788 rushing yards and 13 more touchdowns.
2. Deshaun Watson, Clemson: Sure, he's talented. But get back to me when he plays even half a season. You can't be a great player if you don't play.
1. Justin Thomas, Georgia Tech: Not being a homer here, I just really think that Thomas is the best quarterback. His footwork is just too nice and he is the best scheme fit I've ever seen.
Speaking of quality quarterback play, Justin Thomas has been named to the Maxwell Award watch list for the upcoming 2015 season. For those who are unfamiliar, I'd describe the Maxwell Award as the second most prestigious award and college football next to the Heisman Trophy. It goes out annually to the best player in college football, and recent winners include Tim Tebow (twice), Cam Newton, Andrew Luck, Manti Te'o and his girlfriend, A.J. McCarron, and Marcus Mariota. Thomas is one of five ACC quarterbacks to be named to the list, with the other four being the exact ones touched on in the ACCDN video above.
What is your top five list for ACC quarterbacks?