With 247Sports having unveiled the national recruiter rankings this week, today we take a look inside the Atlantic Coast Conference and in doing so we find only one of the league's assistants in the Top 10.
Longtime 'Canes assistant Art Kehoe is off to a fast start for 2014.
That would be Miami's Art Kehoe.
As of Thursday, Kehoe has played a significant role in the recruitment of four Hurricane commits, three as the primary recruiter. His biggest catch, of course, is Kc McDermott, a five-star 247Composite offensive tackle from Palm Beach Central (Fla.). Also of note, all four of Kehoe's pledges are offensive linemen, which is what Kehoe coaches.
It's early of course, but Kehoe is one of only two ACC assistants in the Top 20.
In the 2013 cycle, Kehoe didn't have nearly this much success.
In fact, he ended up only 41st among ACC coaches after landing three three-star signees.
What makes Kehoe's impressive start for 2014 interesting is that he's not some young assistant that could be fast-tracked for a head coaching job, like many of the coaches in the Top 20 of the rankings.
A former Miami player, he is in his mid-50s, is entering his 29th year overall as a Hurricanes assistant and is working under his sixth head coach in Coral Gables (Howard Schnellenberger, Jimmy Johnson, Dennis Erickson, Butch Davis, Larry Coker, Al Golden). At Miami, Kehoe has coached seven first-team All-Americans and 20-plus players that reached the NFL.
Cornerback MacKensie Alexander was a huge get for Clemson assistant Tony Elliott.
A Look Back at 2013
The top-five recruiters in the ACC during the previous cycle were …
1. Jeremy Pruitt, Florida State -- The new Seminoles defensive coordinator made an immediate -- and significant -- impact in Tallahassee. He had a hand in the signings of several FSU players, including five-star outside linebacker Matthew Thomas.
2. Tony Elliott, Clemson -- Clemson's running backs coach is making a name for himself as a strong recruiter. 247Composite five-star cornerback MacKensie Alexander of Immokalee (Fla.) was his top pickup, and he also was key in landing two four-star running backs -- Tyshon Dye and Wayne Gallman (Gallman also could play linebacker).
3. Mike Locksley, Maryland -- Known for years as an elite recruiter, Locksley signed three four-stars and four three-stars. His most notable gets -- offensive tackle Derwin Gray and junior college receiver Deon Long.
4. Rick Trickett, Florida State -- Trickett had a nice haul, scoring four four-star prospects, one of them being a guy he will coach in his group, offensive guard Ira Denson.
5. Shane Beamer, Virginia Tech -- Beamer reeled in six players, two of whom were four-star recruits. Top 100 national recruit, safety Holland Fisher, was the biggest prize.
Recruiter Ranking Tidbits
Five-star running back Joseph Yearby was a big flip for Miami.
*North Carolina, which is No. 4 in the ACC recruiting team rankings with six pledges, has no coaches in the top 9 for the league but three from 10 to 14. Vic Koenning is in the No. 10 spot with Gunter Brewer at No. 13 and Blake Anderson at No. 14. Anderson, the offensive coordinator, landed four-star quarterback Caleb Henderson, a Top 100 recruit, last week.
*Clemson's Morris not only has Watson on board, but four-star all-purpose back Jae'lon Oglesby of Central (S.C.) D.W. Daniel. Make no mistake, though, Watson is the prize. The Tigers offered him a couple years ago and he committed last February. Watson, the No. 55 overall prospect in the 247Composite, told 247Sports he is solid to Clemson, but is keeping his options open. He continues to communicate with Auburn, Georgia, Ohio State and Oregon.
*Kehoe isn't the only Hurricanes assistant off to a nice start for 2014. New offensive coordinator James Coley, who came over from archival Florida State, in third in the ACC rankings and has a five-star to his credit. That's running back Joseph Yearby -- a former Noles commit.
*If there is an early surprise, it might be that Boston College offensive coordinator Ryan Day is in the Top 10. After Steve Addazio, formerly of Temple, became head coach over the winter, the Eagles finished only 87th in the 2013 rankings -- dead last in the ACC.
But now, they've started well for 2014, have five commits and a No. 24 ranking.
Day has been a big part of that success with two three-star commits as the primary recruiter.
*For a complete list of 2014 ACC recruiter rankings, click here.
*For a complete list of 2013 ACC recruiter rankings, click here.