Best Class: Florida State (No. 4 nationally, 0.9007 average 247Sports Composite rating). The Seminoles almost always have the top-ranked class in the ACC. This cycle was no different. The National Champs were especially good in south Florida, landing five-star running back Dalvin Cook and his close friend, five-star wide receiver Ermon Lane. In all, the Seminoles landed two 247Sports Composite five-star recruits and an impressive 14 four-star recruits. The group was especially strong at wide receiver, defensive line and linebacker.
Safety Quin Blanding (Virginia) is the highest rated incoming ACC recruit.
Surprise Class: Virginia. Despite only winning two games this fall, Mike London fashioned the ACC’s No. 6 recruiting class. Landing a pair of 5-star recruits with Andrew Brown and Quin Blanding highlighted the haul. Adding four-star recruits Jamil Kamara and Steven Moss gave the Cavaliers four of the top eight prospects in Virginia this cycle. Virginia got added a late steal with Cory Jones out of Washington (D.C.).
Sleeper Class: North Carolina State. Dave Doeren’s first full recruiting class was filled with instate sleepers that could wind up being gems in Raleigh. That group includes Jalan McClendon (QB), Germaine Pratt (S/OLB), Will Richardson (OL), Kalen McCain (DB) and Jaylen Samuels (ATH). Adding Stephen Louis and Shawn Boone out of south Florida, two of the better prospects in that talent-rich area at their respective positions, were steals for the Wolfpack.
Best Recruiting Win: Elijah Hood, North Carolina. Keeping Charlotte’s best at home was huge for North Carolina. The power back rushed for 8,981 yards and 147 career touchdowns in high school. He was committed to Notre Dame and opened up his recruitment early this fall. It didn’t take him long to jump in the boat with the Tar Heels. This get will allow Larry Fedora’s staff to continue to land the best in Charlotte, a key recruiting area for the home state school.
Best Recruiter: Chip West, Virginia. (No. 9 nationally). The Cavaliers’ ace landed a pair of five-star studs with Brown and Blanding. He’s built the relationships in the Tidewater Region to the point where Virginia now at least splits for the top talent with Virginia Tech and the rest of the nation there. The Hampton, Va. native also landed Kamara and Jones, two of Virginia’s better commits. West did all of this while battling through a 2-10 campaign.
Best Recruiter Effort: Jeff Scott, Clemson. The 33-year old recruiting coordinator again has the Tigers with a Top 15 class and one of the ACC’s Top 3 best classes. He helped lead the way with four wide receiver commits, a group that’s ranked as the nation’s best. Its the second time in four cycles that Scott’s positional group is regarded as the nation’s best WR recruiting class in the country. Scott also helped recruit four-star tight end Milan Richard and five-star quarterback Deshaun Watson, the highest ranked QB commit for Clemson in the modern era.
Best Recruit: Dalvin Cook, Florida State. Explosive, game-changing back that’s a home run waiting to happen when he’s in space. That could change this season with Cook. He has that kind of talent to be a special, instant-impact player. Adding the nation’s top wide receiving class figures to open the box in the years to come for Cook.
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