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ACC Team Recruiting Consensus Rankings for 2015

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Athlon Sports has averaged out the four major recruiting services team rankings for the ACC — 247Sports, Rivals.com, Scout.com and ESPN — and created the ACC consensus team recruiting rankings for 2015. Here is what we learned:

Florida State, Clemson and everybody else

It’s clear who the class of the ACC was in 2015 recruiting. The Seminoles and Tigers were ranked in the top five nationally by both Rivals and ESPN and the top eight by 247. No one else in the ACC was even close and North Carolina finished third with an average ranking just outside of the top 25. That said, for whatever reason, Scout didn’t agree, ranking both Clemson and Florida State outside of the top 10 nationally (take it up with them, fans).

Newest faces

Louisville and Bobby Petrino just completed their first full cycle as a member of the ACC and it appears the Cardinals will do just fine in their new league. The Cards ranked no lower than 32nd nationally by any service and finished solidly in the top half of the league. The same cannot be said about Pitt and Syracuse, who signed the worst two classes in the ACC this fall (mostly due to size for the Panthers).

Three-star classes

Florida State and Clemson signed all seven five-star recruits that the ACC landed this cycle. Those two programs, as expected, signed 19 of the 42 four-star recruits as well. Who didn’t sign a single five- or four-star recruit in the ACC? Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Boston College and Syracuse were the only ACC teams that didn’t land a four-star recruit this year.

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Middle of the pACCk

The middle of the ACC pack needs to show improvement. Miami was one of the National Signing Day losers after missing out a bunch of quality players and falling outside of the top 25. ESPN and Rivals barely snuck Virginia Tech into the Top 25 and North Carolina was 24th by Scout and ESPN. But those three programs are the next best recruiting brands in the league and have history of competing at a high level in the ACC. So if the league wants to be considered on the same playing field as the SEC or Pac-12 nationally, these three programs need to start threatening top-10 classes on the recruiting trail.

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Positive signs in Winston-Salem?

Using Rivals.com team rankings — because they date back the farthest — Wake Forest signed its best class of the modern era this year. Three of the four sites ranked the Demon Deacons 53rd or better, making it the highest-rated class for Wake Forest since Rivals began tracking team rankings in 2002. ESPN ranked the Deacs an exciting 42nd in the nation — ahead of quality programs like Maryland, BYU, Cal, Utah, Iowa and others. Things could be looking up for Dave Clawson.

2015 ACC Consensus Team Recruiting Rankings:

 

 

Total

5-Star

4-Star

Nat'l Avg

247

Rivals

Scout

ESPN

1.

20

4

10

4.8

3

3

11

2

2.

25

3

9

7.8

8

4

15

4

3.

19

0

4

26

28

28

24

24

4.

22

0

5

27.3

26

26

34

23

5.

24

0

4

29.5

29

24

40

25

6.

24

0

2

31.5

32

32

32

30

7.

23

0

4

34

30

35

38

33

8.

27

0

0

41.3

43

39

42

41

9.

23

0

1

48

48

44

55

45

10.

24

0

0

53.5

53

52

67

42

11.

25

0

0

54

60

47

58

51

12.

18

0

1

56.3

50

61

69

45

13.

26

0

0

59.3

63

62

49

63

14.

14

0

2

61.3

62

72

63

48