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National Signing Day: ACC Winners/Losers

Posted on: February 2, 2011 7:51 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 10:09 pm
Posted by Chip Patterson

Overview - While a lot of the great news did center around Florida State and Clemson on National Signing Day, most schools finished National Signing Day about how they figured they would. There was certainly the drama of players like Tony Steward and Timmy Jernigan, but few coaches will feel like National Signing Day set their program back in any way.


Clemson - Without a doubt, the biggest Signing Day winner of the ACC. Clemson entered Wednesday with a very good recruiting class, and finished with one of the best classes in the nation. The Tigers pulled in two of MaxPreps top six ranked prospects with linebackers Stephone Anthony and Tony Steward. Dabo Swinney also got two surprise commitments out of defensive end Roderick Byers and offensive guard Spencer Region.

Florida State - Jimbo Fisher has been receiving commitments from some of the best players in the nation over the last several weeks. So it should come as no surprise that he treated landing Timmy Jernigan, the No. 3 defensive tackle in the nation, so casually. Fisher has wasted no time putting his fingerprints all over the Florida State program. Between the way the Seminoles finished 2010 and the recruiting job done by Fisher's staff, there is reason to believe Florida State is on the way back to the top of the ACC.

North Carolina - Dirty recruiting is always going to be an issue with any coveted prospect. But having to recruit amidst an ongoing NCAA investigation creates a whole new competitive edge for the opposition. Head coach Butch Davis overcame all the controversy to finish with a recruiting class that MaxPreps has ranked No. 19 nationally. Only Florida State, Clemson, and Virginia are ranked higher.

Virginia - People figured that Mike London would be able to re-energize the Virginia football program, but no one was sure it could happen so quickly. Between Richmond, William & Mary, and Virginia - London has spent nearly two decades as a coach in the state of Virginia. On National Signing Day, the nation watched as top uncommitted's from the Commonwealth continued to sign with the Cavaliers. There is a lot of good football in the state of Virginia, and if London can own the area the Cavaliers will see rapid improvement in Charlottesville.


Virginia Tech - The Hokies really missed out on quarterback Lafonte Thourogood. Hailing from Virginia Beach, traditional thinking would say the athletic quarterback would be a lock for Frank Beamer's staff. But James Franklin put in work once he got to Vanderbilt and convinced Thourogood to join the Commodores.

Miami - Considering how little time Al Golden had to hit the recruiting trail, he pulled in a solid class to Coral Gables. But there were several noteworthy uncommitted prospects on National Signing Day who still listed Miami as one of their final choices. Hat after hat, Miami was snubbed by the likes of Bryant Dubose, Dominique Terrell, and most dramatically Elkino Watson. Watson grew up a Miami fan, and many believed his announcement was going to be for the Hurricanes. But with all the hats on the table, Watson had a friend bring a USF hat from the audience. Then his family started doing the Bull dance. Working it. (Seriously)

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Since: Sep 20, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2011 2:46 pm

London selling early playing time.

I would compare this class to what Groh did his first year.  London is not a very good coach and this class will just have to learn what its like losing 5-7 games every year.

Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2011 1:13 pm

National Signing Day: ACC Winners/Losers

I'm just happy to see so many ACC school getting quality classes. I have mad pride in my conference and my Clemson Tigers, and I am sick of the bashing the ACC (justifiably) gets every year. Good job by UVA in particular. While I hate to see FSU get such a good class it's not terribly surprising. It was nice of them to beat the Gamecocks in the Chick-Fil-A this year, though. Appreciate that. 

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2011 10:04 am

National Signing Day: ACC Winners/Losers

Mike London has good connections in the Tide Water region of Virginia where much of the talent is and that is why he was able to pull in such a good class (as well as his high energy Im sure). UVA finally appears to be moving towards respectability, the last few years under Groh were atrocious. Mark my words, UVA will be contending for a BCS bowl within 2 years.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: February 2, 2011 11:19 pm

National Signing Day: ACC Winners/Losers

Hate to say it, but what class for FSU. Canes need to match it in 2012, already off to a nice start.

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