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ACC Daily Links, Feb. 6

Thursday, February 6, 2014 12:30am
By: Brian Geisinger

Quick note: Did you - for whatever reason - miss out on some of the excitement for National Signing Day yesterday? Well, if so, we've got you covered - check here.


Boston College
Steve Donahue's Eagles got 20 points from Ryan Anderson, but their disaster of a season continued last night as they lost on the road to Virginia, 77-67. Boston College fell to 6-16 on the season.

Here's another look at Clemson's 2014 recruiting class, which is ranked No. 12 and No. 13 nationally by ESPN.com and Rivals.com, respectively. The Tigers also landed a big piece for their 2015 recruiting class - when five-star offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt committed to Dabo Swinney's program.

The Blue Devils compiled a class of 18 signees, which is led by speedy 6-foot-1 wide receiver Trevon Lee, who chose Duke over Vanderbilt. On National Signing Day, Duke's head coach, David Cutcliffe, joined our David Glenn to discuss a variety of topics, including his own personal recruiting philosophies.

Florida State
Aaron Thomas scored 24 points in Ian Miller's absence, and the Seminoles won easily at home Wednesday over Virginia Tech, 70-50. Jimbo Fisher does it again: a month removed from winning his first national championship, Florida State's head coach helped land yet another top-five recruiting class yesterday.

Georgia Tech
Here are six quick bulletins regarding the Yellow Jackets' 2014 recruiting class. Paul Johnson's class is headlined by a special in-state recruit: four-star athlete Myles Autry, who chose Georgia Tech over Georgia and Florida State.

Randy Edsall and the Terrapins put the finishing touches on their first recruiting class of players who will play only in the Big Ten; it's headlined by five-star OT Damian Prince. When Prince decided to sign with Maryland - over Florida State, Alabama, South Carolina and Florida - well, it's safe to say the Terrapin coaches were happy.

For the third year in a row, Al Golden has landed another top-flight recruiting class - it's rated as a top-ten class by several recruiting services. Last night in hoops, the Hurricanes - led by Rion Brown's 21 points - fought hard but fell to Pitt in overtime, 59-55.

North Carolina
Larry Fedora - who stopped by to chat with our David Glenn yesterday - has to be pleased with a talented 2014 recruiting class, especially four-star stud running back Elijah Hood, the top prospect in the state of North Carolina. Somewhat lost in the shuffle on NSD - P.J. Hairston sat down and gave his first media interview since his career concluded at UNC.

N.C. State
The Wolfpack have an absolutely gigantic - and talented - recruiting class heading to Raleigh for next fall; here's an in-depth look at those who will be lining up on the offensive side of the ball. A pleasant Signing Day surprise for the Pack was being able to flip three-star linebacker Airius Moore, who had been committed to Indiana.

Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish will play a half-ACC schedule for the 2014 football season; here's a closer look at their incoming recruiting class.

It wasn't a pretty game - by any means, but even as Jamie Dixon's Panthers continue their recent rough patch, they were able to pick-up a 59-55 overtime win over Miami last night - thanks to 25 points from star Lamar Patterson. A lot can happen on NSD - here's a more focused look at five key things that took place for Paul Chryst and company yesterday.

The Orange received some good news yesterday: wide receiver Adrian Flemming, who missed the vast majority of the 2013 season with an injury, has been granted a medical redshirt, and will return to the team for the 2014 season. No. 1 Syracuse welcomes Clemson into the Carrier Dome Sunday evening; defeating the Tigers and staying unbeaten will require putting the clamps down on Clemson's star - K.J. McDaniels.

Three players scored in double-figures for the Cavaliers, including 13 points off the bench from both Justin Anderson and Anthony Gill, and they rolled Boston College easily, 77-67. Here's a mid-season report card for a Tony Bennett team that has shaken off some early rust, and is currently playing some superb basketball.

Virginia Tech
The Hokies put together a solid recruiting class for 2014, however, missing out on key in-state guys like Derrick Nnadi, for instance (he's headed to FSU), is what's preventing this program from taking the next step forward. James Johnson's Hokies dropped to 1-9 in the ACC as they fell last night on the road to Florida State.

Wake Forest
Jim Grobe's replacement, Dave Clawson, hasn't been on the job long, but he did a solid job compiling and holding together the Demon Deacons' 2014 recruiting class.