By David Glenn
February 1, 2006
Here's a quick look (still subject to change) at the "star power" of each of the ACC's 12 football recruiting classes this year. National signing day continues, and the NCAA's annual letter of intent period for gridiron prospects actually stretches for a full two months, so there likely will be a few player additions over the next few days especially.
Just for fun, I took a look at three of the major prep All-America teams, those from Scout.com, Rivals.com and SuperPrep magazine. Each time an ACC program put one of its commitments on one of those teams -- meaning four- or five-star players in the case of the on-line services -- I gave that team one "star-power point." If a single prospect was on all three teams, the school received three points for that player. If he was on only one of the teams, the school received one point, etc.
Here are the results, again SUBJECT TO SLIGHT REVISIONS beyond signing day, again based only on this just-for-fun "star power" formula. The ACC Sports Journal will post its 2006 team recruiting rankings here at ACCSports.com by 5:30 p.m. today:
1-2. Miami/Florida State: Final lists coming soon. Schools still were announcing new signees after 4 p.m. Very impressive groups in both cases.
3. Clemson (20): Asheville (NC) High DB Crezdon Butler (3), Morris (IL) Community DE Jamie Cumbie (3), North Charleston (SC) Ft. Dorchester DB Byron Maxwell (3), Bamberg (SC) Bamberg-Ehrhardt DE Ricky Sapp (3), Lake Butler (FL) Union County RB C.J. Spiller (3), Winnsboro (SC) Fairfield Central DB Darius Gaither (2), Tallahassee (FL) Godby DB DeAndre McDaniel (2), Fork Union (VA) Military WR Jacoby Ford (1).
4. North Carolina (14): Highland Springs (VA) High LB Jarrell Miller (3), Jacksonville (NC) White Oak WR/S Deunta Williams (3), Wendell (NC) East Wake DT Aleric Mullins (2), Charlotte (NC) Independence WR Hakeem Nicks (2), Havelock (NC) High LB/S Bruce Carter (1), Tarboro (NC) High DB Shaun Draughn (1), Charlotte (NC) Providence Day TE Vince Jacobs (1), Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military DT/DE Darrius Massenburg (1).
4. Virginia Tech (14): Carteret (NJ) High DE Jason Adjepong (3), Cincinnati (OH) Princeton OL Aaron Brown (3), Richmond (VA) Meadowbrook DE John Graves (3), North Arlington (NJ) Queen of Peace DE Mike Gee (2), Fork Union (VA) Military WR Todd Nolen (2), College Park (GA) Banneker DT Ladi Ajiboye (1).
6. Maryland (11): Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military DE Melvin Alaeze (2), Hamden (CT) Hyde OL Bruce Campbell (2), Chesapeake (VA) Smith LB Brian Whitmore (2), Wheaton (MD) Good Counsel TE Drew Gloster (1), Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military RB Morgan Green (1), Harrisburg (PA) Bishop McDevitt QB Jeremy Ricker (1), Plymouth Meeting (PA) Whitemarsh PA WR/DB Da'Rel Scott (1), Waldorf (MD) Westlake DB Pha'Terrell Washington (1).
7. Boston College (5): Westwood (MA) Xaverian Brothers WR/DB Chris Fox (1), Amherst (NH) Souhegan OL Richard Lapham (1), Billerica (MA) Memorial LB James McCluskey (1), Minneapolis (MN) Breck TE Jordan McMichael (1), Kingston (MA) Silver Lake RB/DB Jeff Smith (1).
8. Virginia (4): Glen Allen (VA) Deep Run TE/DE Sean Gottschalk (1), Vienna (VA) Oakton RB Keith Payne (1), North Arlington (NJ) Queen Of Peace TE Joe Torchia (1), Winston-Salem (NC) Mt. Tabor QB/ATH O.C. Wardlow (1).
9. Duke (3): Doylestown (PA) Central Bucks West FB Brandon King (2), Boca Raton (FL) High DE Tyler Rice (1).
10. Georgia Tech (2): Irving (TX) High RB Jamaal Evans (1), Key West (FL) High CB Laurence Marius (1).
11. N.C. State (1): Lexington (KY) Catholic QB Justin Burke (1).
12. Wake Forest (0): none.
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