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Miami, Clemson Lead Acc Star Power Into Signing Day Seminoles, Hokies, Tar Heels Also Faring Well

Thursday, September 11, 2008 11:41am
By: Accsports Staff

By David Glenn
January 31, 2006

This list probably will need a handful of revisions just in the time it will take to write it, but here's an early look (subject to frequent change) at the "star power" of each of the ACC's 12 football recruiting classes this year. National signing day is Wednesday, so there will be plenty of additions -- and perhaps some subtractions -- in the next 24 hours.

Just for fun, I took a look at three of the major prep All-American teams, those from Scout.com, Rivals.com and SuperPrep magazine. Each time an ACC team 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 ON-GOING REVISION into signing day, again based only on this just-for-fun "star power" formula. The ACC Sports Journal will post its team recruiting rankings here at ACCSports.com on Wednesday afternoon:

1. Miami (24 points): Tallahassee (FL) Rickards DB Ryan Hill (3), Immokalee (FL) High RB Javarris James (3), Sarasota (FL) Booker WR Sam Shields (3), Crowley (TX) North Crowley OL Jason Fox (2), Miami (FL) Washington DB Chavez Grant (2), Tampa (FL) Chamberlain RB Kylan Robinson (2), Houston (TX) St. Pius OL Ian Symonette (2), Bartow (FL) High DE Steven Wesley (2), Jupiter (FL) High PK Matt Bosher (1), Richmond (VA) Huguenot TE Dedrick Epps (1), San Diego (CA) Point Loma DT Josh Holmes (1), Miami (FL) Monsignor Pace DB Tervaris Johnson (1), Clearwater (FL) Central Catholic LB Colin McCarthy (1).

2. Clemson (16): 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), Winnsboro (SC) Fairfield Central DB Darius Gaither (2), Tallahassee (FL) Godby DB DeAndre McDaniel (2).

3. Florida State (14): Leesburg (GA) Lee County QB/ATH D'Vontrey Richardson (3), Princeton (NJ) Hun DB Myron Rolle (3), Land O' Lakes (FL) High TE Caz Piurowski (2), Butler (KS) Community College DT Paul Griffin (1), Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military OL Matt Hardrick (1), Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military DE Justin Mincey (1), Prattville (AL) High LB Tim Rawlinson (1), Sanford (FL) Seminole DE Budd Thacker (1), Aiken (SC) South Aiken DE Dekoda Watson (1).

4. Virginia Tech (11): Carteret (NJ) High DE Jason Adjepong (3), Cincinnati (OH) Princeton OL Aaron Brown (3), Englewood (NJ) Morrow DE Mike Gee (2), Richmond (VA) Meadowbrook DE John Graves (2), Fork Union (VA) Military WR Todd Nolen (1).

5. North Carolina (9): Highland Springs (VA) High LB Jarrell Miller (3), Jacksonville (NC) White Oak WR/S Deunta Williams (3), Charlotte (NC) Independence WR Hakeem Nicks (2), Havelock (NC) High LB/S Bruce Carter (1).

6. Maryland (5): Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military DE Melvin Alaeze (1), Hamden (CT) Hyde OL Bruce Campbell (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 (4): Westwood (MA) Xaverian Brothers WR/DB Chris Fox (1), Billerica (MA) Memorial LB James McCluskey (1), Minneapolis (MN) Breck TE Jordan McMichael (1), Kingston (MA) Silver Lake RB/DB Jeff Smith (1).

7. 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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