With recruiting classes across the country beginning to fill out, now is a good time to take a look at how the ACC is faring heading into the home stretch of the 2024 cycle. Here are some of Adam FriedmanWhat we think about the ACC’s 2024 recruiting rankings.
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PROJECTED LEAGUE CHAMPION: Florida State
With four commitments from Rivals250 top 45 prospects and the current No. 1 recruiting class in the ACC team rankings, it will be difficult for any team in the conference to catch Florida State. The impulse that Mike Norvell and his staff now, thanks to a big win over LSU, should pay dividends as National Signing Day approaches.
With some big targets still on the board, Florida State could even find itself higher in the national rankings when this recruiting cycle ends. The Seminoles need to work hard to retain the number one safety prospect and five-star KJ Bolden to ensure they get the best overall recruiting class in the ACC.
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DO NOT DISCOUNT: Miami
It’s really not surprising to say that we shouldn’t count out Miami in the race for the No. 1 recruiting class in the ACC because they currently sit at No. 2 in the team rankings. That being said, it appears the Hurricanes still have some big targets left and a number of players who could end up moving to Miami, depending on how the season turns out.
Five-star receiver Ryan Wingo is expected to visit Coral Gables at some point this season and the Hurricanes just welcomed Ohio State running back Jordan Lyle for the Texas A&M game. All-state offensive lineman Eddy Pierre-Louis is a top target for teams across the country and the Hurricanes could be in their top three. Yeah Mario Cristobal and the staff can build momentum on the field the rest of the season, we could see this immediately translate into major commitments in the recruiting process.
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GREATEST OBTAINED: Duke
Can’t say enough about the work that Mike Elko and his staff have done it at Duke. With a big win over Clemson to start the season and a dominant win last weekend over Lafayette, it looks like the Blue Devils could be undefeated when they host Notre Dame in late September. That could become a major recruiting event for the Blue Devils, who already have one of their best recruiting classes in recent memory.
The last time Duke finished a recruiting cycle with a top-40 class was in 2016 and it looks like it could accomplish that feat again this year. Right now, the Blue Devils have the No. 34 recruiting class in the country and could be in line for some additional commitments if things continue the trend on the field.
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Surprisingly struggling: Clemson
This was supposed to be the “do the right thing” season for Clemson with a new offensive coordinator in Garrett Riley and Cade Klubnik appears ready to take a big leap as starting quarterback. The season has not gone as most expected and it is showing in the hiring process.
Dabo Swinney and the staff currently has 17 commitments with a recruiting class that ranks 16th in the country. The last time Clemson finished with a recruiting class this low in the rankings was in 2017, when scholarship limitations allowed it to sign just 14 prospects that year.
We could certainly see Clemson add some big commitments before the end of this recruiting cycle, but that would have to coincide with big wins on the field this season. If momentum on the field increases, it should translate into the recruiting process.
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BEST BATTLE: Florida State vs. Miami for Booker Pickett
Every team needs an elite pass rusher, and Booker Pickett fits that description. Programs across the country have been chasing Tampa’s defensive end, and while Ohio State appears to have been the early favorite, it appears Florida State and Miami are making strong efforts to keep Pickett from leaving the state.
Miami hosted Pickett for their big win over Texas A&M and the way he played defense really caught his attention. He expects the Hurricanes and Seminoles to keep pushing to make sure Pickett ends up in one of their recruiting classes on signing day.