NSD Inside the Numbers: Clemson, FSU again separate from ACC

Several hundred fans packed Jervey Gym for the 7th annual Fort Hill Clemson Football Recruiting Wrap-up dinner - Early enrollees Shaq Lawson (90), Ebenezer Ogundeko (58), Jordan Leggett & Jadar Johnson (18)

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Several hundred fans packed Jervey Gym for the 7th annual Fort Hill Clemson Football Recruiting Wrap-up dinner - Early enrollees Shaq Lawson (90), Ebenezer Ogundeko (58), Jordan Leggett & Jadar Johnson (18)

Signing Day, thanks to late announcements and flips, was business as usual for Clemson and Florida State.

They were the only ACC teams to average a top-25 class, both residing in the top-15. Updating the five-year cycle, Clemson maintained its five top-15 finishes in Scout and Rivals’ rankings respectively, and the Seminoles the same with nine. Pittsburgh finished third in the ACC in this cycle (27.5).

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Looking again at the tale of the tape in-state, South Carolina fell outside of the top-15 (18.5), in line with its five-year average (18.2).

The five-year average isn’t the best of comparisons program to program in the Palmetto State though, with Clemson’s low-rated “dandy dozen” 2009 class still on the books for the Tigers. In four-year average, Clemson edges the Gamecocks 15.1 to 19.6.

SEC owns the ’13 top-15

The SEC didn’t invent football, as Dabo Swinney noted Wednesday, but they are running the recruiting world right now.

Seven of the top-15 hail from the conference, including Alabama atop the crowd, with the Big Ten (Michigan, Ohio State and Nebraska) and the ACC (Clemson/FSU) next-best.

Avg. Rank) Team Rivals 4+ Stars (Avg.)/Scout (Avg.) Top-Three Rated Players
2) Alabama 17 (3.84)/18 (3.92) 5-star DE Jonathan Allen (6-3 255), DT A’Shawn Robinson (6-5 304), TE O.J. Howard (6-6, 220)
T-6) Florida 16 (3.67)/16 (3.63) 5-star LB Alex Anzalone (6-3 229), DB Vernon Hargreaves (5-11 185), 4-star RB Kelvin Taylor (5-11 216)
T-6) LSU 17 (3.73)/18 (3.7) 5-star DB Tre’Davious White (5-11 175), DE Frank Herron (6-5 260), 4-star OT Ethan Pocic (6-6 280), DT Greg Gilmore (6-5 290)
8) Texas A&M 15 (3.45)/17 (3.56) 4-star ATH Ricky Seals-Jones (6-5 220), DB Kameron Miles (6-2 200), DT Isaiah Golden (6-2 295)
8.5) Ole Miss 12 (3.56)/12 (3.62) 5-star OL Laremy Tunsil (6-6 295), WR Laquon Treadwell (6-3 198), DE Robert Nkemdiche (6-5 260)
T-10.5) Auburn 11 (3.57)/9 (3.35) 5-star DT Montravius Adams (6-3 290), DE Carl Lawson (6-2 253), 4-star WR Earnest Robinson (6-3 200)
T-10.5) Georgia 15 (3.47)/14 (3.41) 4-star DB Tray Matthews (6-0 194), OL Brandon Kublanow (6-3 289), ATH Tramel Terry (6-0 190)
12) Florida State 11 (3.57)/9 (3.41) 5-star DB Jalen Ramsey (6-0 190), LB Matthew Thomas (6-3 205), 4-star OL Ira Denson (6-4 317)
13) Clemson 10 (3.3)/10 (3.35) 4-star DB Mackensie Alexander (5-11 175), LB Dorian O’Daniel (6-1 201), OL Tyrone Crowder (6-2 315)

UCLA, Notre Dame and Oklahoma round out the top-15 teams.

ACC top-talent not all Tigers and ‘Noles

Atlantic Coast Convos did a breakdown of the top-15 ESPN-rated players that signed to ACC teams, who all lined their top-100.

Clemson signed the ACC's best (CB Mackensie Alexander, No. 4 overall) and also LB Ben Boulware (No. 78) on the list, while a conference-leading five top-100 players are Seminoles (OLB Matthew Thomas, No. 6; CB Jalen Ramsey No. 14; ATH Ryan Green, No. 30; DT Demarcus Walker, No. 40; ATH Levonte Whitfield, No. 74).

Miami signed four (WR Stacy Coley, No. 47; DE Al-Quadin Mohammad No. 58; CB Artie Burns No. 70; QB Kevin Olsen, No. 87), Virginia Tech two (CB Kendall Fuller, No. 18; S Holland Fisher, No. 98) and Pittsburgh (OT Dorian Johnson, No. 29) and Virginia (RB Taquan Mizzell, No. 75) one .

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