One major deadline has passed and another one is on its way.
Coinciding with the early-entry mark is the end of the recruiting "dead period," signaling a near free-for-all up to National Signing Day on Feb. 5.
This time last year Clemson had 15 commits and ranked outside of the top-25 in both Rivals and 247Sports' team rankings. Jeff Scott and co. finished strong adding eight more pledges for a third-consecutive year with a top-15 class.
A 2013-esque push isn't expected, however, with "really tight" numbers this time around. By one calculation, they essentially have 15 scholarships to give currently for the next cycle, which will certainly not be the case by the summer.
The Tigers have 18 commits on board, including five already on campus (four of their top-five prospects too). How does that stack up against the competition?
Top ACC/2014 Competition in ’14 rankings…
FSU: Avg. team ranking* – 3.3. Four-star or higher commits – 15 (Top-100s: 6). Commits total – 29.
Miami: Avg. ranking – 8.7. Four-star or higher commits – 14 (Top-100s: 4). Commits total – 26.
Georgia: Avg. ranking – 10.7. Four-star or higher commits – 13 (Top-100s: 5). Commits total – 16.
Clemson: Avg. ranking – 18.7. Four-star or higher commits – 12 (Top-100s: 4). Commits total – 18.
UNC: Avg. ranking – 25.3. Four-star or higher commits – 6 (Top-100s: 2). Commits total – 21.
South Carolina: Avg. ranking – 25.7. Four-star or higher commits – 9 (Top-100s: 1). Commits total – 17.
(* Factors Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN's ranking. Scout isn't included because they don't have all of the prep school signees factored in. For example, Clemson's Kyrin Priester, who's rated the top prep school WR by Rivals and 247).
Year-to-year rankings only go so far as teams have different needs to fill and number strategies, but they are pretty much in line with recent years.
By 247's composite ranks, Florida State's last three classes have a No. 5 average, while Georgia (8) and Clemson (13) are top-15 as well. Al Golden and Miami are continuing their post-probation rise with a top-20 three-year mark (19). Virginia Tech (26), Virginia (26) and UNC (30) round out the ACC teams in the top-30.
Instate rival South Carolina is a little off their their steady top-20 run currently, where they averaged the 18th-best rank in the last three cycles and slightly better than that from 2007-12.
Back to '14, Alabama's continuing its dominance on the trail, pacing a group with Ohio State, Texas A&M and LSU holding a 90-plus average class via 247's composite.
By the same standard, ACC foes outside the top-30 include N.C. State (34), Pittsburgh (40), Louisville (44), Boston College (45), Georgia Tech (49), Maryland (52), Duke (56), Syracuse (58) and Wake Forest (69).