Three-Point Stance: ACC recruiting, commits, odds and ends
Rivals.com National Recruiting Director Mike Farrell’s Three-Point Stance is here with thoughts on ACC recruiting, some huge ACC commitments and some random recruiting thoughts.
1. CHECKING IN ON ACC RECRUITING
Let’s take a look at each conference over the next few weeks as we hit the summer lull in recruiting and see who’s been doing the best and who’s been struggling. We continue today with the ACC.
Dominating – Clemson – The Tigers are running away with the ACC on the field and are dominating off the field in recruiting. This is likely to be the best recruiting class in the program’s history as they already have numerous five-stars and are involved with so many more.
So Close – Miami, North Carolina, Florida State – The ‘Canes are putting together a very strong recruiting class with quantity and quality while North Carolina is one of the surprises of the country under Mack Brown and is killing it. Florida State has a gaudy average star ranking and Willie Taggart continues to add quality to the class.
Struggling – Virginia Tech – With only six commitments and not a lot of momentum, things are puzzling in Blacksburg. A big season will be needed for recruiting to get a boost.
Quietly Impressive – Georgia Tech, Pitt – Georgia Tech was one of the early surprises of the 2020 class and the Yellow Jackets are fifth in the conference, which bodes well for the future. I like what Pitt is doing as the Panthers continue to land quality players from Florida.
Happy With Headliners – NC State, Boston College – Wide receiver Porter Rooks is a huge in-state commitment for the Wolfpack and the only four-star in the class so far. Offensive tackle Kevin Pyne is one of the highest-ranked recruits in the Rivals era for Boston College and has the potential to be a great one.
2. RECENT ACC COMMITMENTS I LIKE
Commitments have come so quickly over the last few months that I’m going to break down the recent ones I like by conference, continuing with the ACC today.
3. RECRUITING ODDS AND ENDS
Some random thoughts…
As we continue to evaluate the 2020 class, battles at wide receiver, cornerback and running back have gotten a lot of attention. This class is also loaded at offensive tackle. There are currently three five-stars at the position – Paris Johnson Jr., Tate Ratledge and Myles Hinton – but it’s the depth at the position that impresses me. When a player like Trey Wedig is ranked outside the top 10, you know it’s a deep year and prospects like Broderick Jones, Kevin Pyne and Turner Corcoran are all elite talents with plenty of room to add to their frame.
Jones is the biggest and most physically developed so far but he’s very raw and the same can be said for Pyne. Corcoran is an athletic kid who could be special in a few years and I’ve already mentioned how much I like Walker Parks. Andrew Gentry intrigues me a ton but he will take a two-year mission it seems and a lot of prospects who take missions have trouble panning out for whatever the reason (two years off from football is probably a good reason). This is a very good year at offensive tackle.
Could Ohio State match what Oklahoma did last year and land three five-star wide receivers? It could happen. Julian Fleming is already ranked as a five-star and Gee Scott Jr. is putting himself in the discussion as he continues to improve. But I really like Jaxon Smith-Njigba as well and Mookie Cooper will probably be moved from athlete to wide receiver before all is said and done. It will be tough to match the Theo Wease, Jadon Haslewood, Trejan Bridges haul from Oklahoma last year but Ohio State appears to have the best chance so far in 2020.
Many people count USC out for Justin Flowe, Elias Ricks, Sav’ell Smalls and others out west, but what if the Trojans struggle early, fire Clay Helton and somehow convince a huge name like Urban Meyer to take over the program? Or perhaps an NFL guy like Jack Del Rio? Or heck even lure Chris Petersen away from Washington. Trust me when I say that the Trojans will be a player for some big names if Helton doesn’t make it through the season and an early hire is made. It just needs to be the right hire, something USC hasn’t done in a long time.