Look who’s back on top (of the recruiting rankings).
Miami has made some waves in Mark Richt's first recruiting cycle, racking up 15 verbal commitments from the Class of 2017 so far and putting the Hurricanes on top in the ACC’s recruiting race with a No. 5 overall ranking.
The top 10 is ACC-heavy, as Clemson, Florida State and North Carolina are right behind the Canes at Nos. 7, 9 and 10, respectively.
Quasi-ACC member Notre Dame is No. 6.
The ACC’s four top-10 classes are the most of any conference, although the SEC has five schools in the top 15, which was released Wednesday. Ohio State currently has the nation’s top class.
Clemson boasts the highest-ranked committed player in the ACC, as four-star quarterback Hunter Johnson of Brownsburg (Indiana) High is ESPN’s No. 50 overall player. The Tigers and the Tar Heels each have six ESPN 300 commits, leading the way for the ACC. FSU is third with five ESPN 300 commits, while Miami is fourth with four.
Notre Dame has five ESPN 300 commits, led by four-star tight end Brock Wright of Cy-Fair (Texas) High. Wright is ESPN’s No. 32 overall prospect from 2017.
Of course, 177 of the ESPN 300 players are not currently committed anywhere, so there is plenty of room for movement between now and next February’s national signing day.