Signing Day scoop: Who's the best recruiter in the ACC?
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Our experts at Scouts Inc. put together this package for you on everything you need to know for signing day. You'll notice we have UNC coach Butch Davis lined up for an interview on ESPNU, and at the bottom of that page, we did a breakdown of the best of the BCS conferences.
I picked Clemson recruiting coordinator Billy Napier as the league's best recruiter based on the talent he has helped lure there in recent years, but this is a really tough call because each school has different academic standards, different philosophies, different needs and a wide variety of things to offer. It's not really comparing apples to apples.
Wake Forest, for example, is not going to get a lot of the highly touted athletes Miami is, nor does the coaching staff necessarily want the same players. If you consider the job Jim Grobe and his staff have done there with the unheralded recruits they have brought in, you might argue Ray McCartney, their recruiting coordinator, or quarterbacks coach Tom Elrod is the best recruiter in the league. Georgia Tech defensive line coach Giff Smith is another coach that comes quickly to mind for consideration. Paul Johnson did a tremendous job in his first season, but Smith lined up plenty of talent for him to work with. Former Virginia assistant Mike London was a heck of a recruiter, but now Richmond is reaping those benefits.
As for the best closer, it was a toss-up between FSU coach Bobby Bowden and Miami coach Randy Shannon. I went with Shannon in part because of the obvious -- he has brought a wealth of talent into the program and has a knack for sealing the deal. Bowden was a heck of a closer when he was in his prime, but I'm not sure if Jimbo Fisher hasn't taken on more of that role since he has been named the head-coach-in-waiting. Grobe was another top choice for this one. Think about the players he has recently landed -- Alphonso Smith, Aaron Curry, Riley Skinner, Chip Vaughn -- they won an ACC title, and with the exception of Smith, they were unknown in the recruiting world.
As for the other categories listed there, have fun with that.