Monday, January 24, 2011
McGee: ACC recruiters among nation's best
By Heather Dinich
Ryan McGee, a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, ranked the nation's five best recruiters and the ACC had two assistant coaches make the cut: Virginia Tech's Jim Cavanaugh and Florida State's James Coley.
The Hokies have earned a reputation for finding and developing players who might not all add up to a top 25 class, but are good enough to win an ACC title year after year, and Coley has done a remarkable job helping coach Jimbo Fisher build a foundation for the post-Bobby Bowden era. There were a few other recruiters in the ACC who immediately came to mind, though, as coaches who have done impressive jobs on the recruiting trail this year:
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney:Despite a losing season that ended with back-to-back losses to rival South Carolina and South Florida, Swinney has still managed to lure in the No. 12 class in the country. Swinney is a salesman, and top recruits are still buying his pitch.
Virginia coach Mike London: His familiarity with the state has paid dividends in a short amount of time. London's relationships with area coaches have helped him lure in the nation's No. 21 class.
North Carolina coach Butch Davis:What NCAA investigation? You'd never tell the program went through a two-pronged academic and agent-related investigation this season that caused 14 players to miss at least one game each. The Tar Heels have the No. 13 class in the country, including three ESPNU 150 players and 10 four-star recruits.