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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Looking at ESPN.com's class rankings

By Heather Dinich

It's that time of year when ACC fans get reinvigorated. There is a renewed sense of hope and optimism as FSU and Clemson continue to lure in top talent and the anticipation builds for national signing day.

It helps fans forget that those recruiting classes have yet to translate into a national title.

No need to be bah-humbug, though. We're talkin' bout recruiting, and the ACC has four teams in the top 15, and five teams in the top 25 of ESPN.com's latest class rankings. For those of you familiar with the rankings, you'll notice a new, more interactive and user-friendly format with an overload of conference-wide recruiting information. Here's how the ACC fared in the latest ranking:

No. 11 Florida State
No. 13 North Carolina
No. 14 Clemson
No. 15 Virginia Tech
No. 22 Miami
No. 29 Virginia

That UNC is ahead of Clemson speaks volumes about the job Larry Fedora and his staff have done. Look at guys like OG Jonathan Cooper, RB Giovani Bernard, and DT Sylvester Williams -- proof the Tar Heels can lure in elite talent. The question has been whether Fedora and his staff can continue that trend. Clearly he can, as they've already landed commitments from 12 four-star players and two members of the ESPN 150.

Virginia Tech and Virginia fans should also be encouraged by strong recruiting classes, as both programs struggled on the field this year. The Hokies took a dramatic drop-off after the loss of so many key players from the 2011 season. There's only one way to counter that, and it's recruiting, recruiting, recruiting. So far, so good in the ACC.