Thursday, February 7, 2013
Atlantic Division signing day recap
By Heather Dinich
Here’s a look back at the Atlantic Division’s hits and misses on signing day:
Needs filled: Linemen. Depth up front has been an issue and should have been a priority in this class. First-year coach Steve Addazio laid a foundation in this class with five linemen and a QB-DT in James Walsh.
Holes remaining: The Eagles could use another running back. It should have been one of their biggest priorities, but there is only one true running back that signed, unranked Tyler Rouse. Athlete Myles Willis is expected to switch from an option quarterback to running back.
Needs filled: Clemson brought in plenty of elite playmakers on defense, where the program needs the biggest upgrade. They brought in the No. 2 CB, the No. 3 ILB, the No. 8 OLB, and the No. 10 DE.
Holes remaining: This was a pretty all-encompassing class. You won’t find a quarterback listed, but the Tigers already have depth at that position. With six ESPN 150 commits, there is no shortage of speed or talent.
Needs filled: Front seven depth. With the departures of defensive linemen Tank Carradine, Bjoern Werner and Brandon Jenkins, the Noles had to reload some depth up front and at the linebacker position. Mission accomplished with five linebackers, including the nation’s No. 1 OLB, Matthew Thomas, and five defensive linemen.
Holes remaining: Much like Clemson, it’s hard to find holes in a top-10 class that includes seven ESPN 150 commits. FSU also gave its offensive line depth a boost with the No. 4 offensive guard, Ira Denson, and the No. 7 center, Ryan Hoefeld.
Needs filled: Athletes. The Terps were in need of some playmakers, period, and they got that in junior college WR Deon Long, CB Will Likely III, and QB-DT Shane Cockerille. With five four-star recruits, this is one of Maryland’s better classes in recent years.
Holes remaining: The Terps missed out on defensive tackle Michael Minter, and probably could have used another interior lineman. The depth of the front seven took a hit with the departures of Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis.
Needs filled: Receivers. First-year coach Dave Doeren was looking for receivers to fit his spread offense, and the staff accomplished that on short notice. NC State had at least six receivers in its class, including Johnathan Alston, the No. 80 receiver in his class.
Holes remaining: Doeren and his staff did a pretty good job of covering all of their bases in this class, and it was a large one -- 26 commits -- so he had plenty of room to work with. There is still a lot of work to be done, though, as this is his first class and he is recruiting to a different offensive philosophy.
Needs filled: Depth on defense. Junior college linebacker Luke Arciniega is the defensive star of the class, and could help immediately. The Orange had a well-rounded defensive class with three linebackers, three defensive backs, and four linemen.
Holes remaining: Running backs. Syracuse took a big hit on signing day in the running back department, as it lost commit Augustus Edwards to Miami. The current roster isn’t empty at the position, but Syracuse didn’t sign any in this class.
Needs filled: Playmakers on defense. The Deacons have fallen behind on the defensive side of the ball since the days of Aaron Curry and Alphonso Smith, but this class has a few stars, including the No. 25 OLB in his class, Lance Virgile.
Holes remaining: The Deacs signed only one receiver in this class, Tyree Harris. Wake Forest missed out on receiver Cydney Calvin, who recently visited the school, and receiver Jeff Badet of Orlando (Fla.)