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Tuesday, July 2, 2013
UVa makes big jump in recruiting rankings

By Andrea Adelson

Virginia grabbed the headlines this past weekend when it secured a commitment from defensive tackle Andrew Brown.

Now it has grabbed a hold of a much higher spot in the latest ESPN Recruiting Nation class rankings.

The Hoos were the biggest mover of the week, jumping up 13 spots to No. 15 thanks to Brown, the top defensive tackle in the nation and No. 3 overall player on the ESPN 300. He joins Quin Blanding, rated No. 11 on the ESPN 300, on the Hoos' commitment list. The folks at ESPN Recruiting Nation note only three five-star players have made commitments. Two have chosen Virginia.

Virginia also has commitments from two four-star offensive guards, including ESPN 300 prospect William Richardson. Craig Haubert writes, "The class might not be big but contains some very good talent led by the two in-state five-star defenders."

Here is a look at where the other ACC teams stand among the top 30 teams ranked:

No. 5 Florida State

No. 10 Miami

No. 11 Clemson

No. 15 Virginia

No. 24 North Carolina

No. 26 NC State

No. 27 Virginia Tech

No. 28 Boston College

Seven ACC schools are featured in these latest class rankings. That puts the league second behind the SEC. Also note where incoming member Louisville stands -- at No. 20. That would give the league more than half its teams ranked.

Of course, we still have a long way to go before Signing Day in February, and these rankings change week to week. But things are once again looking good for the ACC on the recruiting trail, at least for now.