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Monday, June 9, 2014
Top ACC recruiters

By Jeremy Crabtree

The ACC has come a long way in the national recruiting battles, mainly because of the quality assistants who have gravitated to ACC teams. The league’s top five recruiters include veterans at Florida State, Miami, Clemson and North Carolina who have plenty of victories on the trail over the years. The rankings also feature a surprise from Tobacco Road.

1. Tim Brewster
Recruiting coordinator/tight ends coach, Florida State
What he’s done
: Simply put, there aren't many better recruiters and recruiting coordinators in the game today than Brewster. Every stop along the way, especially at Texas from 1998 through 2001 when he recruited Vince Young, Brewster has done tremendous work.

2. Zac Roper
Recruiting coordinator/tight ends coach, Duke
What he’s done
: Roper has helped the Blue Devils do what most thought was impossible -- play for an ACC championship and compete in a major bowl game. While many of Roper’s personal recruiting victories won’t register on a national stage, as the Blue Devils’ recruiting coordinator he’s played a major role in upgrading the program’s talent since his arrival in 2008.

3. Art Kehoe
Offensive line coach, Miami
What he’s done
: Kehoe is Miami football. A former player and longtime assistant under six different head coaches, Kehoe is entering his 30th year on the coaching staff in Coral Gables. Kehoe isn’t one of these young recruiters who wows prospects with flash and swag. He wins recruits over with his experience and knowledge of what makes the U The U.

4. Brent Venables
Defensive coordinator, Clemson
What he’s done
: Venables first made a name for himself recruiting in Big 12 territory at Kansas State and Oklahoma. He was a major thorn in the side for Texas and Texas A&M with his efforts in Dallas, and he’s continued to do good things while at Clemson, having a hand in virtually all of the Tigers’ defensive commitments since his arrival in 2012.

5. Larry Porter
Running backs coach, North Carolina
What he’s done
: Porter emerged as one of the best recruiters in nation while at LSU from 2005 through 2009, landing stars like Russell Shepard, Chris Davenport, Terrence Toliver, Chad Jones, Stefoin Francois, Drake Nevis, Jarrett Lee and others. While things didn’t work out as the head coach at Memphis, he did good things at Arizona State and Texas the past two years before landing at North Carolina this February. He’ll do big things for the Heels.

Honorable mention: Micheal Barrow, Miami; Shane Beamer, Virginia Tech; Gunter Brewer, North Carolina; James Coley, Miami; Odell Haggins, Florida State; George McDonald, Syracuse; Jeff Scott, Clemson; Stacy Searels, Virginia Tech; Rick Trickett, Florida State; Chip West, Virginia.