ACC: signing day 2010

NC State announces its class

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The Wolfpack received 19 letters of intent, the school announced on Wednesday. Four other newcomers, including two freshmen and two transfers, enrolled at NC State in January and will go through spring drills. The top player in the group is ESPNU 150 offensive tackle Robert Crisp. While it's not a class that's packed with highly-rated recruits, it is one that fills needs for the Pack, and the staff did a good job of staying in state, bringing in some junior college players for help, and balancing both offensive and defensive players.

Coach Tom O'Brien also said today that punter Jeff Ruiz, cornerback DeAndre Morgan and receiver Donald Bowens will graduate and move on and won't be with the program anymore.

BC wraps up its class

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It was a bit easier this time around, as coach Frank Spaziani and his staff have gone through a season together and had the past year to work together and recruit this 21-player class. One player to keep an eye on in this class is quarterback Chase Rettig, who could push Dave Shinskie for the starting job. Receiver Shakim Phillips is another player who could see the field quickly. The staff brought in three four-star players, but overall, this should be a typical BC class -- filled with players who want to be there and will help the Eagles contend for the Atlantic Division.

Clemson finishes strong

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Clemson wrapped up its 23-player recruiting class with letters from running back D.J. Howard and linebacker Justin Parker, who has the potential to contribute immediately. Coach Dabo Swinney told me he had no doubt both of those players would sign today, but he's "glad they came through." The Tigers, who signed two players from the ESPNU 150, currently have the No. 17 class in the country. Clemson missed on Keenan Allen, who announced today he'd sign with Cal, but it's still a good class for Swinney's first full recruiting year as head coach.

Miami announces its class

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Miami has received 22 letters of intent, including six players who enrolled in January. The staff signed 16 players from the state of Florida, and lured recruits from six different states. The Canes have three players in the ESPNU 150 and are currently ranked No. 12 by ESPN.com. While Miami has missed on a few undecided players today, it's not a class worth raising major concerns about, as it's still one of the best in the country and filled specific needs. Running back Storm Johnson can help the position's depth, especially with Graig Cooper coming off a knee injury. The Canes also filled a need on the offensive line and in the defensive front seven.

"We feel like we have an unbelievable class," said Miami coach Randy Shannon.

FSU lures in Green; slow day for Miami

February, 3, 2010
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Four-star athlete Christian Green, the No. 9 rated athlete in his class and No. 53 player overall in the ESPNU 150, has chosen Florida State. That's the third big commitment today for Jimbo Fisher. It's a good day to be a Seminoles' fan. FSU is still at No. 6 in the latest class rankings.

From ESPN's Billy Tucker:

"FSU is making a push for a top-five class and Jimbo Fisher has certainly established himself as the new closer in college football. Christian Green is a tremendous athlete who we project will play receiver at the next level. He will need to polish up as a route runner but has potential playmaker ability with his quickness, change-of-direction skill and burst in space."



Miami has signed three players from the ESPNU 150, but missed out on receiver Ivan McCartney, defensive end Ego Ferguson and offensive tackle Shon Coleman. The Canes still have six four-star recruits and have addressed several of their needs, namely at tight end, linebacker and offensive line.

Virginia Tech's class complete

February, 3, 2010
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Because of a small senior class this past season, Virginia Tech signed only 20 players on Wednesday, including 13 players from Virginia, the school announced Wednesday. In all, Tech signed seven of the top 13 players in the state and 10 of the top 25 according to The Roanoke Times. Safety Nick Dew is the only member of the ESPNU 150, but the Hokies signed three four-star recruits.

Dorsey's decision a surprise

February, 3, 2010
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The decision of five-star safety Demar Dorsey to attend Michigan could wind up being one of the biggest surprises of the day for the ACC. After decomitting from Florida last month, Florida State appeared to be the front-runner. Most folks, including our experts at Scouts Inc., thought that was where he was headed. Still, FSU has landed two outstanding prospects today in Christian Jones and Bjoern Werner.

Virginia's class complete

February, 3, 2010
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The Cavaliers have announced their class of 17 is complete. What stands out about this class is that there are four players with the potential to play quarterback. Consider that need addressed.

Mike London and his staff did a good job of keeping this class together with the coaching transition and adding some legitimate talent. The majority of players are in-state, and expect that trend to continue with how familiar this staff is with the state's recruiting turf.

Duke's class complete

February, 3, 2010
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Duke University has completed its 2010 class with 19 national letters of intent, the school announced on Wednesday.

The Blue Devils landed two quarterbacks, eight backs and nine linemen. A total of eight states are represented, including a class-high nine players from North Carolina. The group includes four from Georgia and one apiece from California, Illinois, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

This is a solid class for coach David Cutcliffe, who continued to bring in more speed and athleticism, which was what the program needed.

FSU lands Werner

February, 3, 2010
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Four-star defensive end Bjoern Werner was genuinely excited, and his interview was one of the more humbling for signing day, as he announced his decision to attend FSU. Werner is going to be a great story worth following, and you could tell by watching him just how much this meant to him. If there is a better interview today, I'd be surprised.

"I love the coaches, I love Coach [James] Coley, my recruiting coordinator, I love Coach [Jimbo] Fisher," he gushed.

He said he liked that FSU was on the East Coast, "closer to Germany," and his fiancée is excited about the move. He said his parents "don't really know what's going on here," and that they don't really understand American college football, or how big of a deal it all is.

They'll figure it out soon enough.

Here's one for the Hokies

February, 3, 2010
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Who says Virginia Tech doesn't go after the elite players?

Four-star safety Nick Dew has inked with the Hokies. He's the No. 63 overall player in the ESPNU 150, and the No. 6 safety in the country. That sounds like a guy who might be able to help a defense in transition. Scouts Inc. calls him "a major sleeper." He's got the ability to play anywhere.

Clemson, NC State get two stars

February, 3, 2010
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Clemson has received a letter of intent from four-star athlete and ESPNU 150 recruit Garry Peters. He's a strong dual-threat cornerback, but our guys at Scouts Inc. think he'll move to defensive back in college. Clemson's class is currently No. 16 in the country.

Four-star offensive tackle Robert Crisp has signed with NC State. Crisp is rated the No. 5 offensive tackle by Scouts Inc., and he is the No. 59 player in his class. He had also considered Clemson, Miami and North Carolina. Crisp will definitely fill a need here for the Pack.

FSU gets Jones

February, 3, 2010
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It's a good start for Florida State, as it got a commitment from outside linebacker Christian Jones. He's ranked the No. 27 overall player in the ESPNU 150 and the No. 2 outside linebacker. Here's what ESPN.com's Billy Tucker had to say on Jones on the live chat:

Jimbo Fisher continues to close well down the stretch. With the Jones commitment, FSU likely will be one of the big movers of the day. In Jones, the Seminoles are getting a scheme-versatile defender. We feel he could play OLB or develop into a defensive end with added bulk and strength. He’s a tremendous athlete for his size and can be a disruptive presence on the perimeter at either position.

Also, on our live chat, Tom Luginbill just said he thinks that UNC can finish with a top-20 class today.

FSU team to watch today

February, 3, 2010
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Florida State has already moved up a notch in ESPN.com's Scouts Inc.'s latest rankings. The Noles went from No. 9 to No. 8. and could move up even further by closing strong today.

They already have six commitments from the ESPNU 150, twice as many as Miami. Most of the players who could make an impact on their final class ranking will be announcing on ESPNU today. Christian Jones coming up next.

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