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ACC recruiting primer

2/6/2013

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Bold prediction: Virginia Tech will climb back toward the top of the conference after signing a strong 2013 class.

Boston College

Biggest need: Playmakers at running back.

Biggest recruit: Three-star athlete Myles Willis will make the transition from high school option quarterback to running back for Steve Addazio’s spread offense.

Clemson

Biggest need: Playmakers on defense.

Biggest recruit: While the Tigers’ chances at four-star prospect Montravius Adams are slipping, there are some quality recruits on board, including ESPN 150 defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko.

Duke

Biggest need: Defensive backs for the 4-2-5 package.

Biggest recruit: Three-star cornerback Evrett Edwards should be able to come in and play early.

Florida State

Biggest need: Offensive linemen and front-seven depth.

Biggest recruit: Florida State lost ESPN 150 offensive lineman Austin Golson a week ago and has been frantically trying to get him to recommit.

Georgia Tech

Biggest need: Team speed.

Biggest recruit: Several options here, but three-star wide receiver Ricky Jeune should find a spot on the field quickly.

Maryland

Biggest need: Playmakers and depth.

Biggest recruit: Junior college wide receiver Deon Long should be able to line up across from Stefon Diggs and give the Terps another major vertical threat.

Miami

Biggest need: Run-stopping defenders.

Biggest recruit: Five-star prospect Matthew Thomas is the most coveted prospect in the eyes of Hurricanes fans, but four-star defensive tackle Jay-nard Bostwick fits an even bigger need.

North Carolina

Biggest need: Playmakers on defense.

Biggest recruit: At the top of the class are two ESPN 150 prospects in cornerback Brian Walker and defensive tackle Greg Webb. Both will get early looks.

North Carolina State

Biggest need: Athletes for spread offense.

Biggest recruit: Three-star wide receiver Johnathan Alston leads a very good class of skill players.

Pittsburgh

Biggest need: Speed on offense.

Biggest recruit: Four-star offensive lineman Dorian Johnson is one of the best in the nation.

Syracuse

Biggest need: Quality depth on defense.

Biggest recruit: Junior college linebacker Luke Arciniega has the potential to be a big-time contributor in the fall.

Virginia

Biggest need: Defensive backs.

Biggest recruit: ESPN 150 running back Taquan Mizzell and four-star defensive back Tim Harris are two players to watch early.

Virginia Tech

Biggest need: Team speed on defense.

Biggest recruit: ESPN 150 prospect Kendall Fuller leads one of Frank Beamer’s best classes.

Wake Forest

Biggest need: Playmakers on defense.

Biggest recruit: Four-star linebacker Lance Virgile is the sort of physical presence Wake Forest’s defense will need in the future.