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ACC recruiting breakdown

Updated: August 18, 2011, 2:35 PM ET
By Dave Hooker | ESPN Recruiting

Here's a look at how programs in the ACC are faring on the recruiting trail.

Boston College Eagles

Commitments: 13
ESPNU 150 commitments: 0
Who they have: Boston College's biggest commitment -- in size and recruiting stature -- is four-star offensive lineman Frank Taylor from Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood. Taylor, however, isn't the only prospect slated to play in the trenches when B.C. has the ball. Three of the Eagles' five highest-rated commitments are offensive linemen: Taylor, Win Homer from Christchurch (Va.) School and Jim Cashman from Haddonfield (N.J.) Memorial. Boston College's class is also strong at tight end with Sam Grant from Lakewood (Ohio) Saint Edward and Dan Crimmins from Demarest (N.J.) Northern Valley. Both are three-star prospects.

Who they still want: Defensive back Sean Davis from Washington (D.C.) Maret would be a key pickup. The Eagles could also use a ready-to-play, impact freshman receiver to replace departed wideouts Shakim Phillips and Clyde Lee.

Clemson Tigers

Commitments: 15
ESPNU 150 commitments: 5
Who they have: With limited scholarships to offer this year, Clemson targeted many of the nation's best and got them. The Tigers don't have a five-star prospect committed but they have eight four-star prospects and none of their commitments rank lower than three stars.

Clemson hopes to have found its quarterback of the future in Chad Kelly from Buffalo (N.Y.) St. Joseph's. He should have plenty of protection. The Tigers have four highly touted offensive tackle commitments: Patrick Destefano from Roebuck (S.C.) Dorman, Javarius Leamon from Woodruff (S.C.) High, Oliver Jones from Ninety Six (S.C.) High School and the nation's top center, Jay Guillermo from Maryville (Tenn.) High. There are also highly touted targets for Kelly to throw to with receiver Germone Hopper from Charlotte (N.C.) Phillip O. Berry and Zac Brooks from Jonesboro (Ark.) High School on board.

The class also has some defenders, led by its highest-rated commitment, Travis Blanks from Tallahassee (Fla.) North Christian, the No. 12 overall prospect overall and second-best safety in the country. Defensive end Shaquille Lawson from Central (S.C.) D.W. Daniel is another four-star defender.

Clemson also tabbed the nation's top kicker in Bradley Pinion from Concord (N.C.) Northwest Cabarrus.

Who they still want: Clemson only has two or three scholarships, left so the Tigers will be picky. They are still actively pursuing defensive tackle Carlos Watkins from Forest City (N.C.) Chase and defensive end Jonathan Bullard from Shelby (N.C.) Crest.

Duke Blue Devils

Commitments: 14
ESPNU 150 commitments: 0
Who they have: Duke's 2012 class is deep (14 commitments) but just how talented it is remains to be seen. Always battling tough academic standards, the Blue Devils don't have a four- or five-star prospect committed. Tight end Daniel Beilinson from Cary (N.C.) Panther Creek and kicker Ross Martin from Cuyahoga (Ohio) Walsh Jesuit are Duke's highest-rated commitments. Martin is considered the fifth-best kicker in the nation. The Blue Devils should be solid at defensive end with Allen Jackson from Owings Mills (Md.) McDonogh, Carlos Wray from Shelby (N.C.) High School and August Wolf from Tarrytown (N.Y.) Hackley on board. All are considered three-star prospects. Duke also has a quarterback on board, Thomas Sirk from Glen Saint Mary (Fla.) Baker County.

As one would expect with coach David Cutcliffe at the helm, there are plenty of offensive players committed, including three wide receivers: Erich Schneider from Ponte Vedra (Fla.) Jacksonville Episcopal, Anthony Nash from West Chester (Pa.) Bayard Rustin and Max McCaffrey from Highlands Ranch (Co.) Valor, the son of former NFL wide receiver Ed McCaffrey and the nephew of former Duke basketball player Billy McCaffrey.

Who they still want: The state of North Carolina could get interesting with the Tar Heels in flux. Duke is one of the programs that could benefit from that if it targets prospects who can qualify academically. Tailback Jela Duncan from Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek would be a big pickup. He plans on visiting Duke this fall. Fullback Dondre Brown from Hampton (S.C.) Wade Hampton and Schyler Miles from Tampa (Fla.) Berkeley are also real possibilities.

Florida State Seminoles

Commitments: 16
ESPNU 150 commitments: 10
Who they have: Undoubtedly one of the most talented classes in the country, Florida State's 2012 group is deep with the nation's elite prospects, namely five-star defensive end Mario Edwards from Denton (Texas) Ryan. As for Florida State's 15 other commitments, 11 are four-star prospects. That includes who the Seminoles hope is their quarterback of the future: Sean Maguire from West Orange (N.J) Seton Hall.

Who they still want: FSU is one of the few teams in college football that has leverage over many of the most talented prospects in country. As their scholarship offers run out, great prospects could feel the pressure. Florida State is in the market for some wide receiver help and is certainly in the running for four-star prospects Malcolm Lewis from Miramar (Fla.) High School and Monty Madaris from Cincinnati Moeller.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Commitments: 11
ESPNU 150 commitments: 0
Who they have: Judging from Georgia Tech's 2012 class, it had two primary goals: Recruit the type of athletes its option attack needs and shore up its interior defensive line. Consider both goals accomplished. The Yellow Jackets have secured four athlete prospects: Marcus Allen from Hilliard (Fla.) High School, Dennis Andrews from Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby, Micheal Summers from Statesboro (Ga.) High School and Antonio Crawford from Tampa (Fla.) Plant. That quartet should give Tech flexibility to add to its offensive or defensive depth early. As for defensive tackle, Tech added two three-star prospects: Patrick Gamble from Carrollton (Ga.) Central and Rod Chungong from Olney (Md.) Good Counsel.

Who they still want: Even though they have four versatile athletes it's hard to imagine the Yellow Jackets would turn down another, and Ezra Robinson from Sarasota (Fla.) Booker would be a possibility. As for a home run, Georgia Tech would love to land John Atkins from Thomson (Ga.) High, a four-star prospect who is thought of as one of the most athletic big men in the South. However, there is a lot of competition to land Atkins, who despite playing tight end in high school is expected to play on the offensive or defensive line in college.

Maryland Terrapins

Commitments: 15
ESPNU 150 commitments: 0
Who they have: Offensive line help was a major priority for Maryland, and it was addressed with two four-star prospects: tackle Mike Madaras from Olney (Md.) Good Counsel and guard Nick Brigham from Atlanta Marist. The Terps aren't afraid to dip down into the Southeast to grab prospects. In addition to Brigham, Maryland secured commitments from four other Southeast standouts: receiver A.J. Liddell from Douglasville (Ga.) Chapel Hill, receiver Amba Etta-Tawo from Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern, quarterback Caleb Rowe from Greer (S.C.) Blue Ridge and cornerback Alvin Hill from Locust Grove (Ga.) Luella. In addition to Rowe, Maryland is also bringing in signal-caller Perry Hills from Pittsburgh Central Catholic.

Who they still want: The Terps are playing it close to the vest on several prospects, withholding offers until they see some of their targets play during their senior season. However, safety Sean Davis from Washington (D.C.) Maret already holds an official scholarship offer. Maryland has toyed with bringing in junior college defensive tackle help and seems intrigued by junior quarterback Brandon Bossard from Norristown (Pa.) Methacton, although it doesn't appear a scholarship offer has been extended just yet.

Miami Hurricanes

Commitments: 24
ESPNU 150 commitments: 5
Who they have: It's hard to imagine the reports of widespread NCAA violations not having an impact on Miami's 2012 class. An investigation is ongoing and given the usual pace of the NCAA, Miami's 2013 class could also be affected as well. That's a shame for first-year coach Al Golden, who has assembled a strong class. Where the 2012 class goes from here is anyone's guess, but here's where the Canes currently stand:

Miami has 24 commitments and 19 are from Florida. Nine four-star prospects have signed up, including receiver Angelo Jean-Louis from Wellington (Fla.) Palm Beach Central, athlete Randy Johnson from Miami Norland and cornerback Amos Leggett from Homewood (Fla.) High. Quarterback Preston Dewey from Austin (Texas) St. Andrews is an exciting prospect with the ability to throw from the pocket and run when necessary.

Who they still want: A quick NCAA investigation would be nice. One prospect the Hurricanes would love to land is senior offensive lineman Daniel Isidora from Weston (Fla.) Cypress Bay. If Miami's 2012 class is torn apart, expect the Canes to start offering some lower-level prospects in hopes of having more options. That's been the path that North Carolina and other schools have taken when off-field issues hinder recruiting.

North Carolina Tar Heels

Commitments: 12
ESPNU 150 commitments: 0
Who they have: The Tar Heels have managed to keep their head above water after coach Butch Davis' sudden and untimely firing last month. In response to the upheaval, North Carolina lost one commitment, cornerback Nathan Dortch from Fort Myers (Fla.) South, who committed to Miami. Then they picked up athlete Damien Washington from Kannapolis (N.C.) A.L. Brown. North Carolina landed four-star prospects tight end Justin Meredith from Anderson (S.C.) T.L. Hanna, guard J.J. Patterson from Roanoke Rapids (N.C.) High School and Shakeel Rashad from Jacksonville (Fla.) Episcopal. The Tar Heels also have a solid quarterback committed in Patton Robinette. The Maryville (Tenn.) High School standout was flying under the radar until UNC offered him a scholarship.

Who they still want: Whoever they can keep. While North Carolina survived the early storm of changeover, it's far from national signing day. For its 2012 class to thrive (and survive), North Carolina will need to show stability, some hope via wins this fall and a somewhat-clear record with the NCAA. It's hard to envision many elite prospects committing to North Carolina unless that happens. Therefore, coaches from North Carolina have spent much of the time since Davis' firing doling out scholarships to open up some options. Offensive tackle Sean Henigin from Bridgeton (N.J.) High School, athlete Kevin Fouquier from Lafayette (La.) Comeaux and fullback Nathan Staub from Buford (Ga.) High School are real possibilities.

North Carolina State Wolfpack

Commitments: 13
ESPNU 150 commitments: 0
Who they have: Athlete James Summers from Greensboro (N.C.) Page is N.C. State's lone four-star prospect. The Wolfpack have a handful of three-star prospects as well, including guard Eddie Gordon from Boiling Springs (S.C.) High School, receiver Xavier Griffin from Newark (Del.) High School, K'Hadree Hooker from Deep Run (N.C.) South Lenoir, quarterback A.J. Doyle from Boston Catholic Memorial, defensive end Joe Wright from Greenville (N.C.) J.H. Rose, quarterback Manny Stocker from Coatesville (Pa.) High School and safety Josh Sessoms from Bailey (N.C.) Southern Nash. It's obvious NC State can recruit nationally as only four of its commitments hail from North Carolina. The Wolfpack have two commitments from Delaware, two from Georgia and one from New Mexico.

Who they still want: The Wolfpack still have a long way to go to complete their 2012 class. Noah Spence from Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt would be a prime get, but there's a lot of competition for him. Tailback Shadrach Thornton from Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County is a more likely possibility, as is offensive tackle Adam Pankey from Hamilton (Ohio) High School.

Virginia Cavaliers

Commitments: 22
ESPNU 150 commitments: 1
Who they have: Coming off a 4-8 season (1-7 in the ACC) hasn't hurt the Cavaliers. They have 22 commitments and three four-star prospects including athlete Eli Harold from Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes, linebacker Kwontie Moore from Norfolk (Va.) Christian and defensive end Michael Moore from Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha. Clearly, coach Mike London can recruit. The 2012 class has standout players and is solid throughout with 15 three-star prospects. Recent quarterback commitment Greyson Lambert from Jesup (Ga.) Wayne County was certainly a big pickup.

Who they still want: The Cavs would love to land a pure tailback in the 2012 class and Chris Mangus from Raleigh Needham Broughton is a possibility. There has also been chatter that Virginia could pull tailback Imani Cross from his Tennessee commitment, but as of now the Gainesville (Ga.) North Hall prospect is committed to the Vols. Four-star linebacker Ken Ekanem from Clifton (Va.) Centerville would also be a big pickup.

Virginia Tech Hokies

Commitments: 23
ESPNU 150 commitments: 0
Who they have: Virginia Tech has plenty to sell, such as a winning tradition and stability, and it shows. The Hokies have already assembled a strong class, highlighted by two four-star commitments -- cornerback Donaldven Manning from Miami Central and hard-hitting linebacker Devin Vandyke from Lorton (Va.) South County. Of course Tech has been strong in Virginia with 14 commitments but they've also shown the ability to go far. Prospects from seven different states (Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Maryland) have committed. Moreover, Tech's class has a strong foundation with 19 prospects committed that are at least rated three stars or better.

Who they still want: The Hokies are still in the running for several top prospects and with 23 commitments they can zone in on their top targets, such as running back Drew Harris from Exton (Pa.) Downington East, linebacker Ken Ekanem from Clifton (Va.) Centerville, tailback Chris Mangus from Raleigh (N.C.) Needham Broughton, athlete Joel Caleb from Midlothian (Va.) Clover Hill and defensive tackle Korren Kirven from Lynchburg (Va.) Brookville. All but Mangus are considered four-star prospects.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Commitments: 10
ESPNU 150 commitments: 0
Who they have: Wake Forest has some work to do. If not for six commitments in July, the Demon Deacons would really be hurting. Still, it's not time to celebrate just yet. Wake has the fewest commitments in the ACC and no four- or five-star commitments. On the bright side, there is a foundation to build on with four three-star prospects -- tight end Anthony Rook from Greenville (N.C.) J.H. Rose, defensive end Joshua Banks from Apex (N.C.) Middle Creek, offensive tackle Will Smith from Christchurch (Va.) School and athlete Ryan Janvion from Miami Dade Christian.

Who they still want: A lot of highly rated prospects would be a good fit. More help on the defensive front would certainly bolster the class. Wake could also use some wide receivers to go with the three offensive linemen, two tight ends and a running back it already has committed. Linebacker T.J. White from West Chester (Pa.) Henderson also appears to be on the radar.

Dave Hooker covers Southeast and Atlantic Coast recruiting. He has covered recruiting and college football for more than a decade. Email him at davehookerespn@gmail.com.

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