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Right now, Virginia Tech has an advantage in the Coastal Division with Tyrod Taylor leading the Hokies in 2009. The rest of the Coastal is young at QB -- outside of Duke's Thaddeus Lewis. You could argue that North Carolina, Miami, Virginia Tech and even Georgia Tech are going to be consistent conference leaders and BCS hopefuls for years to come; those programs' classes to this point give the Coastal a bright outlook.
Top Prospect: RB Desmond Scott (Durham, N.C./Hillside) is an undersized, but shifty and fast, scat-back who could have some upside at corner, too. The former Rutgers commit adds another dimension (and much-needed skill) to this offense.
Don't be surprised if Duke is a .500 team by 2010.
Top Prospect: The two highest-rated prospects in this class are OG Will Jackson (Knoxville, Tenn./Farragut) and ATH David Sims (St. Matthews, S.C./Calhoun County). Sims, like Luallen, has the skills to play at QB, but he could truly play any skill spot and is a great athlete.
Don't be surprised if Georgia Tech is an ACC power and is in contention for the ACC championship game late in the season, every season Johnson is at the helm. The combination of good players and a scheme that is nearly impossible to prepare for in three days will be a thorn in the conference's side
|Ray Ray Armstrong, a prep QB, will play safety at Miami.|
Top Prospect: Well, it's Bryce Brown, for now. There has been much speculation that Brown might jump to Eugene, Ore., and become a Duck. If that happens, it could be a big blow because Brown is a kid capable of being the centerpiece of an offense. However, no one player ever makes a recruiting class.
Don't be surprised if ATH Jamal Reid (Mayo, Fla./Lafayette) becomes one of the jewels of this class, either on defense at corner or on offense at wide receiver. Regardless, he could be a contributor quickly as a return man.
Top Prospect: WR Jheranie Boyd (Gastonia, N.C./Ashbrook) is the highest rated prospect in this class, but he is also a wide receiver, and wide receivers are everywhere. It's a boost for this class with Hakeem Nicks opting for the NFL. In our opinion, the QBs are the headliners here.
Don't be surprised if DE Sam Montgomery (Greenwood, S.C.) chooses the Tar Heels come signing day. This would be a huge haul for Butch Davis and crew when you consider the level of defensive interior personnel they have brought in over the last two classes -- including DE Robert Quinn, DTs Tydreke Powell and Marvin Austin. Montgomery would play opposite Moss.
Top Prospect: TE Tucker Windle (Charlotte, N.C./Catholic) is the highest-rated prospect; yet no player in this class is graded at 80 or higher, which is a bit surprising. Windle is an upside guy in a down year for tight ends. He is athletic and a better receiver than blocker at this stage, which is not surprising given his lack of bulk right now.
Don't be surprised if Canadian import DE Brent Urban (Mississauga, Ontario/Lorne Park Secondary) develops into a heckuva football player. His size, ranginess and long arms, coupled with excellent overall athleticism, give him nice upside.
Top Prospect: As mentioned, RB David Wilson is an explosive, strong runner, and with last year's Ryan Williams and now Wilson, Frank Beamer has a stable of runners for the future. Wilson eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark and even broke his own single-game record this past fall with 349 yards on 23 carries and three touchdowns.
Don't be surprised if ATH Theron Norman (Richmond, Va./Hermitage) plays early and often. He could start out at wide receiver because of the need there for the Hokies, but he has real safety upside, too.
Tom Luginbill is the National Recruiting Director for ESPN's Scouts Inc. He has an extensive background in professional football talent evaluation and coaching. He played quarterback at Georgia Tech (1994) and Eastern Kentucky (1995).