The 2014 All-ACC recruit team: Florida State, Miami, Clemson and everyone else

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Using the 247sports composite rankings, we made all-star teams out of the ACC's best high school recruits. How does your team stack up?

The ACC did a decent job recruiting overall, coming in somewhat behind the Pac-12 and slightly ahead of the Big Ten in terms of blue chips signed per school. But the talent gap between the SEC and all other conferences, is only growing.

4- and 5-stars signed: SEC 136 | Pac-12 51 | ACC 50 | Big Ten 49 | Big XII 31

Florida State class of the league

Florida State was the only ACC team to have a top-5 class nationally, or even top-10 for that matter, so it makes sense that the Seminoles would have twice as many players on the first team than any other team in the league. Their dominance over the ACC in recruiting is similar to Ohio State's over the Big Ten.

Clemson and Miami alone in the second tier

Just as FSU lords over everyone, Miami and Clemson also really out-recruit most of the other schools in the league, having about double the members on the team than everyone but Florida State. Miami gets the nod because it has more on the first team. 18 of the 15 first-team spots and 31 of the 50 overall slots are occupied by these three schools.

Louisville collapses

Louisville already gained its biggest commitment in quite a while when the ACC asked it to join the league, but it is difficult to put into words how badly this class fell apart when Charlie Strong left for Texas.

Half of the league lacks multiple representatives

Louisville wasn't the only awful class. Pitt, Georgia Tech, Boston College, Duke, Syracuse and Wake Forest did not bring much to the talent pool here, with none of them having multiple representatives. They are not beating out their neighbors in the SEC (or the Big Ten in the Northeast) for much talent at all, and it drags the league down significantly. Several of these schools are private or have tough admission standards, but some of these recruiting efforts were fairly poor.

Good and bad: Heavy on sunshine state talent

12 of the 25 players on the all-recruit ACC first team are from the state of Florida. That makes sense, as two of the league's premier recruiting teams are in Florida, and Clemson also recruits Florida well. But there's also a noticeable lack of talent being brought in from other states that are common recruiting grounds for SEC teams. All four players on this team from Georgia are committed to Clemson. It seems very odd that other ACC schools weren't able to win any battles for Georgia players.

Great receivers...

Florida State and Clemson brought in ridiculous receiver hauls, and there were several four-star type receivers actually left off the team. It is perhaps the deepest position.

... Where are the defensive backs?

With all the great talent coming in to the league at receiver, it has to be a bit disconcerting for people who enjoy games under four hours that the league brought in a total of three defensive backs rated four or five stars. The culprit? FSU and Clemson went very light on defensive backs this year, and the rest of the league could not pick up the slack.

Player School Stars Committed to
Deshaun Watson Gainesville (Ga.) Gainesville 4 Clemson
Watson is the best dual-threat quarterback prospect in the country. He has a big arm and wheels to get himself out of trouble.
Dalvin Cook Miami (Fla.) Central 5 Florida State
Cook is a C.J. Spiller clone. If he has a crease, he is gone.
Joseph Yearby Miami (Fla.) Central 4 Miami
Yearby is one of the most instinctive runners in the country.
Ermon Lane Homestead (Fla.) Homestead 5 Florida State
Lane is one of the best receivers in the country.
Travis Rudolph West Palm Beach (Fla.) Cardinal Newman 4 Florida State
If Rudolph were two inches taller or 0.1 seconds faster in the 40, he could be the top receiver in the country. As he is, he has great hands, feel, and gets open a lot.
Artavis Scott Tampa (Fla.) East Lake 4 Clemson
Scott is an electric and strong jitterbug who will be a terror Clemson in a number of ways.
Tight End
Mavin Saunders Houston (Texas) Kinkaid School 4 Florida State
Saunders is a raw prospect with tremendous athleticism and a basketball background.
Offensive Line
Kc McDermott West Palm Beach (Fla.) Central 4 Miami
McDermott doesn't turn 18 until right before the Hurricanes start their fall camp, and his combination of size and athleticism is excellent.
Trevor Darling Miami (Fla.) Central 4 Miami
Darling is a very big kid (6'6, 315) who continues to get better and better at tackle.
Bentley Spain Charlotte (N.C.) Providence 4 North Carolina
Spain is very athletic and as he fills out his 6'5, 280-pound frame he'll be a very good one for the Tar Heels.
Roderick Johnson Florissant (Mo.) Hazelwood Central 4 Florida State
Johnson is one of the top offensive tackles in the country and has 11.5" hands.
Alex Bookser Pittsburgh (Pa.) Mt. Lebanon 4 Pitt
Bookser is a good combination of size and athleticism.
Defensive Line
Andrew Brown Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith 5 Virginia
Brown has incredible quickness and length for such a young player.
Chad Thomas Miami (Fla.) Booker T 5 Miami
Thomas has great length and potential off the edge.
Derrick Nnadi Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes 4 Florida State
Nnadi has incredible strength including a 600-pound squat at defensive tackle.
Kentavius Street Greenville (N.C.) J.H. Rose 4 N.C. State
Street is an extremely strong defensive end prospect at 6'2 and 265 pounds.
Kain Daub Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood 4 Florida State
Daub is one of the best inside linebackers in the country, with college-ready size.
Jacob Pugh Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby 4 Florida State
Pugh has great size off the edge.
Korie Rogers Buford (Ga.) Buford 4 Clemson
Rogers is an active tackling machine.
Delvin Purifoy Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic 4 Florida State
Purifoy is a stout (6'1, 235) interior run stopper.
Defensive back
Quin Blanding Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside 5 Virginia
Blanding is an excellent safety prospect with great size (6'2, 200) and range.
Trey Marshall Lake City (Fla.) Columbia 4 Florida State
Marshall is an extremely athletic safety.
Kiy Hester Wayne (N.J.) De Paul Catholic 4 Miami
Hester is a big time talent at safety, bringing huge hits and solid range.
Troy Vincent Jr. Baltimore (Md.) Gilman 3 N.C. State
Vincent is an NFL legacy and a good cover cornerback.
Germaine Pratt High Point (N.C.) Central 3 N.C. State
Pratt is a long, rangy safety.

Second team

Brad Kaaya West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade 4 Miami
Kaaya has a big arm and improved a lot during his senior year.
Elijah Hood Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic 4 North Carolina
Hood is a bruiser at 220 pounds. It will be interesting to see how he fits in North Carolina's spread offense.
Shai McKenzie Washington (Pa.) Washington 4 Virginia Tech
McKenzie may remind some Hokies fans of Lee Suggs.
Trevion Thompson Durham (N.C.) Hillside 4 Clemson
Thompson lacks great speed but has excellent ball skills and can be an asset in the red zone.
Jamil Kamara Virginia Beach (Va.)) Bishop Sullivan 4 Virginia
Kamara has excellent size (6'2, 210) for the receiver position, and running back-like ability.
Demarre Kitt Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek 4 Clemson
Kitt possesses a nice blend of power and speed.
Tight End
Milan Richard Savannah (Ga.) Calvary Day 4 Clemson
Richard is the nephew of Herschel Walker, and a big target with good long speed.
Offensive Line
Steven Moss Fredericksburg (Va.) Chancellor 4 Virginia
Moss is a talented interior line prospect.
Corey Martinez Tampa (Fla.) Catholic 4 Florida State
Martinez is an excellent guard prospect
Cannon Smith Columbia (S.C.) Hammond School 4 Clemson
Smith is a developmental prospect who could also play tight end if he doesn't add considerable size.
Will Richardson Burlington (N.C.) Cummings 3 N.C. State
The former UVa commitment has a good build with plus athleticism.
Jared Cohen Owings Mills (Md.) McDonogh 3 North Carolina
Cohen has college-ready size and is a nasty guard.
Defensive Line
Demarcus Christmas Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee 4 Florida State
Christmas is one of the most talented defensive line recruits in the country.
Anthony Moten Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas 4 Miami
Moten is a classic three-technique defensive tackle.
Lorenzo Featherston Greensboro (N.C.) Page 4 Florida State
At 6'7 and 220 pounds, Featherston is all about potential off the edge.
Trent Harris Winter Park (Fla.) Winter Park 4 Miami
Harris is a stout hybrid player who could play in a two- or three-point stance.
Richard Yeargin III Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) University School 4 Clemson
Yeargin could grow into a defensive end.
Chris Register Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley 4 Clemson
Register is a huge (235 pounds) high school inside backer.
Raymon Minor Richmond (Va.) Benedictine Prep 4 Virginia Tech
Minor will play the classic "whip" position for the Hokies.
Darrion Owens Orange Park (Fla.) Oak Leaf 3 Miami
Owens has excellent size at 6'4 and 215 pounds.
Defensive back
Stepheny Durham Jacksonville (Fla.) Atlantic Coast 3 Georgia Tech
Durham plays bigger than his 5'11 frame and could get on the field early for Georgia Tech.
C.J. Reavis Chester (Va.) Thomas Dale 3 Virginia Tech
Reavis can be an immediate terror on special teams and could play early on defense for the Hokies as well, thanks to his college-ready size at safety.
Michael Johnson Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic 3 Louisville
Johnson will remind new Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham of Josh Harvey-Clemons, a similar 6'3, 215-pound safety he had at UGA.
Jeffery Farrar Upland (Calif.) 3 Virginia
Farrar has tremendous cornerback size at 6'1 and 195 pounds.
M.J. Stewart Yorktown (Va.) Uptown 3 North Carolina
Stewart offers coverage versatility against spread offenses.

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