The 2014 All-ACC recruit team, June edition: Seeking defensive linemen

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The ACC has a lot of teams recruiting above average for the 2014 class.

So far in the 2014 ACC class, the theme is balance. While Florida State, Clemson and Miami are at the top of the conference rankings, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech are all building strong classes. One way to demonstrate this is with an all-conference recruiting team.

The format is simple, using the 247sports composite of the four major recruiting rankings (Scout, Rivals, ESPN and 247), the top QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, TE, 5 OL, 5 DL, 4 LB, 5 DB. We'll update this every month or so until Signing Day in February.

Note: Every effort was made to slot players at the positions they'll be playing in college. Analysis follows the table.

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The ACC has four four-star quarterbacks, and that depth is not shown in this exercise.
Deshaun Watson Gainesville (Ga.) 4 Clemson
The 6'3, 200-pound Watson has a strong arm, very good mobility, and offers from around the country. For more on Clemson football recruiting, visit Shakin The Southland.


Which team will grab the No. 2 spot with a four-star or better back?
Joseph Yearby Miami (Fla.) Central 5 Miami
The 5'9, 190-pound Yearby is one of the most dynamic backs in the country. For more on Miami football recruiting, visit State of The U.
Jae'lon Oglesby Central (S.C.) D W Daniel 3 Clemson
Oglesby is a home-run threat.

Wide Receiver

There is no shortage of good receivers in the ACC, but there are few elite prospects.
Demarre Kitt Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek 4 Clemson
The electric Kitt has been on the radar of recruiting analysts for three years.
Markell Pack Purvis (Ms.) 4 Florida State
Pack is a smooth, strong receiver at 6'2 and 190 pounds. For more on Florida State football recruiting, visit Tomahawk Nation.
Javon Harrison Lakeland (Fla.) Kathleen 4 Virginia Tech
Harrison is listed as an athlete, but will play receiver for the Hokies. For more on Virginia Tech recruiting, visit Gobbler Country.

Tight End

Cannon Smith Columbia (S.C.) Hammond School 4 Clemson
Smith has an excellent tight end frame at 6'5 and 235 pounds.

Offensive Line

The ACC's offensive line recruiting looks quite good this year.
Kc McDermott Palm Beach (Fla.) Central 5 Miami
The youngest of three brothers to play for Miami, McDermott profiles as the best. He should easily fill out his 6'6 frame.
Trevor Darling Miami (Fla.) Central 4 Miami
Darling moves quite well for a 6'5, 300-pound tackle.
Steven Moss Chancellor (Va.) Fredericksburg 4 Virginia
Moss is a very solid guard recruit. For more on Virginia football recruiting, visit Streaking The Lawn.
Will Richardson Burlington (N.C.) Hugh M Cummings 4 Virginia
Richardson is a very solid tackle prospect.
Reilly Gibbons St. Pete (Fla.) Catholic 4 Miami
Gibbons is a former tight end who is growing into the tackle position.

Defensive Line

This is a considerable weak spot for the conference so far.
Demarcus Christmas Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee 4 Florida State
Christmas is very athletic and in great shape at 6'4 and 287 pounds.
Vincent Mihota Fredericksburg (Va.) Massaponax 3 Virginia Tech
Mihota has very good size at 6'4 and 245 pounds.
Blake McClain Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood 3 Florida State
McClain is a massive defensive end at 273 pounds.
Harold Landry Fayetteville (N.C.) Pine Forest 3 Boston College
Landry is a quick defensive end at 6'3 and 238 pounds. For more on Boston College recruiting, visit BC Interruption.


This is a strong linebacker class so far, with two four-stars being chopped from the list.
Kain Daub Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood 5 Florida State
Daub is one of the best linebackers in the country. He has much better coverage skills than a 6'3, 235-pound prospect rightfully should.
Korie Rogers Buford (Ga.) 4 Clemson
Rogers is undersized, but has good instincts and is a tackling machine
Jacob Pugh Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby 4 Florida State
Pugh is a raw, athletic 6'4 backer.
Delvin Purifoy Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic 4 Florida State
Purifoy is a hard-hitting, 6'2, 234-pound backer.

Defensive Back

With teams playing more and more nickel and dime defense, it was appropriate to include five defensive backs. This is an area that will almost certainly change quite a bit as Florida State, Miami and the rest of the teams that recruit the defensive back-rich land of Florida fill up.
Quin Blanding Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside 5 Virginia
Blanding is the top-rated safety in the country, with excellent cover skills and the ability to stop the run at 6'2 and 200 pounds.
Michael Johnson Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic 3 Louisville
Johnson is a huge safety at 6'3 and 200 pounds. For more on Louisville football recruiting, visit Card Chronicle.
Allen Artis Marietta (Ga.) Wheeler 3 North Carolina
Allen is a superb athlete who is quickly rising up recruiting boards.
Germaine Pratt High Point (N.C.) Central 3 N.C. State
Pratt is one of the taller safety recruits at 6'3.
De'Eric Culver Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby 3 Louisville
Culver is a thick corner at 6'0 and 185 pounds.

On offense, Clemson and Miami have the most with four apiece. Clemson dominates the skill positions, while Miami's early offensive line class is quite strong. Clemson looks to best its 2012 offense -- the best since expansion, and Miami continues to improve its talent level.

On defense, Florida State has five of the 13 players, which isn't all that surprising, considering the Seminoles produced the best two defenses since ACC expansion in the last two seasons.

Wake Forest, Syracuse, Georgia Tech, and Duke failed to have a member on the team.

Which positions will see the most change? Let us know in the comments section, and stay tuned, as this team will be updated monthly until National Signing Day 2014.

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