The 2014 All-ACC Recruit Team, August edition: Status quo


The ACC's three top programs are not loosening their grip on recruiting dominancce.

August was not an exciting month for the All-ACC Recruit Team. In July, 12 members of the team were new. In August, there was only a single new member! While teams did add commitments, only one was good enough to unseat a member of the All-Recruit Team.

Florida State, Clemson and Miami commitments make up an astounding 75-percent of the roster. Add in Virginia and UNC, the only other ACC schools to have more than a single representative, and that number climbs to 96-percent.

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.

Player From Stars Committed to


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.


Can the ACC land a five-star running back?
Elijah Hood Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic 4 North Carolina
Hood is thought to be a better linebacker than running back, but only considered schools who want him to run the ball.
Joseph Yearby Miami (Fla.) Central 4 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.

Wide Receiver

There is no shortage of good receivers in the ACC, but there are few elite prospects.
Artavis Scott Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake 4 Clemson
Clemson is a dynamic recruit who has good strength for his 5'10. 175-pound frame. He can take it the distance on any play.
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 180 pounds. For more on Florida State football recruiting, visit Tomahawk Nation.

Tight End

Milan Richard Savannah (Ga.) Calvary Day 4 Clemson
Richard is a deep threat at 6'2 and 232 pounds.

Offensive Line

The ACC's offensive line recruiting looks quite good this year, as several four-star prospects were just short of the list.
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.
Bentley Spain Charlotte (N.C.) Providence 4 North Carolina
Spain is an athletic tackle prospect with an impressive 6'6 frame. For more on North Carolina football recruiting, visit Tarheel Blog.
Steven Moss Chancellor (Va.) Fredericksburg 4 Virginia
Moss is a very solid guard recruit. For more on Virginia football recruiting, visit Streaking The Lawn.
Cannon Smith Columbia (S.C.) Hammond School 4 Clemson
Smith could also play tight end, but Clemson is considering him at both spots.

Defensive Line

The ACC really stepped up its defensive line recruiting in July, adding quite a few elite prospects.
Andrew Brown Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith 5 Virginia
Brown is the consensus top defensive tackle recruit nationally. He's scary good.
Chad Thomas Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington 4 Miami
Thomas had an excellent summer camp circuit, and continues to blossom at defensive end.
Travonte Valentine Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic 4 Miami
Valentine has excellent athleticism for his 6'4, 295-pound size. He'll immediately step in to a starter's role for Miami.
Dexter Wideman Saluda (S.C.) 4 Florida State
Wideman's length allows him to play tackle or end.


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 who continues to impress.
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.
Trey Marshall Lake City (Fla.) Columbia 4 Florida State
Marshall is a top safety recruit who showcased his athleticism at The Opening.
Malique Jackson Jesup (Ga.) Wayne County 4 Florida State
Jackson has the athleticism and length top defenses look for at cornerback.
Stepheny Durham Jacksonville (Fla.) Atlantic Coast 3 Georgia Tech
Durham has a good blend of size and speed. For more on Georgia Tech football recruiting, visit From The Rumble Seat.
Nigel Bethel Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington 3 Miami
Bethel makes up for his 5'8 size with excellent quickness and instincts.

On offense, Clemson and Miami dominate with eight of the 12 representatives. Clemson dominates the skill positions, with four of the seven spots, while Miami's early offensive line class is quite strong with two of the five members. Clemson looks to best its 2012 offense -- the league's best since expansion, and Miami continues to improve its talent level.

On defense, Florida State has six 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, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Syracuse, Pitt, Boston College and Duke failed to have a member on the team for the second-consecutive month.

Which positions will see the most change next month? 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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