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The 2014 All-ACC Recruit Team, July edition: Power programs make their move

The ACC has many teams recruiting well, but the elite talent is tightly clustered between three traditional powers.

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How things can change in a month. In June, 9 of 14 ACC teams had at least one member on the All-ACC 2014 Recruit Team. After July's commitments rolled in, that number dropped to just six. In fact, Florida State, Clemson and Miami commitments make up an astounding 80-percent of the roster. Add in Virginia, the only other ACC school to have more than a single representative, and that number climbs to 92-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.

In all, 12 of 25 spots from the June edition of the team have been swapped out.

Welcome to the team: RB Adam Choice (Clemson), WR Artavis Scott (Clemson), OL Cannon Smith (Clemson), OL Bentley Spain (North Carolina), DL Andrew Brown (Virginia), DL Travonte Valentine (Miami), DL Dexter Wideman (Florida State), DL Chad Thomas (Miami), DB Trey Marshall (Florida State), DB Malique Jackson (Florida State), DB Stepheny Durham (Georgia Tech), DB Nigel Bethel (Miami)

So long: RB Jae'lon Oglesby (Clemson), WR Javon Harrison (Virginia Tech), Will Richardson (Virginia), Reilly Gibbons (Miami), DL Vincent Mihota (Virginia Tech), DL Harold Landry (Boston College), DL Demarcus Christmas (Florida State), DL Blake McClain (Florida State), DB Michael Johnson (Louisville), DB Allen Artis (North Carolina), DB Germaine Pratt (N.C. State), DB De'Eric Culver (Louisville)

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 two five-star backs?
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.
Adam Choice Thomasville (Ga.) Thomas County Central 4 Clemson
Choice is an excellent back with a combination of balance, power and quickness.

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 190 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.
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.
Chad Thomas Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington 4 Miami
Thomas had an excellent summer camp circuit, and continues to blossom at defensive 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 dominant with nine of the 12 representatives. Clemson dominates the skill positions, with five 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 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.

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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