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Halfway to Signing Day: ACC edition

By Bryan Fischer | Blogger

We're right about halfway to Signing Day and that means it is time to take a look at the ACC and see how the conference is shaping up on the recruiting trail. Here's a few accolades for a few of the programs who are making head way (or not) at this point in August.

Best class: Clemson

Once again the ACC is a battle at the top between Clemson and Florida State, two programs that have turned things up a notch in recruiting and landed some quality players the past few seasons and put the pressure on some of their SEC counterparts. Florida State's class has some impressive commits such as running back Ryan Green and linebacker E.J. Levenberry. The Seminoles also added the offensive lineman who had the most dominating summer on the camp circuit in Ira Denson. Still, the Tigers landed the top player in the country in Robert Nkemdiche, two other solid defensive linemen in Elijah Daniel and Scott Pagano, linebacker Dorian O'Daniel and running back Tyshon Dye. It's close but Clemson gets the nod.

Work left to do: Syracuse

Not only do the Orange need to improve the quantity of their commitments, they'll need to beef up the quality as well. Quarterback Zach Allen is an Elite 11 passer and a very good pick up but outside of that there's a lot of projection going on for many of the players. The program could land a class better than they did last year but there is still plenty of work that needs to be done, especially when talking about landing some defensive backs.

Under the radar class: North Carolina

Much will get lost with the Tar Heels widening academic scandal at the school but new coach Larry Fedora has done a good job of filling needs and landing players with that will be a good fit for the new offensive and defensive systems. They've protected the borders better than the last staff did and gone out of state with success, such as in landing Mentor (Ohio) dual threat quarterback Mitch Trubisky. Athlete Ryan Switzer can make some plays if he gets into open space and safety Korrin Wiggins is a very good pick up for the defensive backfield.

Top commit: Loganville (Ga.) defensive end Robert Nkemdiche.

Loading up: Maryland on linebackers (5) and Virginia Tech on defensive backs (5).

Frequent Fliers: Boston College and Wake Forest, with commitments from eight different states.

Fence builders: Florida State, with 12 of 17 commitments from the state of Florida.

Road to Signing Day storyline: Can Clemson keep Nkemdiche?

When the top player in the country visited Clemson and eventually pulled the trigger and made his commitment, the recruiting world was a little taken aback. Now that things have settled in, the question remains can Dabo Swinney and company keep their prized recruit in the fold? Nkemdiche has already said he'll take visits this fall and you can bet Nick Saban will stop at nothing to get him to sign with Alabama by February. His brother plays at Ole Miss and there's no doubt that the Rebels are still in the mix for the top recruit as well. It will be an uphill battle but a big storyline if Clemson can keep their prized possession in the fold.

Top 25 teams:

12. Clemson
13. Florida State
16. Virginia Tech
20. North Carolina
22. Miami

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