2010 Class: Around The ACC

We’ve studied how the University of Virginia and head coach Mike London fared on Signing Day last week, but for a look at how each ACC school performed in the 2010 class we go to ACCSports.com Editor Jim Young. Young gives his take on each ACC program, picks the top classes and selects which incoming freshmen may be ready to contribute in 2010.

A Look Around The ACC


Give Frank Spaziani and his staff credit. They needed to go out and get a high-profile quarterback in this class and did it, twice. First the Eagles landed Joe Boisture but then lost him when he switched his commitment to Michigan State. Undeterred, BC then reeled in Chase Rettig, beating out Lane Kiffin to get him – no small feat these days.


While Clemson is in the state of South Carolina, it’s right on the border with Georgia. The Tigers took advantage of this proximity to raid the Peach State for seven prospects. Clemson needed playmakers at wide receiver and may have landed a pair in DeAndre Hopkins and Martavis Bryant.


The Blue Devils sorely needed offensive linemen and got a pair with potential in Takoby Cofield and Laken Tomlinson. But Duke also needed D-line help and struck out on several prospects there down the home stretch. Georgia running back Juwan Thompson could prove to be a key pickup.


We’ll find out this fall if Jimbo Fisher can coach. But we already have strong proof he can recruit. He put the foot on the gas as soon as he got the head job, bringing in blue-chippers such as linebacker Jeff Luc, cornerback Lamarcus Joyner and linebacker Christian Jones. It’s no coincidence that all three of those are defensive prospects. FSU showed last season it needs a ton of help on that side of the ball.


Don’t be fooled by the ratings. Paul Johnson has a specific style of player he wants for his offense, regardless of the number of stars next to their name. He didn’t have to go far to find what he needed, as 14 of Tech’s 18 signees came from in-state. The addition of Al Groh as defensive coordinator played a role in bringing in linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu and defensive back Louis Young late in the cycle.


Given that this was a class put together by a program coming off a 2-10 season, you have to take your hat off to what the Maryland staff – specifically James Franklin – did. The Maryland/D.C. turf is notoriously tough to defend from poaching programs, but the Terps did manage to keep prospects such as linebacker Javarie Johnson and defensive back Titus Till close to home.


This class was a little hard to sort out. After cleaning up in South Florida in recent recruiting cycles, the Hurricanes spread out their recruiting focus considerably. While that shift drew criticism from some recruiting analysts, the ‘Canes did land prospects such as Georgia running back Storm Johnson and Virginia linebacker Travis Williams during their travels.


The Tar Heels spun their wheels for a great deal of this cycle but closed fast. Offensive tackle James Hurst fills a big need on the offensive line, but perhaps no recruit was more important than running back Gio Bernard, who switched over from Notre Dame to UNC just before signing day.


The Wolfpack started very strong in-state but lost some momentum later in the cycle. Still, N.C. State got the prize of the Tar Heel State, blue-chip offensive tackle Rob Crisp. The Wolfpack also won an important battle with Rutgers to land South Carolina running back Mustafa Greene.

Morgan Moses


There wasn’t much Mike London could do by the time he took over at UVa, as Virginia Tech had already largely cleaned out the state. London brought in a whopping four quarterbacks late in the cycle. Obviously the assumption is that several of them will shift to other positions. Holding on to mammoth offensive tackle Morgan Moses was a nice win for the Cavaliers.


Another year of in-state domination for the Hokies in recruiting. Virginia Tech came up big, literally, on both the offensive and defensive lines, landing prospects