Recruiting Breakdown: ACC

New head coaches make their mark on the recruiting trail

by Harrison Sanford November 24, 2011 11:22am ET
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With the early signing period in the rearview mirror, we have a clearer picture on how many of your favorite college team's recruiting classes are shaping up.

Over the course of the week, we will take a look at each power conference and break down some of the early winners and losers on the 2012 recruiting trail. Today, we take a look at the ACC. How's your school's next team shaping up?

WINNERS
North Carolina State: Beware A.C.C. powers, the Pack is back. Mark Gottfried landed Five-Star rated Rodney Purvis, scoring machine T.J. Warren and crafty point guard Tyler Lewis, forming a potent triumvirate of talent. All are sure to make an impact in Raleigh.

Virginia: Tony Bennett is trying to put Virginia back on the map with his 2012 class. He received a pledge from Justin Anderson, arguably the top recruit in the DMV area. Evan Nolte should present matchup problems at the four spot, while Mike Tobey, a legit center, gives the Cavaliers size. 

Maryland: The Terps appear to be down this year, but the future is bright. Jake Layman is talented at the wing position and really burst onto the national scene this summer. The most intriguing recruit, though, is big-man Shaquille Cleare, who brings inside scoring to Turgeon's team. Landing Cleare could give them the inside track on his summer teammates, the heralded twins, Aaron and Andrew Harrison.

LOSERS
Boston College: It’s no easy task recruiting against the big boys, and the Eagles are learning that the hard way. They struck out on Kris Dunn, Ryan Arcidiacono and Jake Layman. Point guard Olivier Hanlan is talented, but will not enter Chestnut Hill with a lot of fanfare.

WORK LEFT TO DO
Duke: Rasheed Sulaimon is the sole 2012-signee for the Blue Devils. Coach K's frontcourt will need replenishing. Miller Grove's Tony Parker could fill in a big role and Shabazz Muhammad, the country's No. 1 player, can lift the team from contenders to championship favorites.

GAME CHANGER
Amile Jefferson: The high-scoring combo forward could choose N.C. State and, if he does, that very well could emerge as the best class in the nation. Maryland also has a chance at luring Philadelphia native to College Park.