Florida State always finishes with a bang, but signing day this year was huge for the Seminoles. The combination of Fred Rouse (right), the nation's number two wide receiver according to scout.com, and Antone Smith, the number one running back in the nation, could help bring back a jolt of offensive firepower to the Seminole game. On the defensive side of the ball, signing head-hunting linebackers was the name of the game signing seven in at the position, all rated as four-stars or higher by scout.com as well as Callahan Bright who was the number one defensive tackle for some time.
With limited scholarships, Miami still finished with a top-fifteen class nationally, according to scout.com. Headlined by three five-star signees, including the nation's top safety in Kenneth Phillips (left), tight end DajLeon Farr, and offensive lineman Reginald Youngblood, the Hurricanes have a small, but power-packed signing class especially along the offensive and defensive lines.
Signing the top offensive lineman in the nation, Virginia went for size this year in recruiting, as 14 of the 22 players signed are listed at 6'4" or taller. Headlined by Eugene Monroe (right), and well complimented by Brandon Albert, an offensive lineman who spent the year at Hargrave Military Academy after signing last year, the offensive line is a strength for the Cavaliers, which finished at number five in the nation.
Virginia Tech, the reigning ACC Champions, used its clout in-state to sign a top-twenty class by adding 16 of the 24 signees from inside the state of Virginia. Headlined by U.S. Army All-Americans Victor Harris (left), a cornerback, and running back Elan Lewis, the Hokies spread out its class and added quite a bit of depth at the quarterback position in Ike Whitaker, number seven at the position nationally, and along the offensive line.
After signing a tremendous class over the summer, Clemson wanted to focus on just a small number of players headed towards signing day and pulled off a great final two months including stealing linebacker Antonio Clay (right)away from Oklahoma. The Tigers also did a good job of focusing on players along the offensive line by resigning Corey Lambert and adding the top three linemen in the state of South Carolina in Thomas Austin, Jamarcus Grant, and Barry Humphries as well.
Meeting the needs across the offensive line was the focus for NC State, which signed eight offensive linemen including Curtis Crouch, one of the top offensive lineman in the country. Most of the big men committed after Toney Baker (left), the nation's number four running back and the headliner for the Wolfpack this year, announced his decision at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and began the avalanche. Baker is joined by Andre Brown in the number three running back class in the nation.
Keeping the local players at home was the goal for Maryland, and they did just that by picking up seven of the top fourteen players in the Maryland/D.C. area. Headlined by Jared Gaither, an offensive lineman who signed with the Terps last year and spent the season at Hargrave Military Academy growing into a mammoth athlete, and Melvin Alaeze (right), Maryland has two stalwarts that could start at some point next season. The defensive secondary was another key area for the Terps, and Jamari McCollough, Anthony Wiseman, and Jeff Allen are local guys that could make a big impact.
Duke finished the Class of 2004 very well with new head coach Ted Roof in command, and that wave continued into the Class of 2005 which finished as one of the highest ranked class in over a decade for the Blue Devils. The class is led by its defensive line which includes five-star defensive tackle Vince Oghobaase (left), who is already enrolled, and four-star defensive end Ayanga Okpokowuruk. The offense is also highly talented with two great quarterbacks in Gene DelleDonne and Zack Asack who bring with them four wide receivers in the class as well.
North Carolina filled its needs in the secondary, picking up Jordan Hemby (right), the top cornerback in the state, and Jermaine Strong who was the envy of coaches at the Fork Union combine in December. The headliners of the class certainly were on the offense with already-enrolled quarterback Cameron Sexton and wide receiver Kenton Thornton, who committed to Texas last January and could have the most upside in the class.
Georgia Tech struggled down the stretch run of recruiting, but they signed several key players that look like bonafied stars on the next level. Anthony Barnes (left) of Cartersville High School is ranked one of the Top 10 prospects in the state of Georgia regardless of position. He has the size of a linebacker, but will get his first shot at safety. Helping Barnes on defense will be linebacker Taalib Tucker from Westlake High School in Atlanta. Trying to get a more stable offensive attack for the Jackets should be made a lot easier with the addition of two terrific tight ends in Michael Johnson of Dallas County High School in Alabama and Colin Peek from The Bolles School in Florida. Johnson is a dynamic athlete that came into his own as a senior and ended up ranked the #2 prospect in the state by Scout.com. Peek has the prototypical size at 6-5 and 250 pounds to be a dominating blocker as well as a safety valve for the Tech quarterback.
Boston Collegelost out on two big blue chippers in Brian Cushing and Doug Worthington, but the prize of the class is offensive lineman Patrick Sheil (right). The Eagles landed some much needed depth with (LB) Mike McLaughlin, (S) Marcellus Bowman, (LB) Paul Anderson, (WR) Clarence Megwa, (OL) Matthew Tennant, and (DE) Allan Smith. The Eagles picked up a late prize when (LB) Brady Smith signed opting out of a previous verbal pledge to Connecticut.
Wake Forest went after offensive linemen early and often this year, and signed seven at the position, including already enrolled Chris DeGeare (left), who was the most consistent lineman for the North Carolina squad in the Shrine Bowl. He will be joined by highly talented cornerback Brandon Ghee, whose brother is already playing for Wake Forest, and Ted Randolph, the top tight end in North Carolina this year.
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