Spring Stars of the ACC

Some brand new stars are on the horizon in the Atlantic Coast Conference and it's these players that flashed over the spring at FSU, Wake Forest, Clemson and other ACC powers. All of this and more as I look at the ACC and breakdown their spring stars of 2015.

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With the help of the Scout network and publishers here's a list of a spring star from each one of the ACC schools. These are players that had a terrific group of practices who look to contribute or star for their respective programs this fall.

Boston College

James Hendren red-shirted last season. Now it is his time to shine, especially with the departures and injuries along the Boston College offensive front. All five starters from 2014 have graduated. This spring the 6-foot-7, 293-pounder settled in at right tackle where he did an effective job over the 15 practices sessions for the Eagles. BC was very limited with only seven or so linemen for the spring. Hendren was singled out by head coach Steve Addazio. While he obviously lacks experience Hendren showed he can play and hang in the trenches.


Clemson scored some elite, high level recruits in last year’s Class of 2015. One such prospect was five-star offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt, who graduated early and participated in spring drills for the Tigers. He was absolutely sensational. He progressed nicely over the course of the practices, adjusted quickly to the playbook and the speed of the game. Barring injury Hyatt could be the starting left or right tackle in game one at Clemson.


Devon Edwards is not a new name at Duke. He played and played pretty well last year for the Blue Devils. He has been a standout kick returner for the past two seasons and was a seven game starter in 2014 at safety where he recorded 64 tackles, three interceptions and also returned two kicks for touchdowns. This spring Edwards really started coming into his own in the secondary and looks like he could be on the verge of really breaking through this fall.

Florida State

It’s the next man up mentality at Florida State because Jimbo Fisher and the Seminoles have recruited that well for a few years now. One of their deeper but younger positions is that of wide receiver, where FSU has recruited All-American after All-American. Ja’Von Harrison was a member of a star-studded class in Tallahassee in 2014. He was a late addition that has proved his worth. This spring he finished out on the first team, passing Ermon Lane and other higher rated recruits. Harrison is really developing nicely and brings explosiveness to this offense from that position. He can catch and run like a deer.

Georgia Tech

Jabari Hunt-Days didn’t play last season for the Yellow Jackets because of academics issues. He looks ready to roll this season after having impressive spring practice sessions. Hunt-Days has gotten bigger and stronger and has one of the quickest get offs on the roster. At times he was dominant and gave the Georgia Tech offensive linemen fits. This is great news for Paul Johnson and his staff, as they have a talented team returning in 2015.


Several Cardinals had very good springs at Louisville for Bobby Petrino like true freshman Jaire Alexander and sophomore Henry Famurewa. But none could have been better than defensive lineman Pio Vatuvei. He did have nine starts in 2014 and recorded 18 tackles and one sack. He’s a 290-pound defensive end that is so strong and powerful at the line of scrimmage. Vatuvei closed up the spring with a strong performance in the Red-White game with five tackles and an interception.


Quan Muhammad was a highly recruited defensive end from New Jersey that signed with the Hurricanes. He played a lot as a freshman and then was suspended for the entire 2014 season. Muhammad is back and in a very big way in Coral Gables. Not only did he have an outstanding spring, he emerged as one of the top two or three players on the Miami roster. He’s set to have a potentially huge 2015 fall campaign. Al Golden and the ‘Canes will need just that from him on the edge this fall.

N.C. State

Wolfpack safety Josh Jones played as a red-shirt freshman last season in 2014 and finished with four interceptions, which was second in the ACC. Jones started in eight games. He was not content with his freshman performance from a year ago. That’s a good thing because this Walled Lake (Mich.) standout is hungry to get better and better. He came out this spring, worked hard and showed a ton of improvement. That bodes well for the N.C. State secondary.

North Carolina

J.K. Britt is a true freshman that participated in spring football in Chapel Hill after being a member of the North Carolina 2015 recruiting class from Newnan (Ga.). He impressed new defensive coordinator Gene Chizik and head coach Larry Fedora with his play and quick study. He's got a high football IQ and very good athleticism. You tell him something one time and he immediately picks it up. On top of that, he's not shy of contact and quite physical. Britt’s going to push the older guys in front of him for extensive playing time this season.


Panther sophomore cornerback Avonte Maddox had a terrific series of spring practices. New Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi's scheme places a lot of responsibility on his cornerbacks to play man coverage with little safety help over the top. Maddox responded well to the challenge and new defense for the Panthers. Maddox was primarily matched up against All-American wide receiver Tyler Boyd during the game and more than held his own. He should have a big role for the Pitt secondary this fall.


Antwan Cordy is a true sophomore that played so well this spring he earned a starting job. He moved from cornerback to safety and made a virtual seamless transition. Someone needed to step up in the secondary at safety and it was Cordy who consistently made plays in the back end over the course. Syracuse is a team that has lost a few players at this position over the last season or two and Cordy looks like he could be the next good one. He lacks elite size but has earned his spot for the Orange.


Daniel Hamm has written quite a story in Charlottesville, where this former walk-on earned a scholarship offer. He has played well, especially in the absence of former running backs Khalek Shephard and Kevin Parks, who both graduated. This sophomore played in 10 games in 2014, rushing for 75 yards and a touchdown. He had a good spring and showed he runs with good vision and power and is a different style runner than Taquan Mizzell.

Virginia Tech

Isaiah Ford was one of the top true freshman from Blacksburg, Va., in 2014. He made 11 starts and caught at least one pass in all 13 games. He finished with a team leading 56 receptions for 709 yards and six scores. As good as Ford played last fall he really stepped up his game this spring. He improved in every facet and came back bigger, strong and faster.

Wake Forest

Duke Ejiofor is now a sophomore. He played last season as a red-shirt freshman for Wake Forest, finishing with 12 tackles and two sacks in ten games. Now 6-foot-4, 280-pounds, Ejiofor is poised to have a breakout 2015 campaign after a terrific spring. The Wake Forest coaching staff is sky high on him and believes he can play at a high level on the Demon Deacons defensive front.

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