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2011 National Signing Day: Florida State, Clemson Recruiting Classes Leading The ACC

With National Signing Day well underway, the Florida State Seminoles and Clemson Tigers have emerged as the top two classes in the ACC, dominating Rivals.com’s rankings.

The two programs are leading not only in overall number of commitments, with 27 and 28 respectively, but in quality of players as well. Florida State, ranked first, has picked up a pair of five-star recruits to go with 13 four-star prospects. Included in their ranks are the best TE recruit in the nation, Nick O’Leary, as well the the no. 2 ranked DT, RB, and DB.

Clemson, meanwhile, though ranked second, leads the way in impact talent with four five-star recruits, including three pick-ups from Florida State’s territory. The class is rather thin in the middle, however, with only six four-star commitments. By far the most impressive part of Clemson’s class comes at the linebacker position, where five-star recruits Tony Steward and Stephone Anthony are no. 1 and no. 3 at their positions nationally.

Coming in at a close third is North Carolina, whose heavy local recruitment paid off with five of their nine four-star recruits coming from in-state. Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Boston College all managed at least four four-star commits, while Wake Forest and Duke came in on the low end without anyone over three stars.

All-together, the ACC has picked up 265 commitments including six five-star, 46 four-star, and 161 three-star recruits.