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not intended as gloating, but
Coach Swinney has built a juggernaut. Pulling a 5-star out of the state of Alabama is darn near impossible, especially when he's the #1 player in the state (Ross). Swinney also got the #1 player in Ohio (Carman), Georgia (Lawrence), Florida (Xavier Thomas), NC (Kendrick), and SC (KJ Henry). Unbelievable.

Looking at the class is strangely reminiscent of the 2016 National Championship team.

Elite QB Lawrence broke all of Deshaun Watson's HS records.
TE Galloway (6-5, 225) looks a lot like Jordan Leggett.
WR Ross reminds people of Mike Williams.
Elite DLs KJ Henry and Xavier Thomas to fill the shoes of Wilkins, Bryant, and Ferrell

Same recipe. Spot the ball!
02-08-2018 10:28 AM
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RE: NSD 18
(02-08-2018 10:28 AM)ren.hoek Wrote:  Coach Swinney has built a juggernaut. Pulling a 5-star out of the state of Alabama is darn near impossible, especially when he's the #1 player in the state (Ross). Swinney also got the #1 player in Ohio (Carman), Georgia (Lawrence), Florida (Xavier Thomas), NC (Kendrick), and SC (KJ Henry). Unbelievable.

Looking at the class is strangely reminiscent of the 2016 National Championship team.

Elite QB Lawrence broke all of Deshaun Watson's HS records.
TE Galloway (6-5, 225) looks a lot like Jordan Leggett.
WR Ross reminds people of Mike Williams.
Elite DLs KJ Henry and Xavier Thomas to fill the shoes of Wilkins, Bryant, and Ferrell

Same recipe. Spot the ball!

Excited about the class. Would have liked to have seen one more OL and probably one more DL since we are definitely losing 3/4 and probably all of our starting DL next year but I'm not complaining.
02-08-2018 12:58 PM
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RE: NSD 18
When you look at a list of the schools that snagged the most 4 and 5 star recruits, it would appear that there won't be any major changes to the pecking order. What is mildly surprising to me is that for the first time in more than five years, Alabama isn't the clear winner. They still have an excellent class, but Georgia seems to have closed a lot of ground. It's good for the SEC, IMO, to have a serious foil to Bama in the SEC East.

Now, can Herman coach up that small army of blue chippers he signed? If so, Texas could be back as a contender sooner rather than later. As much as I am prone to enjoy seeing their huge egos deflated, I think it's good for college football as a whole when they are good.
02-08-2018 01:03 PM
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(02-08-2018 01:03 PM)ken d Wrote:  When you look at a list of the schools that snagged the most 4 and 5 star recruits, it would appear that there won't be any major changes to the pecking order. What is mildly surprising to me is that for the first time in more than five years, Alabama isn't the clear winner. They still have an excellent class, but Georgia seems to have closed a lot of ground. It's good for the SEC, IMO, to have a serious foil to Bama in the SEC East.

IMO the reason for Bama's drop this year is the sheer amount of coaching attrition they have had the past few years. Just in this recruiting cycle alone an offensive player would have been recruited by four different people with the title of Offensive Coordinator. Defensive coordinator is only slightly better.

I wouldn't be too quick to call this a trend.
02-08-2018 01:41 PM
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RE: NSD 18
Cuse had their best class in over a decade. With the new rules...there are no academic reaches whom we find out didn't qualify like in the past. Several players have 4 stars from various rating services. They also have two 4 star transfers coming in. Two kids were not allowed to sign and will be TBD. Lost one four star decommit after an undisclosed issue and lost a last minute bid for a 4 star RB with Pitt.

This class is expected to mostly redshirt to mature the overall team. I only expect a few guys to break through into playing this Fall.
02-08-2018 03:12 PM
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RE: NSD 18
Some thoughts on Georgia Tech's 2018 signing class:

Great overall signing class, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Losing DE Welschof to Michigan hurt a little bit, but hopefully flipping Jordan Domineck from USF is a steal. Either way, since we're transitioning our defense to a 3-4, it's not as imperative to fill that spot as it once was so Domineck will at least help with depth if he is not a steal. Also losing C'Bo to Notre Dame will not hurt as Christian Malloy's style reminds Coach Johnson and his staff of Dedrick Mills.

The big prize from that early period: Flipping and signing of 4-star QB/ATH James Graham. (flipped from Virginia Tech)
The big prize from that NSD: Signing former LSU commit 3-star DL JaQuon Griffin

The big Loss from early period: German DE Welschof to Michigan after commiting to Georgia Tech
The big Loss from NSD: RB C'Bo Flipped to Notre Dame

Surprise of the Class: Transfer from OLE Miss OL - Jack DeFoor at 6'5" 305lbs He's already one of the biggest OL on the team. He will have three years of eligibilty, however he is part of a lawsuit against OLE Miss and may have to sit this year.

Overall grade of the signing class: A-. I rank it as 2nd best in the CPJ era, behind only last year's 2017 class. Offensive rating: B-. Defensive rating: A.

Here's the updated recruiting board:
Total: 22 (21 signed, 1 transfer)
Total Available Scholarships for 2018 Class: 22

QB/ATH: 2 (2 signed)
BB: 1 (1 signed)
AB: 3 (3 signed)
WR: 2 (2 signed)
OL: 4 (3 signed, 1 transfer)
DE: 2 (3 signed)
DT: 2 (2 signed)
LB: 2 (2 signed)
CB: 2 (2 signed)
S: 1 (1 signed)

Finally, here are the star ratings of the players in this class & Overall rankings of this class by 247, Rivals & ESPN:
247 Rankings: Natl Rank: 52 ACC Rank: 10 Avg Rating: 0.8476
Rivals: Natl Rank: 52 ACC Rank: 9
ESPN: Natl Rank: 53


1. James Graham - 4-star
2. TK Chimedza - 4-star
3. Jaylon King - 4-star
4. Justice Dingle - 4-star
5. Charlie Thomas - 3-star
6. Malachi Carter - 3-star
7. Juanyeh Thomas - 3-star
8. Dontae Smith - 3-star
9. Tijai Whatley - 3-star
10. JaQuez Jackson - 3-star
11. Austin Smith - 3-star
12. Zamari Walton - 3-star
13. Luke Johns - 3-star
14. Mike Maye - 3-star
15. Christian Malloy - 3-star
16. Harrison Jump - 3-star
17. PJ Harris - 3-star
18. Jaylen Jackson - 3-star
19. Zakk McKeehan - 3-star
20. Ja'Quon Griffin - 3-star
21. Jordan. Domineck - 3-star
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02-08-2018 11:51 PM
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2018 ACC Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Rankings
By: Pete Fiutak

How did the ACC teams stack up with their respective recruiting classes? Who had the strongest-looking haul of talent, and who struggled a bit?

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http://collegefootballnews.com/2018/02/2...s-rankings
02-08-2018 11:59 PM
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RE: NSD 18
Some food for thought on ratings and rankings.

Clemson finished with 6 guys rated 5*.
Notre Dame finished with 0 guys rated 5*.

Clemson finished a hair ahead of Notre Dame in the rankings, with 2444 points compared to 2380.

The clear difference is 17 commits for Clemson compared to 27 commits to Notre Dame. Notre Dame got to drop 7 of their lowest guys from the formula, while Clemson left 3 slots 'on the table' as it applies to rankings in Rivals.

Georgia Tech finished #10 nationally in teams whose recruiting class was the same size as us or smaller.
02-10-2018 07:12 AM
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RE: NSD 18
ND signed a pretty good class, with 27 players signed from 15 different states.

The class was ranked # 9 by ESPN, #10 by both 24/7 and USA Today and #11 by Rivals.

(Clemson had a hell of a class and is ranked ahead of ND by all recruiting services).
02-10-2018 09:01 AM
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Just saw on twitter that 7 ACC teams finished in the Top 30 of the 247 class rankings for the first time ever.
02-12-2018 04:04 PM
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