ACC Signing Day Blitz (cont.)
Posted: Thursday February 8, 2007 3:21PM; Updated: Thursday February 8, 2007 4:36PM
7. Virginia Tech
Headliner: Five-star quarterback Tyrod Taylor is the next elite quarterback making his way to Blacksburg, following in the mold of Bryan Randall and Michael Vick. With his arm and legs, he should be able to lead the Hokies back to BCS prominence.
Sleeper: Tight end Greg Nosal has the size and speed to be a tremendous athlete. The 6-7, 255-pounder is an imposing tight end, but probably will make the switch to offensive tackle.
Overview: The offensive line was the problem for the Hokies in 2006 and they looked to fix that by picking up five linemen: Jaymes Brooks, Ibn Latif, Collin Carroll, William Alvarez and Rivals250 tackle Blake DeChristopher. The addition of Taylor under center will keep teams honest and make the running game, with new additions Josh Oglesby and Darren Evans, more dangerous. Retooling the No. 1 defense in the country won't be easy, but Tech got plenty of talent starting with four-star cornerback Cris Hill. He'll be helped in the secondary by versatile safety Davon Morgan. Meanwhile, the linebacking corps added talent with pledges from Hunter Ovens, Quillie Odom and Barquell Rivers.
Headliner: Offensive tackle Bruce Campbell's combination of size and speed is rare for a lineman prospect. He should be a mainstay on the line for the next few years.
Sleeper: Fellow tackle Tyler Bowen has the size at 6-7 and 302 pounds to make an impact. The Georgia lineman just has to get a bit quicker.
Overview: Maryland filled some important needs on both sides of the ball. The offense will be helped by the addition of a lot of linemen including Campbell, Bowen, Bearthur Johnson, Stephen St. John, Maurice Hampton, Lamar Young and Joe Faiella. To complement them, the Terrapins added quality skill players including four-star tight ends Lansford Watson and Devonte Campbell as well as versatile athlete Tony Logan. Leading the charge is quarterback Torrey Smith. The defense didn't get quite as much of a boost, although they did get help up front with defensive tackles Dion Armstrong and Ian Davidson.
9. Boston College
Headliner: Offensive tackle John Elliott should be next in a long line of top linemen for the Eagles. The 6-4, 288-pounder has impressive size and speed to be one of the top tackles in the ACC for years to come.
Sleeper: Fellow offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo has the frame -- 6-7 and 260 pounds -- to be an imposing force opposite Elliott. His huge stature should help the Eagles grind it out with Jeff Jagodzinski's running game.
Overview: Jagodzinski put together an impressive class in just over a month's time. The Eagles pulled in an entirely new offense with the inclusion of Elliott, Castonzo and four more offensive linemen: Mark Spinney, Nick Schepis, Nathan Richman and Kenny Plue. The offense gained two new quarterbacks as well in Dominique Davis and Chris Johnson. The defense picked up some talent with Rivals250 defensive end Corey Eason. He'll be backed by two talented linebackers: Will Thompson and Dan Williams.
10. North Carolina State
Headliner: Wide receiver Jay Smith is a perfect fit for Tom O'Brien's ball-control offense at North Carolina State. The big 6-4, 200-pounder is a solid possession receiver who is also is a very talented run blocker.
Sleeper: Running back Curtis Underwood is a bruising runner for the new Wolfpack offense. He'll be a staple in O'Brien's schemes with his solid speed and 6-foot, 210-pound frame.
Overview: In just a couple months, Tom O'Brien put together a solid recruiting class. The focus for the new staff was obviously on offense where they shored up a disappointing line with five commitments including Justin Whaley, Jake Vermiglio, Desmond Roberts, Mike Golder and Henry Lawson. The offense got more help at receiver with not only Smith but also speedy receivers LaMarcus Bond, Owen Spencer and Steven Howard. The addition of huge 6-6, 250-pound tight end George Bryan should be a vast improvement as well. Defensively the Wolfpack added some major help up front with defensive ends, J.R. Sweezy, Jeff Rieskamp and four-star Antoine Holmes. Two tackles -- Wayne Crawford and Kyle Linney -- gave the line further depth.
Headliner: Tight end Danny Parker is the star of the Blue Devils' class with his impressive combination of size and speed. He should take some heat off of Duke's dismal offense with his 4.6-speed.
Sleeper: Offensive tackle Jonathan Needham has the frame to be a talented lineman at 6-7, 312-pounds. He needs improved footwork but if he gets it down, he will be an intimidating player.
Overview: Ted Roof continues trying to right the ship and has put together a 21-commitment recruiting class. Parker is the star of the class, but is joined by talented offensive tackle Chris Shannon and versatile athlete Josh Trezvant, who could play a number of positions. Defensive end Charlie Hatcher is a quick lineman off the edge, and opposite him is solid end Eriks Reks. Defensively, the linebacking corps upgraded with the addition of four players: Adam Banks, Sam Poggi, Damian Thornton and Justin Wilkerson.
12. Wake Forest
Headliner: Athlete Skylar Jones will be utilized in a number of ways by the Demon Deacons. The 5-10, 169-pounder has blazing 4.4 40 speed and has the ability to pass and run.
Sleeper: Big quarterback Danny Dembry could fit in perfectly with Wake's tricky offense with his ability to pass and catch. The 6-3, 182-pounder will start out at receiver and is a big target for quarterback Riley Skinner.
Overview: After winning the ACC, Jim Grobe landed plenty of prospects to help them get back again. The Demon Deacons got help on offense with the likes of Dembry and Jones, along with wide receivers Cameron Ford and Jordan Williams. The Wake offensive line added four commits including Ryan Britt, Michael Hoag, Chance Raines and Doug Weaver. In addition, Grobe and his staff found a few more talented prospects including running back Brandon Pendergrass and versatile athlete John Stamper.