Major conference class rankings

Originally Published: January 29, 2014
By RecruitingNation |

Each Wednesday, ESPN RecruitingNation updates its national class rankings and its conference class rankings. The conference rankings account for teams that will play in those conferences during the 2014 season.

Conference rankings: ACC | Big 12 | Big Ten | Pac-12 | SEC


The majority of the ACC remained intact with BCS national champion Florida State still in the top spot followed by Miami at No. 2. Georgia Tech slipped to No. 12, allowing Duke to push up a spot to No. 11. Wake Forest remains in the bottom spot, but the Demon Deacons strengthened their class with a couple pick-ups led by three-star DT Zeek Rodney.

1. Florida State Seminoles: 1.Florida State Seminoles: The Seminoles' class includes 12 ESPN 300 prospects, including No. 21-overall Dalvin Cook (Miami/Central High) and No. 33-ranked Lorenzo Featherston (Greensboro, N.C./Page High, who both committed during Under Armour All-America practices. The Noles could close with possibly up to 31 or 32 prospects in the class. No. 15 Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover High), No. 17 Malachi Dupre (River Ridge, La./John Curtis High), No. 22 Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead High) and No. 60 Malik McDowell (Southfield, Mich./Southfield High) are among those still in play.

2. Miami Hurricanes: The Hurricanes boast a class that features double digit ESPN 300 prospects, including No. 23 Joseph Yearby (Miami/Central High) and No. 36 Kc McDermott (Wellington, Fla./Palm Beach Central High). At the top of the wish list is getting No. 164-ranked Travonte Valentine (Hialeah, Fla./Champagnat Catholic) back in the fold with a decision coming from the Hurricanes and LSU.

3. Clemson TigersClemson is putting together another solid class, led by No. 1 dual-threat quarterback Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville High) and an impressive group of offensive skill players. Among the bevy of skill players are three ESPN 300 wide receivers, including the latest commit Trevion Thompson (Durham, N.C./Hillside High). The Tigers have nine ESPN 300 prospects committed.

4. Virginia Cavaliers The Cavaliers have the smallest class among nationally ranked teams, but No. 5 overall Andrew Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Oscar Frommel Smith High) and No. 10 Quin Blanding (Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside High) are two of the very best in the country. ESPN 300 wide receiver Jamil Kamara (Virginia Beach, Va./Bishop Sullivan Catholic) is among Virginia's five ESPN 300 commits.

5. Virginia Tech Hokies The Hokies is led by ESPN 300 athlete Ja'Von Harrison (Lakeland, Fla./Kathleen High) and No. 299-overall Ricky Walker (Hampton, Va./Bethel High). Running back Shai McKenzie (Washington, Pa./Washington High) was a key December pickup for the Hokies as was Under Armour All-America linebacker Melvin Keihn (Baltimore, Md./Gilman School) and quarterback Chris Durkin (Youngstown, Oh./Ursuline High).

6. North Carolina Tar Heels: The Tar Heels class is headlined by a trio of ESPN 300 prospects, including running back and No. 80-overall Elijah Hood (Charlotte, N.C./Catholic High). Three-star outside linebacker Cayson Collins (Charlotte, N.C./Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology) is full of upside. Kicker and former Texas commit Corbin Daly (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell High) is a key late addition.

7. NC State Wolfpack: The Wolfpack's class features No. 68-ranked Kentavius Street (Greenville, N.C./J. H. Rose High) and four-stars quarterback Jalan McClendon (Charlotte, N.C./West Mecklenburg High) and defensive tackle Justin Jones (Austell, Ga./South Cobb High). Flipping OG Will Richardson (Burlington, N.C./Hugh M. Cummings High) from Virginia gives the Wolfpack a second ESPN 300 prospect.

8. Boston College Eagles: The Eagles are led by former Rutgers commit and No. 282-ranked Jonathan Hilliman (Jersey City, N.J./Saint Peters Prep), as well as Connor Strachan (Wellesley, Mass./Saint Sebastian's School) and defensive end Harold Landry (Fayetteville, N.C./Pine Forest High), who has already enrolled. Coach Steve Addazio's class includes Florida transfers Tyler Murphy and Ian Silberman.

9. Pittsburgh Panthers: The Panthers struck early at quarterback, landing commitments from Wade Freebeck (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Saint Thomas Aquinas) and Adam Bertke (Maria Stein, Ohio/Marion Local), and also have a pledge from high three-star running back Chris James (Niles, Ill./Notre Dame High). ESPN 300 prospects Adonis Jennings (Erial, N.J./Timber Creek Regional) and offensive tackle Alex Bookser (Pittsburgh, Pa./Mount Lebanon High) were nice Christmas and New Year's presents for the Panthers staff.

10. Louisville Cardinals: The Cardinals' class has taken a hit with the departure of Charlie Strong. Louisville has found continued success in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina with seven combined commitments, but keeping the class together is the task at hand for Bobby Petrino. Four-star defensive tackle Daniel Cage (Cincinnati/Winton Woods) remains high on Louisville's wish list.

11. Duke Blue Devils: The Blue Devils' class features four-star prospects Nicodem Pierre (Miami/Coral Reef High), Zavier Carmichael (Mobile, Ala./Saint Paul's Episcopal) and Shaun Wilson (Charlotte, N.C./West Mecklenburg High). Duke remains in the hunt for four-star wide receiver Trevon Lee (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons High) and others. Three-star defensive tackle Edgar Cerenord (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage High) is another key pledge on the defensive side of the ball.

12. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: The Yellow Jackets have a solid group, led by four-star cornerback Stepheny Durham IV (Jacksonville, Fla./Atlantic Coast High) and running back C.J. Leggett (Alpharetta, Ga./North Gwinnett High). Linebackers Terrell Lewis (Ocoee, Fla./Ocoee High) and KeShun Freeman (Hogansville, Ga./Callaway High) could be instant contributors.

13. Syracuse Orange: Syracuse has a pair of four-star dual-threat QBs in A.J. Long (Lebanon, Tenn./Friendship Christian School) and Alin Edouard (Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah) as the headliners of a class that includes over a dozen three-star commits. Three-star KJ Williams (Bethlehem, Pa./Liberty High) is a potential playmaker at wide receiver.

14. Wake Forest Demon Deacons: The Demon Deacons boast commitments from nine states, led by outside linebacker Jaboree' Williams (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Fort Lauderdale High). Eight of the Demon Deacons commitments are from Florida, Georgia and Alabama.