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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
ACC class rankings analysis

By Jared Shanker


There has not been much movement among ACC teams in the rankings as it has been relatively quiet on the recruiting front for not just the conference but much of the country. A few teams dropped, but that could change soon, though, due to a decommitment elsewhere that figures to benefit one ACC school.

Trending up: Elijah Hood (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), the No. 47 player in the ESPN 300, decommitted from Notre Dame on Tuesday, and it appears Hood could commit to North Carolina very soon. Hood, the No. 7 running back, said he wanted to stay close to home before committing to Notre Dame this spring. Now that he is back on the market, the Tar Heels seem like the obvious choice for the No. 5 player in the state. The Tar Heels were a little shocked to initially miss out on Hood, and it was a big blow to a team in desperate need of a backfield mate for ESPN 300 quarterback Caleb Henderson.

Trending down: It is hard to say Clemson is a team with its arrow pointing down, but the Tigers must be a little upset with the recent misses as unlikely as they all were. Rick Leonard was down to Florida State and Clemson and committed to the Noles. Trey Quinn, the No. 3 receiver, was always a LSU lean but Clemson was hoping to possibly sway him if he visited. And now it looks as if Hood is remaining in state to join the Tar Heels.

One to watch: When will Hood pull the trigger for the Heels? He wants to enroll early, and in his statement Tuesday he said his family played a big part in his decision to decommit. All signs point to staying close to home and committing to the Tar Heels. A decision should come soon, possibly in the next 48 hours. At the very least, Hood should be committed before his season opens this weekend.

Bold prediction: Although Clemson has suffered a few misses, something big will happen for the Tigers in the coming weeks. Clemson hosts Georgia to open the season, and the atmosphere should be electric when the Tigers run down the hill Aug. 31. A win would make quite the impression on recruits, possibly pushing one to commit.