Of the 29 prospects in the ESPN 300 committed to ACC schools, six are receivers. After the conference inked just six of the 53 pass-catchers in the 2016 ESPN 300, the conference is enjoying an uptick early in this cycle with the needs within the conference a plenty. Here is a closer look at receiver recruiting in the ACC with a focus today on the Coastal Division.
2016 signees: Four-star Scott Bracey
2017 commitments: Three-star Damond Johnson
Overview: Duke will lose a productive senior Anthony Nash, and return man and reserve receiver Ryan Smith after this season, but there is quality young talent in the program. Cameron Sullivan-Brown and M.J. Jarrell are two of the top targets for the Blue Devils in 2017 to go with Johnson. ESPN 300 tight end Jake Marwede is also a top pass-catching target headed to Durham in 2017.
2017 commitments: N/A
Overview: Having signed three receivers in February and not having a senior on this year’s roster, Georgia Tech has the luxury of being very selective in 2017. The Yellow Jacket staff doesn’t have to venture very far from campus to find high-level prospects. ESPN 300 Jeremiah Holloman would be welcomed, but is considered a long shot.
Overview: Miami not only needs numbers at the receiver position, but speed and playmaking to go with Bruce and Richards in the 2016 class. The trio of verbals thus far will provide much-needed depth at the position, but adding one more playmaker would be ideal. ESPN 300 Jerry Jeudy would be ideal, but Alabama could be very difficult to beat.
Overview: Receiver is a huge need in 2017 with the Tar Heels set to say goodbye to Ryan Switzer, Bug Howard and Mack Hollins following this season. Larry Fedora and staff have gone a long way to filling needs behind the work of Gunter Brewer in 2017 with the trio of ESPN300s, combined with the talent that signing in the 2016 class. If a no brainer type receiver wanted to jump on board in 2017, the class will expand to four.
2017 commitments: N/A
Overview: Pittsburgh will lose starter Dontez Ford following the season, and needs to add both depth and playmaking to the position. The Panthers have both in-state and out-of-state targets, with ESPN 300 Mark Webb and Darian Street high on the in-state board with Street a more likely option of the two.
2017 commitments: Germane Crowell
Overview: There is a dire need for speed and playmaking at the receiver position in Charlottesville. Gone are the top two playmakers at the position from last season -- Canaan Severin and T.J. Thorpe, but there were five signees in February to help add future depth in the rotation. In 2017, Crowell is in the fold with strong bloodlines, but remains a need for speed and playmaking both at receiver and in the return game. Tahj Capehart is a top in-state target, while high school quarterback Tyler Page out of the Houston area is a top out of state target.
Overview: VThe Hokies have addressed a need for talent and depth at receiver in spades since Justin Fuente was hired. He first kept all four in the fold in the 2016 class, which included three January enrollees. In 2017, the verbals of Grimsley and Pimpleton add more future depth to the position, and there are still targets remaining both in-state and out of state. While the need is no longer a pressing one, reeling in a difference maker in 2017 would be welcomed with Isaiah Ford being a potential NFL early entry following the season.