In this latest “Quick Take” feature, we turned to ACC Sports Journal Publisher Dave Glenn. Glenn, who has covered the Atlantic Coast Conference for almost 25 years, tackles several topics, including what he felt were the top conference storylines in 2012 recruiting. He also gives his take on Virginia Tech’s haul.
How did the Journal rank Virginia Tech’s 2012 class in the ACC?
Our recruiting guys at the ACC Sports Journal and ACCSports.com ranked the Hokies fourth in the ACC this year. Nationally, Tech had a top-25 class.
What were the Journal’s top five classes in the conference?
In order, our top five consisted of Florida State, Miami, Clemson, Virginia Tech and Virginia. There really wasn’t much debate this year. Those were the only five ACC schools that got into the running for a large number of highly regarded prospects, then signed a fair share of them. Nobody else was close, really.
What do you like the most about Virginia Tech’s class?
There are only so many players who seem to have that “extra gear” in major college football, and the Hokies signed two smallish prospects — running back J.C. Coleman (5-7, 170) and cornerback Donaldven Manning (5-9, 155) — who showed that sort of ability in both all-star competition and against a very high quality of high school opposition. Coleman stood out even in the talent-rich Tidewater region, which is the best talent pool in Virginia. Manning was exceptional even in Miami, which is among the most fertile recruiting areas in the entire nation. They both enrolled at Tech in January, and they should be fun to watch....
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