Tuesday, February 17, 2009


You know T.A.H. doesn’t get bogged down in issues like recruiting or officiating…um…er…or recruiting.

We leave the constant pursuit of incredibly gifted student athletes by institutions of higher learning that are members of the Atlantic Coast Conference to the likes of such noble endeavors as Scout.com, Rivals.com and, of course, the boys in Bristol – ESPN.

However, we know that the pursuit of these young gentlemen of sport and academia are ultimately critical to our enjoyment of all things pigskin come this fall, so we do point out the highlights.

National signing day passed recently and the lottery winner with a theoretical superhighway to the BCS National Championship Game, according the experts at Rivals.com, was Alabama. The next best recruiting classes belong to stalwarts LSU, Ohio State, USC and Texas.

Florida State was the first ACC school on the board at sixth and Michigan was the meat in the sandwich between FSU and North Carolina whose incoming group was ranked eighth nationally. Georgia and Florida round out the top ten.

ACC RECRUITING CLASS of 2009 RANKING: Florida State (6), North Carolina (8), Miami (11), Virginia Tech (24), Maryland (26), Virginia (33), Clemson (37), Georgia Tech (49), Duke (51), N.C. State (52), Wake Forest (64) and Boston College (70).

Here’s the full list for all the ACC schools. Try not to fall asleep.

(Photo ID: Willie Downs, left, a Godby High School senior, signs his letter of intent to play at Florida State as his high school coach Shelton Crews looks on. AP Photo by Phil Coale.)

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