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National Signing Day: Syracuse finishes 11th in ACC recruiting rankings

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(at least according to the 247 composite)

NCAA Football: Nebraska at Miami Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Syracuse Orange had an unsurprising National Signing Day outside of the late get of Mykelti Williams. So in terms of players and rankings, we knew where we stood and that we weren’t shifting much with the events of February 1.

Still, it’s good to see Syracuse’s 2017 class finish 11th overall in the ACC, and even higher up if you look at the per-recruit averages (instead of the total score) on the 247 Sports composite rankings.

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ACC OVR TEAM No. Average Total
ACC OVR TEAM No. Average Total
1 6 Florida State 24 90.98 291.56
2 13 Miami 24 88.64 247.52
3 16 Clemson 14 92.09 238.31
4 25 Virginia Tech 26 86.19 217.38
5 27 North Carolina 21 86.57 211.65
6 32 Louisville 22 85.82 203.89
7 33 Pittsburgh 25 84.55 201.91
8 46 Georgia Tech 24 83.93 183.8
9 47 Duke 22 84.53 183.08
10 52 NC State 28 81.01 180.46
11 55 Syracuse 23 83.67 174.58
12 56 Virginia 25 83.25 173.16
13 65 Wake Forest 21 82.68 161.98
14 67 Boston College 20 82.45 159.86

Syracuse showed progress this year by out-battling several “better” schools for top recruits in the class. Tommy DeVito (Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Washington State), Ravian Pierce (LSU, Mississippi State), Ifeatu Melifonwu (Michigan), Nadarius Fagan (Alabama, LSU, USC, Louisville) and Kingsley Jonathan (Florida State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech) were all pursued by major programs, but SU held on.

Without a full class of 25, the Orange were 10th in per-player average in the ACC, and very close to Georgia Tech in ninth. It was solid work all around for Syracuse in year two of the Dino Babers era.

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