ACC Mailblog

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Kevin writes: Hey Heather, I love the blog, but why haven't you mentioned any of Coach Spaz's recruits yet? All three of BC's commits so far are on the ESPN 150 Watchlist.

Heather Dinich: Thanks for reading, Kevin. I don't do too much on recruiting because we've got our Scouts Inc. guys who specialize in that, but you're right, it's worth mentioning. Frank Spaziani and his staff are quietly doing a very good job with this class. Seth Betancourt (OT), Kevin Pierre-Louis (OLB) and Joe Boisture (QB) are all on the ESPNU 150 Watch List. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

Southern Comfort in Edenton writes: Haven't seen much positive thoughts on tarheeels? What are they?

Yuengling: They're on the defense, SoCo. UNC's strength is going to be up front, where all four starters return on the defensive line, and the depth at linebacker is the best it's been in recent years. Guys like Marvin Austin, Robert Quinn, Cam Thomas, Quan Sturdivant and Bruce Carter have the potential to make -- and keep -- the Tar Heels a Top 25 team.

David in Winston-Salem writes: Hey, Heather, love the blog. Why isn't anyone paying attention to UNC's D? All they talk about is issues at WR. Everyone knows we do, but before Monday, No one knew about Zachary Brown (top 10 freaks in college fb aired). Why the lack of props?

HD: I love my job. And the UNC D.

Carlos in Herndon, Va., writes: HD, what kinds of things are enticing talent to join upstarts like Duke vs UNC, GT, etc.? On the surface, I see the promise of playing for championships versus playing to maybe get to a bowl so it's not a logical conclusion they're reaching. Quality of the staff? Facilities? Don't other schools have those, too? Please enlighten me on how schools like Duke turn the corner on recruiting quality talent. As an NCAA fan, I'd like to know. Thanks!

HD: Well, it's a combination of things. At Duke, it's a staff with an SEC background and a recent pledge of $10 million by a booster to upgrade the practice field and facilities. At Georgia Tech, it's Paul Johnson and a recent nine-win season that included a win over Georgia. At North Carolina, John Blake has a lot to do with it. So does the fact the team doubled its win total in one year under Butch Davis. You never know, though -- at least one recruit liked Wake Forest because of their black uniforms. To each his own.

Marshall in Burlington, N.C. writes: I've been to a lot of ACC football games at many different stadiums, but I want to know, out of the the sold out crowds which one do you think is the quietest? I would make an argument for either UNC or GT

HD: Yeah, Georgia Tech comes to mind first, but Maryland is right up there, too.

Bryan in Wooster writes: Between receiver suspensions, graduation and out right being kicked off the team, is there any hope for the seminole passing game this year?

HD: Yes, there is, but I don't think FSU will have to rely on it because of the talented offensive line and newcomers in the backfield. The Noles will have Bert Reed, Jarmon Fortson and Louis Givens. We'll see how long Rod Owens is suspended for. But really, odds are their strength will be Jermaine Thomas and Ty Jones in the running game.