Five ACC teams were ranked within the top 25 in the latest 2012 recruiting rankings by ESPN Recruiting:
No. 2 Florida State
No. 8 Miami
No. 16 Clemson
No. 17 Virginia Tech
No. 22 North Carolina
Yes, Al Golden can recruit. And yes, Virginia Tech can recruit top talent, not just develop it.
There's a reason the five aforementioned programs are the ones you're constantly hearing about lately when it comes to the ACC race -- they're the ones bringing in the talent to win. (Virginia Tech's last top 25 class was in 2009, for those wondering). Clemson needs to do more with its talent, but don't forget the Tigers were playing for the ACC title in 2009.
As for the Maryland fans wondering if Randy Edsall can do what he was hired to do and make the program a consistent contender and regular among the top 25 polls? Sure he can, if he recruits athletes as fast, strong and talented as the ones Florida State and Clemson are luring in.
It's still very early, and obviously much can and will change between now and February, but overall, the latest rankings are a good sign for the ACC. With so many young, talented quarterbacks in the league this fall, it's only going to get better, and with almost half the conference bringing in some of the nation's top recruits, the future could be bright.