The fact that North Carolina wound up landing Scout.com four-star DE Brandon Willis had a serious impact on the ranking of the Tar Heels' recruiting class by Scout. Last week, UNC's Class of 2010 (signing day is Feb. 3) was 58th in the nation.
Willis dumps Tennessee for the Tar Heels, and now that class is tied for 46th with Purdue.
North Carolina's group still has a long way to go in order to make a rankings impact. Currently, Miami is tops in the league at No.18 overall, followed closely by Clemson at No. 21.
The rest of the ACC has Florida St. (25), Virginia Tech (26), Boston College (34), N.C. State (35), Maryland (40), Georgia Tech (43), Wake Forest (51), Virginia (66) and Duke (68).
South Carolina of the SEC is No. 31, while Florida is first overall nationally, and five SEC schools are in the top 10.
East Carolina is 93rd overall, and ranked eighth of 12 in Conference USA.
*A quick note, I'm traveling today and unable to blog beyond this immediately, but I've gotten lots of good stuff recently, including Western Carolina's landing of perhaps the biggest lineman in the nation. I'll catch you guys up on everything when I get home.