- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The top recruiter in the Atlantic Coast Conference this offseason might have been Jameis Winston.

Coach Jimbo Fisher says recruits lined up for the chance to play with the Heisman Trophy winner.

That’s a big reason why the defending national champion Seminoles signed one of the nation’s best classes - a group that includes two five-star receivers and a four-star wideout.

Fisher said Wednesday, “They want to play with him and know he can get them the ball.”

ACC coaches also used the league’s success as a pitch to recruits. Not every coach can say the Heisman winner and defending BCS champ are in their league this year.

The tactic worked. The league’s schools turned Florida State’s victory in the BCS title game into 14 individual wins on Signing Day.

According to recruiting service Scout.com, four ACC schools - No. 3 Florida State, No. 10 Miami, No. 26 North Carolina State and No. 28 Clemson - had top-30 classes, with North Carolina and Virginia Tech close behind.

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said with the recruiting success on Wednesday, the national champion and the Heisman winner, the “conference is stronger now than it’s ever been.”

The Seminoles, of course, benefited the most.

They added two highly touted receivers - Ermon Lane and Travis Rudolph - along with running back Dalvin Cook, Florida’s 2013 Mr. Football, as the next wave of offensive skill players. Rudolph is ranked the No. 1 receiver by Rivals.com while Lane is rated a five-star recruit by both Rivals and Scout.

It helps to have Winston as a drawing card.

“He has a definite chance at winning a championship, any time you have a great quarterback,” Fisher said of Winston. “It’s not only helped on offense, but I really think it’s helped on defense, too. Just our overall team.”

Louisville had an extra perk to offer recruits: Being part of the Cardinals’ first ACC recruiting class,

Scout had coach Bob Petrino’s class ranked 45th nationally while Rivals had the Cardinals at No. 46. Both services had Louisville in the middle of the pack in its new conference.

Now, the challenge for all ACC coaches is to keep the momentum going in 2014 and beyond. Here’s a look at how the conference did overall:

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