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2019 ACC Pass Catcher Rankings

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Southern Pigskin's ranking of the top five ACC receiving corps for 2019.

1. Clemson -- The Tigers have an NFL wide receiver rotation. The incomparable Justyn Ross just recorded 1,000 yards, at 21.7 yards per catch, good for fourth in the country, with nine touchdowns as a true freshman. His highlight reel is already a must-watch. Tee Higgins, 936 yards and an ACC-best 12 scores, and Amari Rogers, 55 grabs, also starred as underclassmen. There may not be a better group in the entire country and even more talent is coming in, see early enrollee Joe Ngata. Trevor Lawrence will have a plethora of elite talent with which to work.

2. Miami -- Back on the roster is the versatile Jeff Thomas, giving the Hurricanes one of the most fleet-a-foot playmakers in the game. He averages over 18 yards per reception for his career. Brevin Jordan is the next-in-line at "Tight End U" after bursting onto the scene as a freshman in 2018 with 32 receptions, including four for touchdowns. Graduate transfer K.J. Osborn from Buffalo is poised to be a big addition; he caught 53 passes for 892 yards and seven touchdowns for the Bulls last year.

3. Virginia Tech -- Damon Hazleton, fresh of 802 yards and eight touchdowns in his first season in the ACC after transferring from Ball State, is a star. A 1,000-yard season could be within reach. There are options after him, too, in Eric Kumah, Tre Turner and Hezekiah Grimsley, who combined for 99 catches this past fall. Adding 28 grabs and three scores, tight end Dalton Keene is a nice target as well.

4. Florida State -- It was a breakout year for Tamorrion Terry, finishing his redshirt freshman season with 744 yards and eight touchdowns. His 21.26 yards per catch ranked in the top five nationally. D.J. Mathews, the team's returning leader with 42 receptions, has big-time potential and Keyshawn Helton appears ready for a bigger role. Veteran Keith Gavin is an experienced option. Also, don't overlook tight end Tre' McKitty.

5. Syracuse -- Sean Riley, Nykeim Johnson and Taj Harris return as a productive big three for Dino Babers' high-flying attack. Riley, who doubles as an elite special-teamer, is back as the team's leading receiver after 64 catches. The Orange have multiple proven options on the perimeter, depth which should will help new quarterback Tommy DeVito transition into a prominent role.