Throwback Thursday: Headliners and sleepers in the 2012 class

As coaches around the ACC continue to pursue prospects in the class of 2017, we decided to take a look back at past recruiting classes around the league. For each team, we identified a headliner, or top-rated prospect, and a lower-rated player who turned out to be a diamond in the rough.

This week, we look back at the class of 2012.

*All rankings are based off of star ratings.








Headliner: Steven Daniels, LB, 4-star

Daniels played immediately for Boston College and received more playing time from 2013-15. Starting at middle linebacker, Daniels collected 266 total tackles, including 29 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks. He also intercepted three passes during his career.

Diamond in the rough: Justin Simmons, DB, 3-star

Simmons bounced between cornerback and safety throughout his career at Boston College, depending on the need of the team. He was one of the leading tacklers for the Eagles defense this past season. Simmons finished his career with 177 total tackles, including four tackles for loss and eight interceptions, five of which came during his senior year.