here is a clockwork for ace: cwm-184.108.40.206-ace.zip
and ext 4: PD98IMG_ace_recovery_ext_4.zip
ext 4 is a very nice touch recovery,and what i personally use on my inspire.
current software build number for the att inspire is 2.47.502.7. htcdev hboot for that is 0.85.0024,and changes your main version to 220.127.116.11.
as you know,htcdev has its limitations, make sure your friend understands that if he wants to flash roms(have him read this: s-on and want to flash roms? READ THIS
i would pretty strongly recomend to give up on htcdev,and either manually,or using the "AAHK",downgrade and s-off/superCID. that will make the phone much more fun to own and flash.
if you just want to root the stock rom,you can use superuser 3.0.7
or [29.08.2012] SuperSU v0.96 - xda-developers
i personally like superSU but either will root gingerbread just fine