Don’t look now. Okay hold on, you actually might want to look, because I’m not exactly sure you’re going to believe what I’m about to tell you.
First-year head coach Steve Addazio and the Boston College Eagles are not only building a strong, respectable 2014 recruiting class, they’re building one that a lot consider to be close to among the top 20 in the nation. Get your jokes out of the way now, because they may be irrelevant a few years down the road.
In the latest 247sports rankings, the Eagles are carrying a national rating of 22, as well as being considered fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference. With the tally now up to 16 total commits, clearly Addazio is beginning to put the pieces of the puzzle that is getting BC back on the national map back together.
When you look up and down the list, it’s not filled with any flashy, five-star players. There is one four-star, ATH Thaddius Smith, out of Springfield, Pa., but he’s the lone wolf in that department. Other than that, if you’re looking for that “flash”, then you’re going to have to scroll down the list until you see a last name that should seem oddly familiar.
Last week, the Eagles received a commitment from WR Troy Flutie. Yes, THAT Flutie. He’s the nephew of the former Eagles Heisman-winning quarterback. That’s as close to anything flashy as you’re going to get.
But, for what Addazio is doing in Chestnut Hill, that’s perfectly alright.
Boston College may never be up there with the Florida State‘s and the Clemson‘s of the world in the recruiting rankings. But, if they can put the correct pieces of the puzzle together, then they’ll become close to being their equal on the playing field. And that is what Addazio is doing, and he’s doing it quite well.
Getting these players on campus and developing their abilities to compete with the top-level programs is something I fully expect Addazio to accomplish.
Case in point, take the recent signing of S Kamrin Moore. This young man wasn’t recruited heavily among the bigger schools in the country. However, after one trip to the Boston College football camp, Coach Addazio and staff saw something in him that warranted an offer to play in Massachusetts. They saw talents that they believe can be molded into something special down the road.
Another thing that jumps out about the BC commit list is that the staff is also in the process of adapting to the changing offensive world.
One of those three-star commits is dual-threat QB Darius Wade. Wade, out of Middletown, DE., is a speedy, strong-armed specimen that possesses the skills that most wouldn’t relate to a stereotypical, traditional Boston College signal-caller. But, especially in the ACC, mobile quarterbacks are what it takes to compete now, and this staff clearly realizes that.
In 2013, the “kick BC out of the ACC” jokes will still, more than likely, be running rampant all over the internet.
But if coach Addazio and these class of recruits have anything to say about it, the joke may be on us in about three years.