Recently, first-year Boston College Eagles head coach Steve Addazio has unleashed his “Be a Dude” recruiting campaign. Through a series of Instagram videos, Addazio is making the pitch to high school recruits to join his squad by urging them to–well, be a dude. It’s somewhat innovative, I guess, while at the same time hilarious. Alright, watching the intimidating figure that is Addazio, flawless mustache and all, getting this message across is very hilarious.
But what has been no joking matter is how effective Boston College’s recruiting efforts for 2014 have been. With 20 hard commitments and ranked 24th nationally according to 247Sports, the Eagles may be well on their way to securing a bright future in Chestnut Hill.
As successful as they indeed have been though, can one announcement on Monday shoot them even further up the charts and give them a huge boost to securing that bright future?
Well, if four-star, dual-threat QB D.J. Gillins pledges his commitment to Addazio and crew on Monday, then that answer is very, very simple.
Gillins, out of Jacksonville, FL, was originally verbally committed to Texas Tech, but he quickly rescinded that commitment following the coaching change in Lubbock and subsequently re-opened his recruitment.
In a decision that most believe has come down to Boston College and Wisconsin, Gillins was very impressed with the BC coaching staff. But what may have caught his eye the most was the potential for him to start immediately for the re-building Eagles, and that is a very good possibility.
The 6-3, 185-pound Gillins isn’t rated the No. 2 dual-threat passer by 247Sports for no reason. He has that rare ability to throw directly from the pocket if need be, while at the same time being dangerously accurate when he has to put that 4.5 speed to use.
The only question mark, aside from maybe cleaning up some minor accuracy issues from that pocket that most high school level QBs need to improve upon anyway, is the health of his knee. All of the evaluation of Gillins has to be done from his sophomore year, as he missed the entire 2012 season with a torn ACL. The knee has since been operated on and is said to be back to 100%.
Assuming that the knee is indeed fully back to normal and he does make it official tomorrow that he intends to attend Boston College, this would be a huge step towards accomplishing what Addazio wants to in Chestnut Hill. With the coach attempting to implement his spread-style of offense, Gillins would be the perfect prospect to take that to another level.
Ultimately however, that depends on whether or not Gillins wants to be a dude.