Yesterday marked National Signing Day for all Division-I football prospects, a day known for the beginning of legacies and longstanding successes. For the Eagles, a total of 17 athletes committed to play at the Heights next year.
Boston College was ranked 87th in the country by Rivals.com. Far from previous classes, the Eagles are dead last in ACC recruiting rankings. Although Boston College is facing a noticeable gap in talent based on previous years, it does not mean that the athletes composed of this class are incompetent or useless.
With players hailing from Florida to Minnesota, BC composed a recruiting class that, though less flashy and talented than previous years, carries many hard workers and potential diamonds-in-the-rough.
It would be naïve to say that BC football will stay afloat with class after class of this caliber—because quite frankly, the program will experience even more failures if recruiting does not improve.
BC is known for retaining many of the state’s finest prospects; it is typical for the top three or four players from Massachusetts to go to Boston College. This year, that is not the case and Head Coach Steve Addazio knows it.
Notre Dame picked up defensive tackle John Montelus, the sole consensus four-star recruit in Massachusetts, before Spaziani could make any moves. Tevin Montgomery, a soon-to-be graduate of the Tabor Academy in Marion, MA, is the only recruit in the Massachusetts top ten, besides QB Mackay Lowrie, that BC scored. Tevin's highlights are here and Lowrie as that ESPN Boston Player of the Week here.
The acquisition of Montgomery is not a bad thing at all, as he should make an immediate impact on defense and carries immense raw talent. The 6-foot-5, 280-pounder is a beast with just two years of football experience. A standout at Tabor Academy, he focused on basketball in his freshman and sophomore years of high school before turning to football. His potential is boundless at this point and he could develop into a potent force on the defensive line.
Of the 17 athletes officially committed, nine were consensus three-star prospects and six were considered two-star prospects. Two transfers rounded up the BC class: Matt Patchan from the University of Florida and Louie Addazio (Coach Addazio’s son) from Syracuse.
Patchan, who was a five-star offensive lineman recruited by Urban Meyer in 2008, suffered a series of debilitating injuries throughout his career as a Gator. Granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA, he can make a significant difference for Addazio’s offensive line if he remains healthy and gets back into the flow of things.
One player not ranked by any scouting agencies was New York-Gatorade Player of the Year Tyler Rouse (Highlights here). Picked up late in the recruiting time frame by BC, many consider this to be a steal. Syracuse expressed interest but ultimately looked elsewhere after dwelling over the running back’s size and height.
It should be interesting to see if Rouse evolves into an explosive force—many schools could not get over his 5-foot-8 stature. Addazio clearly saw something in the young man that many other D-I programs did not.
Jack Cottrell, from Eden Prairie HS in Eden Prairie, MN, was ranked by ESPN as the 77th best linebacker in the country. Defensive Coordinator Don Brown will be elated to have the 6-foot-4, 215-pound linebacker on his unit, as he possesses the athleticism to operate in zone packages and blitz the quarterback when needed.
One of the more skilled players in BC’s 2013 class, ATH Myles Willis from Marist, GA will join BC with a dual-threat background. The 5-foot-10 athlete should be used in the backfield frequently as Addazio moves to a run-centric philosophy. He is a thrilling player to watch, given his explosive speed and agility.
As these players become integrated into the Boston College community and Addazio’s coaching philosophy, it will be interesting to see if any of the 2013 recruits will blossom into pivotal members of the 2013 season and beyond. Given BC football’s uncanny ability to grow great talent out of average recruits—that may not be too far-fetched. Only time will tell for now.