The Boston College Eagles football program will set its sights on the future on Wednesday, December 19, as the early National Signing period for high school recruits is set to begin. As some senior players graduate and other experienced members of the team begin to prepare for the NFL Draft, reeling in a strong recruiting class will be crucial for the Eagles if they hope to build on a successful season which flamed out down the stretch.
The early signing period is off to somewhat of a tumultuous start, however, as the Eagles will be forced to grapple with the potential decommitments of 4-star linebacker Marvin Ham and 3-star offensive lineman Maurice Smith. It is looking more and more likely that the two will flip their commitments to Colorado and Florida State, respectively. Ham and Smith were widely renowned as two of Boston College’s top commitments, and it will likely be difficult to fill the void left by their departures. Ham was projected as a possible immediate starter, and his athleticism is exceedingly difficult to find at the linebacker position.
However, the Eagles look to have landed a talented group of wide receivers in this class. The duo of Ethon Williams and Bryce Sebastian will inject the Boston College receiving corps with some speed and elusiveness. If the Eagles suddenly find themselves lacking in production from the position following the graduation tight end Tommy Sweeney, one of these young wideouts may be given the opportunity to emerge in a No. 3 receiver role to ignite the passing game.
In the secondary, 3-star defensive backs Connor Grieco and Josh DeBerry are expected to sign with the Eagles. BC will be forced to rely on at least two new starters in the secondary next year as Will Harris and Lukas Denis leave for the NFL. The Eagles have had strong secondary groups in recent years, with Justin Simmons, John Johnson, Isaac Yiadom, and Kamrin Moore all being drafted relatively early in the NFL Draft in recent years. Grieco and DeBerry could be given the opportunity to prove themselves right away, as the loss of high-end talent at the position will force Head Coach Steve Addazio to adjust accordingly.
Perhaps the strongest position group for the Eagles in the early signing cycle is the defensive line, as it looks as if the group will add four 3-star recruits: Spencer Bono, Jackson Ness, Ireland Burke, and Shitta Sillah. Defensive line is another historically strong position at Boston College, with Harold Landry and Zach Allen leading the groups in recent years. This incoming group will likely learn behind the incumbent defensive starters and then likely be given the opportunity to carry on the Eagles’ rich pass-rushing tradition.
Finally, the backfield will likely add two talented players in the form of 4-star running back Patrick Garwo and 3-star quarterback Sam Johnson. Johnson will almost assuredly redshirt this upcoming season, while Garwo may have an outside chance at seeing the field, although a deep stable of running backs including star sophomore AJ Dillon, Ben Glines, and Travis Levy. However, Garwo is supremely talented, and it would not be surprising if he were to emerge as a contributor for the Eagles in his freshman season.
All of these recruits are expected to officially sign with Boston College on December 19 with more recruits sure to come in January. This recruiting class looks to be deep at many positions and should help Boston College to take another step forward in the ACC next season after a promising start to the 2018 season. While a number of late decommitments have depleted the recruiting class in some areas, the Eagles’ roster has enough talent to remain competitive in the national picture in the pursuit of another strong season.
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