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Many Boston College fans know of stud recruits like Kaleb Tarczewski, Jake Layman and Zach Auguste. All three are local star players rated in the Top 100 of their class. BC hoops has offered all three, but all three of them ruled out or probably will not include the Eagles in their top 3-5. Why, you ask? BC does have great reasons to play at their school. They have strong academics, and the kids will get to play close to home and in the ACC. So let's take a look at some possible explanations to this question.
1. Big schools recruit the same kids. BC has some pretty good arguments to travel to Chestnut Hill, but they probably can't compete when schools like Kentucky or Michigan State recruit the same kid.
2. BC isn't prestigious enough. The Eagles haven't won an ACC title since it joined the conference for the 2004-05 season. It doesn't have the national exposure of a North Carolina or a Duke. BC's games aren't shown on local channels like NESN (except for a few games) or Comcast Sportsnet. BC has never been a 1 or 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. All these factors go against choosing BC.
3. Academics. BC can argue to recruits that it's a great academic school, which it is, but this can also go against them. Some top recruits may be afraid they won't have the grades to make BC.
4. Some recruits don't want to stay close to home. Again, this brings up the argument that BC could use of playing close to home, but some recruits don't want to stay close to home. They want to get away from their parents and be their own man.