Rob Christy-US PRESSWIRE
A look at BC's roster depth and recruiting at quarterback, running back, tight end and wide receiver.
The 2012 football season, along with the coaching staff, is now a distant memory. Time to look ahead. When Frank Spaziani was sent packing, Boston College had 17 recruits ready to sign though that number continues to change by the day. Of course with a new coach that could easily change, even with Brad Bates pledging to honor all past commitments. It only takes Coach Addazio one honest conversation with a recruit for that kid to understand that maybe it would be in his best interest to explore other options. Also with a coaching change you have to imagine that some current players may look to transfer, it's just a natural part of college sports. As a result, Boston College may have some more scholarship spots opening soon.
Let's take a look at BC's current situation at quarterback, wide receiver, halfback and tight ends. BC currently has one scholarship left to give out. Targets are via 247Sports, and I also threw in some Temple commits that Addazio may try to snag.
Status: Boston College should be set at this position for the upcoming season if Steve Addazio sticks with his word that he will create an offense based on the personnel already on the roster. This assumption relies heavily on Chase Rettig sticking around next year. Call it just a hunch, but I would watch that situation carefully. Reports have implied that he looks unsure, and defeated, which may indicate he is unhappy, it may not. Who knows. If Addazio decides that he wants to go with his bread and butter, the mobile dual threat QB, he may look at Josh Bordner next year. I have no idea how Christian Suntrup fits in, or if Dave Shinskie plans on sticking around for a fifth year.
Thoughts: I don't think Addazio is done here, and will be looking for a dual threat quarterback to fill the class. You also have to wonder if both Lowrie and Boyle will stick around if that is the case. Woulard would be Addazio's first absolute home run, a four star quarterback and top ranked mobile QB in the 2013 class. Skeptics, would that get you on board?
Status: BC's running game was a mess for most of last season, due to a combination of fumbilitis, benchings by Spaz, poor run blocking, going pass crazy and plugging in players with limited HB experience into the starting role. Next year Addazio should have a full arsenal of options, which is going to be vital if he intends to run the ball down the opponents throats and control the line of scrimmage. Tajh Kimble, Andre Williams and Rolandan Finch will all be returning next year. Finch should be the featured back, and with an improved line, could be a force in the ACC. Also in the mix are George Craan (who was redshirted), and David Dudeck.
Thoughts: Addazio has a lot of work to do here. BC literally ran out of running backs last year, and was forced to throw Dudeck out there during the final quarter of the season. If BC can get all four targets, that would give Addazio some depth to play with. Willis tweeted out that Addazio will be visiting him at home soon, however Daniels just received an offer from Iowa. If Addazio wants to implement a run heavy offense, he needs depth, so it wouldn't surprise me if other committed recruits start getting floated.
Status: BC's wide receivers were a complete mix bag in 2012. Alex Amidon broke a bevy of BC records, but had multiple costly drops. Johnathan Coleman had a break out year, Spiffy Evans showed solid speed but questionable hands, and Bobby Swigert was bitten by the injury bug multiple times. Colin Larmond Jr. and Donte Elliot have graduated.
Back when Spaz and Doug Martin were at the helm, BC put an emphasis on recruiting wide receivers to plug into their pass heavy spread offense. They grabbed recruit Marcus Grant from Iowa, played Harrison Jackson and Nigel Matthews and redshirted Joel Zoungrana. Swigert's injuries are concerning, but BC has some depth here to play with. Whether these guys stick around knowing the offensive scheme change remains to be seen.
Thoughts: BC should be set at wide receiver with the crew that they have, though I would like to see them add Taylor, who has BC in his final 3. What happens to Monteroso is worth watching, because he committed to Doug Martin and said that he was the main reason he picked Boston College. Callinan recently said that he would keep his commitment to BC, but would keep his options open.
Status: A position with some depth, but mostly invisible in 2012. BC's tight ends finished the season with a paltry 35 catches for 281 yards and two touchdowns. Possibly BC's biggest loss to graduation this year was to Chris Pantale, who had a disappointing senior campaign after breaking his foot during summer ball. Because of the mess on the offensive line, most of the tight ends had to play back to assist in blocking schemes. C.J. Parsons, Michael Giacone, Brian Miller, Mike Naples and Jarrett Darmstatter all got playing time last year, but didn't figure much into the schemes.
Thoughts: BC has some talent next season at the position, as raw as it may be. Parsons has the most playing experience, but you have to imagine that a healthy Giacone would have the highest ceiling.