Good morning. USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA USA.
Big day on the recruiting trail for BC yesterday.
Boston College football coach Steve Addazio is making good on his vow to recruit heavily in the Bay State. The Eagles recently landed Lawrence Academy tight end Chris Garrison, ranked the second best prospect in the state according to Rivals. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound received offers from UConn, Maryland, UNH, UMass and Syracuse before settling on BC.
"The school itself had a great atmosphere," Jones told ESPNBoston.com. "I know a lot of close friends that attend BC, it's a great school to earn a degree from. I have a lot of family in the Boston area, and my mother and older brother Jonathan played a huge role in my decision."
Boston College is quickly becoming the go-to destination for Central Mass. football stars, as the Eagles locked up their third area player when St. John's wide receiver/free safety Davon Jones gave the school a verbal commitment on Wednesday.
Mainland Orangewood Christian fullback/linebacker Jimmy Martin committed to Boston College Wednesday night. The 6-foot, 220-pounder is being recruited by Boston College as a linebacker and long-snapper, but he also maybe looked at to play fullback in the future.
And hey, even BC softball was hustling on the recruiting trail:
"I play with a lot of great defenses and they help me look my best, as well," she added. "Boston College is a perfect fit because they have great academics and a great softball team." The All-State pitcher's numbers were eye-popping this spring as she led the Blue Knights to a perfect season. The 17-year old went 24-0.
When Steve Addazio strolled into Chestnut Hill for his first season at the helm of Boston College's program, which was coming off of a 2-10 season, he made a splash right away. His talk of "Be a Dude" and his strong personality raised some eyebrows, certainly. Yeah, he might be a good hire, but it would take awhile to turn around that team. Turns out, it didn't -- Boston College finished 7-6 and made a bowl game on the strength of an aggressive defense and a fantastic running back. But unfortunately for The Dudes entering this season, there are just 10 returning starters and not a ton of depth. That's the part that is going to take time for Addazio to rebuild.
Addazio on the team's objectives and take-aways from the spring: "Well, there are several things. First off, it's our second year in the program, and continuity with just knowing the calls and the system was a big advantage. I thought we reestablished our offensive line. I feel like we have the opportunity to have a great front, again, which I think was really important to us. The physicality, the toughness was still established in the spring.
The draft being held at Philly's Wells Fargo Center serves as a reminder to Demko about some unfinished business that lies ahead in his sophomore season. After all, BC's season-ending loss to Union occurred in the same building. The outcome is why Demko refuses to call his seemingly boffo frosh season a complete success.