2015 National Signing Day is in the books, and it was a day that pretty much went as expected. Boston College brought in 25 recruits, and one graduate student today. There were no last minute flips either to or from the Eagles, and for the most part the news of the day was wrapped up with Ray Smith's 7am PST Letter of Intent fax.
The class attacked weaknesses that needed to be addressed. They grabbed two quarterbacks, a handful of WR's and WR/CB athletes, and added much needed depth to both the offensive and defensive line. Even with it being a large class, the Eagles didn't use many spots on running backs, which probably prevented them from getting an elite recruit (probably a position BC has the highest chances of grabbing a 4/5 star). Also, they did not grab a kicker on scholarship, but Addazio did grab one as a preferred walk on.
Steve Addazio talked today about how impressed he was with the speed of his new recruits, many of them with sub 4.5's on their 40s. Some of the faster players that committed today include a track star Taj-Amir Torres, the two mobile QB's Elijah Robinson and Jeff Smith, and Zach Allen, a very quick defensive end. That certainly will be important for the Eagles as they will need to continue to improve at many of the skill positions on offense and defense.
Looking at the crew as a whole still leaves you with some questions. While no doubt this group is talented, and all but three are 3 stars, there doesn't seem to be any elite talent in the group. There were no four stars, though both Anthony Palazzolo and Wyatt Knopfke were both at one time 4*'s, but the recruiting services fixed that after they committed to the Eagles. On the other hand, BC recruits bring in some pretty amazing credentials. Nolan Borgersen broke New Jersey's receiving records, Jeff Smith had 3,000 yards his senior season (pass/rush), and Zach Allen was the Gatorade Player Of The Year for Connecticut.
In terms of geography, Addazio continued to hit on the important areas that he has always treasured. He had seven recruits from Massachusetts, and four from Connecticut. He received two more commitments from New York and New Jersey, and a whopping six from Florida. It'll be interesting to see how BC attacks the recruiting trail this year as they have sent out multiple offers in Texas and California, two areas where we haven't received much love in recent years.
We are starting to see what this program is going to look like under third year head coach Steve Addazio. 56 of the 85 players on the roster have come from his last two years of recruiting. The Spaz years and players are starting to fade away, and now it's up to Addazio to find more talent to continue to rebuild this program. Today's recruiting class was a solid group, but it's no time to rest—the Class of 2016 awaits.