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Boston College Baseball: Eagles Recruiting Class Ranks In Top 50

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The only New England team in the top 100, Eagles place 12th in ACC.

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The Boston College baseball team has one of the best recruiting classes in 2015, according to Perfect Game USA. With 38 points, the Eagles sit as one of the top 50 teams in the nation.

BC tied with Air Force, West Virginia, Arkansas-Little Rock, and Oklahoma State on points but are considered #51 overall based on number of high school commits. Air Force led the pack with 17, while West Virginia had 13. UA-LR and OSU bookend BC's 12 with 11 and 10, respectively.

BC rated as the only New England school inside the top 100 teams in a deep recruiting year. The 2015 recruiting class rated 12th in the ACC, ahead of Virginia Tech, where Mike Gambino was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, and NC State, who produced the highest-drafted collegiate player in the 2014 MLB Entry Draft (Carlos Rodon, 3rd overall).

On a more national level, the Eagles placed ahead of some SEC and Big XII teams, including Oklahoma State (53rd overall), Arkansas (56th), Auburn (58), Missouri (60), and Kentucky (68). They also placed ahead of noted schools with recent baseball success such as Indiana (55), Houston (64), Coastal Carolina (72), Central Florida (73), and Florida Atlantic (95).

Perfect Game ranks recruiting classes by assigning point values based on a recruit's national ranking, excluding both junior college transfers and players signing a pro contract.

Putting together a strong recruiting class is something that goes a long way for the team's future success. The 2011 team he inherited was extremely top heavy with 18 players in either their junior or senior season. Last year's team was split evenly between upper class and under class age groups, which will allow for more continuity and team building without having to replace too many parts in one year.

North Carolina again led all ACC teams with their another top 10 class. The Tar Heels brought in monster numbers this year, recruiting 18 players to place third in the nation. But it's the third time in the last four years UNC's brought in at least 18 players. In the past two seasons, UNC's failed to finish higher than .500 in league play, going 13-16 last season.

What stands out on the list is that while the Eagles were 12th in the ACC out of 14 teams, they are starting to gain traction against some of the more traditional baseball schools. BC was able to place higher than Virginia Tech despite the Hokies having a 24-hour baseball center with four indoor batting cages. They also placed higher than NC State, a team that two years ago went 50-16 and ranked inside the top ten teams in the nation while BC finished 12-40.

Of those 14 ACC baseball schools, nearly half placed inside the top 20 teams in the nation.

The Eagles went 27-27 last season, 10-18 in ACC play.

Conference Rank National Rank Team No. of Commits Total Points (per PG)
1 3 North Carolina 18 91
2 5 Virginia 15 85
3 8 Georgia Tech 15 84
4 12 Louisville 11 72
5 15 Florida State 11 68
6 19 Pittsburgh 12 56
7 22 Clemson 11 54
8 28 Duke 13 51
9 30 Notre Dame 13 50
10 33 Miami 7 48
11 47 Wake Forest 11 39
12 51 Boston College 12 38
13 59 NC State 9 35
14 74 Virginia Tech 9 30