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Boston College Football Recruiting: Building That Fence Around Massachusetts

Keeping dudes in-state.

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Massachusetts isn't exactly a hotbed of Division I football talent, but every year there's a handful of Bay State players that land on a FBS roster. Steve Addazio came to the Heights with the promise of "building a fence" around Massachusetts and New England, and the first-year returns are promising.

2014 Prospect Ranking Massachusetts Postseason Top 10 2014

Rank Name Pos Location School Stars Ht Wt School
1 Connor Strachan LB Needham St Sebastians Country Day **** 6'0" 240 Boston College
2 Johnathan Thomas RB Danvers St. John's Prep *** 5'11" 215 Penn St.
3 Jon Baker OL Millis Millis *** 6'3" 305 Boston College
4 Isaac Yiadom DB Worcester Doherty Memorial *** 6'1" 170 Boston College
5 James Hendren OL Brookline Dexter *** 6'7" 268 Boston College
6 Kevin Cohee LB West Roxbury Roxbury Latin *** 6'3" 240 Boston College
7 Tom Rodrick LB Leicester Leicester ** 6'3" 238 Connecticut
8 Lubern Figaro ATH Everett Everett ** 6'0" 175 Wisconsin
9 Miles Wright QB Marion Tabor Academy ** 6'4" 200 Uncommitted
10 Kevin Bletzer DB West Roxbury Catholic Memorial ** 6'1" 195 Boston College

Boston College finished with six of the state's 10 top recruits; a significant improvement over the last few years, where the program went 2-of-5 (2013) and 1-of-8 (2012) recruiting in-state prospects. The only real misses in this class were three-star RB Johnathan Thomas (Penn State) and two-star ATH Lubern Figaro (Wisconsin), though the staff was able to land other players in the class to fill those positional needs. Lineback Tom Rodrick (Connecticut) and QB Miles Wright (uncommitted) did not claim a BC offer.

Addazio's "fence building" efforts in the first year were quite good considering the program's recent track record recruiting the state. Hopefully the dark days of losing recruits to Harvard and the Northeastern track team are in the program's rear-view mirror.

Number of Mass. Top 10 signed: 6
Number of Mass. Top 10 ofered: 8
Players: No. 1 LB Connor Strachan, No. 3 OL Jon Baker, No. 4 DB Isaac Yiadom, No. 5 OL James Hendren, No. 6 LB Kevin Cohee, No. 10 DB Kevin Bletzer
Other Schools Represented: Penn State, Connecticut, Wisconsin

Number of Mass. Top 10 signed: 2
Number of Mass. Top 10 offered: 5
Players: No. 3 DT Tevin Montgomery, No. 7 QB Mackay Lowrie
Other Schools Represented: Notre Dame, Michigan, Virginia, Wake Forest, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Villanova

Number of Mass. Top 10 signed: 1
Number of Mass. Top 10 offered: 8
Players: No. 7 LB Tim Joy
Other Schools Represented: Ohio State (2), Maryland, Virginia, Northwestern, Connecticut (2), Northeastern (track)

Number of Mass. Top 10 signed: 4
Number of Mass. Top 10 offered: 6
Players: No. 1 TE Brian Miller, No. 2 DB Al Louis-Jean Jr., No. 6 OL Liam Porter, No. 10 DB Manny Asprilla
Other Schools Represented: California, Iowa, Nebraska, UCLA, Harvard, Nevada

Number of Mass. Top 10 signed: 4
Number of Mass. Top 10 offered: 5
Players: No. 2 OL Robert Vardaro, No. 6 James McCaffrey, No. 9 Dominique Williams, No. 10 Aaron Kramer
Other Schools Represented: Harvard, Connecticut (2), Miami, BYU

Number of Mass. Top 10 signed: 2
Number of Mass. Top 10 offered: 4
Players: No. 3 DB Jim Noel, No. 4 OL Keith Bourne
Other Schools Represented: Georgia, North Carolina, N.C. State, Iowa, Massachusetts, Syracuse, Connecticut

Number of Mass. Top 10 signed: 3
Number of Mass. Top 10 offered: 4
Players: No. 1 RB Isaac Johnson, No. 2 DE Nick Halloran, No. 3 TE Mike Stone
Other Schools Represented: Connecticut (2), Columbia, Duke, Northeastern