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Addazio Delivers With First Full Class

Thursday, February 6, 2014 9:54am
  • BC coach Steve Addazio (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)
     BC coach Steve Addazio (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)
By: Boston College Insider

Boston College signed 30 players in its 2014 recruiting class, which includes fifth-year quarterback Tyler Murphy and offensive lineman Ian Silberman, both transfers from Florida. With a full year of recruiting under his belt BC coach Steve Addazio was able to put together a top 40 recruiting class that included three four-star recruits. It is no doubt one of the strongest recruiting classes that Boston College has had in quite some time.

“We feel great about this class. There are some real high -end players in this group right now. We are going to be able to really build off of this,” said Addazio

Two of the high-end players Addazio referred to are running backs Jonathan Hilliman and Marcus Outlow. Both players come in with an impressive list of offers and are anticipated to make an impact right off the bat.

“We are talking about two big-time backs. I anticipate that they will play right away,” said Addazio.

Hilliman is a four-star running back and the 20th ranked back in the class. The 6-1, 210-pound back from New Jersey originally committed to his home school Rutgers, but de-committed after all of the coaching turmoil inside that program. Hilliman is the carbon copy of what Addazio wants out of his featured running back, as he is the kind of big power back that will wear down opponents as the game goes on. At the same time, Hilliman has the kind of burst and speed that can break off a long run to break open a game. In many ways he is built like BC’s Heisman Finalist from last season, Andre Williams.

Hilliman will share some of the load with Outlow, a high three-star recruit who was the top rated recruit in the state of Connecticut. Outlow isn’t as big as Hilliman, but he has a little bit more juke and wiggle to his game that will make him a nice change of pace from Hilliman.

Speaking of change of pace, both freshman quarterback Darrius Wade and senior quarterback Tyler Murphy are much different than any recent starting quarterback at the Heights. Addazio said that the new quarterbacks will receive the “mother load” of snaps in spring practice.

“They are both very athletic guys,” said Addazio. “Both guys throw the ball well, run the ball well and are dynamic players. Both have really good arms. Obviously Tyler is an older guy and is a fifth-year player and Darius coming in is a mid-semester senior. Both those guys are super guys that have great leadership abilities and are dynamic athletes.”

Addazio says that the offense isn’t the only side of the ball with young playmakers coming in.

“(Linebacker) Conner Strachan is a big fast guy and we anticipate that he’s going to be a heck of a player.  He’s a mature guy and he will be able to come in and help us right away.  In the back end, (defensive back) Isaac Yiadom has really good speed.  (Linebacker) Ty Schwab is a guy that’s all over the field. We have a marquee defensive end here in Harold Landry.  He is a blue-chip guy.  He’ll come off the edge for us.  You’ll see a large portion of these guys on the field quickly. Kamrin Moore, the defensive back from Bishop O’Connell, is a dynamic player.  (Linebacker) Christian Lezzer is a throwback player.  He plays all over the field and is tough and fast.  I think we also increased our team speed with the class, we got some guys who can run, which is a good thing because we need that,” said Addazio.

BC fans won’t have to wait long to see if the 2014 class is as good as it looks on paper. Addazio thinks a lot of the players in this class will see the field right away and form the core of the future.

“When you look at our team between this year and next year we will have some 65 some odd players that make up the makeup of this team. We are going to be a young football team next year,” said Addazio.

Eagles Lose CB

There was some speculation that Boston College cornerback Al Louis-Jean would not be returning to school next year. The former four-star recruit was suspended earlier this season for violating team rules and missed the season opener because of the suspension. Later in the season, Louis-Jean did not play in the bowl game for undisclosed reasons. The off-field issues led many people to believe that the cornerback would not return to the Height.

While the speculation on Louis-Jean’s departure turned out to be accurate, the predicted destination for the cornerback did not prove accurate. The cornerback surprised everyone when he announced that he was leaving school early for the NFL draft.

Louis-Jean’s decision was shocking because most analysts and fans don’t feel like that he has shown enough to get drafted.  Most people believe that if Louis-Jean really wanted to leave BC then that was fine, but finishing his career at a different school was the next most logical step. Louis-Jean insists that his decision is solely based on his desire to play in the NFL and was not about wanting to leave BC

"It had been something my family and I have been discussing and it's something that has been on my mind for a while. It wasn't something out of the blue. I feel like I am ready for the NFL, and the opportunity to pursue a lifelong dream is here and I want to take the opportunity," said Louis-Jean to Rivals.com."I wouldn't call it that I'm leaving BC. I just feel like I'm ready for the NFL.”

Louis-Jean was one of the highest rated recruits from the Frank Spaziani but never quite lived up to the hype of his ranking. After missing the 2012 season with an injury, Louis-Jean returned this season and battled with a handful of cornerbacks for playing time. Louis-Jean was never quite able to stick out from the pack, which seems like a troubling sign for his NFL future.