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Eagles’ Recruiting Winds Down

Friday, September 20, 2013 8:47am
By: BC Insider

CHESTNUT HILL – It’s no secret by now that Steve Addazio and his staff got off to a hot start in recruiting almost immediately after he took over at the Heights.

The Eagles surprised many people in the recruiting world by picking up commitments in the spring and summer from big time players such as four-star defensive end Connor Strachan and three-star players Harold Landry and Marcus Outlow. By the middle of September, Addazio had secured 22 commitments in the 2014 class and holds a top-30 class as ranked by Rivals.com.

From here until signing day the duty of the staff won’t be to secure new commitments, because the class is almost full. Instead, the goal will be to secure the verbal commitments of the players who have already committed to BC. Some of BC’s commitments, such as Landry and Outlow, continue to get offers from other BCS schools.

While neither player seems like he’s wavering from his BC pledge, the BC staff has to remain diligent in keeping the players comfortable with their BC commitments.

Addazio doesn’t want to have any defections from the impressive recruiting class that he has built up. 

A 2-0 Start Is A 2-0 Start 

The fact that Boston College started the year 2-0 had fans ecstatic about the direction that Addazio had the team headed in. It didn’t matter that the first two wins came against FCS school Villanova and a watered-down Wake Forest team that ended up losing to Louisiana-Monroe a week later.

All that mattered was that Addazio had matched the team’s win total from all of last season in just two games.

Neither victory was a work of art by any means. Villanova was on the BC 1-yard line up by seven points and – had its quarterback not misfired to a wide-open receiver in the back of the end zone – would’ve gone up 14 on the Eagles. Instead, BC gained back the momentum and went on to win the game.

In similar fashion, the Eagles had a huge goal-line stand against Wake Forest that gave them huge momentum to go on to a 14-point victory.

After the victories, fans weren’t talking about where the team needs improvement. Everyone was just happy to see BC winning games again.

Then the Eagles traveled to Troy to take on a USC squad that looked ripe for the picking. Columnists, radio hosts and fans all week were calling for the firing of Lane Kiffin. A secret team meeting (it was later revealed that Kiffin didn’t know about it) made it look like the coach might have a mutiny on his hands. Was BC playing the Trojans at the right time when the players were getting ready to pack it in? 

It wasn’t just BC fans who thought that the Eagles might pull off an upset. Kirk Herbstreit picked the Eagles to upset USC, saying the Trojans were shaken and that playing a physical team like BC was the last thing they wanted to do. The wise guys in Vegas gave the Eagles a lot of credit as well: through the course of the week, the visitors went from 16-point underdogs to 13-point underdogs.

Instead of an emotionally drained opponent, BC got USC at an emotional high. The team rallied around their maligned coach and came out to give BC a butt whipping. The team of five stars exposed the BC team for what it really is – a roster made up of mostly low ranked two- and three-star players.

The final score was 35-7. The final yardage differential was 521 to 184. After tearing up Villanova for 114 yards and Wake Forest for 204 yards, Andre Williams was held to just 38 yards and a measly 2.2 yards per carry. It wasn’t much better through the air, with Chase Rettig held to only 83 passing and Alex Amidon held to two receptions for 23 yards.

So where did the huge dropoff occur? That’s the tough part for BC fans to swallow. The offense didn’t really do much different from the first two games, when it had much better success. The reality is that the team just couldn’t hang against an elite defense with NFL talent such as USC.

The receivers couldn’t get off the line against the physical and fast USC cornerbacks playing press coverage. The offensive line got absolutely no push against the superior defensive line of USC. BC was exposed for not having enough play-makers at skill positions and showed a glaring weakness still along the offensive line.

Addazio isn’t a dummy, and he’s been in the business long enough to know that he doesn’t have a great team. As such, he isn’t going overboard over the loss.

“I’ve got a bye-week schedule. and we’re going to hang to it,” said Addazio after the loss to USC. “I know better than to go back here and be stubborn and say that we’re just going to have a bloodbath on Monday. That’s not the answer. It wasn’t like we had a lack of effort. If I thought that was the case, then that’s what we’d do.”

Addazio said later in the press conference, “We’ve made a lot of progress, and I’m not going to let one game wipe out a lot of progress that we’ve made.”

There’s no doubt that things are looking up for the BC football team. Addazio and his squad are going to beat a team or two that they weren’t predicted to beat this year, and they might even get back to a bowl game.

But this team is a long way from competing in ACC championship games like it did just a few years ago. Addazio know this, and that’s why he is showing patience with a squad that is giving him every ounce of talent they have right now.