By Will Marlow
Boston College football coaches and fans are tremendously pleased with the recruits they signed on National Signing Day last Wednesday.
“I hope they’re all ‘dudes,'” states head football coach Steve Addazio. “That’s what we’re going to find out. That’s the goal right now.”
The Eagles signed their first four-star recruit in last year’s class since 2011. This year, the Eagles signed Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year in Zach Allen, ESPN Boston Defensive Player of the Year in Lukas Denis and MaxPreps First-Team All American in Nolan Borgersen.
56 of the team’s current 85-man roster are from Addazio’s past two recruiting classes, which spanned across nine different states from Massachusetts to Florida.
“15 of the 26 student-athletes are from within a five-hour radius,” states Addazio. “Seven are from Massachusetts.”
Signing the top prospects in the state of Massachusetts is Addazio’s No. 1 goal: “Every year we are going to try and find the best players from the state of Massachusetts,” states the thirty-fifth head football coach in BC’s history.
Last year, Addazio and Co. were able to keep highly-talented QB Troy Flutie in-state. Flutie, nephew of BC legend Doug Flutie, should get ready see the field this year due to departures from former Florida transfer Tyler Murphy and QB Chase Rettig.
Two main areas the Eagles had to address this offseason were pass rushing and special teams.
Signees Zach Allen and Wyatt Ray are two guys who are “big-time pass rushers,” believes Addazio.
Three kickers saw action for the Eagles this past season, which is unheard of. Together, they went a combined 12-19 on field goals, not making a single kick of 50+ yards. Also, all three kickers missed at least one extra point throughout the season.
The Eagles were unable to sign a kicker in this year’s class.
Boston College hosts the Maine Black Bears Saturday, Sept. 5, to open the season. Arguably the biggest game of the year comes two weeks later when the Eagles host Florida State Friday, Sept. 18.
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