Is Boston College football recruiting on the rise?


Boston College has gotten off to a fast start this spring in recruiting, picking up nine pledges heading into the all-important June camp season. The Eagles rank 35th nationally, and seventh in the ACC, in 247Sports’ composite team rankings.

BC’s biggest pickup so far — figuratively and literally — is in-state offensive lineman Finn Dirstine. Dirstine is a consensus top-400 prospect who also had an offer from Syracuse.

The 6-5, 320-pound Dirstine is one of three players the Eagles have added from Lawrence Academy in nearby Groton, Mass. The others are tight end Joey Luchetti and defensive tackle Ryan Betro.

Recruiting services are higher on Dirstine than they are on Luchetti or Betro. However, the latter two bring stability and an important local anchor to BC’s 2018 class.

Evan Stewart’s early-May commitment thrilled Boston College’s coaching staff. The 6-1, 190-pound Stewart helped lead St. Joseph Regional in Montvale, N.J., to a state championship in 2016. Among ACC schools, Stewart pick the Eagles over UNC, NC State, Pitt, Syracuse, Louisville and Virginia.

BC can use Stewart in a variety of ways. He projects as a college safety, but he can also contribute on special teams.

Boston College has already locked in a pair of 2018 quarterbacks: Johnny Langan and Matt Valecce.

Langan threw for nearly 2,000 yards and 19 touchdowns his junior season at Bergen Catholic in Oradell, N.J. A converted wide receiver, the 6-3, 200-pound Langan added eight rushing touchdowns the past two seasons. His high school coach, Nunzio Campanile, is the brother of Eagles defensive backs coach Anthony Campanile.

Per BC Interruption, Valecce threw for over 2,700 yards and 27 touchdowns in 2016, with just seven interceptions. The 6-5 Valecce is a pro-style gunslinger.

BC’s early pledges have a decided New England flavor. Three hail from Massachusetts, one from Rhode Island and one from Connecticut. The other four reside in New York and New Jersey.

The Eagles will have to keep pace with a flurry of summer commitments in order to stay in the nation’s top 50. BC is casting a wide net to meet its needs in the 2018 class.



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