Signing Day Central: Boston College

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Head Coach: Steve Addazio

Total Number of Commitments: 18

When it comes to recruiting top-end football talent, Boston College is at a disadvantage relative to most other ACC programs. Geographically, the school is located nowhere near hotbeds such as Florida, Texas and California, and on top of that, the pool of prospects is narrowed as a result of high academic standards that prevent the Eagles from pursuing athletes who can’t handle the course work. Even when there are blue-chip recruits in the Northeast who would qualify, it’s difficult to compete with powerhouse programs raiding the region when a lot of 16- and 17-year-olds don’t even remember Boston College’s last 10-win season — an 11-3 finish in 2007 under Jeff Jagodzinski.

At the same time, there are still plenty of selling points. While professional sports take priority in the area, it’s not like Chestnut Hill is a rural town that’s hours away from a big city. The Eagles have also been competitive for the better part of the last two decades, reaching bowl games in 14 of the last 17 years. In addition, longtime NFL starting quarterback Matt Ryan and perennial Pro Bowler Luke Kuechly are examples of recent products who have become stars at the next level.

This year, Boston College once again signed one of the lower-rated classes in the ACC. That’s nothing out of the ordinary, as the Eagles’ signing classes rarely ever rank above the middle of the pack within the conference, but it does make player development and coaching that much more important looking ahead.