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We've already established that Florida St. and Clemson were far and away the winners of ACC recruiting on National Signing Day, with the Seminoles pulling in what many believe to be the best class in the country. But Boston College managed to hold its own, with four four-star athletes and a No. 7 rankings from Rivals within the conference.
Additionally, the Eagles earned a "B-" in ESPN's team-by-team breakdown of the ACC's 2011 recruiting classes (good for sixth-best in the conference):
Breakdown: This is arguably the best Boston College class in recent years. It has a few national recruits and is also very deep in quality three-star prospects. The emphasis was put on defense, which is the side of the ball that has carried this program the past few seasons. Louis-Jean has the size, athleticism and versatility to contribute early in Chestnut Hill, at least in sub-packages. BC knows how to recruit linebackers out of Saint Xavier in Ohio and have another good one in physical and instinctive three-star Sean Duggan (Cincinnati, Ohio/Saint Xavier).
ESPN lists CB Albert Louis-Jean (Brockton, Mass./Brockton) as BC's Top Prospect -- "a top-10 corner, is expected to make an impact early in BC's secondary" -- and Alexander Howell (Florence, S.C./West Florence), the No. 5 kicker in the country, as the Eagles' "Name to remember."
For the record, FSU earned an A+, with Clemson getting a B+.
Frank Spaziani and Boston College did the best recruiting they could (I assume at least), and managed a solid 23-player class after 2011 National Signing Day, featuring four four-star recruits, including Albert Louis-Jean, the country's No. 15 ranked cornerback. But when you're going up against the rest of the ACC, the recruiting wars can be a losing battle. Such was the case this season, with Florida St. and Clemson dominating.
Both the Seminoles and Tigers secured top-10 classes, with FSU widely considered to have won the day -- ESPN has their class ranked No. 1, while Rivals has FSU No. 2, behind Alabama; Clemson earned a No. 8 ranking from Rivals. Over at SB Nation, both schools were listed as the day's clear winners, thanks in large part to the Tigers' coup in Wednesday.
Bringing in Tony Steward early in the morning, likely snatching him from ACC rival Florida State, was a good start; pulling Stephone Anthony later in the day suddenly gave Clemson two of the nation's best linebackers. Between those two players and wide receivers Sammy Watkins, Charone Peake, and Martavis Bryant, Clemson is suddenly deep at two key positions, and the Tigers still have a hook on the biggest fish of this class, Jadeveon Clowney. If the Tigers can beat out in-state rival and presumed frontrunner South Carolina and the national behemoth that is Alabama, it might go down as one of the most impressive sway jobs in recruiting history.
And on Florida State:
Look anywhere on the list of recruits and you'll find a ton of talent and potential. Karlos Williams could be a game-altering safety. Tim Jernigan could be a Warren Sapp-esque defensive tackle. Kelvin Benjamin might be a quicker version of Braylon Edwards. James Wilder brings uncommon power to the running back position. Nick O'Leary was the nation's top tight end. Nick Waisome could be a shutdown corner. There is depth on both lines. The list goes on and on, and if you listen to Jimbo Fisher's effusive praise, it might be endless.
Another year of Boston College recruiting is in the books, with football head coach Frank Spaziani officially announcing the 2011 class Wednesday afternoon. The group of 23 players that signed to play with the Eagles features four Rivals' four-star recruits and nine three-star players, which has BC right near the middle of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
According to Rivals, Boston College finished with the conference seventh-best recruiting class, with an average of 2.74 stars per player. Florida State and Clemson were the big winners -- not only in the ACC, but nationally. The Seminoles secured a pair of top-five recruits -- James Wilder, Jr. and Karlos Williams -- plus 13 four-stars, while the Tigers hauled in four five-star players, including two of the country's best linebackers in Stephone Anthony and Tony Steward. The impressive hauls earned FSU's and Clemson's classes No. 1 and No. 2 rankings in the ACC, respectively. Nationally, they currently sit at No. 2 and No. 8.
Indeed, it was Florida St., Clemson and everybody else in the ACC on Wednesday.
FSU and Clemson battled for defensive line recruits all day long, with Tony Steward picking the Tigers and Tim Jernigan heading to Tallahassee. The Noles will have the nation's No. 2 class according to Rivals after USC's post-Thomas adjustment, while Clemson merits an impressive top-10 finish. The Tigers also landed Spencer Region and Stephone Anthony.
On Wednesday, Boston College announced its 2011 recruiting class, featuring four four-star players and nine three-star recruits. Of the 23 players head coach Fran Spaziani added to the Eagles on National Signing Day, five are from Massachusetts, an important fact that should not be overlooked, says BC Interruption.
It's great to see the program signing local kids that want to play on the Heights. Adding local kids to the roster helps generate excitement in the program throughout New England, and only helps BC further develop recruiting pipelines in the Northeast. New England might not have the most talent in the land, but I definitely appreciate a concerted effort to recruit in Massachusetts.
The five recruits matches the total of in-state players BC signed last season, which is the most since 2006. In all, since 2002, a total of 36 players have decided to stay at home and play for the Eagles.
Over the last two classes, Spaz has signed 10 recruits from the state. That's the highest two-year total of recruits from Massachusetts in the last ten years.
Head over the BC Interruption for more on the Eagles' recruiting, including a breakdown of the last ten recruiting classes, broken down by state.
Despite receiving offers from Maryland, where his brother Alex just finished his senior year, and Notre Dame where his father Alan won a national championship, four-star defensive end Connor Wujciak will be playing for the BC Eagles in Chestnut Hill.
For Connor, the choice was all about the personnel.
“It was a perfect fit, the program, the coaches and the tradition,” Wujciak said. "I really like the people there. I thought my decision would come down to people and it did. My recruiting coach for the day was Mike Dawson. He was really cool and I stayed in touch with him. And I really like the recruiting coordinator (Mike Siravo).
"I was really choosing my school rather than my dad’s and Alex’s school," Wujciak, a West Caldwell resident, said. “And neither one of them put any pressure on me. They both really helped. So did my coach (John Finnegan), the trainer at Seton Hall, Larry Baggit, and my trainer, Don Sellari, at Sports University in Fairfield.”
Having found a good fit with the Eagles, Wujciak committed to Boston College in early July 2010.
At 6’4" and 250 pounds, Wujciak played both defensive end and tight end for Seton Hall Prep in New Jersey, but will stick to the defensive side of things in college. Wujciak combines solid tackling with good speed, but could struggle against stronger blockers when trying to reach the quarterback.
Daniels (6-0, 225) is an inside linebacker from Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier) who committed to Boston College on Dec. 15. Rivals had him as the country's No. 17 ranked inside LB.
While in high school, Daniels totaled 82 tackles (14 tackles for a loss) and seven sacks as a junior, and then an impressive 34 tackles for loss and 18 sacks in 2010
Division I All-Ohio first-team selection...named to the Butkus Award watch list in 2010...chose BC over NC State, Texas A&M, Louisville, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Minnesota, Illinois, Kentucky and others.
Daniels' high school, St. Xavier is the same school that produced BC's All-America linebacker Luke Kuechly. Along with Louis-Jean, Daniels is a four-star prospect who could make an immediate impact this fall.
Under Armour All-American Brian Miller represents the cream of the crop on offense for Boston College’s 2011 recruiting class.
A four-star recruit, Miller is a local product out of Andover, MA. Ranked by Rivals.com as the state’s best recruit and the no. 9 tight end in the nation, Miller is a tall offensive threat who can turn big plays no matter where he catches the ball.
Despite receiving offers from other big-name programs like Michigan, Penn State, and Stanford, Miller chose to commit to Boston College in April 2010. In an interview with ESPN last year, the Andover product identified his familiarity with the school as a significant factor in his decision.
“I had taken a lot of unofficial visits there, been to the campus and met with the coaches and even the [athletic director],” said Miller. “Before recruiting even started I went to football games with my family. I just felt the most comfortable at BC.”
Now, with the recruiting process finished, it’s just a matter of time before Miller brings the athleticism, burst, and motor he showed in Andover to Chestnut Hill.
Boston College officially announced their 2011 recruiting class Wednesday afternoon (National Signing Day), featuring four four-star players (per Rivals' rankings), including cornerback Albert Louis-Jean.
Louis-Jean (6-1, 180) is a local product, from Brockton High School. ESPN had him ranked as the top prospect in the state of Massachusetts, while Rivals had him ranked as the country's No. 15 ranked cornerback
No. 9 cornerback in the nation as ranked by ESPN...Rivals.com second-team All-American...named to the Associated Press East Region 25 list of prospects...ESPNBoston.com first-team All-State selection...hauled in 28 catches for 572 yards and 5 TDs on offense while coming away with four interceptions on defense...
Louis-Jean chose Boston College over a long list of schools, including Notre Dame, Penn State, Miami, Stanford, UConn, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and Maryland (ESPN Boston said he had over a dozen Division I scholarship offers).
Originally Louis-Jean was committed to play for a Randy Shannon at Miami, but then de-committed after the head coach was let go by the school. At the time, BC Interruption wrote:
"Landing Commits ALJ could instantly give Spaz a defensive playmaker in the secondary. BC's 2011 recruiting class now includes four safeties (Louis-Jean, Josh Keyes, Ameer Richardson and Spencer Rositano) and a cornerback (Manny Asprilla), but ALJ is easily the most highly touted recruit of the bunch."
Boston College head football coach Frank Spaziani officially announced the program's 2011 recruiting class, with the Eagles bringing in 23 players on National Signing Day.
The class includes 13 defensive players, nine on the offensive side of the ball and a kicker/punter out of South Carolina, Alex Howell.
Set school record with 51-yard field goal in 2010...No. 4 punter in the country as ranked by Scouts, Inc...qualified for the Kohl's kicking challenge, a top kicking challenge in the Southeast...invited to the NUC All-American Gridiron Game in 2010.
The defensive-heavy class includes just one quarterback, Christian Suntrup, (6-3, 205, St. Louis, MO), who kept his word in signing with B.C., despite the fact that Miami was making a late push to try and lure the QB away from the Eagles. In high school, Suntrup was a four-year varsity starter and was No. 5 prospect in the state of Missouri, and the No. 19 QB prospect in the country, as ranked by Rivals.
The two programs are leading not only in overall number of commitments, with 27 and 28 respectively, but in quality of players as well. Florida State, ranked first, has picked up a pair of five-star recruits to go with 13 four-star prospects. Included in their ranks are the best TE recruit in the nation, Nick O’Leary, as well the the no. 2 ranked DT, RB, and DB.
Clemson, meanwhile, though ranked second, leads the way in impact talent with four five-star recruits, including three pick-ups from Florida State’s territory. The class is rather thin in the middle, however, with only six four-star commitments. By far the most impressive part of Clemson’s class comes at the linebacker position, where five-star recruits Tony Steward and Stephone Anthony are no. 1 and no. 3 at their positions nationally.
Coming in at a close third is North Carolina, whose heavy local recruitment paid off with five of their nine four-star recruits coming from in-state. Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Boston College all managed at least four four-star commits, while Wake Forest and Duke came in on the low end without anyone over three stars.
All-together, the ACC has picked up 265 commitments including six five-star, 46 four-star, and 161 three-star recruits.
In the days of redshirting, it's not often that many college football recruits have the opportunity to contribute right from the start. However, Mehdi Abdesmad will get that chance when he joins the Boston College Eagles this spring.
Abdesmad, a 6'6", 260-pound defensive end from Montrel, Quebec, committed to Boston College in November. He is a three-star recruit, according to Rivals.com. Eagles head coach Frank Spaziani expects Abdesmad have an impact from the moment he takes the field.
And Spaziani and his staff hope they've found themselves another gem north of the border in this class with 6-foot-6, 255-pound defensive end Mehdi Abdesmad. The Montreal native of Tunisian descent was one of two January enrollees (Louis-Jean is the other) who will be able to participate in spring football. Spaziani, looking for a disruptive force on the pass rush, said there's a chance for Abdesmad to contribute in 2011.
"When a kid comes in here (in the spring), there's a chance for him to play, and in his case, there's a need over there with the graduations," said Spaziani. "But he's still a true freshman, so we'll see. But he looks the part, he's the right kind of kid and I'm looking forward to seeing him practice." (via Steve Conroy/Boston Herald)
The feeling is mutual for Abdesmad, who is very excited about the opportunity to hit the field immediately.
"I came here early so that I can get (a head start) on the other freshmen and start training and practicing with the team so that I can be ready for spring ball," he said. (via Steve Conroy/Boston Herald)
Abdesmad also received scholarship offers from UConn, Baylor and Akron. Not only will Abdesmad be living out his own dream of playing Division I college football, but also his father's. Sadly, Abdesmad's father will not be around to see his son achieve their dream, as he passed away after a bout with brain cancer three years ago.
"He said it to my mother before he passed away. He said, ‘My son will go far. I'm sure of it,' " said Abdesmad. "BC is a really good school and it's close to home. My family can come down and see me easily." (via Steve Conroy/Boston Herald)
The 2011 National Signing Day is well underway, with the nation's top recruits announcing their choices on where they'll play their college football. And while Boston College head coach Frank Spaziani won't officially address the media until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, we can already take a look at the Eagels' 23-man 2011 recruiting class.
Two of the 23 players are already enrolled at BC: defensive end Mehdi Abdesmad, a 6-foot-6-inch prospect from Montreal, and defensive back Albert Louis-Jean, a 6-1 cornerback from Brockton. Abdesmad is a three-star recruit, according to Rivals, while Louis-Jean, who originally verbally committed to Miami before Randy Shannon was fired, is a four-star prospect.
Based on Rivals' rankings, BC is bringing in a total of four four-star recruits and nine three-stars. Though QB Christian Suntrup and DE Connor Wujciak reportedly have to yet to officially sign their letters of intent.
|Commit||* Pos||High School||H||W|
|Mehdi Abdesmad||3* DE||Montreal (CA) Vieux||6'6"||260|
|Manuel Asprilla||2* DB||Everett (MA) High||5'10"||150|
|Kieran Borcich||3* DE||Piedmont (SC) Wren||6'3"||265|
|David Bowen||2* OL||Radnor (PA) High||6'6"||255|
|Steven Daniels||4* LB||Cincinnati (OH) St. Xavier||6'0"||225|
|Sean Duggan||3* LB||Cincinnati (OH) St. Xavier||6'4"||220|
|Curt Evans||3* WR||Hollywood (FL) Chaminade Madonna||6'0"||175|
|Paul Gaughan||3* OL||Dunmore (PA) High||6'6"||280|
|Alex Howell||2* K||Florence (SC) West Florence||6'2"||185|
|Josh Keyes||2* S||Chatham (NY) High||6'2"||190|
|Dan Lembke||2* OL||New Lenox (IL) Providence Catholic||6'5"||280|
|Nick Lifka||3* LB||Naperville (IL) North High||6'2"||235|
|Albert Louis-Jean||4* DB||Brockton (MA) High||6'1"||175|
|Eddie Meredith||2* OL||Aurora, (CN) St. Andrews College||6'5"||285|
|Brian Mihalik||3* DE||Avon Lake (OH) High||6'7"||235|
|Brian Miller||4* TE||Andover (MA) High||6'4"||215|
|Victor Nelson||2* OL||Park Ridge (IL) Main South||6'7"||300|
|Liam Porter||3* OL||Natick (MA) High||6'7"||290|
|Max Ricci||2* OL||Groton (MA) Lawrence Academy||6'4"||345|
|Ameer Richardson||2* DB||Collingswood (NJ) High||6'1"||185|
|Spenser Rositano||2* DB||Ashburn (VA) Stone Bridge||6'2"||195|
|Christian Suntrup||3* QB||St. Louis (MO) Chaminade||6'3"||205|
|Connor Wujciak||4* DE||West Orange (NJ) Seton Hall Prep||6'3"||250|
With National Signing Day just hours away, Boston College seems set to lock up a recruiting class of 23 new players, including a quartet of four-star recruits (as evaluated by Rivals.com).
This year’s class finds most of its talent coming on the defensive side of the ball. Tight End Brian Miller is the only four-star recruit on offense, with linebacker Steven Daniels, cornerback Albert Louis-Jean, and defensive end Connor Wujciak rounding out the group. Both Miller and Louis-Jean are local products, hailing from Andover and Brockton respectively.
Nine of the remaining recruits rank as three-star prospects, with Alex Howell ranking as the tenth best kicker of the 2011 class.
Still, nothing is set in stone yet, and just one day after the Florida Gators lured four-star linebacker Graham Stewart to Gainesville, another school from the Sunshine State seems to have taken aim at a BC recruit. This time around it’s the University of Miami, which according to the Sun Sentinel is targeting three-star quarterback Christian Suntrup. Suntrup, ranked no. 17 on Rivals’ list of pro-style QBs, is not expected to change his mind, but the possibility remains.
Despite hailing from nearby Middletown, Connecticut, Stewart seems to have long favored Gainesville over Chestnut Hill. It was only the turmoil the Gators program was experiencing with Urban Meyer’s sudden retirement that held Stewart back. With things back under control and Will Muschamp in place, things were steady enough for Stewart to switch to Florida.
Still, while there’s no question that Stewart is a strong and valuable recruit, Brian at BC Interruption reminds us, linebacker is a position the Eagles can survive taking a hit in:
As Eagle in Atlanta mentions, if there’s one position where BC is deep, it’s at the linebacker position. Guys like Luke Kuechly, Kevin Pierre-Louis and Steele Divitto should give the Eagles a strong core at LB for the next few years, and this year’s incoming class already includes a bunch of other guys that could play at LB, including St. Xavier (Ohio)’s Sean Duggan and Steven Daniels.
The 2010 college football season may have ended when Auburn topped Oregon in the BCS National Championship Game on Jan 11, yet the unofficial start of the next season is right upon our doorstep with 2011 National Signing Day.
College football's recruiting reaches its apex with Wednesday's National Signing Day. For those unfamiliar with one of college football's most exciting days (and many of you may not be familiar with it, considering that collegiate football isn't particularly big in New England), National Signing Day is the first day that high school football players (seniors only) across the country can sign legally-binding documents that officially commit them to one college football program.
Simple concept, no?
As far as the top recruits are concerned, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina is the nation's number one prospect, according to Rivals.com. As of Monday, he is still uncommitted. On Clowney's list of top schools are Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, LSU, North Carolina and South Carolina, among others.
Curtis Grant, a linebacker out of Richmond, VA, is the No. 2 recruit according to Rivals, and is also uncommitted. His top schools are Florida, North Carolina, Ohio State and Virginia. Interestingly enough, Boston College made a scholarship offer to Grant, but he reportedly has no interest in bringing his talents to Chestnut Hill.
But what about local schools and their recruiting process? It's a safe bet that Boston College won't be landing any five-star athletes, but that doesn't mean they won't be bringing in new talent.
The Eagles currently have 23 players committed recruits for the 2011-12 season. Of those recruits, four are four-star players and nine are three-star athletes. BC's average recruit has a rating of 2.74 stars.
By comparison in the ACC, Florida State has 25 total committed recruits, two of which posses five-star rankings. The Seminoles have 12 four-star recruit commitments and 11 commitments from three-star players.
Boston College has scheduled a teleconference on Wednesday at 4 p.m. EST for head football coach Frank Spaziani to discuss the Eagles' recruits on National Signing Day. SB Nation Boston will bring you the latest regarding BC football on National Signing Day, and BC Interruption will also have complete coverage of the day's events.
For the latest news regarding National Signing Day and the top high school recruits around the country, visit SB Nation's National Signing Day stream.
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