2011 National Signing Day: Boston College Officially Announces 23-Player Recruiting Class

Boston College football head coach Frank Spaziani, fresh off a 7-6 campaign in which he guided the Eagles to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, is preparing to start rebuilding for next season on Wednesday's 2011 National Signing Day. Read more at BC Interruption.

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Boston College Recruiting Class 'Arguably Best In Recent Years'

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+.

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Boston College Recruiting Class Ranks No. 7 In ACC, Florida State No. 1

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.

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2011 National Signing Day: Boston College Recruiting Stays Local

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.

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Connor Wujciak Commits To Boston College, Gives Eagles Country's No. 19 Ranked Defensive End

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.

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Steven Daniels Commits To Boston College, Gives Eagles Country's No. 17 Ranked ILB

Boston College's 23-player 2011 recruiting class features four Rivals' four-star players: CB Albert Louis-Jean, TE Brian Miller, DE Connor Wujciak and LB Steven Daniels. 

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. 

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Brian Miller Commits To Boston College, Gives Eagles Country's No. 9 Ranked Tight End

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.

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Albert Louis-Jean Commits To Boston College, Gives Eagles Four-Star Recruit On Defense

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."

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2011 National Signing Day: Boston College Officially Announces Recruiting Class

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.

Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/School
Mehdi Abdesmad DL 6-6 260 Montreal, Quebec (Cegep Du Vieux Montreal)
Manny Asprilla DB 5-10 170 Everett, MA/Everett
Kieran Borcich DL 6-3 265 Bronxville, NY/Bronxville
Dave Bowen OL 6-6 256 Radnor, PA/Radnor
Steven Daniels LB 6-0 225 Cincinnati, OH/St. Xavier
Sean Duggan LB 6-4 215 Cincinnati, OH/St. Xavier
Curtric Evans WR 6-0 173 Hollywood, FL/Chaminade Madonna
Paul Gaughan OL 6-6 280 Dunmore, PA/Dunmore
Alex Howell K/P 6-2 185 Florence, SC/West Florence
Joshua Keyes DB 6-1 205 Chatham, NY/Chatham
Dan Lembke OL 6-5 282 New Lenox, IL/Providence Catholic
Nick Lifka LB 6-2 235 Naperville, IL/Naperville North
Al Louis-Jean DB 6-1 180 Brockton, MA/Brockton
Eddie Meredith OL 6-5 291 Aurora, Ontario/St. Andrew's
Brian Mihalik DL 6-7 233 Avon Lake, OH/Avon Lake
Brian Miller TE 6-4 215 Andover, MA/Andover
Victor Nelson OL 6-7 300 Park Ridge, IL/Maine South
Liam Porter OL 6-6 310 Natick, MA/Natick
Max Ricci DL 6-4 330 Groton, MA/Lawrence Academy
Ameer Richardson DB 6-1 185 Collingswood, NJ/Collingswood
Spenser Rositano DB 6-2 200 Ashburn, VA/Stone Bridge
Christian Suntrup QB 6-3 205 St. Louis, MO/Chaminade College Prep
Connor Wujciak DL 6-3 250 West Orange, NY/Seton Hall Prep

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2011 National Signing Day: Florida State, Clemson Recruiting Classes Leading The ACC

With National Signing Day well underway, the Florida State Seminoles and Clemson Tigers have emerged as the top two classes in the ACC, dominating Rivals.com’s rankings.

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.

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2011 National Signing Day: University of Miami Recruiting BC Commit Christian Suntrup As Signing Day Nears

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.

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2011 National Signing Day: Boston College Loses Four-Star Recruit To Florida

Boston College has taken a hit to its recruiting class, as four-star linebacker Graham Stewart has withdrawn from his commitment to BC in favor of the Florida Gators.

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.

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