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.
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