Although Boston College will not begin spring football drills until next month following spring break, Eagles coach Steve Addazio could not wait to get started Wednesday after BC signed 30 recruits to national letters of intent, many of whom Addazio predicted would make an immediate impact on the squad.
"Well, this is our class,'' said Addazio. "Last year we were able to bring in a couple of guys and I didn’t really know those guys really well. We’re really fortunate, because a handful of those guys are going to be really, really good players, so we were lucky.
"But this is a class that we put a full year into and we know them very well,'' Addazio added. "Anytime you sign 30, that’s a large number and you need to know them well, because the more guys you sign the higher the rate there are for some misses, but we feel great about this class.
"Like I said, we know ‘em and there’s some high-end players in this class. We’re going to be able to really build off this.''
BC's incoming Class of 2014, which included a pair of University of Florida transfers in dual-threat quarterback Tyler Murphy and offensive tackle Ian Silberman, represented players from 12 different states, 17 within a five-hour radius of the school's campus in Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Seven of those players, including Natick standout quarterback Troy Flutie and St. Sebastian's linebacker Connor Strachan, a pair of BC legacies, hailed from the Bay State, while five were from New Jersey, two Connecticut, two Pennsylvania and one from Rhode Island.
In addition, BC recruiters went beyond that footprint to land five players from Florida, two from Georgia, and one each from Delaware, Michigan, Maryland, North Carolina and Ohio.
Offensively, the breakdown of position players included: 4 linemen, 3 quarterbacks, 3 running backs, 3 wide receivers, 1 running back/wide receiver, 1 tight end. Defensively, BC landed 6 defensive linemen, 4 linebackers, 4 defensive backs and 1 kicker.
Twenty-four of those players earned All-State accolades with two, QBs Darius Wade of Milddletown, Del., and Flutie, earning Gatorade Player of the Year honors in their respective states.
"I felt like we had a really good year from a position standpoint, a talent standpoint, a numbers standpoint, and a footprint standpoint,'' Addazio said. ``I'm really excited about our class and I really feel like we filled some real needs. Just a great group of guys . . . I really couldn't be happier.''
2014 Boston College Football Signees
Name Elig. Pos. Ht. Wt. Last School/Hometown
Sherman Alston Fr. WR/ATH 5-6, 165 St. Joseph Regional HS/Fairview, N.J.
Jon Baker* Fr. OL 6-3, 300 Millis HS/Millis, Mass.
Kevin Bletzer Fr. LB 6-2, 200 Catholic Memorial HS/Medfield, Mass.
Kevin Cohee Jr. Fr. DL 6-4, 240 Robury Latin/Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Allen Dawson* Fr. DB 6-0, 192 Cheshire Academy (Conn.)/Boca Raton, Fla.
Nat Dixon Fr. WR 6-4, 190 Mosley HS/Lynn Haven, Fla.
Troy Flutie Fr. QB/ATH 6-0, 170 Natick HS/Natick, Mass.
James Hendren Fr. OL 6-7, 268 Dexter School/Mefield, Mass.
Jon Hilliman Fr. RB 6-0, 215 Saint Peter’s Prep/Plainfield, N.J.
Christian Lezzer Fr. LB 6-1, 218 Clearfield HS/Clearfield, Pa.
Gabriel McClary Fr. WR 6-3 , 190 Winter Park HS/Orlando, Fla.
Noa Merritt Fr. DL 6-0, 258 Pope John XXIII HS/Sparta, N.J.
Mike Knoll Fr. K/P 6-1, 200 Walsh Jesuit HS/Copley, Ohio
Harold Landry* Fr. DL 6-3, 258 Pine Forest HS/Spring Lake, N.C.
Kamrin Moore Fr. DB 6-1, 190 Bishop Denis J. O’Connell HS/Accokeek, Md.
Tyler Murphy* Sr. QB 6-2, 210 Univ. of Florida/Wethersfield, Conn.
Marcus Outlow Fr. RB 6-0, 210 Norwich Free Acad./Norwich, Conn.
Oseh-Lie Saine Fr. DL 6-4, 264 Worcester Academy/Lincoln, R.I.
Sam Schmal Fr. OL 6-6, 280 Westminster School /Atlanta, Ga.
Ty Schwab Fr. LB 6-2, 280 Merritt Island HS/Merritt Island, Fla.
Cameron Seward Fr. DB 6-1, 216 Westminster School/Dunwoody, Ga.
Ian Silberman* Sr. OL 6-5, 303 Univ. of Florida/Fleming Island, Fla.
Thaddius Smith Fr. WR 5-10, 170 Cardinal O’Hara HS/Yeadon, Pa.
Austin Stevens Fr. DL 6-4, 245 Montclair HS/Montclair, N.J.
Connor Strachan Fr. LB 6-2, 240 St. Sebastian’s/Wellesley, Mass.
Tom Sweeney Fr. TE 6-5, 220 Don Bosco HS/Ramsey, N.J.
Joseph Vitiello Fr. DL 6-4, 255 Immaculata HS/Bridgewater, N.J.
Darius Wade* Fr. QB 6-2, 195 Middletown HS/Middletown, Del.
Richard Wilson Fr. RB 5-11, 215 Detroit Country Day/Southfield, Mich.
Isaac Yiadom* Fr. DB 6-1, 170 Doherty Memorial HS/Worcester, Mass.
*denotes mid-year (January 2014) enrollee
- Michael Vega
- Mark Blaudschun
- Nancy Marrapese-Burrell