Spaziani restocks Eagles with four four-star recruits
When Frank Spaziani did a postseason analysis of the needs of his Boston College football team for the 2011 recruiting season, it was clear to the coach that the offensive and defensive lines would have to be restocked. After that, he would concentrate on finding more “BC-type’’ kids who could develop as potential stars.
With the recruiting season coming to its conclusion with today’s national letter-of-intent day, the 23 commitments Spaziani and BC recruiting coordinator Mike Siravo put together address those needs.
Whether they have put together a superior recruiting class, no one will know for a few years. The recruiting services that issue rankings have the Eagles in the middle of the pack in the Atlantic Coast Conference, trailing perennial leaders Florida State and Clemson, who have top-10 recruiting classes. Some analysts have labeled FSU coach Jimbo Fisher’s second recruiting class the best in the country.
Of Spaziani’s 23 recruits, two 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 who had verbally committed early to Miami but changed his mind when coach Randy Shannon was fired.
The growing trend is for recruits to finish high school early and enroll for the winter term, since it allows for a transition from high school to college without the immediate pressure of football. Louis-Jean and Abdesmad will participate in offseason conditioning and spring practice and be well-adjusted to college life by the time the Eagles formally begin practice in August.
Spaziani accepts this, but he is old-school enough to not fully endorse the process, feeling that seniors should enjoy their final spring as high school students.
“I wish we could do it differently,’’ said Spaziani.
The Eagles have commitments from four “four-star athletes’’ and nine “three-star athletes,’’ although Spaziani and his staff do not put much stock in such evaluations, feeling that BC kids tend to develop into their roles.
Spaziani also said BC kids generally decide whether the school is a fit very early in their recruitment.
“I’ve been here 15 years,’’ said Spaziani, “and we almost never had anyone commit late. They come on their visits and they say, ‘Yeah, that will work for me,’ or they say, ‘It was nice, but I think I will look somewhere else.’ ’’
Spaziani received commitments from six offensive linemen and five defensive linemen.
Among the “four-star athletes,’’ linebacker Steven Daniels comes via the St. Xavier (Ohio) pipeline that produced All-America linebacker Luke Kuechly, and he could be another star in the making. Louis-Jean is also a four-star prospect who could make an immediate impact.
The other two top-rated recruits are Connor Wujciak, a 6-3 defensive end from Seton Hall Prep in New Jersey, and Brian Miller, a 6-4, 215-pound tight end from Andover.
All of it will become official today, and then Spaziani and his staff can begin the process of turning the prospects into BC players.
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