Thursday, February 4, 2010
Recruiting rewind: Boston College
By ESPN.com staff
Boston College has developed a reputation for producing standout offensive linemen, and recruiting coordinator Mike Siravo said he thinks this year’s class has the potential to continue the trend. While there weren’t any players from the ESPNU 150 in coach Frank Spaziani’s first full recruiting class, there is still plenty of talent that can help the Eagles continue to contend for the Atlantic Division.
“We feel like that’s one of the spots we focused on and we evaluated and brought in some good kids,” Siravo said of the offensive line.
The staff brought in four offensive linemen, including Seth Betancourt, a three-star offensive tackle from Saint Joseph’s Prep in Pennsylvania, but it also filled a need at quarterback, wide receiver and running back. Usually there’s a gem hidden amongst the BC recruits -- just look at linebacker Luke Kuechly -- but Siravo wasn’t sure yet who it is in this class.
“We were talking about it today,” Siravo said on Wednesday. “None of us want to say who it is. We’re so excited about [two-star running back] Andre Williams. He’s got a great frame on him. People raved about him in Pennsylvania. ... It could be a guy like him, it could be an offensive lineman. I really have no clue. I try to predict them and I’m always wrong.”
BC continued its philosophy of recruiting unheralded but solid football players who want to be in Chestnut Hill, leaving the staff with little doubt about how signing day would unfold.
“Most of our kids signed in by 9 o’clock [Wednesday] morning,” Siravo said. “I don’t want to say it’s uneventful, but there’s not a lot of drama on signing day for us because of the kind of kids we’re involved with. It’s just a sign of stability. ... They just were solid all the way though. They never wavered, and that’s what we win with.”
Siravo said the positions where a freshman is most likely to contribute immediately include running back and wide receiver. The wideouts you might see early are Shakim Phillips, Bobby Swigert, and Alex Amidon. Quarterback Chase Rettig is “very accurate and very polished” and could challenge Dave Shinskie this spring.