ACC: Jerry Willette

Boston College recruiting needs

January, 14, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

As we get closer to signing day, recruiting moves to the forefront of the discussions, and this week I'll be breaking down each school's recruiting needs. Today we'll hit the Atlantic Division, tomorrow the Coastal.

Let's kick it off with BC:

This staff has arguably one of the toughest challenges in the league because of the timing of the coaching change, and its recruiting needs appear to be where games are won and lost -- up front.

The biggest losses on defense will be defensive tackles Ron Brace and B.J. Raji, and filling their gaping 324-pound holes won't be easy. The defensive line should be a priority for this recruiting class, as Brace's backup, Jerry Willette, is also a senior, and next season's starting defensive line will have two senior defensive ends.

The good news is the Eagles don't have to replace the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, linebacker Mark Herzlich, but they will lose starter Robert Francois to graduation, and both Herzlich and starting middle linebacker Mike McLaughlin will be seniors next season. BC will also have to replace two of its four starters in the secondary.

The Eagles have a reputation for developing offensive linemen, and this season's unit was one of the best. They'll lose starting left guard Clif Ramsey, and center Matt Tennant will be a senior, as will two backups, so the staff needs to build some depth there.

Tight end Ryan Purvis and receiver Brandon Robinson are also graduating, and starting receiver Rich Gunnell and his backup, Justin Jarvis, will both be seniors, so the Eagles also need to load up on some receivers.

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