Boston College head coach Frank Spaziani introduced the Eagles' 2009 recruiting class, defending what recruiting services have roundly ranked the last-place class in the ACC. "History," Spaziani said, "is on our side." He pointed to the Super Bowl quarterbacks, both of whom were overlooked out of high school -- Ben Roethlisberger went to Miami of Ohio, and Kurt Warner went to Northern Iowa. He also ticked off a list -- Matt Ryan, B.J. Raji, Jamie Silva, Gosder Cherilus -- of recent BC stars who went overlooked in February.
A few other nuggets from the press conference:
-Spaziani identified defensive line as a priority, and as the position where BC had the most success. After losing surefire first-round NFL draft choice B.J. Raji and Rod Brace, the Eagles signed four defensive linemen, headline by four-star (out of five) recruit Dillon Quinn, the most highly touted prospect in the class. Bryan Davis, listed as a defensive tackle, could also play offensive line.
-The one quarterback the Eagles signed, Michael Marscovetra of Indian Hills, N.J., is not thought of a big-time recruit. But, Spaziani said, Marscovetra could compete for playing time immediately because of BC's youth at quarterback; only Dominique Davis has received experience. Marscovetra is "about three games behind," Spaziani said, chuckling. "That's all."
-Spaziani wants to make keeping Massachusetts's best players in the state more of a priority. The Eagles weeks ago lost out on tight end Arthur Lynch of Dartmouth (to Georgia) and offensive lineman Brennan Williams of Catholic Memorial (to North Carolina), the two top-ranked players in Massachusetts. “We’ve got to change that,” Spaziani said. “We wanted those two guys.”
-The class at this moment is 16 players, but cornerback Jim Noel of Everett will make it 17 once his fax comes through. "Cyberspace," Spaziani said. Noel chose the Eagles over Penn State yesterday.
- Michael Vega
- Mark Blaudschun
- Nancy Marrapese-Burrell