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Quiet time at BC

Signing day won’t be star-studded

By Mark Blaudschun
Globe Staff / February 1, 2012
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When the official commitments start coming into the football office this morning, there will not be much drama or hoopla.

A quiet football recruiting season at Boston College will produce no five-star or even four-star recruits.

Most of the recruiting services that rank these things no doubt will place the Eagles on the bottom of the Atlantic Coast Conference list, far behind Florida State, Miami, Clemson, and Virginia Tech, who dominate the top of the charts each year.

BC coach Frank Spaziani said he is working on a plan that involves getting “BC type’’ players.

But if truth be told, it has been a down recruiting season for BC, considering the players the Eagles thought they had.

Running back Akeel Lynch, a 6-foot, 205-pound prospect from Athol Springs, N.Y., gave the Eagles a verbal commitment in December but is now headed to Penn State.

Another prospect, tight end Sam Grant, committed to BC last summer but is now headed to Oklahoma.

Critics will also point to the local talent that chose schools such as Ohio State, Penn State, and Notre Dame over BC. And prospect Jameson McShea out of BC High, chose Harvard over the Eagles (although the way Tim Murphy has built the Crimson into an Ivy League power, choosing to pursue a Harvard degree is understandable).

The Eagles’ recruiting class did take an upswing yesterday when Mike Giacone, a tight end from Saint Peter’s Prep in New Jersey, de-committed from Rutgers and chose BC after taking a recruiting trip to Boston over the weekend.

For a staff that works New Jersey as hard as the BC coaching staff does, getting Giacone is a major plus. As of yesterday, the Eagles were also working hard on another Rutgers recruit, running back/linebacker Steve Longa from Saddle Brook High School in New Jersey as well.

When the final numbers come in, BC will have added 15 or 16 recruits, according to Spaziani, which means he will have a few scholarships open.

It has been a busy offseason at BC, with new offensive coordinator Doug Martin and new offensive line coach Jim Bollman joining the staff. Spring practice will begin and end much earlier this year, with practice scheduled to start Feb. 18, and the Jay McGillis spring game set for March 31. With a new offensive staff, Spaziani wants to get into a practice mode as quickly as possible . . . The Eagles will have only six home games next season, not seven, with the Army game switched to West Point. The home games will be against Maryland, Clemson, Miami, Virginia Tech, Maine, and Notre Dame. The Cadets come to BC in 2013 . . . The ACC schedule is expected to be released next week.

Mark Blaudschun can be reached at blaudschun@globe.com.

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