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Addazio Hot on the Trail

By Matt Osborne
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With 13 verbal commitments already solidified for the class of 2014, Boston College has assembled a class which is currently ranked among the top 25 in the nation by ESPN.

It may come as a surprise to some casual observers, but the Boston College Eagles have actually been one of the premier teams in the ACC since joining the conference prior to the start of the 2005 season.

Although not generally thought of as a traditional power on a national scale, the Eagles posted a winning record in each of their first six seasons in the ACC, averaging an impressive nine wins per season during the process.

That production on the gridiron has been on a steady decline recently, however, as Boston College’s win total has decreased each of the past five seasons, culminating with an embarrassing 2-10 record in 2012.

As most college football fans are already aware, there is usually a very strong correlation between a team’s recruiting success and that team’s success on the playing field.

For Boston College, much of the program’s decline on the field can be attributed to a failure to bring in elite recruits.

The Eagles’ recruiting ineptitude has reared its ugly head most emphatically in the last two recruiting classes. In 2012, Boston College finished with the second-worst recruiting class in the conference according to Scout.com. The Eagles’ recruiting performance was even worse in 2013, as the program finished dead last in the conference.

One of the primary reasons for Frank Spaziani’s departure following the 2012 campaign was his inability to consistently recruit at an acceptable level.

Conversely, one of the primary reasons for the hiring of Steve Addazio was his outstanding connections on the recruiting trail. The hope was that Addazio would be able to infuse some much-needed energy into the Eagles’ lackluster recruiting efforts.

Just a few months into his tenure in Chestnut Hill, the decision to hire Addazio is already paying surprisingly huge dividends.

With 13 verbal commitments already solidified for the class of 2014, Boston College has assembled a class which is currently ranked among the top 25 in the nation by ESPN.

Linebacker Connor Strachan, a consensus four-star prospect, is currently the star of the class for the Eagles, but there is plenty of talent to be found in this group. Two of the other notable prospects for the Eagles are running back Marcus Outlow, who is ranked as Boston College’s top prospect for 2014 by ESPN, and defensive end Harold Landry, who has recently picked up offers from the likes of Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State and South Carolina.

Whereas the last few classes have been filled with too many “reach” prospects, Boston College’s current class is filled with legitimate BCS talent from top to bottom.

Boston College still appears to be in for a difficult season on the gridiron this fall, but if Addazio and his staff can continue their outstanding efforts on the recruiting trail, the Eagles just might be able to get back to their familiar perch near the top of the standings.

Matt Osborne - Matt Osborne currently serves as the director of recruiting and lead editor for Southern Pigskin. His work has been published in a number of national publications, including USA Today. Although he loves all levels of football, Matt's number one joy in his life is his relationship with Jesus Christ. Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattOsborne200. For media requests, please email Matt at matt@southernpigskin.com.