Reversing recent trend, BC's Steve Addazio off to strong recruiting start

Eagles have 16 commitments for 2015, following up on 28-man 2014 class

Harold Landry (Boston College photo)

Harold Landry (Boston College photo)

Boston College is on its second coaching change since the Tom O'Brien days, but not much has changed about the Eagles' recruiting formula.

Boston College focuses its recruiting effort close to home, recruits for a traditional power, pro-style system, and then uses its national reputation to selectively spot-recruit all over the country.

Coach Steve Addazio is currently working on what could be Boston College's highest-rated recruiting class in a decade, with his 16 commitments for 2015 currently ranked 29th nationally by Rivals.

Last year, Addazio made a big start to reversing a downward recruiting trend when he signed 28 players, including three four-star recruits, for a class that ended up ranked 42nd nationally by Rivals. BC's previous two classes had been ranked 88th and 64th, respectively.

Highlighting the class were running back Jonathan Hillman of Jersey City, New Jersey; defensive end Harold Landry of Fayetteville, North Carolina; and linebacker Connor Strachen of Needham, Massachusetts.

BC plucked half its 28 signees from the states of Massachusetts (8) and New Jersey (6), and also added two each from Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

The Eagles ventured into the Southeast for six signees, including Landry; defensive back Cameron Seward and offensive lineman Sam Schmal from Atlanta; wide receiver Gabriel McClary from Winter Park, Florida; wide receiver Nat Dixon from Lynn Haven, Florida; and linebacker Ty Schwab from Merritt Island, Florida.

Addazio's incoming class includes six defensive backs, four linebackers, four wide receivers, three running backs, three defensive ends, three offensive linemen, two tight ends, one defensive tackle, one quarterback and one kicker.

BC's list of 2015 commitments includes five offensive linemen, three 'athletes,' two tight ends, two defensive backs, one running back, one linebacker, one wide receiver and one quarterback.

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