Boston College Football Class of 2018 Recruiting Strategy
Lawrence Academy 2018 tight end Joey Luchetti recently committed to Boston College and he joins wide receiver Jehlani Galloway from Classical High School in Providence, Rhode Island as the two players currently in the BC 2018 recruiting class. Luchetti reportedly had no other offers and Galloway had received offers from some other colleges including UMass and Maine. It would appear that BC Head Coach Steve Addazio is looking for New England recruits who can come in and help make their football program competitive in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The 2017 BC recruiting class was helped significantly by the late addition of Lawrence Academy running back AJ Dillon who flipped from Michigan to BC. The Lawrence Academy angle is of interest because their football program is run by former BC Eagle Paul Zukauskas and the fact that they have two other 2018 linemen that BC has already offered in OL Finn Dirstine and DL Ryan Betro. Another former Lawrence Academy offensive lineman Eddy Fish has also announced that he is transferring from Illinois to Boston College. Clearly Coach Addazio is making a big play to try and keep all of the Lawrence Academy kids in state and playing for Boston College. Dirstine is already a national recruit so he would be the top target for BC while Betro has been picking up a number of college offers recently including Syracuse and UMass. This is an interesting strategy for BC to focus on the top local kids rather than trying to chase prospects from other states that are, frankly, much more sought after and harder to get to come to Massachusetts to play their college football. A recent Boston College junior day featured a number of other local prospects including several top players from the Division 1 State Champions Everett High School. This is a good start for the Eagles but here at ITHMA we think there are still a lot of Massachusetts high school players that BC should already be in on with offers and it seems that BC frequently comes in after another school targets a prospect. This was true for Betro who was offered first by Syracuse, Millis-Hopedale OL Kevin Pyne who was offered first by the University of Rhode Island and Milton Academy RB/LB Kalel Mullings who was offered first by Michigan. There is no way BC should not have been the very first offer for every single one of these kids given they are playing in their backyard. There are a number of other Massachusetts players that should also have been already offered by BC and are sitting out there for other colleges to identify and get in early on. BC needs to do a better job locking up the top local kids early in the recruiting process and keep players like Xaverian Brothers DL Joe Gaziano and St. Sebastian’s LB Blake Gallagher from going to Northwestern along with Brooks School TE Pat Freiermuth choosing Penn State and Leominster WR Noah Gray choosing to attend Duke. Anyone who attended the State Championship game would have offered Everett DL Duval Paul on the spot yet he is leaving to play at Georgetown. These are the kids BC needs to identify and lock up early so the commitments of Luchetti and Galloway show some promise that BC is finally focusing in on the right recruiting areas where they can be successful.