February 1, 2012
5 Storylines from Signing Day
National Signing Day is finished and now it's time for EagleAction.com to look back on some of the biggest storylines in the 2012 class:
Loading Up at OL
The bright spot of this class has to be the talent that was accumulated on the offensive line. The highest rated of the bunch, and highest rated player in the class for that matter, was four star offensive tackle Win Homer. In late December, Homer impressed Rivals analysts at the Chesapeake Bowl where he was voted the best blocker there. At 6'5", 260 pounds, Homer looks to have the frame to get up to 300 pounds or so with a year in the program. Homer is ranked as the 26th best offensive tackle in the country.
The Eagles also secured commitments from Frank Taylor, the 20th ranked offensive guard in the nation, and Jim Cashman, the 60th ranked offensive tackle in the nation.
LB a Strength
With four star linebacker Steven Daniels having to go the prep route in 2011, the class got a big lift with his reclassification to the 2012 class. Now, Daniels has to work on getting qualified so he will be able to join the team for the 2012 season.
The Eagles dipped into their Don Bosco pipeline when they secured a commitment fromMike Strizak, the 23rd ranked inside linebacker in the class, and 12th rated player in the state of New Jersey.
Decommits weaken class
No school is immune from recruits decommitting from their original pledge. That being said, having four players do that in one class is a tough blow particularly when the class isn't highly ranked to begin with.
It all started with Akeel Lynch, who wavered on his pledge for months before finally decommitting from BC and choosing Penn State. The writing was on the wall for that decommittment so it wasn't a total shocker.
Next came Sam Grant, who decommitted without signing with another school right away. Grant eventually chose Oklahoma, which was an interesting decision considering they already had three tight ends in this class.
Maybe the biggest surprise flip came from two star Donovan Henry who decided to run track at Northeastern instead of play football at BC. While BC may have made the right move to tell him that he couldn't run track in the spring and skip spring football, it's probably something that should've been straightened out long before the week of signing day.
Finally, the last blow came on signing day Jaxon Hood decided to stay home and chose Arizona State. This had to be frustrating to Coach Spaziani considering that in the weeks leading up to signing day he flew out to Arizona to meet with Hood personally.
Giacone Flips to BC
The blow of losing Sam Grant was softened and all but wiped out when Rutgers commit, tight end Michael Giacone. flipped to BC. Giacone was a solid verbal Rutgers commitment up until Greg Schiano left Rutgers for the NFL. Give credit to the BC staff that got Giacone in for a visit the following weekend after Schiano left and got the tight end to commit on Monday. Giacone is the 33rd ranked tight end in the nation.
Low on Local Players
Since Frank Spaziani became head coach, BC has always had at least a full handful of players who were from New England. The staff gained commitments from 5 players New England players last year, a whopping 10 in 2010, and 5 in 2009.
Looking back on the last 10 years, BC has secured commitments from at least 4 players from New England every year, except in 2008 when they had only 3. Interestingly enough, the 2008 class has always been one that has drawn criticism because many of the players never panned out and many left BC.
This year there was only player from New England, Chelmsford's Tim Joy, who of course was the only Massachusetts recruit to join this class. This was the first time since 2007 that BC did not get a commitment from one of the top three players in the state of Massachusetts
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