Boston College recruiting: Eagles move into top-40 nationally

Jared Wickerham

Behind new head coach Steve Addazio, Boston College is hitting the recruiting trail hard.

Somewhat quietly, the Boston College Eagles are putting together one of the nation's better recruiting classes for 2014.

With the infused energy of first-year head coach Steve Addazio taking over in Chestnut Hill, the Eagles' current class of 22 committed players ranks 34th in the nation, according to 24/7 Sports' composite team rankings. That ranks 8th among current ACC schools behind the likes of top-10 powers Miami (5th), Florida State (6th) and Clemson (14th). With 22 players already set to sign in the spring, it doesn't seem likely Boston College has room for too many more prospects moving forward.

A majority of the current commits gave their pledge to the program back in April, May and June. With a lone commitment, Sherman Alston, in August. Alston, a running back out of Montvale, New Jersey, is unranked by most scouting services and seems to be somewhat of an under-the-radar prospect. Before him, Richard Wilson was BC's most recent pledge. Wilson is regarded as a three-star running back out of Michigan and is deceptively quick despite being 210 pounds.

Boston College's current class is primarily three-star prospects, though there is one player with an additional star next to his name. Thaddius Smith, a four-star athlete who will likely play wide receiver at the next level, hails from Springfield, Pennsylvania and is one of the faster prospects in the region. Look for Smith to make an immediate impact on offense, and as a potential kick returner, starting as early as next fall. Connor Strachan, a three-star inside linebacker, is the top-rated defensive recruit for the Eagles. At 6'2 and 240 pounds, Strachan has the size and strength to make an immediate impact in the ACC. Three-star offensive tackle James Hendren stands at 6'7 and 300 pounds, giving him the size to be a dominant tackle on either size of the line.

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