BOSTON (AP) After winning just three games last season, Boston College coach Steve Addazio knew he had to restock his roster.
With the signing of 21 players – including three graduate transfers – on Wednesday, Addazio thinks the Eagles will have the talent to compete again in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
It just might take a little time for the young players to develop.
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''We're young, but it's exciting young, and it's talented young,'' he said at his National Signing Day news conference.
Here are some other things to know about BC's recruiting class:
Top 25 Class: No
Best in class: QB Anthony Brown, from Holmdel, New Jersey, will need to come through for the Eagles if they are going to turn things around long-term. BC turned to fourth-string walk-on John Fadule after Darius Wade broke his ankle in Week 3; Jeff Smith picked up a concussion and missed a month.
Best of the rest: WR Kobay White of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was a three-time all-state selection.
Late addition: TE Korab Idrizi From Fort Lee, N.J., changed his mind after initially deciding on Rutgers.
Two that got away: After defensive coordinator Don Brown left BC for Michigan, DB/QB Da'vante Cross decommitted from the Eagles. Cross will play quarterback at Virginia instead.
How they'll fit in: The five offensive linemen in the recruiting class – including Eastern Illinois transfer Jimmy Lowery – could help return BC to its roots as an incubator of NFL blockers.
''There will come a day when we will have the most dominant offensive line in the ACC. That will happen,'' he said, before adding: ''Unless we get wiped out by seven ACLs and that kind of thing.''