GREENSBORO, N.C. — Last summer, Boston College’s football recruiting did not even register a blip on the national scene. There was not one word mentioned by the recruiting services about where BC’s incoming class ranked. It deserved scant recognition because it paled in comparison with the blue-chip classes assembled by the powerhouses.
Now? Since Steve Addazio was hired Dec. 4, 2012, he has presided over a turnaround on the recruiting trail, seizing upon the impact of social media to disseminate his program’s message in a “#BeADude’’ campaign that borrowed from the mantra of defensive coordinator Don Brown and spread like wildfire.
“They said he could recruit and he recruited,’’ said senior linebacker Steele Divitto. “It just goes to show it’s just getting kids to buy in, buy into it, and he’s had a lot of success with that.’’
That success translated into the Eagles gaining commitments from 21 recruits for the Class of 2014, a group that is now being ranked as high as No. 22 in the nation by Rivals.com. It includes no fewer than 12 three-star prospects and one four-star blue chipper in St. Sebastian’s inside linebacker Connor Strachan, the 6-foot-1-inch, 240-pound nephew of former Eagle Steve Strachan.
“My whole thing is that it’s nice that we are ranked and all that,’’ said Addazio Monday during the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Football Kickoff. “But it’s really about getting the guys who can really succeed here and keeping your focus on that, and I think we’ve done a good job with that.’’
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