There is one thing that must be said about the new coaching staff that is running things at Boston College, they are not wasting time in bringing players in to improve the football program. When new coach Jeff Hafley took over the duties of head coach back in the wintertime, the Eagles were a team that was a six-win, maybe seven-win program. Not bad if you are in most conferences in college football. But in the Atlantic Coast Conference, all that will get you is mid-tier bowl games that fatten the bank account. So a change was made to give the Eagles a shot at bigger prizes, like division titles, conference championships, and major bowl games.
But to do all of that, one thing needed to be adjusted and that was the level of players that were coming into the program to accomplish this goal. In other words, better players are needed to match up against the best team in the league right now, the Clemson Tigers. Not to mention, the likes of Louisville and Florida State. If the early results are any indication, maybe, just maybe, a corner has been turned on the Heights. And those lofty goals we talked about early on could be more than a dream.
It has been hard with the health issues that everyone has had to deal with. Being able to go out and meet with players and parents is just is not happening at this time. This means that selling the program and the school has become a bit more of a challenge than ever before. But Hafley and his staff have made up for it by using other means to get the job done. Although we will not know until next February just how well the staff has done, here are a couple of examples of the progress that has been made.
The Eagles have addressed their defensive line with the commitment of Andre Porter, a 6-3 275 pound lineman from the DC Metro area. Porter is considered a three-star prospect and a top-five prospect from the DC area. Boston College beat out fellow ACC member Louisville, as well as a couple of Big-Ten schools Maryland and Illinois to land him. In the defensive backfield, the staff has added Jalen Cheek. The 6-2, 190-pound corner out of Winslow TWP is rated the 10th best corner in New Jersey by 24/7 sports. He is also known for being a good tackler. Big-12 member Baylor, as well as home state school Maryland, are a couple of schools that BC beat out for Cheek.
Boston College is getting a jump start on the class of 2022 by having the inside track on another DB. Jamal Hood is a 6-0, 180 pound out of St. Francis Academy in Maryland. Hood who is still in high school is on the radar of several other Power-5 schools. He is a Top-10 prospect in the state of Maryland and a Top-30 corner in the country. These are the kind of players that BC needs to get if they are going to become more of a player in the Atlantic Coast Conference. For now, the future looks better at Boston College but make no mistake, more work still must be done