Five Early Recruiting Observations

TE is a big need for BC

While it's still very early in the process, the Eagles have a pair of verbal commitments and in the mix for a number of top prospects. Here are five things I've noticed or concluded in the early stages of the recruiting season.

1). BC finally appears to be recruiting tall wide receivers.  WR/Safety Marcellus Bowman (6-3/170) has already given his verbal pledge to the Eagles, but he is projected as a safety during his college career. BC has offers out to Rich Gunnell (6-1/180), Mike Moore (6-2/ 187), Daniel Oquendo (6-2/180), and Darius Heyward-Bey (6-3, 195).


There are a host of other 6-2+ receivers that either have received mail from the Eagles or are expressing interest. That list includes players such as Frankie Probst (6-3, 185), E.J. Morton-Green (6-3.5/205), and Gavin Ketchum (6-4, 190). Tom O'Brien and his staff realize that 5-11 receivers, unless they are extraordinary, probably will be overmatched by the ACC defensive backs. O'Brien talked at his signing day press conference about the need to recruit "ACC football players."  Recruiting tall wide receivers certainly fits in with this strategy.


2). BC is using its in-roads in Kentucky and Ohio to its advantage in ACC recruiting. It is safe to say that not too many ACC schools recruit Ohio, while maybe a handful recruit Kentucky.  BC has offers out to a few Kentucky players in the early-going: OL Mike Donoghue and CB Alfonso Smith. They have also verbally offered DL Earl Heyman, one of the top ten players in the state.


Of all the players from Ohio in the database, only one claims interest in an ACC school other than BC.  The Eagles have received an early verbal from Ohioan Marcellus Bowman and will continue to recruit the area, offering something that no other school that recruits Ohio can offer: a chance to play in the ACC.


3). I think it is safe to assume that BC will take a pair of tight ends in this class.  The Eagles have offers out to a number of TEs: Joey Hiben, James Dray, Jose Cruz, John Pelusi and Rodney Pittman. Hiben and Dray have recently been ranked four-star players by's recruiting team. With the looming graduation of Dave Kashetta and Justin Hinds, the Eagles are left with Chris Miller as their eldest TE in 2005. The Eagles are looking to add depth behind Trey Koziol and Ryan Purvis.


4). BC's offensive line depth chart is not the most enticing thing in the world for high school O-linemen.  One of the things that influenced the five offensive linemen to sign with BC two years ago was the fact that they'd all be in the two-deep by their redshirt freshman seasons.  With the youth and depth on the BC offensive line, it is no wonder BC is only looking to take two or three linemen this year.  BC is in the mix for a handful of top players, including Don Bosco's Brian Roche and Marques Slocum of St. John's in Philadelphia. By my count the Eagles only have six offers out to offensive linemen. 


5). Defensive line seems to be the biggest need for the Eagles this year.  By my count the Eagles have eight or nine offers out to linemen and will probably take four if they can. Assuming Mathias Kiwanuka departs for the NFL, the Eagles will lose 75% of their starting defensive line, with not a whole lot of depth behind them.  Defensive line is a huge need for Tom O'Brien and his staff; I look for the Eagles to try and land a few local prospects in the early going to solidify this position.


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Michael Chevallier is the publisher of He can be reached at Recommended Stories

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