"The first week was, ‘Let's put out fires, let's recapture everybody that we can,'" Siravo said. "Now here's a great group of new guys and here are some guys who we think have a great interest in BC that did before; Let's go get our whole staff there. Instead of us going out and recruiting 100 different guys, we took the nine guys on our staff and went and recruited each one. It was just a focused effort. Those kids have been hearing from the same recruiting coach for eight months now, so all of a sudden you can bring in four or five new guys who all have something different to offer in terms of a dynamic."
Anderson is as legitimate a tight end prospect as you'll find. Scout.com has him as the 42-best tight end in the nation but ESPN has him as high as 26. He ended up being Tom O'Brien's last commit, but Anderson wasn't necessarily an easy get. He had garnered interest from top programs all over the country: West Virginia, N.C. State, and Nebraska to name a few. Michigan State was neck-and-neck with BC toward the end, but Anderson chose Chestnut Hill because of academics and a lack of security he sensed from the Spartans' coaches. After the hiring of Jeff Jagodzinski and his staff, Anderson told Scout.com that he was "really excited" to have the opportunity to play for a guy who has experience coaching pros like Alge Crumpler and Bubba Franks.
Magazu and Momah are two very different receivers. Magazu is big (6'2", 185) and physical (he won his conference's defensive player of the year award as a d-back). He committed early to the O'Brien staff and fits the possession receiver mold that typifies the current receiving corps. Momah is simply huge. He's listed at 6'6" (210) but claims to be taller than 6'7". The new staff just couldn't pass up the idea of having someone with his size and athleticism on its offense.
Sleeper: Ifeanyi Momah. He wasn't too heavily recruited but BC is excited about the possibility of Momah, who won't turn 18 until the middle of next season, developing into a unique threat on offense. Offensive coordinator Steve Logan worked with a couple of 6'6"-plus receivers with the Berlin Thunder, his previous employer, so he'll know how to handle Momah. Right now Momah is definitely a receiver, Siravo said, but who knows what he'll become in the next couple of years.
"He could develop into anything," Siravo said. "By his junior year, he might be 250 pounds, who knows. You just can't miss with height like that…His brother went from 200 pounds to 240 from his freshman to sophomore year [at Maine]. Both of his brothers were like that. So you look at his gene pool, you look at 6'6", and you look at the way he can run and you say he's going to do something for your team. He could start out as a receiver and win the red zone battle and then he could blow up and who knows what you got. The scary thing about him is that he hits, he loves to hit people."
Defensive Line (1 signee)
Key players: Corey Eason (3 stars)
The next few positions (d-line, secondary, quarterback) could go any which way, it's difficult to say that one was definitively better than the other. But BC made a big splash by signing Eason. Letting probably the best recruit from Massachusetts go would have been hard to swallow for BC fans. Eason had serious offers from all over the country: Arizona State, Florida State, Rutgers, and Notre Dame. It's not hard to imagine: The Mansfield native is 6'5", 270 pounds, and widely considered one of the best defensive ends in the nation.
"I remember walking into his home and saying, ‘That's what they're supposed to look like right there,'" Jagodzinski said about Eason. "He is a special player, a special person…I think he's going to add a lot to Boston College. He can be, when I talk about having those difference makers, I think he has the ability to be one of those guys."
Sleeper: Brad Newman. Truly the utility man, Newman once again finds himself as a sleeper at a position other than fullback. When Siravo named all the positions he could end up at, he mentioned defensive end.
Not sure what to expect out of these two, neither sparked much interest from big programs and they didn't jump onto BC's radar until after the new year. But under Logan's direction and in the new, mobile-quarterback system, either one of them could thrive. After all, as Berlin's quarterback coach, Logan saw two of his protégés (Dave Ragone and Rohan Davey) win back-to-back Offensive Player of the Year awards in the NFL Europe.
Sleeper: Both Johnson and Davis have to be regarded as sleepers at this point. They're two similar players and both could develop into starters over time. We need more time to see what happens at quarterback.
Again, this could be an underrated group. Mulrooney is an extremely talented player and another top-five prospect from New England (Holy Cross, Connecticut). He was an all-around player for the Crusaders (he racked up 3,589 yards and 68 TDs as a running back) and proved to be a difference-maker in the defensive backfield: He registered 16 sacks, four picks, and five defensive touchdowns. Mulrooney could very well turn out to be a special player for the Eagles.
Sleeper: DeLeon Gause. Another guy that jumped onto BC's scene late, not much is known about the cornerback from Miami. But the staff saw enough in Gause to make him a late signee, so he could turn out to be a steal.
Running Backs (1 signee)
Key players: Brad Newman (2 stars)
There's our friend Brad Newman. Newman is listed by BC as a fullback, but as stated earlier (several times), he could end up anywhere, including tight end. When Devon Ramsay decommitted in mid-January, the Eagles had no backfield commits and this group became BC's most disappointing of the 2007 class. Ramsay wanted to play tailback and thought he was going to be able to under O'Brien. But Jagodzinski's crew wouldn't guarantee that he would be in the backfield, even telling him he could end up at defensive tackle. When Ramsay started looking elsewhere and the Eagles were left with no incoming running backs, Siravo and the staff didn't feel the need to go after another just for the sake of getting one.
"We just looked at our offensive system and where he fit in," Siravo said, "and he wanted to be a tailback and the most important thing for us was to be honest with him. We had to say to him, ‘We're looking at you at this position, fullback, tight end, you might even play defense, we want you to know that up front.' We're not doing him or his family or his high school coach any justice by leading him down the wrong path."