Down year for Boston College

If you're a Boston College football fan you didn't have much to cheer about on national signing day.

BC brought in a 16-player class that was ranked near the bottom of the ACC by most experts. Perhaps most concerning to the BC fan base was the fact that so many in-state players chose to go elsewhere.

The talent in Massachusetts this year was deeper than most years, including four-star athlete Armani Reeves (Ohio State), three-star linebacker Camren Williams (Ohio State), three-star linebacker Abner Logan (Maryland), three-star athlete Canaan Severin (Virginia), three-star offensive tackle Eric Olson (Northwestern) and three-star tight end Jameson McShea (Harvard).

Two-star linebacker Tim Joy was the only in-state recruit BC landed. That doesn't include linebacker Steven Daniels, an Ohio resident who originally committed to BC last year. Daniels played prep school football at Worcester (Mass.) Academy last fall.

Two other Massachusetts recruits -- two-star quarterback A.J. Doyle and two-star linebacker Vondell Langston -- both ended up at the University of Massachusetts, which is transitioning from FCS to the FBS level (Mid-American Conference). Defensive back Donovan Henry, another Massachusetts recruit, committed to BC, but decommitted so he could run track at Northeastern.

“BC was a great opportunity, great school,” Henry said. “But Northeastern I thought was a great fit for me, running track, which I've been doing really well lately. So it was basically the school academically and the high level of Division I track that interested me.

“It would be tough either way, dropping football or track, but I just wanted to do one and I decided to do track.“

A year ago BC brought in four of the top recruits from Massachusetts, including defensive back Albert Louis-Jean -- the state's top-rated recruit. That number grew by one when freshman wide receiver Marcus Grant transferred from Iowa earlier this year.

The competition for in-state recruits will only get tougher with Massachusetts moving to the MAC. First-year UMass coach Charley Molnar has made it clear that Massachusetts will be part of the program's main recruiting area. Nineteen of the 24 recruits UMass landed this year are from the Northeast.