BC makes huge recruiting strides

The folks over at ESPN Recruiting Nation have updated their way-too-early class rankings for 2014. In the rankings, you will find the usual ACC representatives.

No. 5 Florida State

No. 9 Clemson

No. 11 Miami

No. 21 Virginia Tech

But there is one more team on the list that has not been featured in quite a while.

Hello, Boston College.

The Eagles check in at No. 24 in the latest rankings, a testament to the terrific job coach Steve Addazio and his staff have done so far on the recruiting trail. Now, I know it is only June and there are still eight months until signing day. But seeing Boston College listed among the Top 25 at this point is a huge victory in itself. We're talking about a program that finished 2-10 last season, that has failed to own its region for years.

Addazio has told me repeatedly how much he has emphasized improving the way BC recruits from the moment he was hired. The numbers bear that out. BC already has a league-high 13 commitments, including two from four-star talents -- running back Marcus Outlow and linebacker Connor Strachan. The Eagles also have a commitment from dual-threat quarterback Darius Wade, who recently turned heads at an Elite 11 camp in Columbus.

The ESPN Recruiting Nation experts say:

The Eagles were an afterthought on the recruiting trail the last few years, even in their own region. But Steve Addazio has a lit a fire under the program, and he has not coached a single game. ... The Eagles are recruiting very well in the Mid-Atlantic, which is a key ground for BC.

Several other elite prospects have BC on their lists. They might end up being long shots to sign with the Eagles at this point, but when was the last time you saw multiple four-star prospects considering BC this deep into the process? The last time BC signed more than two four-stars was in the class of 2010.

There's obviously plenty more work to be done and many days until February. But there is no doubt BC is off to a great start on the recruiting trail.