BOSTON — After winning just three games last season, Boston College coach Steve Addazio knew he had to restock his roster.
With the signing of 21 players — including three graduate transfers — on Wednesday, Addazio thinks the Eagles will have the talent to compete again in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
It just might take a little time for the young players to develop.
"We're young, but it's exciting young, and it's talented young," he said at his National Signing Day news conference.
Here are some other things to know about BC's recruiting class:
Top 25 Class: No
Best in class: QB Anthony Brown, from Holmdel, New Jersey, will need to come through for the Eagles if they are going to turn things around long-term. BC turned to fourth-string walk-on John Fadule after Darius Wade broke his ankle in Week 3; Jeff Smith picked up a concussion and missed a month.
Best of the rest: WR Kobay White of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was a three-time all-state selection.
Late addition: TE Korab Idrizi From Fort Lee, New Jersey, changed his mind after initially deciding on Rutgers.
Two that got away: After defensive coordinator Don Brown left BC for Michigan, DB/QB Da'vante Cross decommitted from the Eagles. Cross will play quarterback at Virginia instead.
How they'll fit in: The five offensive linemen in the recruiting class — including Eastern Illinois transfer Jimmy Lowery — could help return BC to its roots as an incubator of NFL blockers.
"There will come a day when we will have the most dominant offensive line in the ACC. That will happen," he said, before adding: "Unless we get wiped out by seven ACLs and that kind of thing."