After managing to retain all of Jeff Jagodzinski’s recruits last season — following the former coach’s firing — Spaziani unveiled his 21-player class on Wednesday.
Three of the student-athletes already are enrolled in classes at BC, while the rest plan to join them in time for summer workouts and the start of the Eagles’ 2010 campaign. Quarterbacks Chase Retting and Josh Bordner and linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis will get a head start on their classmates and have chance to make their first appearance in Alumni Stadium with BC’s spring game.
Retting headlines Spaziani’s class. The 6-foot-4 Californian is one of three Eagle’s recruits ranked as a four-star player by ESPN.com, along with Pierre-Louis and wide receiver Shakim Phillips.
Retting played in the Under Armour All-America game in January, and, by enrolling early, he will have extra time to learn the system and could challenge incumbent quarterback Dave Shinskie from day one. Retting chose the cross-country trip to Chestnut Hill over more traditional football powers like USC, UCLA and Tennessee.
Phillips also played in a prestigious high school all-star game,the US Army All-American Bowl. The wideout was rated first at his position in his home state of New Jersey by Rivals.com and ranked in the top 100 players in the country by MaxPreps Lemming Report. He should help immediately on offense after BC lost three of its top receivers, including Shinkskie’s main target, Rich Gunnell, and red-zone threat, Justin Jarvis.
Though the class as a whole is only ranked 46th in the country by Rivals.com, the Eagles have made a solid living off players that flew under the eyes of recruiting “experts” and fit their system. Montel Harris and Anthony Costanzo were both greeted by two-star labels before having an immediate impact for BC and both were named to an all-ACC team this past season.
Spaziani made a point to note than all 21 of his recruits played for a winning team in high school. The mustachioed coach knows what a winning attitude can bring, and is hoping the new kids on the block can turn BC into a perennial BCS contender.
Here is the Eagles’ complete 2010 class:
Player, Position, Height, Weight, Hometown (School)
Alexander Amidon, WR, 5-11, 179, Greenfield, Mass. (Hotchkiss School/Conn.)
Dominic Appiah, DL, 6-5, 260, Somerset, N.J. (Cheshire Academy/Conn.)
Seth Betancourt, OL, 6-6, 285, Riverside, N.J. (St. Joe’s Prep/Pa.)
Joshua Bordner, QB, 6-4, 185, Sykesville, Md. (Century)
Jarrett Darmstatter, TE, 6-4, 241, Barnegat, N.J. (Barnegat)
Steele Divitto, LB, 6-2, 214, Ridgefield, Conn. (Don Bosco Prep/N.J.)
Andy Gallik, OL, 6-3, 290, Evergreen Park, Ill. (Brother Rice)
CJ Jones, DB, 5-11, 165, Wilmington, Del. (A.I. DuPont)
Tahj Kimble, RB, 5-11, 198, Fernandina Beach, Fla. (Fernandina Beach)
Aaron Kramer, OL, 6-7, 275, Duxbury, Mass. (Duxbury)
James McCaffrey, DB, 5-11, 185, Winchester, Mass. (Buckingham Browne & Nichols)
Shakim Phillips, WR, 6-2, 191, Paterson, N.J. (DePaul Catholic)
Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB, 6-1, 215, Norwalk, Conn. (King & Low Heywood Thomas)
Chase Rettig, QB, 6-4, 205, San Clemente, Calif. (San Clemente)
Jaryd Rudolph, OL, 6-3, 268, Kingston, Mass. (Silver Lake Regional)
Bobby Swigert, WR, 6-1, 175, Louisville, Ohio (Louisville)
Sean Sylvia, DB, 6-1, 205, Dartmouth, Mass. (Cheshire Academy, Conn.)
Robert Vardaro, OL, 6-5, 307, North Reading, Mass. (Phillips Academy)
Andre Williams, RB, 5-11, 202, Schnecksville, Pa. (Parkland)
Dominique Williams, DB, 5-11, 196, Brockton, Mass. (Brockton)
Harris Williams, OL, 6-4, 291, Lynn, Mass. (Proctor Academy)
Spaziani discussed the recruiting class on Wednesday’s edition of SportsDesk.