Welcome to Signing Day

National Signing Day is upon us, and BC Coach Tom O'Brien will address the media at 4:00 PM at the Yawkey Athletics Center. EagleInsider.com will be on hand to provide exclusive audio and quotes from the coach himself.

Despite commitments from solid prospects such as Jordon McMichael, Alex Albright, James McCluskey- and the late addition of Mark Herzlich- BC's recruiting class is lacking in star power.

It will, however, (once the faxes are in and the press release is in everyone's hands) fill a number of imporant needs on the defensive side of the ball. O'Brien's class is expected to contain a number of solid, versatile athletes.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Eagles were ranked as having the No. 44 recruiting class in the country. It is arguable that a number of BC's New England prospects are under-ranked, but that remains to be seen.

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  • BC's class is expected to include a quarterback, Georgia's Ross Applegate, who is ranked the #74 player in the football-rich state. There are no true running backs in BC's class although Jeff Smith, a versatile athlete from Massachusetts, may have the ability to be a gamebreaker.

    Don Bosco's Ryan Lindsey, quarterback Matt Simms' favorite target, is expected to sign with the Eagles today. Along with late commit Justin Jarvis the Eagles have a talented pair of wide receivers in this year's class.

    The strength of the class lies on the defensive side of the ball, and we'll take a look at those players over the next few days. Of BC's eight three-star players, seven are on the defensive side of the ball.

    For those that don't put too much stock in the star rankings, the findings of a four year analysis by The Birmingham News (Click here for complete article) was published on Sunday morning which suggested that there is a connection with the recruiting rankings and the AP Top 25.

    While no surprises are expected, we'll be sure to let you know if any occur. BC's last hope for Signing Day drama, DE McKenzie Mathews, recently eliminated the Eagles from contention.

    Stay tuned to EagleInsider.com for Tom O'Brien's press conference at 4:00 PM.

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