With the recent commitment of A.J. Dillon, how does this impact the Eagles going forward?
I’ve been watching BC Football all of my life. Many forget, but BC was once a very respectable program. Sell outs every week, consistent nine win seasons and top – 25 finishes, they were #2 in the country just eight years ago! While they may be a far fetch today from what they were, significant news potentially signaling a turning the corner moment for the program came down today. Four star running back, A.J. Dillon, committed to the Eagles. Why is this such a big deal?
Number One: Steve Addazio Needed this Move:
Head coach Steve Addazio just completed his fourth season at the helm. Upon taking over for Frank Spaziani, who in his final season finished 2 – 10, Addazio’s goal was to return BC to their past success. Flush with enthusiasm, Addazio began his rebuilding efforts by preaching the importance of building “ a fence” around New England region recruits. Initially, the plan worked, Addazio had a solid first two seasons finishing 7 – 6 in both, and recruits noticed. Players such as Jon Hilliman, Zach Allen, Anthony Brown, among others bought into the Eagles. Although, after a dismal 3 – 9 season two years ago and a middle of the road 6 – 6 season this past year, fans began to question where the program was really headed. Was Addazio the coach of the future or was another rebuilding effort right around the corner? Well, today, my confidence has been reaffirmed. Gaining a high level recruit to flip from a football factory like Michigan is no small thing. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.
Number Two: A.J. Dillon Will be an Impact Player for the Eagles Immediately:
For years, BC has been starved for elite skill on the outside and in the backfield. This past year we saw the emergence of quarterback turned receiver Jeff Smith and tight end Tommy Sweeney. With that said, a couple of playmakers isn’t enough to be consistently successful over the gauntlet of an ACC schedule. Thus, Dillon will immediately be a factor in terms of opening up the field. Defenses will have one more player to account for when they play BC. Furthermore, in an offense predicated on the running game and with his size and athleticism, Dillon should be an impact player right off the bat.
Number Three: Elite Recruits Draw Elite Recruits:
Look, there is no doubt that recruits pay attention to other recruits. Players want to play with other big time players. A.J. Dillon’s move should ideally signal to other quality prospects that maybe BC is a place worth taking another look at. With a two – hundred million dollar practice facility on the way, hopefully Dillon’s move can bring more top end talent to The Heights.
Ultimately, after two lack – luster seasons with very few big time victories on or off the field, Dillon’s flip could not of come at a better time. Although one player won’t return BC to its past winning ways, its certainly a significant step in the right direction. Dillon has the potential to be the face of BC’s revival, and possibly a legend at the school. Its a long ways away, but the Eagles are certainly moving towards their old glorious days after landing Dillon. Only time will tell.