Slow start to football recruiting
As of today BC does not have a verbal commitment for the 2012 football recruiting class. For a point of reference, below are the respective commitments of our fellow ACC programs.
Clemson -- 3 verbal commitments
Duke -- 3 verbal commitments
Florida State -- 10 verbal commitments
Georgia Tech -- 2 verbal commitments
Maryland -- 3 verbal commitments
Miami -- 9 verbal commitments
North Carolina -- 2 verbal commitments
North Carolina State -- 3 verbal commitments
Virginia -- 4 verbal commitments
Virginia Tech -- 11 verbal commitments
Wake Forest -- 1 verbal commitment
Now before I get labeled a Spaz hater (again), let me put out all the excuses or rationalizations as to why BC is still without a single commitment.
-- "We are taking a small class and therefore need to be more selective"
-- "Spaz likes to go hard after having kids in our camps"
-- "BC takes extra time to find the right fit"
-- "It is hard to recruit to BC because __________"
-- "The staff is still cleaning up the mess left behind by Jags"
-- "Early verbals are pointless. BC has better luck finding late bloomers/under the radar guys"
As you know I don't buy any of this. I don't particularly care about the recruiting ratings but I do care about rightsizing recruiting classes. We will need bodies come Signing Day and like any good pipeline, you need a steady flow of prospects. Even if BC wants to take their time and not rush, they can only sit on the sidelines so long. Other than having a good pipeline, my other concern is the ability to sell BC. I won't always second guess who the staff likes, but I do question their sales message. You should always have some kids who are willing to commit the minute you offer. BC has enough of an edge and is selective enough in who we offer, that a recruiter should be able to leave a house with a verbal. Why isn't that happening? I don't think we will ever get a definitive answer. We will probably get a verbal shortly just to appease the critics like me. But overall, I think this is a trend we should watch. Regardless of how you feel about Spaz, he is unlikely to be around when the recruits of 2012 are SRs. So however this class is handled will have an impact on BC for years to come.