Without a bowl to prepare for, Addazio and his staff have plenty of time to focus on recruiting. Based on the social media activity, they are locking down their current verbals and looking to see if there are any other players willing to flip to BC. But they are also looking at transfer. 5th year players were key factors in Addazio's first two seasons. Can they save his fourth?
BC had transfers last year -- Evan Kelly and Brendan Nosovitch. Unfortunately neither had the impact that a Tyler Murphy or a Matt Patchan had. But Addazio wasn't expecting either to be that big a deal. Both were depth adds. Neither were at critical positions. He didn't bring in a offensive lineman or QB and both positions suffered. At the time the staff had confidence in their youth and didn't see a QB worth the potential disruption to the young QBs' development. Now there are plenty of QBs out there with proven big game experience. The challenge will be getting any of them to come to BC.
The sales pitch is a little tougher coming off a 3-9 season than it was the last two years. The confusion on Offense and approach also doesn't make taking a chance on BC that appealing. Plus there are guys on the roster with game experience that a transfer QB will have to compete with. A great player shouldn't be scared of Wade, Flutie, Smith and Fadule, but that is more competition than Murphy faced two years ago.
The main selling point remains the opportunity, the success Murphy had and ironically the success of the defense. All Addazio has to say to a QB is "we have a great D. If you help our offense we can be a Top 25 team."
BC will probably land a transfer or two. Let's hope that they bring enough to speed up the turnaround.