Massachusetts' top recruit is headed to Boston College. Steve Addazio and Company were able to flip Running Back AJ Dillon from Michigan back to New England. This had been rumored for a few weeks, as Dillon became more engaged with BC players on social media. In addition to Addazio's sales pitch was the fact that Michigan wouldn't guarantee him a spot at Running Back and left open the option of moving Dillon to Linebacker. Regardless of how it came together, closing on Dillon is a big deal.
Who knows if Dillon will live up to the hype? (He is coming off an injury.) What does matter is that BC's sales pitch worked on an elite recruit. In the past, some BC staffs would have given up on the running back. Plus there remains a lingering belief that elite New England recruits need to leave the area and only the "B" players go to BC. Dillon helps change that narrative. He also shows that recruits are buying into Addazio's turning the corner pitch.
Dillon might not be the only elite guy the staff flips. Tennessee verbal CJ Lewis is also supposedly interested in staying in the area. The Connecticut QB would be a huge pick up and provide some more depth at the position.
Addazio is never going to X & O us to success, but maybe he can still raise the talent level enough that we become consistent winners again.