When we joined the ACC, one of the justifications is that it would open a bunch of new and fertile recruiting territories for us. Although we certainly picked up a few more southern players, it wasn't a bonanza. Instead we kept getting guys from our usual strong holds in the Northeast and Midwest. Things are different now as BC picked up two more Florida recruits.
The first was Linebacker Ty Schwab. He camped at BC last week and made an impression. Performing in person helped his cause as there were concerns about his size and speed prior to the visit.
The second Florida player to commit Monday was WR Gabe McClary. He liked BC's academics, but his prior relationship with Todd Fitch helped.
I know Addazio made Florida a point of interest. Many on the staff also had ties to the state. We will always have kids from New England and Ohio, but this influx of sunshine kids should help our recruiting rankings and help change the perception of BC around the ACC.
We now have 19 commitments and have room to grow. Many needs have been addresses, so now the staff can become more selective with the final five or six scholarships.