Picture Steve Addazio and his coaching staff in old housework clothes, wiping their brows as they pour concrete into a wall encompassing the whole of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. When it comes to Boston College football recruiting, this is not far from the truth.
The Eagles lost out on a recruit earlier on Sunday, but they made up for it later by getting their sixteenth commitment of the 2014 class. That young man is Kevin Bletzer, a safety from Catholic Memorial in West Roxbury. Coach Kevin Lempa has been identified as the primary recruiter. It is surmised that Bletzer was offered after camp and accepted.
His website lays out some of his personal achievements. As a sophomore, and presumably as a junior, Bletzer was the starting strong safety on Catholic Memorial’s varsity football team, and was named one of Massachusetts’ top twenty players to watch by the Boston Herald for 2012. He also played some wide receiver, according to his Hudl page.
A three-sport athlete, Bletzer also plays hockey and lacrosse. Despite getting noticed for his athletic talents, the major recruiting agencies had not rated him. Nevertheless, this staff has done well in identifying and obtaining talent so far, and should be given the benefit of the doubt.
The 2014 recruiting class, with many months to go until signing day in February, is now officially larger than the final 2013 recruiting class, and it is expected to grow further. Bletzer becomes the seventh Massachusetts recruit to join it.
We welcome him to Boston College.