Five takeaways from Jeff Hafley’s national signing day press conference
Boston College signed 21 Class 22 rookies on Wednesday. After the names were released, head coach Jeff Hafley spoke to the media. Here are some of the takeaways from his comments.
Other schools can rely on the transfer portal, but British Columbia will build it through recruiting.
An interesting comment from Hafley relates to the reliance of other schools on the transfer portal and how it hinders high school recruitment. He mentioned that while others may only take 10 rookies, Boston College will be active, which could be a good sign for the Eagles going forward. He went on to explain that some of the best players he has coached were late entries, either from camps or from later evaluations. If BC relied solely on the portal, they would be missing out on these players.
The Eagles are not done with the Class of ’22
Although roster management has been difficult given the extra year due to COVID-19 waivers, Hafley is still on the trail of Class ’22 recruits. As we mentioned, it could be as simple as securing the wide receiver RJ Maryland, who still hasn’t signed up. But there may be other names that Boston College has yet to contact that could be signed by the next signing period. “We are not finished. This course is not finished. There is another signing period, there are other rookies that we are still on.”
British Columbia will pick and choose Massachusetts, but there will be no ‘fence’
One of the most publicly derided comments about the Steve Addazio era was his insistence on building a fence around Massachusetts and New England. While he was certainly successful in the area, it was never a fence. Many of the strong local recruits British Columbia sought after went elsewhere. Jeff Hafley has a different philosophy. “I’m not going to be one of those guys who say I’m going to fence this area. ” He said. “No I’m not going to talk like that. I said when I got here we were going to do our best to assess this condition and we did” The Eagles brought in four of the top 10 rookies on 247sports , a rookie they missed (Ty Chan who ended up at Notre Dame) and was never brought up on the other five.
Landing and keeping Amari Jackson was a big deal
Defensive back Amari Jackson was one of the names still hanging around days before National Signing Day. He was rumored to have been courted by Tennessee, although in the end he never made an official visit and announced on Twitter that he was staying with BC a few days before the NSD. It was a big deal for Hafley. “When he called me today and he signed. I’m a DB guy, so that’s probably the loudest I’ve yelled at in a long time.” Hafley went on to say Jackson could be a two-way street for the Eagles.
Peter Delaportas is going to be a great quarterback
One of the Eagles’ first engagements in the 22-class, quarterback Peter Delaportas, is New Jersey’s top quarterback. Hafley predicted great things from the signal caller. “Really talented, tall, tall. He’s a wrestler, which is very rare. He has a really living body. So it won’t be a guy running a 4.4, but he has a living body, he can move, he’s mobile, he’s got a big arm and he’s gonna be a big kid.
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