Boston Faculty Soccer, Basketball & Recruiting Questions and Solutions

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One of the perks of being a BC Bulletin Premium Member is having these regular Q&A. On our Discord channel (make sure to join if you haven’t already!) I asked members to submit their questions. Here are some that have come up.

Q: Hey AJ, how do you feel about our chances with Cornerback Cam Johnson?

A: That’s the million dollar question right now, it feels like last year’s Drew Kendall situation. There’s this tempting four-star recruit right in the grip of the Eagles and no one can predict where he’s going to go. This is where I heard they are. I’ve been told that BC feels like it is “in good shape” with Johnson, which may sound general and not very direct, but I think it’s a sign. When I am told that they are in good shape it usually means that they are leaders at that point. That may change now and they might lose a recruit, but right now I think BC is leading the way for Cam Johnson.

Q: I would be really curious to find out more about how employees decide on “takes” after offers. Or in other words, what do you know about how situations like this play out, where a player is offered, comes to visit and the staff have a tough conversation and say that maybe they should look elsewhere?

A: This is a great question and I can provide some insight into how it works. As you probably know, most programs have a board on which they rank the recruits they pursue. The guys at the top are usually the “takes,” or the ones the school will go out of their way if they offer them. Because the recruitment is so fluid that the board is changing, A LOT. Sometimes a guy will be on paper, they bring him in and don’t like his workouts, or maybe his personality doesn’t match the staff. It then no longer becomes a take.

All in all, a take is decided based on a few different factors. Seat availability (getting tougher right now as BC’s 22nd class fills up), movie reviews, and visits. I am sure that the staff will also be on site with recruits to help these children find other options and not let them down.

Q: Will Jeff Hafley win a national championship or a Super Bowl in his career? Bonus question; If so, how many of its tight ends will be anchored in the HOF?

A: If you’ve listened to Friday’s Locked on Boston College episode, you know exactly who asked that question. So I’m going to give an unpopular answer here and say no. How many college-level coaches have won titles who are still active? Three four? The NFL isn’t that far away as it’s so difficult to win this big game. And you could search both leagues and find tons of “great” coaches who never won the big one. Ryan Day, Brian Kelly, Kirby Smart, Don Shula, the list goes on and on. I think Hafley has a huge career ahead of him, but is he going to win a title anywhere? I need to see more before I say yes to this.

Q: What is a realistic time to enjoy Hafley as our trainer before he is plucked from a big time program? I don’t mean to be negative, but all non-BC fans love to get into it

A: I have spoken to many other BC writers and people about this and have come to a different attitude towards this answer. I think BC will be with Hafley for at least six years. It takes the right program to come and try to get him to go, he won’t just take the next job “because it’s more worth it”. And the time for jobs he would probably go for

Q: I think I remember you saying that Drew Kendall took snaps at the center this spring? Will he stay there long term?

A: I think so. It will also be a way for him to get to a starting role quickly. He is likely to stand behind Alec Lindstrom this year, who is out at the end of the season. He plays and trains well, starting in 2022. That being said, he could also step on the guard if Matt Applebaum and Hafley feel like he’s a better fit there. But at this point, I would rely on him as a security guard.

Q: What are the main differences you see in Grant’s earlier style of coaching versus Christian’s?

A: So I want to jump out and say I’m not a basketball guy for X and O so I can’t give you the specifics until I see the team actually play. That being said, Earl Grant will bring a defensive tenacity that Christian’s team sorely lacked. I expect the Eagles to be much better defensively. We had one commentator who kept mentioning Arkansas’ 40 minutes of hell press defense. That will never happen. However, especially with Jim Molinari, a defensive guru coming as an assistant, you can expect BC to see a lot of improvement on the defensive.

** There were a couple of questions about the ranking of 247. I have to be honest, I can’t comment on that, that is, there is intellectual property. I cannot explain to you why or how the Eagles are classified. However, I can say that the ranking of our internal SI All American rankings seems similar to the Eagles at # 8, but explain that this is mainly because they have the most commitments in the country. Expect the Eagles to slip with more large recruits joining blue chip schools.

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