In February, Boston College signed the lowest-rated class in the ACC.
Steve Addazio's Eagles have the No. 4 class in the ACC.
Nationally, the group ranked only 87th, wedged between UAB and Middle Tennessee State.
All told, Boston College and first-year coach Steve Addazio inked 15 players, none of whom had higher than a three-star rating.
Given that Addazio had little time to put a class together, this wasn't a huge surprise.
Three months later, though, he is finding a good bit of success. As of Thursday, the Eagles had eight commits and a No. 21 national ranking. That puts them ahead of programs such as Southern California, Auburn and Oklahoma.
In the ACC, they are behind only Florida State, Miami and Virginia Tech.
Yes, it's early, but for Boston College fans this is reason for optimism.
The high-energy Addazio has always been regarded as a strong, relentless recruiter (particularly during a stint at Florida) so perhaps we should have seen this coming. In fact, you can bet that's a big part of what got him hired.
To have success, the current Boston College staff has to be better at keeping the top in-state products at home than the previous regime. Massachusetts is not a state that produces an abundance of FBS talent, so that is vital.
Milan Richard is Clemson's second commit from Georgia in the 2014 class.
Already, the Eagles have commitments from three of the top seven in-staters.
The feeling is that by signing day 2014, Boston College could grab six or seven of the top 10 in Massachusetts, which has a little more talent than usual for this particular class.
In general, the Eagles would like to lock down the northeast.
Besides Massachusetts, they're hitting the New Jersey/Philadelphia region hard, which makes perfect sense since part of the staff -- notably Addazio -- came from Temple. Georgia, North Carolina and Ohio are other areas of emphasis.
Six of Boston College's eight commits are from the northeast. The other two are from the mid-Atlantic.
The top commit on the board is 247Sports four-star athlete Thaddius Smith of Springfield (Pa.) Cardinal O'Hara. Defensive end Harold Landry of North Carolina is a player we're told the Eagles think is a steal.
Who could be next?
Keep an eye on Trey Klock, a tight end from Hummelstown (Pa.) Lower Dauphin.
*Georgia is a key state for Clemson with the Tigers sitting practically on the state line, and so far they're off to a strong start there for 2014. On Wednesday, four-star 247Sports tight end Milan Richard of Savannah gave Clemson coach Dabo Swinney his verbal.
The nephew of Georgia Bulldogs great Herschel Walker, Richard is the fifth 2014 commitment for the Tigers and the second from Georgia. Quarterback Deshaun Watson of Gainesville is the other.
Clemson probably isn't done in the Peach State.
The Tigers have put a lot of emphasis into the state, and two uncommitted players they feel relatively good about are four-star receiver Demarre Kitt and four-star cornerback Wesley Green. Kitt will announce between Clemson, Ohio State and Tennessee on June 10.
Another Georgia player to watch is five-star inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan of Liberty County. While Ohio State leads, Clemson is very much in the picture.
In February, the Tigers inked five from the Peach State.
*In the ACC Recruiter rankings, as of Thursday the top five looked like this: 1. Art Kehoe (Miami), 2. James Coley (Miami), 3. Chad Morris (Clemson), 4. Jeremy Pruitt (Florida State), 5. Blake Anderson (UNC). Kehoe, Coley and Pruitt have each landed a five-star in this cycle.
*Florida State has been hitting top prospects in Florida, California, Mississippi, North Carolina and Texas this week. One player they feel god about is four-star receiver Markell Pack of Mississippi. The Seminoles will visit him Friday, and he plans to make his way to Tallahassee, Fla., this summer.