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February 2, 2012

Signing Day Breakdown: Defense

Boston College didn't bring in a ton of defensive prospects in 2012 but the Eagles did address some areas they were hoping to before the class started shaping up.

Defensive End

Malachi Moore is the only recruit the Eagles brought in at this position and he's probably not an immediate contributor. That said, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound defensive end has the kind of frame that you like to see in someone up front.

The Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII defensive end was rated as the state's No. 5 defensive lineman by NJVarsity.com before the start of the season. It would have been nice to add another pass rusher off the edge in this class.

Defensive Tackle
This is where the Eagles really struggled. Losing Jaxon Hood at the end of the process was a huge loss because he was the Eagles' only commit at the position.

It was disappointing to lose out on Jamil Pollard because for a while it looked like BC was in the best position with him.

Linebackers

This is where BC did most of their work on the defensive side of the ball and it's an impressive group.

Four-star Steven Daniels is the headliner of the group but academic questions remain and it's not clear whether he will be joining the team in the fall.

Mike Strizak of Don Bosco is the next highest-ranked prospect at the position and he's the kind of guy that could make an early impact if he adjusts to college life and the speed of the game.

Tim Joy of Chelmsford was ranked the state's No. 7 prospect and Bobby Wolford is a tough, physical inside linebacker from the Sunshine State that fits the mold of what the Eagles were looking for.

Defensive Backs

For a while it was unclear whether BC was going to land Bryce Jones or Nana Kyeremeh at cornerback. The Eagles ended up with Jones and the Ohio athlete was a quality late addition. The two appeared to be in very similar spots on the Eagles' wish list so they were basically interchangeable. Jones also played quarterback in high school and has a good feel for the game.

David Dudeck, another late addition, is a versatile athlete but the 6-foot, 197-pounder from Princeton (N.J.) The Hun School is expected to play free safety at BC.

The highest-ranked defensive back of the bunch is Justin Simmons, the nation's No. 47 safety.

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