December 15, 2011

Recruiting Notebook

With National Signing Day rapidly approaching most of BC's work in 2012 is done. There's still plenty of drama and questions that only time will answer, but we've been working our sources and have the latest the Eagles' recruiting efforts.

As of today it appears as though Boston College has two or three spots remaining that the coaches will want to fill. Of course, there are a couple of guys that are currently on board that could end up with other schools, so the commit list you see today might not be identical to the one you see in early February.

Will they stay on board?

Keeping Akeel Lynch on board is obviously a priority for the Eagles. The 6-foot, 205-pound running back from New York took his official visit to Iowa over the weekend and that trip went very well. That's not newsworthy and everyone expected Lynch to enjoy his time in Iowa City, especially with his close friend Tevaun Smith also in town. Smith picked up an offer from Iowa and that helps their chance with Lynch.

Even if Lynch decides to flip it's not as though BC is in dire straits. Midlothian (Ill.) Bremen running back David Smith would be much more than a consolation prize and sources say BC is still very strong with him. If Smith replaces Lynch, BC would still have two or three spots to fill so that wouldn't affect the numbers. If Lynch stays on board BC's chances with Smith go down and the Eagles would also have one fewer scholarship available.

We are also hearing that there is another running back the Eagles are high on, but we can't put any names out there yet. This 'Plan B' is currently committed to another school and sources have told us he would be a nice addition even if things don't work out with Lynch or Smith.

Running back is clearly a priority between now and Signing Day, largely because of the uncertainty with Lynch. Worst-case scenario is the Eagles lose out on both but right now we think it's unlikely that it plays out that way.

Sam Grant is another BC commit that has been looking around at other options. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Ohio tight end recently visited Michigan and he will be at Arkansas this weekend. In other words, there's a lot of smoke and sources say BC is monitoring the situation very closely.

If Grant jumps ship then the next in line for an offer is probably Jameson McShea, the one-time Temple commit who has since opened things back up. Dan Crimmins is already on board, of course, but sources say the Eagles want to bring in two tight ends. It's worth noting that McShea could be a tight end or a defensive lineman at the next level.

Another tight end that the Eagles really like is JP Holtz, the former Penn State commit who is now looking around. Pitt was in great shape until the Panthers had yet another coaching shakeup so that could open the door for a school like Boston College, depending on what Grant decides to do.

In other words, there's no reason to panic. While there are a couple of guys that are keeping their options open and visiting other schools, it's not as though the Eagles are going to be caught flat footed. Plenty of talented kids remain out there and the Eagles are well-positioned to make a move if they're forced to.

Positions of priority

As previously mentioned, running back and tight end are two positions of priority for the Eagles between now and Signing Day. In fact, those are the only two significant positions on offense that the Eagles would want to address from here on out, it seems.

BC is done at quarterback barring any major and unforeseen changes. The Eagles are probably done at receiver as well.

On the defensive side of the ball the line and corner are the two areas of focus. The Eagles are probably done recruiting linebackers so the focus is narrowed there as well. Two or three spots remaining and four positions that BC is open to addressing.

The Pollard watch

Sources tell us that Westville (N.J.) West Deptford defensive tackle Jamil Pollard has been cleared and is a definite take for the Eagles should he decide that BC is where he wants to be. The interview with the coaches reportedly went very well, and all of the committed and visiting prospects from this past weekend told us Pollard fit right in with everyone.

The one school that has a chance to throw a wrench in things is Nebraska. The Cornhuskers have offered the 6-foot-5, 280-pound prospect, and Nebraska is going to pitch the tradition of their Blackshirts defense, their recent history with Ndamukong Suh, their facilities and their fan base.

There is a good chance Pollard will visit Nebraska this weekend and we should know a lot after reports come in from that. He wants to make his decision at the Offense-Defense Bowl so we won't have to wait too long to find out what his decision is.

Boston College will obviously be hoping that Nebraska is just too far away, and that's a very real factor that could work in the Eagles' favor.

Defensive backs on the radar

One source has told us that Nana Kyeremeh does not have a committable offer from West Virginia. That just adds more intrigue to this recruiting saga. Fresh off his official visit to BC the Eagles were the favorite. Just a week later Kyeremeh said he was leaning to West Virginia because Boston College doesn't have an engineering program.

The Eagles would be happy to have Kyeremeh but if they lose out there won't be a big drop off.

Bryce Jones is a 5-foot-11, 160-pound athlete from Cleveland Heights (Ohio) and he's actually listed as a quarterback for his high school team. Sources have told us that if Kyeremeh ends up elsewhere then Jones would be the next in line for an offer. We're also hearing that either player would be a welcomed addition and the difference between the two on BC's wish list is almost negligible.

That's it for this edition of the Recruiting Notebook. Stay tuned with EagleAction.com for all the latest in the world of BC recruiting.

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