January 31, 2012

Tight end flips to BC

When Michael Giacone committed to Rutgers in mid-July it appeared as though BC had lost out on one of their top linebacker targets.

Of course, things can change quickly in the world of recruiting and events at one school can have a huge ripple effect elsewhere.

When Greg Schiano opted to leave Rutgers for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers it caused many Scarlet Knight commitments to rethink their status with Rutgers. That's what happened with Giacone, a 6-foot-5, 246-pound tight end from Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep.

EagleAction.com caught up with Giacone last week and it was evident that Schiano's departure came as a shock to him. It was also clear that BC was going to make a late push, as the Eagles had already reached out to him.

Over the weekend Giacone took an official visit to BC and he decided to flip to the Eagles.

"I realized when I committed to Rutgers too much of my decision was based on coaching," Giacone explained. "You know, when I committed to Rutgers, BC had been my second choice.

"After Coach Schiano left I talked to my coach and he told me to visit a couple of schools to help in my decision."

Giacone was at BC on Saturday and Sunday and he quickly realized he knew what he had to do.

"I just felt like BC would offer me more academically and it was really a better fit," he said. "The coaches were really pumped when I committed."

Giacone's commitment is huge news for BC. When Sam Grant backed out of his verbal commitment and Jameson McShea opted to attend Harvard it appeared as though the Eagles were in a bind at the position.

As the No. 33 tight end in the nation, and the No. 19 prospect in New Jersey, Giacone is a welcome addition to the Eagles' class.

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