December 22, 2011

Recruiting Notebook

Boston College has a lot of work to do between now and Signing Day. Though just two or three spots remain for 2012 prospects it's unclear whether everyone currently on board will be signing with BC in February.

Who is planning on sticking with the Eagles? Who is leaning towards a decommitment? Below you'll get the latest from our best sources.

Running Back Watch

As you read earlier this week on the premium recruiting board, Illinois running back David Smith is down to Purdue and Boston College. The three-star back appears to favor Boston College and the only sticking point preventing this from happening right away is the distance. Of course, with Smith and his family distance is a major consideration and will present a big hurdle the Eagles will have to clear in order to breathe easy. With his official visits behind him there is a chance Smith's decision could come relatively soon. We've heard that Smith isn't necessarily going to wait to see what other players decide to do as other factors are more important.

As we have reported, landing Smith would be huge because Akeel Lynch is sounding less sure of his commitment to BC every time he speaks out. We're still hearing that there is a third name out there in the unlikely scenario that Smith and Lynch both end up elsewhere, so there is still no reason to panic.

Looking Good with Pollard

Last week in the Recruiting Notebook we reported that Boston College was strong with four-star defensive tackle Jamil Pollard. However, we noted that Pollard was rumored to be taking an official visit to Nebraska and it seemed as though the Huskers were making a strong late push.

Pollard's trip to Nebraska didn't happen and that certainly bodes well for Boston College. Pollard is still planning on making his decision at the Offense-Defense Bowl early next year and at this point we would have to give the Eagles a heavy edge.

Speaking of Defensive Tackles...

Pollard would be a major catch and would instantly improve BC's depth at defensive tackle but there may still be some drama to watch with recent BC commitment Jaxon Hood.

Hood committed to the Eagles just a couple of weeks ago and it came as a bit of a surprise when rumors started circulating that he had flipped to Arizona State. It was a surprise because Hood was extremely enthusiastic about the Eagles after his official visit last month and he wanted to commit even earlier but the coaches told him to make a rational decision not based on excitement.

It turns out the rumors about Arizona State were false, as Hood doesn't even have an offer from the Sun Devils yet. There may yet be some drama, though, because Hood maintains that he wants to take other officials prior to signing in February. Arizona State would probably get a visit if they do decide to offer and a couple of other schools to watch include Washington, Michigan State and Penn State. We'll still say it's likely that Hood inks with the Eagles in early February, but we'll have to follow it closely and at this point nothing would come as a surprise.

Another Commit Wavering?

It's no secret that BC tight end commit Sam Grant is a soft verbal, and that might be generous at this point. Sources tell us the Eagles are doing everything they can to strengthen their position with Grant, as losing him would be a blow even though Dan Crimmins is another guy in this class the coaches really seem to like.

Grant picked up an offer from Oklahoma and recently returned from a trip to Arkansas. Both schools are the kinds of programs that really appeal to Grant because they're enjoying plenty of national attention and they feature offenses that get the tight end involved in the passing game extremely well.

One source told us this week that the coaches are still speaking with Jameson McShea, who just picked up an offer from UMass, but an offer probably wouldn't go out unless Grant officially jumps ship.

More Juniors to Watch

Each week it seems like we're stumbling on more 2013 names that we'll be staying in close contact with over the next year. In our first edition of the Recruiting Notebook we introduced you to some names to watch. Now we have a few more. Keep in mind, there are a good number of juniors that already have BC offers. We're just passing along new names that the Eagles reportedly have a lot of interest in.

Curtis Cothran - Defensive end, Newton (Pa.) Council Rock North - At 6-foot-5 and 225-pounds, Cothran has an impressive frame that is only going to improve over the next year. Schools throughout to region appear to have stumbled on him around the same time and don't be surprised if he picks up his first offers soon.

Justin Goodwin - Running back, Madison, N.J. - If you're looking ahead to running backs in 2013, Goodwin is a name you'll want to keep an eye on. He doesn't have a lengthy offer list yet but at 5-foot-11 and 180-pounds, Goodwin is a versatile, athletic back with all the tools to fit into just about any offense imaginable at the next level. He rushed for more than 1,700 yards and 29 touchdowns this year.

Andre Patton - Wide receiver, Wilmington (Del.) St. Elizabeth - We can't really call Patton a sleeper anymore, as the 6-foot-3, 185-pound pass catcher has an offer from Rutgers and major interest from a host of schools. Patton has a long stride and excellent speed. He should be visiting a number of schools, including BC, in the offseason.

Jordan Cunningham - Wide receiver, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School - Cunningham is probably what you would have to consider a long shot. He's hails from an area that is used to recruiting wars that involve regional and national powers, and Cunningham already has a ton of offers. Nonetheless, BC has thrown their hat into the ring and will make their case. We'll catch up with him soon to find out what his offseason plans are and whether a trip to Boston College could be in the mix.

That's it for this edition of the Recruiting Notebook. Stay with for all the latest BC recruiting news.

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