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2012 Boston College Football Recruiting: Who Is Left?

[Ed. note -- excellent FanPost, Promoted]

With Mike Strizak's commitment, BC is up to 12 commitments for the 2012 class. Some people may think recruiting is unimportant, but recruiting is to college what the draft and free agency is to the NFL. Today's recruits are tomorrow's starters. After taking a large class last year (23 people), BC is looking at a smaller class this year (somewhere in the neighborhood of 16 people). Let's check out the current commits and which realistic targets are left on the recruiting board.

Recruiting Targets (legitimate targets only):

Wide Receiver

PJ Harris – Harris will visit the Heights for the first time on July 25 and has a high interest in BC.  Harris has geographically diverse offers (Wazzou, Iowa State, Duke, South Carolina) but none of the big three Florida schools have offered.  Although unlikely, a commitment on that trip is possible.  My guess is Harris ends up an Eagle after a few officials.

BC’s chances – 50%
Best guess – BC

Canaan Severin – BC is in the final five for Severin, the top Massachusetts prospect this year.  BC was Severin’s first offer and his mom went to BC, so you would think BC would be in good shape.  Nevertheless, it looks like BC is at best tied with PSU, UVA, and/or Iowa, and might be trailing one or both.  Severin is an important prospect for this year and is looking to take all five officials, so look for his recruitment to extend until after the season.

BC chances – 25%
Best guess – Penn State

Leonte Carroo – one of the big prospects from traditional BC pipeline Don Bosco, Caroo will be deciding next month. Carroo’s final five seems to be made up of Rutgers, Cal, Maryland, Wisconsin and BC. BC trails in this race and would probably need to get another visit to have a real chance.  This looks doubtful.

BC’s chances – 10%
Best guess – Rutgers

 

Offensive Line

Ryan Ward – a consensus four-star guy, Ward is probably the only lineman left from whom BC would accept a commitment, and he is down to a final four of BC, Iowa, Michigan State and Northwestern.  Ward is from Illinois, so the Big 10 schools have to be considered the favorites. He did visit BC and is a high school teammate of 2011 commit Dan Lembke, but it does not seem like this will be enough to get him out of the Midwest.

BC chances – 25%
Best guess – Iowa

 

Defensive Line

Greg Kuhar – Kuhar has a top four of Northwestern, Iowa, Ohio State and BC, with all but OSU having already offered.  His brother goes to Northwestern and he has said that they lead, but this was before having visited BC. He just visited about a week ago, although there haven’t been any interviews about how it went.  Kuhar is teammates with BC commitment Sam Grant, so that might help. 

BC’s chances – 30%
Best guess – Northwestern

Faith Ekakitie – a little bit of a pipe dream, Ekakitie is a consensus four-star defensive end that might grow into a defensive tackle.  In his last update in June, Ekakitie listed a group of seven favorite schools (including the likes of PSU, UCLA, and Oregon) and mentioned of the seven, “BC is the school that is recruiting [him] the hardest."  I doubt BC ends up in the final group but it’s nice to hear we’re putting in an effort.  Also, Ekakitie is Canadian and BC has had good success north of the border recently (four Canadians in the last two classes).

BC’s chances – 10%
Best guess – Penn State

Linebacker

Abner Logan – a local player with multiple ties to BC, as his dad was a BC basketball player and he had multiple uncles go here. Logan is a four-star guy but has played subpar competition, so he has been forced to earn his offers at camps over the summer (which he has, getting offers from Northwestern, Syracuse, Maryland and UConn to name the big ones). Logan has a solid offer sheet but seems to be waiting on a bigger school to come calling.  While I hope he ends up at BC, I can see him going to an SEC school if/when he gets such an offer.  With that said, he supposedly met with admissions today, which doesn't seem like something anyone would do without a legitimate interest in the school.

BC’s chances – 25%
Best guess – a new factory offer

 

Defensive Back

Justin Simmons – Simmons, a safety from Florida, camped over the summer and declared BC his early leader.  Simmons is planning on taking a few more visits this summer and maybe a few officials (he has offers from Purdue, Illinois, and non-BCS schools), but BC looks to be in very good shape.

BC’s chances – 67%
Best guess – BC

Nana Kyeremeh – BC was Kyeremeh’s first BCS offer, and he has since picked up offers from Northwestern and West Virginia. Kyeremeh has yet to visit the Heights, so it’s hard to get a read on his interest level. BC needs to get an official to have a real chance here.

BC’s chances – 25%
Best guess – Northwestern

Sean Davis – a Washington, DC prospect from a tiny school, Davis earned camp offers from BC, UConn and Maryland over the summer.  While it seems like BC made a good impression, home school Maryland will be tough to beat.

BC’s chances – 30%
Best guess – Maryland

 

Athlete

Malik Golden – Golden, who projects as a DB or WR, is probably the top prospect from Connecticut this year.  Golden is down to four schools – PSU, BC, Iowa, and Uconn – but Miami and Georgia Tech might join the picture.  This looks like a three team race between PSU, Iowa, and BC, and BC has a few ties here. Golden is the cousin of BC linebacker Andre Lawrence. In addition, Golden goes to Cheshire Academy, the high school of BC’s Dom Appiah and Sean Sylvia. Nevertheless, it would be a slight upset if Golden comes to BC.

BC’s chances – 25%
Best guess – Penn State

Devin Church – a Michigan prospect, Church projects as either a DB or RB. BC was his first offer, and he has since collect three MAC offers as well. Church has taken a few visits and BC seems like it should be in good position, but it also seems like Church would have committed already if he wanted to come to BC.  Church might be waiting for a bigger local offer, but if one doesn’t come through, BC looks like it’s in good shape.

BC’s chances – 50%
Best guess – BC

 

This list represents the players that seem highest on BC at this point in the recruiting process. While BC will probably get a commitment from a couple players on this list, odds are they will end up with a couple not on the list as well. At this point, BC's class is a somewhat below par (although Lynch and Strizak were both bigtime pickups).  Hopefully a few of these players come on board and the class ends on a strong note.

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