Even without a head coach, Boston College is still moving and shaking on the recruiting trail. Last night, Tabor Academy offensive/defensive lineman Tevin Montgomery announced via Twitter that he has committed to Boston College.
Boston College, class of 2017!!— Tevin (@TXTev99) December 2, 2012
The 6-foot-4, 295 pound defensive tackle is the first recruit to commit to BC after the firing of Frank Spaziani. In addition to BC, the three-star DT claimed offers from Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Rutgers, Temple, Vanderbilt and Virginia. Montgomery choses BC over his other two finalists, Vanderbilt and Virginia. The Eagles D-line, as we saw this year, needs a serious upgrade and Montgomery is the first recruit in this class that could fill the position.
The other interesting aspect about Montgomery is that he is the first and only recruit in this class from the state of Massachusetts. Frank Spaziani was notoriously bad at securing local kids, and this year was the worst. BC whiffed on all nine recruits of the Top 5 ranked Massachusetts state prospects in the 2012 and 2013. The most notable was Xaverian Brother DT Maurice Hurst Jr. who chose Michigan over Boston College, and Everett OG John Montelus, off to South Bend.
As Boston College continues its football coaching search, it will be interesting to see how that effects recruiting and the players already committed to the Eagles. You have to imagine that other schools are using it to their advantage, playing off the program's coaching instability. Iowa just offered a scholarship to committed running back LeShun Daniels. Other players like wide receiver Dan Monteroso came to BC to play for OC Doug Martin so there is most likely other coaches out there that are going to use that as an opening.
But for the most part the Eagles 2013 recruits have been vocal online about sticking with BC, even without Frank Spaziani at the helm. Most noticeable in their support have been Myles Wilis, Tim Boyle and Atem Ntantang. Brad Bates in his press conference last week said that BC would honor the scholarships offered for the Class of 2013. Of course the recruits enthuasiasm could change if the coach BC selects has a vision for their role that may not be in line with what they signed up for. The next few weeks will be very interesting for Boston College football as they select their coach and form their recruiting class.
Montgomery is the 17th commit in the class of 2013 and the second defensive tackle, joining Harrison, Ohio's Truman Gutapfel.
You can follow Tevin on Twitter @TXTev99. Welcome to the Heights, Tevin!
Below a look at the current 2013 recruiting class.
Boston College Football Recruiting Class Of 2013
(Height, weight, stars and claimed offers from Rivals.com)