One of Boston College's running back targets for 2014, Fordham Prep (NY) running back Malik Crossdale, committed to the U.S. Military Academy on Sunday evening. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound running back from the Bronx chooses the Black Knights over claimed offers from Buffalo and James Madison. After attending camp at Army over the weekend, Crossdale made his verbal commitment official.
Crossdale was one of the top performers at Boston College's June 9 camp and may have held a BC offer at some point, though 247Sports has since removed references to the offer. Rivals still lists BC on his offer sheet. Scout does not. ESPN doesn't even bother to list any schools on the Fordham Prep RB's recruiting page.
With Matt Domer (Illinois), Taiwan Deal (Wisconsin) and Crossdale all off the board, the staff's efforts in landing a second running back in the 2014 class turn toward either Detroit Country Day RB Richard Wilson (Franklin, MI) or St. Thomas Aquinas RB Madre London (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Wilson, who was also part of the June 9 camp along with Crossdale, is set to choose between Boston College and Central Michigan. London appears to be a Nebraska lean with the Huskers going so far as to set an official visit for the STA running back on September 7 (an NU home game vs. Southern Miss).
Other uncommitted running back targets Jonathan Hilliman (Jersey City, NJ) and Qadree Ollison (Buffalo, NY) appear to be looking elsewhere at this point.
In other recruiting news, Winter Garden, Florida wide receiver Garrett Johnson (West Orange HS) trimmed his list of colleges to four and BC made the cut, along with Arizona, Kentucky and USF. Here's what Johnson said about BC:
Boston College: "Coach [Todd] Fitch [wide receivers coach], me and him had a great relationship when he was at USF and I met him during my ninth-grade year. I’ve always talked with him about everything. Boston College is a great school both football-wise and also academically."
With Troy Flutie, Gabe McClary and Thaddius Smith all verbally committed to BC, I can't imagine the staff taking yet another WR in this class. There are much more pressing needs that need to be filled with the 4-5 scholarships remaining in this year's class. The 247Sports Crystal Ball favors Johnson to Kentucky.
The nation's no. 2 ranked dual-threat QB, D.J. Gillins, will announce his decision this evening on Three And Out, ESPN Radio Southeast Georgia. Gillins final five are Arizona, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin. Many believe it's down to either BC or Wisconsin. The 247Sports Crystal Ball has started to swing Wisconsin's way.