Boston College Football Recruiting: DT Ray Smith Commits To Eagles

Jim Rogash

Dude number 20 is in the books. When will this torrid pace of commitments end?

Boston College received its fourth commitment in two days as San Diego defensive tackle Ray Smith committed to the Eagles on Thursday

This commitment shouldn't be much of a surprise for the Eagles as Smith had sounded very excited about the BC offer which he received last week. Currently the 6-2 270lbs Smith does not have a ranking, and held offers from San Diego State, Navy and Air Force.

Even without the big offers this recruitment is important for a myriad of reasons. First off, BC needed defensive tackles badly. Looking ahead BC is going to need to get at least one more, possibly two (could Christian Wilkins be this year's Jonathan Hilliman?), so getting one now to build depth was crucial. Smith has decent size for a high school junior, and weight is something he can put on when he gets to Boston. Hopefully in the next year or so he adds another inch or so of height as well. He's athletic, which appears to be the m.o. for Don Brown's defense, who wants speed and versatility from his defenders.

Secondly, believe it or not Smith is the first commitment from California for the BC program since 2010, when Spaz landed Chase Rettig. It's hard to believe that it took BC nearly half a decade to grab a recruit from a state that large that cranks out talent. Smith attends Cathedral Catholic in San Diego, and it would be a wise move for the Eagles to look to the large network of Catholic schools for future recruiting.

Welcome to the Heights Ray!

Boston College Football Recruiting Class of 2015

1. OT Anthony Palazzolo (Fairfield, Conn.) - 6-6, 302 lbs., ***
Offers: Boston College, Connecticut, Pittsburgh

2. OG Chris Lindstrom (Dudley, Mass.) - 6-5, 240 lbs., ***
Offers: Boston College, Old Dominion

3. DB Lukas Denis (Everett, Mass.) - 5-11, 170 lbs., **
Offers: Boston College, Holy Cross, Massachusetts

4. OT John Phillips (Syracuse, N.Y.) - 6-6, 245 lbs., **
Offers: Boston College

5. OT Aaron Monteiro (Brockton, Mass.) - 6-6, 308 lbs., ***
Offers: Boston College, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts

6. RB Jordan Gowins (Melville, N.Y.) - 6-0, 200 lbs., **
Offers: Boston College, Stony Brook, Toledo

7. TE Jake Burt (Lynnfield, Mass.) - 6-5, 230 lbs., ***
Offers: Boston College, Virginia

8. ATH Ben Glines (Cincinnati, Ohio) - 6-1, 190 lbs., ***
Offers: Boston College, Akron, Toledo, Western Michigan

9. OG Wyatt Knopfke (Sarasota, Fla.) - 6-2, 288 lbs., ***
Offers: Boston College, Kentucky, Miami

10. RB Sharrieff Grice (West Hartford, Conn.) - 6-1, 200 lbs., **
Offers: Boston College, Albany, Fordham, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rutgers

11. DUAL Elijah Robinson (Montclair, N.J.) - 6-2, 185 lbs., ***
Offers: Boston College, Air Force, Army, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan State, Navy, Nebraska, Rutgers, Temple, Virginia

12. ATH William Harris (Wallingford, Conn.) - 6-2, 205 lbs., ***
Offers: Boston College, Connecticut, Old Dominion, Syracuse

13. ATH Michael Walker (Naples, Fla.) - 5-11, 179 lbs., NR
Offers: Boston College, Arkansas State, Arizona, Florida International, Georgia Southern, Holy Cross

14. WR Chase Pankey (Cincinnati, Ohio) - 6-1, 191 lbs., ***
Offers: Boston College, Ball State

15. TE Chris Garrison (Groton, Mass.) - 6-4, 215 lbs., ***
Offers: Boston College, Connecticut, Duke, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Syracuse

16. WR Mehdi El Attrach (Lake Nona, Fla.) - 6-1, 185 lbs., **
Offers: Boston College, Syracuse, Duke, Wake Forest, Louisville, Rutgers, Northwestern, Southern Miss, Massachusetts, East Carolina, FIU, Bowling Green, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan, Memphis, South Alabama

17. S  Davon Jones (Shrewsbury, Mass.) - 6-1, 180 lbs., NR
Offers: Boston College, Coastal Carolina

18. FB Jimmy Martin (Maitland, Fla.) - 5-11, 204 lbs., ***
Offers: Boston College, Cincinnati, South Florida, Duke, Florida International, Eastern Illinois, South Alabama, Western Michigan

19. LB Tanner Karafa (Ashburn, Va.) - 6-2, 220 lbs., ***
Offers: Boston College, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Charlotte, Harvard, James Madison, Kentucky

20. DT Ray Smith (San Diego, Ca.) - 6-2, 270 lbs., NR
Offers: Boston College, Air Force, Navy, San Diego State

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