As Tim Pernetti travels the state in an attempt to salvage the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 2012 recruiting class in his new role as Athletics Director slash Assistant Football Coach (a position BC football has been rocking for years), Boston College received visits from Rutgers commits TE Mike Giacone and RB Steve Longa.
Here's Mike Farrell's Tweet on GIacone's visit.
#Rutgers commitment Mike Giacone visits #BostonCollege, enjoys trip and could wait until after LOI Day now. No other schools in race.— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) January 29, 2012
... and the Rivals' recap of Giacone's visit ($).
Even before news of Greg Schiano's departure became official, coaches from UConn and Boston College made the trip down to Saddle Brook, NJ to meet with Longa. Here's the most recent report on Longa's ($). Sounds like both Giacone and Longa will wait until after National Signing Day to make their final decision.
Rutgers commit OL Ryan Brodie confirmed on Sunday night that he's sticking with Rutgers, while 3* athlete Davon Jacobs is also staying with the Scarlet Knights. Jacobs originally picked Rutgers over BC, Connecticut and Maryland.
Staying in Jersey, Princeton / The Hun School athlete Dave Dudeck was also on campus this weekend and is deciding between BC, Navy and Yale. After switching from QB to WR, Dudeck caught 50 passes for over 1,000 yards and 10 TDs en route to being named NJ Prep School Player of the Year by The Star Ledger.
In other non-Rutgers recruiting news, BC lost out on 2* running back B.J. Bello, who committed to Illinois and first year coach Tim Beckman on Sunday. Boston College, along with Minnesota and Tennessee, showed late interest in the Western Michigan decommit. Bello had been recruited by Beckman when he was at Toledo.
So with just three days to go before National Signing Day, the Eagles have just 13 solid verbal commitments for the Class of 2012 and a soft verbal from Jaxon Hood. Hood will choose between Arizona, Arizona State and BC on Wednesday. Sounds like Steven Daniels still plans to sign his LOI on Wednesday but is still uncertain where he stands academically.
2012 Boston College Football Commitment List
(Number of players in the 2012 class in parenthesis, early enrollees in bold, commits are in plain text, de-commits are striked out, and questions are in italics)
OL (3) - Jim Cashman, Win Homer, Frank Taylor
TE (0) -
WR (2) - Harrison Jackson, Joel Zoungrana
RB (0) -
ATH (1) - Dan Crimmins
DL (2) - Jaxon Hood (DT), Malachi Moore (DE)
LB (4) - Steven Daniels, Tim Joy, Mike Strizak, Bobby Wolford
DB (2) -
Donovan Henry, Bryce Jones, Justin Simmons