On Sunday, Addazio and the Boston College coaching staff landed a pair of defensive commits to round out the 2014 class. Pope John XXIII defensive tackle Noa Merritt (Sparta, NJ) and Central Catholic safety Tre Tarpley (Pittsburgh, PA) both have verbally committed to Boston College.
Tarpley, a three star recruit per 247Sports was a high rising recruit who recently received an offer from Vanderbilt and Western Michigan. 247Sports had him projected to Temple, but Tarpley who recently visited Boston College, confirmed via Twitter today that he wants to be a dude:
Blessed for the opportunity all the coaches gave me BUT I will be taking my talents 2 Boston #Eagles #BostonCollege pic.twitter.com/j9F8lnarsg— Tre Tarpley (@TreT_2) January 26, 2014
Tarpley will be joining a growing pool of recruits that will be trying to rebuild a BC secondary that struggled mightily last year. Kam Moore, Allen Dawson, Kevin Bletzer, Cam Seward, Richard Wilson and Isaac Yiadom have also been brought in to play in the secondary.
The other big news today was the commitment of DT Noa Merritt. Clearly with thin depth at the position, injuries to Mehdi Abdesmad and the loss of Tevin Montgomery, defensive tackle was one an area that the Eagles needed to address. Earlier in the day target Zeek Rodney committed to Wake Forest, so it was of little surprise that Merritt was high on BC's list. Merritt recently decommitted from Western Michigan as was drawing interest from both UConn and Temple. The Rivals two star recruit finished his high school career with 28 sacks.
Just like Tarpley, Merritt jumped on Twitter to announce his commitment:
Thank you to my family, friends and all those who have supported me along the way. I am now committed to Boston College! #GoEagles! #BeADude— Noa Merritt™ (@dasheett) January 26, 2014
Given that Boston College had five early enrollees, that leaves BC with a class of 22 (27 total). It's hard to estimate how many open scholarships they have remaining, but I would imagine that they probably are going to look at grabbing one more wide receiver -- I predict Nat Dixon -- and maybe a quarterback. Otherwise I don't expect BC to make any other big splashes for this class and will move on to the 2015 class.
Welcome to the Heights, Tre and Noa!