Just one surprise on National Letter of Intent Signing Day for Boston College and it'll hopefully add some much needed depth to BC's defensive line. In addition to the 25 high school recruits added to this year's class, the program has picked up Richmond graduate transfer Evan Kelly.
Kelly, a 6-foot-1, 285-pound defensive lineman from Seton LaSalle Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, was a three-year starter for the Spiders. He registered 162 career tackles in 42 games, including 23 TFLs and 17 sacks. Last season, he started in all 12 games on his way to being named an All-CAA first-team selection. He was named to the All-CAA Second Team in both 2012 and 2013. Out of high school, Kelly was named all-conference as a junior and senior on both sides of the ball.
Given that BC is well under the 85 football scholarship cap at the moment, this is the type of low risk, potentially high reward pickup that Addazio has utilized in each of his first three years on the Heights. Kelly's scholarship will only be on the books for a single year, but he adds a much needed big body on the Eagles' defensive line.
This will be the second straight year that Addazio and Brown have dipped into the FCS grad transfer pool for a defensive end. Last season, Columbia's Seyi Adebayo saw action in all 12 games for BC, recording 12 sacks, 4 TFLs and 3 sacks, two in the regular season finale against Syracuse.
Welcome to the Heights, Evan!