In huge recruiting news, 4* running back AJ Dillon has flipped his commitment from the University of Michigan to Boston College. He announced his decision on Coacheslunch.com (which he linked to his Twitter page).
Dillon, ranked the #24 running back in his class committed to Michigan last year, but he spent his senior year on the sidelines at Lawrence Academy after an injury. He runs a 4.56 40 yard, and was named MVP of Nike’s Opening. But his interest changed this year, as he was seen on Twitter constantly talking about the Eagles, taking an official visit, and reacting to other BC commits. As he explained in his interview:
“Dillon understood the competition he would face while at Michigan for the top running back spot. In order to gain the top spot on the depth chart, he would have to compete with some of the best players in the country. While Dillon never shied away from competition before, his vision of college football involved actually playing. The idea being he would commit to a school that wanted him to play, not commit to have as a contingency.”
The 4* running back Dillon had offers also from Florida State, Notre Dame, UVA, Nebraska, Temple, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois and lesser schools such as Connecticut.
What was it about Boston College that attracted Dillon? It’s all about a homecoming according to Dillon He talked about his reasoning in his interview:
Being from Connecticut going to a private boarding school in Massachusetts there was a bit of unease. But Lawrence Academy, Boston, and the rest of Massachusetts have always welcomed me with open arms and have supported me more than just off the field. I look forward to representing the city of Boston, state of Massachusetts, my family and everyone in New London, CT. I believe the Boston College program is on the rise and I feel like there is something to be said about being from here, and being part this movement. I’ve developed great relationships with the coaches and players at Boston College and am excited to be a part of the Eagles family and uphold that BC tradition. #DecideToFly
Dillon is a massive get for the Eagles, and is probably their biggest commitment since Connor Strachan or Harold Landry. As a four star he has become the crown jewel of this recruiting class, and will certainly help the Eagles in the Rivals recruiting ranking. He will immediately play a role in the backfield next year joining Jon Hilliman, Davon Jones, and true freshman Travis Levy.
Will this commitment lead to other bigger name commits? It certainly could. There may be others who see this and consider Boston College, one name could be C.J. Lewis a Tennessee recruit, who committed to the Vols but recently decommitted. Keep an eye on that situation as well.
You can check out AJ’s HUDL film here. Welcome to the Heights.