Editorial Update: Both of these recruits signed their National Letter of Intent today and will be both be Eagles. Here is the report on both Nate Emer and TJ Rayam from earlier this week.
One of the biggest holes in Boston College’s recruitng Class of 2017 was a lack of defensive tackles. With the loss of Truman Gutapfel due to graduation, the Eagles would still have Ray Smith and Noa Merritt, but it was clear that they needed some depth at the position. The team took a big step in the right direction with that today, apparently landing two defensive tackles for the upcoming class.
First was Nate Emer, a 6’5 250lb 2* defensive tackle from Elma, New York (western part of the state). He doesn’t have any other offers at this time according to his Rivals page, but given his high school he probably was recruited by defensive line coach Paul Pasqualoni. During his opening press conference Addazio said this about Nate: "Nate Emer attended our camp as well. Raw bone guy who's going to fill out and become a big man. Great motor and toughness." You can check out his HUDL film below
The second defensive tackle that Boston College landed has a bit more of an impressive resume. T.J. Rayam, a 6’1 265lb tackle where he did a prep year Hightstown, New Jersey is another 2* tackle, who had offers from Iowa State, Kent State, Wake Forest and lesser schools like UConn. Rayam, has something in common with Gutapfel, as they were both wrestlers in high school, Rayam was also an all state DL. TJ also won three state titles as a wrestler. He is originally from Alabama, and the son of Thomas Rayam a former defensive tackle who played at the University of Alabama before a career in the NFL and CFL. You can check out his HUDL film below.
Congratulations to both T.J. and Nate and welcome to the Heights!