Canisius High School running back Qadree Ollison has seen his recruitment heat up in recent weeks. The 6-foot-1, 225 pound back from Buffalo has a total of 15 Division I-A scholarship offers, including Boston College, Maryland, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. While Ollison is bound to receive more interest in the coming weeks, he intends to narrow down the list of current offers to about five early next week.
The recruitment of Ollison is a reminder that the program is looking to take a second running back in the class to complement Norwich (CT) Free Academy and Boston College commit Marcus Outlow. With the impending graduation of Andre Williams and departure of Rolandan Finch, one of Addazio's main focuses on the recruiting trail will be to restock the Eagles' backfield to execute his run-heavy offense.
So where do the Eagles' stand with a number of running backs offered in the 2014 class? Backs listed alphabetically.
Malik Crossdale, Bronx, NY (Fordham Prep)
Crossdale is a 5-foot-11, 190 pound running back out of Fordham Prep (NY) who recently camped at Boston College. There's a bit of confusion as to whether or not Crossdale has a committable offer from BC at the moment. Rivals lists Crossdale as having an offer from BC (along with Army, Buffalo and James Madison) while 247Sports does not. The U.S. Military Academy is his current leader, though that could change if BC does in fact offer.
Taiwan Deal, Hyattsville, MD (DeMatha)
DeMatha Catholic's Taiwan Deal claims a total of 17 offers, including BC, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin. The Badgers are probably in the best position to nab the 6-foot-2, 225 pound running back. Wisconsin already capitalizing on the addition of Maryland?
Matt Domer, Chicago, IL (Mount Carmel)
Boston College and Illinois are out in front for the services of the 6-foot, 180 pound running back out of Chicago, though not much has been about his recruitment in recent months. In addition to BC and in-state Illinois, Domer claims offers from a total of eight programs -- Cincinnati, Indiana, Kansas, NIU, Syracuse and Western Michigan.
Johnathan Hilliman, Jersey City, NJ (St. Peter's Prep)
BC has had some recent success pulling kids out of St. Peter's Prep down the street here in Jersey City, landing Mike Giacone and Charlie Callinan in each of the last two recruiting classes. Still, with nearly 30 claimed offers including from programs like Ohio State, Alabama, Florida and Michigan, it seems like the longest of long shots that BC scoops up Hilliman.
Krondis Larry, Miami, FL (Booker T. Washington)
THE HUMAN JET still does not have an offer from BC but has made no secret of the fact that the Eagles are high on his list. Kid has blazing speed, running a 4.36 40-yard-dash -- the best testing time in the nation for the 2014 class. Hawaii, Samford and Florida Tech have all offered the all purpose back out of Miami.
Madre London, Fort Lauderdale, FL (St. Thomas Aquinas)
London is another highly sought-after running back in the 2014 class. The 6-foot-1, 205 pound running back out of STA has BC, Florida State, Michigan State and Nebraska high on his list of schools. The 247Sports three star RB also claims offers from North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin.
Qadree Ollison, Buffalo, NY (Canisius)
The aforementioned Ollison claims offers from more than a dozen BCS AQ programs. BC, Maryland, Pittsburgh and Syracuse from the ACC are all after the 6-foot-1, 225 pound running back, but so are a number of Big Ten schools including Penn State, Iowa and Wisconsin. Ollison is a three-star recruit per 247Sports and the fourth best recruit in the state of New York. BC coaches Sean McGowan and Al Washington are leading Ollison's recruitment.
Gerald Owens, Westville, NJ (West Deptford)
Owens, a 6-foot-1, 266 pound back out of West Deptford, claims offers from nine different programs. In addition to BC, Owens is being pursued by Florida State, Illinois, Michigan State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Temple, West Virginia and Wisconsin. 247Sports' Crystal Ball predicts Owens to Wisconsin, though that likely depends on whether the Badgers can land Taiwan Deal.
Trevaughn Rodriguez, Daytona Beach, FL (Mainland)
Addazio has yet to tap into the state of Florida in this recruiting class. Might Trey Rodriguez be BC's first commit from the Sunshine state? The 5-foot-9, 182 pound back from Mainland HS in Daytona Beach claims offers from a dozen I-A programs. In addition to BC, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Wisconsin have all offered the back (though the Badgers are recruiting Trey at defensive back). Rodriguez is looking to play football with his best friend, DJ Copeland, a safety at Mainland. Georgia Tech and Wisconsin are the only programs to have offered both at this point.
Richard Wilson, Beverly Hills, MI, (Detroit Country Day)
Wilson, a 5-foot-11, 210 pound back out of Michigan, claims offers from five I-A programs. In addition to BC, all three directional Michigans and Ball State from the MAC are after Wilson. Wilson was one of the top performers at Boston College's June 9 camp, though I can't help but think that Wilson's spot in the class is contingent on BC missing out on some of the above mentioned backs.