Fairfield Prep offensive tackle Anthony Palazzolo would set the tone early for Boston College in 2015, becoming the class's first commit back in December 2013—one of FIVE offensive lineman in this year's recruiting class. BC was in early on the third best Connecticut recruit in the class per Rivals, and Palazzolo commits to the Eagles over claimed offers from Connecticut and Pittsburgh. The 6-foot-5, 330-pounder also drew interest from Maryland, Miami, Nebraska, Penn State, and Syracuse, among others.
Connecticut is not always known as a breeding ground of a lot of talent, but there have certainly been some big names that have come out of there in the past few years. Palazzolo is certainly the type of offensive tackle that Boston College wants and needs. He is HUGE for a high school student, already clocking in at 330 pounds, which makes him ready for college play.
Offensive linemen usually don't start in college for a number of reasons. One is size; many of the kids that come up need to bulk up, since college linemen are usually much bigger than opponents that they've faced in high school. Palazzolo won't be affected by that, since he's already the size of almost everyone who started on the BC line in 2014. However, he is coming in the fall, and given Addazio's track record that would mean that he is going to probably redshirt this year—learning the complex blocking schemes that his offense demands takes some time.
Here are Palazzolo's highlights via Hudl:
Here are his rankings:
- Rivals: Three stars, 61st best offensive lineman, 3rd best Connecticut recruit
- Scout: Three stars
- 247Sports: Three stars, 73rd best offensive lineman, 3rd best Connecticut recruit
- ESPN: Three stars, 60th best offensive lineman, 3rd best Connecticut recruit