Boston College head coach Frank Spaziani may top Athlon’s latest list of coaches on the hot seat after going 20-19 in three years, but things look promising for 2012 as 16 starters return and the team finished strong last season, winning three of their final five games.
Nick Internicola, Dionte Taylor and Neil Morrison traveled to Boston College from south Florida and all came away impressed.
That optimism is carrying over onto the recruiting trail, as the Eagles hold verbal commitments from the top two players in the state of Connecticut in tight end Andrew Isaacs and quarterback Tim Boyle, who recently picked Boston College over perennial power Florida.
As prospects from around the country – and beyond – made their way to the Newton, Massachusetts campus outside of Boston, it became apparent that that recruiting momentum could continue for the 2013 class.
“The trip is going real good; I’m really enjoying myself,” said Friendship Collegiate Academy (DC) quarterback Tim Brady. “They made me feel like I was at home, so I definitely liked that.”
Those same sentiments resonated with a trio of prospects from a lot further down Interstate 95.
“The trip right now has been real good,” said University School (FL) linebacker Nick Internicola, who was actually born and raised in Boston. “I like it a lot up here.”
For Pembroke Pines Charter (FL) safety Neil Morrison, every aspect of the trip received rave reviews. In fact, Boston College has set the benchmark for all other trips going forward.
“It’s great. I love the campus. I love the environment. I love the people,” he said. “What I want to see [from other schools], honestly, is what I see here at Boston College. This is just great.”
But the most positive reaction may have come from University School (FL) wide receiver Dionte Taylor, who used a rarely-utilized, yet very effective, adjective to describe his visit.
“The trip has been flawless so far,” he said. “I’m attracted to a lot of stuff I’m seeing. The vibe I’m getting from the people, I really like it. I’m liking the camaraderie of the team, too. When we got up here, they embraced us and were talking about where we could fit in.”
Taylor did realize one potential problem if he were to choose Boston College for the next four years, however.
“I’m the only Heat fan within fifty miles!” he exclaimed, alluding to the intense NBA rivalry between the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. “We were watching the game with some guys from the team [on Thursday night] and they started putting it together. One guy yelled out, ‘wait, you’re from south Florida!’ But they were just kidding. They were cool with it.”
Of course, hometown allegiances will be forgiven if he’s tallying 1,000 yard seasons for the Eagles in a couple years.