March 30, 2012

Recruiting Notebook: Spring game visitors

It's that time of year. The Boston College spring game will be played on Saturday and that means it's a big day for the Eagles. It's also a good opportunity for a lot of recruits to spend some time on campus and around the football program.

EagleAction.com has been working the phones and talking to our sources so we've got a pretty good idea of which recruits will be showing up.

Remember, what you see below isn't an official list nor is it necessarily comprehensive. When it comes to travel plans and high school students these things are subject to change on a whim.

Four quarterbacks expected

It looks like at least four quarterbacks will be making it to the spring game but none of them have received verbal offers yet.

Caleb Scepaniak may be the best of the bunch. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Empire State signal caller is a three-star prospect and Buffalo, Cornell, Fordham and Wagner. He has been on BC's radar for a while now.

We're also expecting to see Reading (Pa.) Exeter Township athlete Kyle Yocum, who could play quarterback in college, as well as Somerville (N.J.) Immaculata's Andrew Natale and Daniel Kesack, an under the radar quarterback also from the Garden State.

Isaacs in town again

When Andrew Isaacs, BC's four-star tight end commit, announced he was a soft verbal commitment many Eagle fans appeared to let out a collective, "Here we go again!"

There's reason for hope here, though we'd still caution you to temper expectations because it's not over by a long shot. Isaacs continues to make trips to BC. Not just one or two, either. He's a regular on campus and around the coaches and players. That's much different than the gradual drifting that seems to take place in the build up to many decommitments. Just an observation.

Names to remember at skill positions

Most of the skill position players planning to attend on Saturday are guys we haven't reported on much before. That doesn't mean they're off the radar, as they've been reported on by other sites and have been receiving interest from other schools.

Let's start out with a trio from New Jersey - cornerback Abdul Majeed from Princeton (N.J.) Hun School, athlete Justin Goodwin from Madison and receiver Ishmael Hyman from Holmdel (N.J.) St. John Vianney.

Hyman is an impressive athlete and runs a sub-4.5 40-yard dash. He's got early offers from Bowling Green and Old Dominion so don't be surprised if BC eventually pulls the trigger.

Goodwin rushed for nearly 1,800 yards and 29 touchdowns last year but probably projects as a receiver or corner rather than a running back. UConn and BC have shown the most interest so far.

Majeed, an excellent student, is another versatile player and he has been making the rounds. He has visited Maryland, Wake Forest, Pitt and UMass in recent weeks.

Mike Jones has a small build (5-foot-8, 150-pounds) but the Baltimore (Md.) Milford Mill corner has been hearing from the Eagles and plans to attend. Another Maryland cornerback, Kevin Rowan, has length and range, and he'll be in town as well.

Most of the running backs are guys we would classify as sleepers. That list includes Virginia's Darius Manora and Atem Ntantang and Massachusetts backs Brandan Flaherty of Beverly and Vincent Burton of Blue Hills.

Eye on the trenches

The list of offensive and defensive linemen making the trip is long and again, expect to see some new faces.

Hampton (Va.) Phoebus is a program that has put out a good deal of talent over the years and Mark Wilson is a top notch pass rushing defensive end from the school. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound end moves pretty well and registered 70 tackles and 12 sacks last year, and he'll be attending.

D'Angelo Reynolds of Monsignor Pace in Florida, Tanner Dixon from Walkersville (Md.), Andrew Lorenz from Bishop Watterson in Ohio, Dwayne Bowser of Pennsylvania and Connecticut's Peterson Gerson are some of the other defensive linemen you'll see.

Chasz Wright, Moise Larose and Phillip Berry are the three best-known offensive linemen that are expected to make the trip.

We reported on Larose recently and the 6-foot-5, 285-pound tackle from Maryland already has offers from BC, Duke, Rutgers and ECU. He could play tackle or guard and is a really impressive talent. In fact, he's one of the top players that will be in town.

Woodberry Forest School in Virginia has had a lot of talent in recent years and Berry is part of that tradition. He's the same size as Larose but is just starting to get his name out there.

Wright is another Virginia and his 6-foot-6, 270-pound frame is ideal. He moves well for a player his size and schools like Penn State and Virginia Tech are starting to take notice.

Other prospects of note

Oren Burks, another Virginia recruit, is one of the most talented guys that will make the trip. The Lorton (Va.) South County recruit doesn't talk much because his family prefers that he focus more on academics than the public spotlight that comes along with the recruiting process but it seems like there's some genuine interest in the Eagles. He's up to six offers altogether.

Three-star linebacker Ford Howell is making the long trip from Memphis (Tenn.) University School so that's a good sign. Don't be surprised if he gets an offer soon. NC State, Western Kentucky and Lehigh have already offered.

Towson (Md.) Calvert Hall athlete Delando Johnson has offers from East Carolina and a couple of FCS schools and the 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect is a versatile play maker. He's excited to see BC for the first time. He's ranked the No. 38 athlete in the nation and is on the cusp of a four-star rating.

Marlon Crook, a Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamara linebacker, has an offer from UMass and we think he's one of the more underrated prospects coming to town. His frame is great (6-foot-4, 215-pounds), he runs extremely well for someone with his length, and he's a great student.

We know Frankfort (Ill.) Providence Catholic linebacker Jack Fordon is planning to make the trip but we aren't sure if Brian Fordon, his twin brother, will be. Both are 6-foot-2 and around 220-pounds and have FBS potential but are just waiting for that first offer. Nelson Lee Lucas-Murphy of Pennsylvania has a similar build and will visit.

One local recruit that visited recently was Hunter Taute, a linebacker, and he'll be making a return trip.

Two other in-state recruits will be there as well: defensive end Ryan Barry of Central Catholic in West Newbury and tight end Noah Robinson of Doherty Memorial.

Summary

It looks like many of BC's biggest targets (i.e. those we have reported on most so far) are satisfied with how much they know about the Eagles. They have been hosting a lot of visitors lately, especially the in-state.

That doesn't mean this weekend isn't important. Lots of the guys coming in are big-time players with offers and for many of them it is their first trip to Chestnut Hill.

We wouldn't be shocked if new offers go out and we think a commitment or two is possible, though we haven't heard anything that leads us to believe that will happen yet.

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