Four-Star OL Pledges BC

After more than a month of uncertainty, East Meadow (NY) offensive guard prospect John Elliott committed to Boston College Wednesday morning.

The four-star lineman, the second BC has snatched up this week, was blown away by his visit to Chestnut Hill on Tuesday and wasted no time letting the Eagles' coaching staff know the good news.

"Before this visit, there was no clear leader," said Elliott, who chose BC over Virginia and Rutgers. "I did like BC a lot, but I didn't really know what I was going to do. The feeling I got being at BC kind of blew me away and I kind of knew it was the right place.

"I was having a really good time there, I really liked my surroundings. I liked the school, the sports program, and I just felt right there….It's a place where I would go to school even if I wasn't playing football."

Elliott was originally scheduled to visit BC back on December 8th, but when then-head coach Tom O'Brien announced his departure for N.C. State, the trip had to be postponed.

"I really had to wait around to see what was going to happen, until they got a new coach Elliott said. "It didn't help or hurt them, but it was just a factor at the time."

The coaching staff turnover didn't drastically affect Elliott's recruitment. Bill McGovern, O'Brien's linebackers coach who was asked to stay on at BC, has been Elliott's recruiter from the beginning and was with him throughout his visit on Tuesday.

Meeting with the coaching staff, Elliott said, was one of the highlights of the trip. Pat Sheil, a sophomore tackle who was also highly recruited out of high school, hosted Elliott and added to his positive experience.

"I got to meet with coach Jags [new head coach Jeff Jagodzinski] and coach [Jim] Turner, a little more with coach Turner only because when I committed I ended up speaking with him. I get along with them great; they're great guys, so I'm looking forward to being coached by both of them.

"We got a campus tour; we didn't walk around much because it was cold. We hung out with the players. Pat Sheil was my host, he's a great guy. He helped me out a lot, as far as just talking me through this whole decision and telling me what he knows through experience. He was great, I'm glad they put me with him."

While he was there, Elliott got a little crash course from Turner, the offensive line coach, on the new expectations for BC lineman.

"He said they wanted more zone blocking now," Elliott said. "[He wants] some guys that can get out there, be quick, and move, and can really get up to that second level and be fast enough to get around some of these really quick defensive players and put them in the right position that we want….I know he wants to run a kind of pro-style offense."

For Elliott, the decision is a load off his shoulders.

"Right now I'm just happy that I know where I'm going next year and what I'm working for and that this process is finally done with." he said.

"I'm just going to enjoy this now."


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