Wetzel Commits to BC

John Wetzel visited Boston College last weekend (the 16th through the 18th) and had a chance to meet with the coaches and players. On his visit he toured the campus and got a better understanding of the Boston College tradition, both academically and athletically.

Boston College has a reputation for building great offensive linemen. That starts with the right material. The tradition at BC has always been to get big kids they can develop into big powerful linemen. Last week, the Eagles got a commitment from 6'7" John Wetzel out of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.

"I was up there from January 16th to January 18th. I really liked it. The school is real nice and got along with the players and coaches and the other recruits. I talked to them about the academics and really liked that."

As far as football, John enjoyed speaking with the coaches about where he will fit in with the program.

"It's a good program and with the academics I just thought it was the best choice for me."

Other schools have been recruiting him. He has offers from several MAC programs and increasing interest from BCS schools. Asked if he was continuing to look at schools, he said, "It's pretty much done for me as far as recruiting. I'm committed to Boston College."

Asked about the departure of Coach Bicknell, John said, "I sat down with him on my visit and watched film with him. He called me three days ago and told me he was going to take a job (with the Giants) and that he wanted to tell me it was nice getting to know me and he would be watching out for me. Hopefully he will be coaching me in the NFL."

Scout has Wetzel listed as 6'7", but he says he is now closer to 6'8". "The thing is I'm really fast. So, I can probably play the defensive line too. They said I'll either be a tackle or play on the defense. They say they need defensive linemen too."

"I know I'm going to need some help (to play OT) but I think I can do it."

Wetzel most likely projects as an OT, but will need some time to fill out. Listed as 266 by scout, he has put on about ten pounds, but will have to hit the weight room in year one to take advantage of his height and athleticism at the tackle position.

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