McGillicuddy Still Has No Leader

One of the top targets on the Duke recruiting board maintains that he has no leader at this point. However the rumor mill has James McGillicuddy favoring the Boston College Eagles.

Shrewsbury (Ma) DT James McGillicuddy (6-3, 300, 5.0) still denies a leader--but favors Boston College (visited), Duke (visited), Stanford (visited), Tennessee and Notre Dame (visited). The Volunteers and Irish have not offered.

"I want to look at these schools a lot more when I take my visits," says McGillicuddy, from St. John's. "I'd like to go on-line and do more research on these schools to see what student life and the different curriculums are like also.

"Boston College is close to home and they have a great coaching staff. I also like the atmosphere of the city of Boston. I know I could get a lot of playing time there. They have a good defensive line and coaches (Keith) Willis (DL) and (Jerry) Petercuskie are great. They are known for their football, and I like how they're aggressive and stuff.

"Duke is an up and coming program and you know they want to turn things around. The coaching staff is great and they have beautiful facilities. I also like the academics there. They run a great 4-3, but I'm not looking at school's formations to have an impact on my decision. I mean I could play a 3-4, a base 4-3 and a base 4-4.

"Stanford is on the West Coast and it would be a totally different and broadening experience to go there. I also like the weather there. I also like coach (Buddy) Teevens. They played well this year against USC and Notre Dame. The coaches are doing a great job up there and the team is getting better. They should be better next season, and the season after.

"I don't know too much about Tennessee except that they have a great football tradition. I also gather they have great academics. Coach (Phillip) Fulmer recently contacted me. They also send guys to the NFL and it would be a good opportunity to play there.

"Notre Dame has a great tradition and they've come a long way since last year. They are off to a great start. I like coach (Tyrone) Willingham. Their defensive line has great QB coverage. Basically Notre Dame football is Notre Dame football."

Other offers include Rutgers, Syracuse and UConn.

McGillicuddy will officially visit Stanford (12/3), Boston College (12/10), Duke, Tennessee (if offered) and Notre Dame (if offered).

Five game (4-1) stats: 30 tackles/9 TFL/4 sacks/7 FC/1 FR

3.3/1170 SAT/Oct 9 retake

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