McGillicuddy Enjoys Upset

Despite arriving late, Worcester (Mass.) St. John's defensive tackle James McGillicuddy witnessed one of the better games held at Wallace Wade Stadium. The upset of ACC rival Clemson – especially in how it was won – kicked off a great official visit for the 6-foot-3, 300-pounder.

"I thought it was a great school," remarked McGillicuddy. "I had a real nice time. They had a pretty big upset over Clemson, it was a good game. I just had a good time.

"My flight was a little late so I was pretty surprised when I showed up at halftime. It was 6-6 when I showed up I think. I was surprised that it was tied up. Clemson went down and scored late in the fourth quarter and then Duke went down and scored with 90 seconds left. Then [Duke] got a pick and kicked the field. It was a real good game."

After the game McGillicuddy enjoyed dinner with the coaching staff, as well as hanging out with a few of the Duke players. He used the opportunity to talk with the Blue Devils' coaching staff about their current depth chart, and what they would have in store for McGillicuddy if he should choose to commit to Duke.

"They want me to play defensive tackle," explained McGillicuddy. "They said I'd probably play pretty early because they had like four guys get injured this year on the d-line, so they have no depth on the d-line at all. That's just some of the big problems of the team in general; they just don't have enough depth to go around. So they're looking for me to fill in that depth."

Although McGillicuddy likes the idea of seeing the field as a freshman, he isn't opposed to a redshirt year.

McGillicuddy has seen somewhat of a shakeup take place in his favorites list, which includes Boston College, Notre Dame, Stanford, and Tennessee, as well as the Blue Devils. However, the shakeup has little to do with his visit to Durham, and more to do with a new offer.

"I think I'm going to wait until after I take all my visits to make any changes [to my favorites list]," stated James McGillicuddy. "I think Vanderbilt is pretty interesting now that they have offered me. I may take a visit there, I'm not sure yet. My last visit will be a tossup between Tennessee and Notre Dame."

McGillicuddy will be taking his scheduled official visit to Boston College on December 10th, but must reschedule his official visit with Stanford, which was scheduled for December 3rd the day St. John's plays in the Super Bowl of Massachusetts (State Championship).

With McGillicuddy anchoring both offensive and defensive lines, St. John's recorded an 8-2 record as well as earning an automatic berth in the Super Bowl. On the year, McGillicuddy has recorded 12 sacks, 8 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries.


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