Eagle Commit Impresses

Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas is one of the smaller programs in Ohio, but that didn't stop Boston College from scouting senior defensive end Joel Rich. After seeing him in action Friday, it appears the Eagles landed a good one.

Even though he's not playing at one of the traditional power schools in Ohio, Louisville St. Thomas Aquinas senior Joel Rich is one of the top 2013 prospects in-state.

Rich, 6-foot-4, 225-pounds, was in action last Friday against Alliance and was impressive. He moved well in space, showing quick feet from his defensive end position in pressuring the quarterback. Rich also had the strength to hold up against the run.

"This was our second scrimmage and it's fun to get away from the two-a-day setting," Rich stated. "It's good to go up against other players and not hit my teammates. I'm a leader on this football team, and I need to make plays for our team."

"This year I'm a lot stronger, and I can feel the difference out on the field," he added. "I still feel I'm just as quick getting off the ball, but the added strength really helps."

A Boston College commit, Rich discussed why he pledged to the Eagle program.

"They originally recruited me as a tight end, but now they're telling me I will more likely play defensive end for them," he explained. "A good friend of mine, Bobby Swigert, plays there and he told them about me. When I went up there for a visit, I just loved it."

"I was offered after camp, probably a week or so later," he continued. "I took the offer about an hour later because I loved everything about Boston College. There was no thought on waiting for a Big Ten school or anything like that. Boston College is where I wanted to go ever since Bobby committed there, so this is a dream come true."


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