Brandon Sebastian (photo by Brian Dohn)

East No. 5 CB Brandon Sebastian committed to Boston College; two Big Ten schools pushing hard

CHESHIRE, Conn. -- Brandon Sebastian is committed to Boston College, but the Cheshire Academy cornerback could take visits to a pair of Big Ten schools.

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A big senior season has a pair of B1G schools pushing hard for Boston College cornerback commit Brandon Sebastian.

The Cheshire Academy standout, who is the No. 5 player at his position in the East's 2017 class, is in the process of scheduling visits to Michigan and Penn State as well as a return trip to Boston College.

"I plan on doing my official visit (to Boston College) in December, and my official visit to Michigan in December, and then see how it goes," the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Sebastian said. "Penn State is also on me. ...It is those three schools right now."

Sebastian originally was set to officially visit Michigan this weekend, but he had to reschedule because Cheshire Academy is playing its season finale bowl game Saturday. 

Penn State is pushing for a visit for the game against Michigan State on Nov. 26.

"They came in recently and I’ve been in contact with (coach) James Franklin, too," Sebastian said. "He’s recruiting me as a defensive back, and I get to play special teams as well. He wants me to be on campus when they play Michigan State on Nov. 23."

He first jumped onto Penn State's radar two summers ago, and he remains a fan of assistant coach Terry Smith.

"My sophomore year (when at West Haven High), I went to camp there and I ran a good 40 time," Sebastian said. "It was like a 4.46. Ever since then, they liked my athletic ability, and that I can play both sides of the ball, and they could utilize me very well."

Michigan is also making in-roads with Sebastian, who has familiarity with the Wolverines.

First, Michigan defensive coordinator Don Brown recruited Sebastian to Boston College before he moved onto coach Jim Harbaugh's staff with the Wolverines.

Second, Michigan commit Kwity Paye was committed to Boston College at one time, and is now recruiting Sebastian hard.

"He’s trying to flip me right now," Sebastian said. "He said it’s unbelievable there and it’s an eye-opener, and you cannot say ‘No’ to the position he’s in."

Michigan, like Penn State, wants Sebastian to play in the secondary.

"They’re recruiting me as a defensive back right now, and (defensive coordinator) Don Brown loves me," Sebastian said. "He recruited me to (Boston College), so I thought he would recruit me because he said I was a top priority (at Boston College)."

When Sebastian looks at Michigan, one thing jumps out.

"I see a great defense, and defense wins championships," he said.

Meanwhile, the Eagles continue to recruit Sebastian hard.

"They are saying how I could come in right away and play," he said. "They say they are struggling a little bit in the secondary right now, and I could come in and play as a true freshman."

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