A Look at Boston College Recruiting

Continuing our series of exploring the recruiting of future opponents, today we'll take a look at Boston College. Over the years, BC head coach Tom O'Brien has run a solid program despite not having elite talent. This trend continued in 2005 & 2006 as BC brought in mediocre recruiting classes. The Eagles did well in the trenches, but they'll need to land more skill players in the future. Let's look at the offensive side of the ball first.


2005 – No commitments.
2006 – Ross Applegate, Bill Flutie

Ross Applegate – 6-foot-5, 185 pounds, 4.8 forty-yard dash. Applegate was a two-star scout.com prospect out of Marietta, Ga. In addition to Boston College, he had interest from Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina State, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Wake Forest. At 6-foot-5, 185 pounds, Applegate has prototypical height for a drop-back passer. He was the starter of his high school team for just one year, so he did not get a lot of experience. Additionally, Applegate played in a run-based offense and did not have a lot of throwing opportunities. Obviously, Applegate is in a position where he will need to redshirt during his freshman year. He will need some solid practice time to get familiar with a college offense and the speed of the game. However, if given time to learn, he could develop until a good quarterback.

Bill Flutie – 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, 4.70 forty-yard dash. Flutie was a two-star prospect, and according to scout.com, the 99th best QB in the class of 2006. Hailing from Natick, Mass., he decided to come to BC over offers from Maryland and Wisconsin. He also received interest from Duke, Syracuse, Harvard, Brown, and Yale. Bill is the nephew of former BC quarterback Doug Flutie. In his senior season, Flutie threw for over 1,400 yards and 20 touchdowns. The Boston College coaching staff expressed interest in Flutie playing either kicker or wide receiver in college. However, Flutie first wants a shot at playing quarterback. At 6-2, 175 pounds, Flutie has solid size. However his 4.7 speed could keep him from making an impact at wide receiver. It may seem that the lack of a quarterback in the 2005 class could cause depth chart problems for the Eagles. However, there will actually be six returning quarterbacks next season. So, Coach O'Brien will have the flexibility to give Applegate time to develop, and possibly move Flutie to the kicker position.


2005 – No commitments
2006 – No commitments

This will be an obvious need area in recruiting for the Eagles as they begin the 2007 recruiting campaign. Running backs are great players to recruit because of their versatility. They can become starters at a multitude of positions, including: fullback, receiver, linebacker, cornerback, and safety. Nonetheless, the Eagles do have a solid group of running backs returning next season. Junior L.V. Whitworth was the top rusher on the team with 807 yards and 5 touchdowns. Junior Andre Callendar was second 708 yards and 3 touchdowns.


2005 – Clarence Megwa, Rich Gunnell
2006 – Justin Jarvis, Ryan Lindsey, Warren Wilson

Clarence Megwa – 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, 4.5 forty-yard dash. According to Scout.com, Megwa was a three-star prospect and the 95th best receiver in the country. From Binghampton, N.Y., Megwa choose BC over offers from Wisconsin and Maryland. During his freshman season in 2005, Megwa switched positions to cornerback and redshirted. This is not an entirely new position as Megwa excelled at cornerback in high school. During his senior season, Megwa had six interceptions; four of those he returned for touchdowns.

Rich Gunnell – 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, 4.4 forty-yard dash. Gunnell, a two-star Scout.com prospect, committed to Boston College over offers from North Carolina and Rutgers. He also received interest from Maryland, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia. The Lawrenceville, N.J. product has the kind of speed that could get him on the field early in his playing career. Boston College recruited Gunnell as a receiver while some of the other schools wanted him to play defensive back. He did not play during his freshman year with Boston College.

Justin Jarvis – 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, 4.6 forty-yard dash. Jarvis was a two-star Scout.com prospect from Avon, Conn. He chose BC over interest from Massachusetts, Michigan State, and Syracuse. At 6-foot-4, he has great size to make tough catches. Jarvis spent a year at prep school to work on his game and get stronger. The extra time worked, earning him a scholarship offer to play for Boston College.

Ryan Lindsey – 5-foot-8, 156 pounds, 4.29 forty-yard dash. Lindsey, from Ramsey, New Jersey, attended area powerhouse, Don Bosco Prep School. What Lindsey may lack in stature, he certainly makes up for in speed. Any time a team can get a player with sub-4.4 speed, they are smart to bring him aboard, regardless of his size. According to Scout.com, Lindsey was a three-star prospect who could play wide receiver or cornerback at the next level. Lindsey picked BC over offers form Rutgers and Kent State. He also had interest from Connecticut, Iowa, Louisville, Maryland, and Virginia.

Warren Wilson – 6-foot-2, 185 pounds, 4.5 forty-yard dash. Wilson hails from New Hampton, N.H. Wilson was a two-star Scout.com prospect with the size and speed to play receiver or defensive back at the next level. In addition to Boston College, Wilson had offers from Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue, and Vanderbilt. Wilson prefers to play on the offensive side of the ball and the BC coaches told him he will get a shot there first.


2005 – Jim Ramella
2006 – Jordon McMichael

Jim Ramella – 6-foot-3, 235 pounds, 4.7 forty-yard dash. A two-star Scout.com prospect from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio, Ramella is a versatile athlete. Depending on the recruiting service, Ramella was projected to play TE, LB, or DE in college. He chose BC over offers from Michigan State and Pittsburgh. As a freshman in 2005, Ramella logged significant playing time as a back-up defensive end, recording 15 tackles and one sack.

Jordon McMichael – 6-foot-5, 230 pounds, 4.7-forty yard dash. Hailing from Minneapolis, Minn., McMichael was the rated as a three-star Scout.com prospect, the 26th best tight end in the country. With great hands, McMichael is an excellent receiver for a man of his size. He had more than 10 touchdown receptions during his senior season. He was one of the most high profile commitments in the recent BC recruiting class. He chose Boston College over offers from Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. McMichael was the main recruit at TE for the Eagles. This fact played a major role in his recruitment. As a result, McMichael will face less competition and have the opportunity to play early in his career. It appears that 2005 commitment Jim Ramella is entrenched on the defensive side of the ball. As a result, McMichael will be the only underclassman tight end on the roster in 2006.

Offensive Line

2005 – Austin Giles, Patrick Sheil, Matthew Tennant, Nick Rossi
2006 – Jake Geiser, Richard Lapham

Austin Giles – 6-foot-3, 283 pounds. Giles was a three-year starter on both offense and defense for his high school team in Marshfield, Mass. The two-star Scout.com prospect picked BC over offers from Mississippi State and Northeastern. Giles is a versatile athlete. While he plans to play offensive line in college, he excelled at defensive end and even kicked in high school. His success at defensive end in high school suggests that he has the quickness to be a good college offensive lineman. Austin is the brother of former Notre Dame offensive lineman Zachary Giles. Giles did not play as a freshman.

Patrick Sheil – 6-foot-6, 275 pounds. Sheil, a four-star scout.com prospect, was 12th rated offensive tackle in the country. He was a jewel of the 2005 Boston College recruiting class. From Clifton, Va., Sheil chose BC over offers from Georgia, Miami, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Notre Dame. Has the potential to make the most impact of anyone in this group. Sheil has the quick feet and long arms to be a starter at offensive tackle. However he will need to gain some weight to optimize his talent. If he can keep his athleticism while getting bigger, he will be a force. Sheil did not play as a freshman.

Matthew Tennant – 6-foot-5, 250 pounds. Tennant was a three-star Scout.com prospect, out of Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He picked BC over offers from Indiana, Kentucky, Penn State, Cincinnati, Louisville, and Purdue. He is projected to play guard in college. His height should allow him to gain some weight without losing agility. Coming out of high school he knew that he would have to redshirt as a freshman while he attempted to gain some weight.

Nick Rossi – 6-foot-6, 265 pounds. Rossi did not receive any other offers, but he did have interest from Syracuse and Connecticut. The one-star Scout.com prospect from Walpole, Mass. was an all-conference selection as a tight end during his senior year of high school. He is another BC recruit with a great frame who needs to add some bulk. But again, his past suggests that he has the athletic ability to perform if he can stay agile with the added weight. Rossi redshirted his freshman year.

Jake Geiser – 6-foot-2, 235 pounds. Geiser played at Jesuit College Prep in Dallas, Texas; the same high school as former ND receiver Omar Jenkins. Geiser was a two-star Scout.com prospect, who committed to BC over Iowa State. Geiser will solely play long snapper in college. You don't often see a scholarship offer to a guy who will only be on the field for a limited amount of plays. However, Coach O'Brien and his staff must think that this guy is near perfect at his position.
Richard Lapham – 6-foot-8, 282 pounds. Lapham is a giant. He has the frame to compete for playing time as a freshman. The two-star Scout.com prospect from Amherst, N. H., chose Boston College over offers from New Hampshire & Massachusetts. Boston College was Lapham's dream school. He was offered on the final day of camp last summer and he committed shortly after. Lapham drives blockers into the ground. He stays with his man and finishes blocks. There may be some question as to the quality of competition that Lapham faced during his high school football days in New Hampshire. However he has the talent, and appears to have the drive to adjust to college ball.


BC's offensive recruiting has been a series of highs and lows recently. They have done a very poor job of recruiting at the offensive skill positions. Not only has the BC coaching staff not attracted top talent, but they haven't brought in enough guys to maintain depth chart balance. This lack of talent and numbers at key positions could have some long term implications for the Boston College offense. The program will go no further until more of the top-tier skill players decide to play for the Eagles.

Despite issues at quarterback, receiver, and running back, the BC coaching staff has succeeded in recruiting tight ends and offensive linemen. Jordon McMichael was one of the better tight ends in the recent recruiting season. Patrick Sheil is a big-time offensive lineman. In addition, BC has brought in a number of offensive linemen who if properly groomed, could blossom.

Next time, I will take a look at the defensive players from the 2005 & 2006 Boston College recruiting classes.

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