Few incoming defensive linemen in the recruiting class of 2011 drew more intrigue than Kieran Borcich. Hailing from the tri-state area of New York, this freshman weighs in at 265 pounds and joins Boston College football with a solid high school resume.
In his junior year of high school, Borcich amassed 94 tackles and an impressive 24 sacks at Bronxville High School. He missed eight games of his senior year due to injury, but his junior year and downsized senior year were still enough to help get him ranked as a three-star recruit by various scouting sites, and his commitment to Boston College was met with general praise. At the time of his recruitment, Borcich was listed as a strong-side defensive end. While at Bronxville, he was a team captain who played defensive end and on the offensive line.
24 sacks in high school doesn’t necessarily mean squat for college, but that’s a clue that Borcich has talent as a pass rusher, just like fellow ’11 recruit and defensive lineman Mehdi Abdesmad. That could certainly help a squad that was comically bad in getting to the quarterback last season and has done relatively little to pressure the opposing signal-caller in the past few years when compared to other ACC teams.
In the current depth chart, Borcich is on the left side at defensive end, just as he was listed by Rivals. He is second on the two-deep at that position to junior Kasim Edebali. A few scouting reports from high school prefer to see him placed at defensive tackle with his size and abilities, but for now, Boston College is playing him on the end.
Borcich joins the BC defense with some expectations for success, considering that he was respected coming out of high school. He does have an injury history, but high school football fans in his neck of the woods know how good he can be when he’s healthy. He should make a fine addition to the Eagles.