Boston College netted a few locals for their new incoming class. Originally from Hyde Park in Boston comes George Craan, a running back who committed to BC on February 25.
Craan played his high school ball up to the northwest in Concord for Concord-Carlisle High School. He had a distinguished career as the running back for the Patriots (and by the way, their colors are maroon, gold, and white — at least he’ll have some team color consistency), and the (small) Dual County League named him the Offensive Player of the Year in 2010 and 2011. Last season, Craan punched it into the end zone 24 times en route to the Division 3 Super Bowl championship, a game in which he scored three touchdowns.
The scouting reports for Craan speak of a quick and shifty runner who can find his lane and burst through. In spite of the positive reviews, Craan comes to BC as only a two-star recruit. That doesn’t matter to me, however. One thing about Craan that I can say is his most favorable attribute is his passion for Boston College. Read his tweets sometime (and follow him); you will see someone who legitimately wants to be here and loves his school before even stepping out onto the field. Craan has pride in his team and that counts for something as well.
In June, Craan posted a segment of his off-season training routine on YouTube — it shows why he’s an ACC running back and I’m not.
I’m not certain that Craan will see much playing time this year with several guys in front of him on the depth chart, but with the way the injury bug bites this team sometimes, it might not take much for him to get his shot. A redshirt 2012 is just as likely.