In recent years, Boston College has gotten some of their best linebacking talent from out in the heartland. With regards to Tim Joy, an outside linebacker, they stayed at home in the Commonwealth.
Joy is a native of Chelmsford, and he attended a high school bearing his town’s name. While playing for the Lions, ESPNBoston.com named him their Defensive Player of the Year in 2011, and New England Prep Stars gave him their Player of the Year Award. This accolade-laden senior year of his at Chelmsford came with an almost Kuechly-esque 155 tackles and three sacks. For good measure, Joy also played tight end, where he averaged 18.3 yards per reception and scored a receiving touchdown.
Apparently, Joy only received one collegiate offer, and he took it. Boston College showed interest in him and here he is. He was a two or three-star recruit, depending upon who you asked (ESPN/24-7/Scout and Rivals on those rankings, respectively).
Generally regarded as a good tackler, Joy will likely find a role on this Boston College team in the future. That will probably not come this year, as BC already has enough decent, veteran linebacking talent ready to go for 2012 and newbie Steven Daniels will almost certainly be tossed into the mix as well. Simply put, there’s likely not going to be any room for him this season, anyway, so a redshirt would be a prudent decision.