The first thing a person must do when previewing each of the new 2012 Boston College football players is check the official commitment list. If a young man does not appear on it, he’s probably a walk-on. That would appear to be the case for Austin Lommen, quarterback.
Lommen comes from the tundras of Minnesota, where he played for the Breck School, a private Episcopal prep school in a Minneapolis suburb called Golden Valley. In his final two years at Breck, Lommen combined for almost 5,500 passing yards and 64 touchdowns. He also appeared for the Mustangs’ basketball and baseball teams at the same time as he captained the football team. Academically, Lommen is a strong fit for Boston College, as he reportedly aced his AP exams.
His recruitment period didn’t really come together for him. The only recruiting service that ranked him was 24-7, which gave him two stars. Several schools showed interest in him, but to according to all of the information available to us, Lommen received no official offers. He does, however, appear to be another one of those “preferred walk-ons,” which is basically another way of saying “we’d like you to play here but no scholarship.” Either way, he’s here now.
Here’s yet another quarterback we have listed on this roster. Considering that in all likelihood it’s going to be Chase Rettig first and Josh Bordner second, with others bring up the rear and more quarterbacks coming in next year, moving up will be very difficult. If Lommen is given the opportunity to contribute to the team in a real game, it might be at another position if he can play it. Stranger things have happened on this team.