When you’re out this summer, sipping a nice (rhymes with Matty ICE) chilling with your buddies and someone peeps in about some random recruit Steve Addazio stole from their school, don’t look dumbfounded anymore. Soaring to Glory is starting a series detailing BC recruits for 2014 in basketball, hockey, and football, along with previewing the 2013 recruits later this summer. So sit back relax enjoy what the Heights has in store for it in 2014.
Marcus Outlow was new head football coach Steve Addazio’s first pick up of the 2014 recruiting season. As we know coming into this year, Addazio was under a lot of pressure to reverse the recruiting maladies of his predecessor and bring some sort of the moxie that was attached to him during his tenure with the Florida Gators, winning national championships with the most famous NFL benchwarmer Tim Tebow. And the key to Addazio’s system is a good stable of running backs to support a dual threat quarterback.
When Marcus Outlow, a running back out of Norwich Free Academy in Connecticut verbally committed to Boston College on February 20th, some of the fears of the BC faithful began to wane, and a thought popped into their heads that possibly the Boston College athletic administration may have made the right decision with the head coach they brought in.
Outlow, recruited specifically by tight ends coach Frank Leonard, with tag team help from offensive coordinator Ryan Day and runnings backs coach Al Washington, is rated as 4 stars, the #28 RB nationally and the #1 Connecticut player by ESPN’s recruiting scouts. Along with those numbers, his offer sheet isn’t great in quantity but impressive in quality. It includes Florida, Ohio State, Clemson, Pitt, Iowa, UConn and according to Outlow himself, Michigan. The notion that BC gained a solid recruit out of the clutches of both Florida and Ohio State, and possibly Michigan would have been preposterous just a year ago, but the amped up recruiting efforts have payed significant dividends so far.
But let’s get back to Outlow. His vitals are 6 feet tall, 190 pounds. He runs a 4.71 40. Last season he ran for 1, 395 yards with an astounding 20 touchdowns on the ground, supplemented by 206 receiving yards and 3 TD receptions. And make no mistake about it, Marcus Outlow is also a very skilled guard(probably at the 2 position) on Norwich Free Academy’s basketball team. According to MaxPreps, he averaged 15.8 points with 2.1 assists and 3.3 rebounds. So, Boston College is getting a pure athlete in its newest recruit who has obviously proved himself as a leader in two sports.
However, we must go back to the football side. ESPN gushed over Outlow in their scouting report of him. He has “very good height, weight and athleticism for the position in addition to the lower-body playing strength needed to run over defenders in tight situations”. His aggressiveness is also noteworthy along with “elusiveness and and breakaway speed”. Rivals called Outlow the “most complete back and top performer” among his recruiting peers at the National Underclassmen Five-Star Showcase.
And if we didn’t have enough info about Marcus Outlow from recruiting scouts, we can find even more from the man himself. Outlow is a very talkative guy on social media and basically overuses everyone of them. Except I don’t know about Facebook and Tumblr because I am not that much of a stalker. Anyways, the Twitter(@EraOf_M21O) and Ask.fm accounts of Outlow give us real insight into the man himself. First of all, it seems that Outlow has a lot of “haters” on social media. They either troll him about running isolation plays in basketball or about his football skills. Also, there tends to be a lot of high school gossip filtered by Outlow, along with mindless love for LeBron James(perhaps I’m just a little biased on that subject). Then again, he only just completed his junior year of high school.
Here are some of the filtered thoughts of Outlow on BC from Ask.fm:
-It is “very unlikely” he de-commits from BC
-He has already been promised the number #21 by the coaching staff
-It is likely that Coach Addazio has told him that he will be the starting running back as a freshman
-BC was the first to offer Outlow
-Seconds choices after BC are Alabama(whom he has received multiple letters from), Florida and Ohio State
-Also stated that Boston College will treat him like “royalty”
-In addition, one of the perks is being close to home
Also, sparsely mentioned throughout his social media accounts, is Outlow’s recruiting of BC’s top targets. His effort in trying to woo a strong class to Chestnut Hill is only telling in how much excitement there is about the 2014 team. And since 12 quality players have since followed in his footsteps to commit to the Heights, he must be saying something right.
We’re really excited and lucky to have a commit like Marcus Outlow jump on the ship as early as he did. After the rag-tag recruiting of the Spaziani year, Boston College finally has something to hang its hat on nationally–just look at the national recruiting rankings right now!
If you aren’t pumped for at least 2014 Boston College football, then you don’t have a pulse. I know Marcus Outlow can back me up on that.
Keep on following Soaring to Glory throughout the summer as we educate you on all the prospects signed and committed to Boston College for the next two years in hockey, basketball, and football. Maybe even baseball…….