The number of dudes coming out of the woodwork is both surprising and awe-inspiring.
On Tuesday, Boston College Eagles football got its twentieth recruit for the 2014 class in the person of Tom Sweeney, a tight end from Ramsey, New Jersey. He plays for Don Bosco Prep and measures 6-foot-5.5 and 216 pounds. Don Bosco is the elite New Jersey prep school coached by Greg Toal — a last name which has quite a sturdy connection to BC football.
Sweeney is unrated by Rivals and Heights 247; he had only received a Boston College offer to this point, despite having interest in Rutgers and Notre Dame. Offensive coordinator Ryan Day and assistant Frank Leonard were responsible for his recruitment; Sweeney camped at BC last week, was offered on the weekend, and committed within days.
The young tight end reportedly runs a 40-time of 4.75 seconds and has also played wide receiver. He recorded nine catches in 2012 for 70 yards. A selection of his highlights are available here:
Sweeney camped with the NUC 5-Star combine in New Jersey this year and was named the top tight end. The YouTube page lists a substantive scouting report on Sweeney, which includes the following strengths:
… his ability to run precise routes and come back to the ball attacking it with his hands. His size alone causes serious matchup problems for defensive backs and linebackers.
Though it also listed some areas needed for improvement, with the keys being “improving his top end speed” and adding more size.
With Sweeney joining the class, BC has now gotten four recruits in three days, with the others being Sam Schmal, Ty Schwab, and Gabe McClary. The Eagles have a chance at getting their 21st recruit on board later today as Lubern Figaro will announce this afternoon; the Everett native has listed Boston College as a finalist.
Welcome to the Heights, dude #20.