There will be some competition amongst tight ends for the Boston College Eagles during the 2014 season, and Joel Rich could be in on it.Certain parts of Ohio have been fertile ground for Boston College football recruiting over the years, but typically near Cincinnati with the St. Xavier pipeline. Rich, however, came to the Heights from northeastern Ohio, well outside of Cleveland.
Nevertheless, Joel Rich had the Catholic high school thing going for him. When he was a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas, he was an all-state first team player.
Rich was a two-way player for Aquinas, scoring touchdowns as a tight end and preventing them as a defensive end. During his recruitment, Rich was actually considered a “strong-side defensive end” by 247 and Rivals, which leads one to believe (correctly) that that’s how he was recruited to the school.
Here and now, Joel Rich is a tight end. He did not play in 2013, but that could well change in 2014.
Joel Rich #46: Fast Facts
- Position: Tight end
- Hometown: Paris, Ohio
- High School: St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Louisville, OH
- Measurements: 6-foot-3, 255 lb.
- Class year at 2014 opener: Redshirt freshman
- BC games played: 0
Joel Rich #46: 2013 Season
- Appeared on Spring 2014 roster
It is difficult to handicap a position battle for tight ends when the official team depth chart does not even acknowledge the position as such. Boston College has the old-school “Y” and “H” positions, but those who have occupied those slots are tight ends.
It seems that in terms of depth, there are positions available. CJ Parsons is no longer with the program and Mike Naples has graduated. There are others, like Jarrett Darmstatter, who will contend for a bigger role on the team. Rich can work his way into the lineup in 2014, but at this point, it is hard to judge if he actually will.
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