The Boston College Eagles found a 4-star linebacking recruit named Connor Strachan, and he was right in their backyard.
Before he was a four-star recruit, he was just a simple linebacker for St. Sebastian’s out in Needham. During his senior year, Strachan amassed 81 tackles and a pick, but his stellar year helped him pick up all-league and all-state honors. Amongst those awards was being named co-MVP of the ISL (Independent School League).
Recognition started coming Connor Strachan’s way, and before long, he flew up recruiting service lists. Rivals considered him the top Massachusetts recruit for 2014, as well as the tenth-best linebacker in the country and a name on their national Top 250 list. On the other hand, ESPN low-balled him, making him the second-best Massachusetts recruit and only the 20th-best linebacker nationally. Either way, still good.
One of Strachan’s top assets is his speed: in a combine conducted during his high school days, he tested very well. Strachan had the best 40-yard dash time of all linebackers at 4.48; in other news, he was just short of the best vertical at 36.5 inches.
Notably, Strachan also played running back for St. Sebastian’s and was very difficult to take down.
If his name sounds familiar to Boston College fans, it should be: Connor Strachan’s uncle, Steve Strachan, was a running back during the Doug Flutie era and the 1985 Cotton Bowl MVP who got drafted by the Los Angeles Raiders.
Boston College has picked up a solid player here. The question now is when the Eagles will put him on the field.
Connor Strachan: Fast Facts
- Position: Linebacker
- Hometown: Wellesley, Massachusetts
- High School: St. Sebastian’s School, Needham, MA
- Measurements: 6-foot-2, 240 lb.
- Class year at 2014 opener: Freshman
- BC games played: 0
Connor Strachan: 2013 Season (HS)
- All-state linebacker; also a running back
- Cumulative statistics: 81 tackles, 10 TFL, INT, 2 FF
- Did not appear on Spring 2014 roster
As it stands right now, Boston College probably has enough pre-existing talent at linebacker to get through the 2014 season. Then again, the Eagles do tend to benefit from throwing heralded linebacking recruits into the fire.
Originally, I might have suggested redshirting Strachan, but there could be a place for him in this lineup. Even if just a backup, it’s not impossible to imagine him doing quite well for the Eagles in 2014.
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