Keeping Up With The 2013 BC Football Recruits

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Talking about current and 2012 incoming players is one thing. As we close in on September and the upcoming season, we’ll certainly need to do it. What about the other new guys coming in, though? In the last few weeks, there has been a flurry of activity with regards to the 2013 incoming football class, and it’s time we take stock of the (current) crop we have.

At present, this recruiting class is composed of twelve high school seniors: six from Ohio, four from Connecticut, one from Minnesota, and only one so far from Massachusetts. As for positions, there are two quarterbacks, linebackers, defensive ends and wide recievers, one tight end, one running back, one defensive tackle, and one kicker.

In alphabetical order, they are:

Tim Boyle
Quarterback: Middletown, CT

The Boyle commitment on June 6 made a lot of noise, and for all the right reasons. He is considered the second-best recruit in Connecticut for the 2013 class according to Rivals, and the best by ESPN’s recruiting service. Boyle turned down an offer from Will Muschamp’s Florida Gators to join the Eagles.

At 6-3 and 205, Boyle has been praised for his accuracy, and he is considered a pro-style, pocket-passing quarterback (which shouldn’t surprise anyone, because that’s the kind of guy BC brings in). It’s far too early to make any value judgments about Boyle but if his development progresses as it should, he could be a quarterback of the future for this team.

David Coggins
Wide receiver: Waterbury, CT

Coggins is the second-newest member of this class, having just verballed to Boston College on July 9. He plays for Sacred Heart High School, in the shadow of I-84 in Waterbury, as a wide receiver. Rivals has given him three-stars while ESPN’s recruiting service has not rated him as of yet.

Here’s the thing: he did not play in his 2011 high school season because of a broken ankle. Before that, Coggins won rave reviews for his performance at Sacred Heart and was a sophomore second-team All-American in 2010.

If he’s able to return to health, Coggins could be very valuable to the Eagles in the years ahead.

Jack Cottrell
Linebacker: Eden Prairie, MN

Boston College has pulled in one recruit from west of the Mississippi River so far for 2013, though Eden Prairie isn’t too far from it. Jack Cottrell plays outside linebacker for his hometown high school bearing the same name. Prior to his recruitment by BC, Cottrell was made a three-star recruit, and also happens to be the fourth-best recruit in the state (#3 according to ESPN). In addition to Boston College, Cottrell’s other offer was North Dakota.

The scouting report on Cottrell indicates particular strengths in tackling, stopping the run, and reading plays. At 6-4 and 215, this athletic linebacker is already at a good size for his age.

LeShun Daniels
Running back: Warren, OH

Daniels is a recent Eagles commit from June who comes to Boston College as a two-star recruit from Ohio. His father, LeShun Daniels, Sr., played his college ball at Ohio State and appeared in one game for the Minnesota Vikings in 1997, but the elder Daniels was a guard.

His other two offers came from in-state schools Akron and Bowling Green, but BC came calling because of his solid performances for Warren G. Harding High School.

CBS/MaxPreps analyst Tom Lemming offers this as a scouting report:

"[Daniels] shows great size and is a physical back who makes defenders pay for the tackle. Blessed with good size, speed, and strength, he’s one of the tougher inside runners you will find."

Michael Geiger
Kicker: Toledo, OH

Don’t let Michael Geiger’s two-star recruiting status fool you: he’s one of the best kickers available for the 2013 class. His special coach, Chris Sailer, is absolutely wild about this kid, calling him “smooth” and “accurate.” (Another note on that site: when they have five glistening golden stars under his picture, that means he’s a Division I-caliber recruit, not a five-star overall recruit.)

That shouldn’t make any difference though: he’s a solid kicker for Ottawa Hills High School and will be for Boston College soon enough.

Truman Gutapfel
Defensive tackle: Harrison, OH

This one is hot off the presses: Gutapfel committed to Boston College yesterday, July 10. Boston College offered him a scholarship before the Fourth of July and he made quick work of the process.

Gutapfel has also played tight end for the Harrison Wildcats.