Boston College #NSD: The Once and Future Quarterbacks

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Aug 31, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; A statue of Doug Flutie as seen outside of Alumni Stadium before a game between the Boston College Eagles and the Villanova Wildcats. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Troy Flutie-Natick High School (Massachusetts)-Committed June 12

Who would be better to describe Tory Flutie then his uncle, the legendary sultan of all things Boston College Doug Flutie in an interview with Soaring to Glory:

"I’m excited for Troy. The number one thing is that he’s worked his tail off for the last three or four years trying to get a little faster and a little stronger, and get this opportunity somewhere. When I watch him play, there was a light that went on for him in the middle of last season, maybe earlier that year…The top thing about Troy is his instinct; he’s got a feel for the game and situational awareness, whether it’s two-minute offense or using a timeout. I really think he’s a quarterback; my own personal opinion. Boston College has recruited him as an athlete; he’s very athletic but they’ll wind up playing him as a wide receiver there, but I’ll tell you, I saw him do some things in the playoffs in high school — they got beat in the Super Bowl game, but he basically took the team on his back and kept them in those games…I think he’s got a great opportunity ahead of him. To be successful, a lot of things have to fall into your lap and you have to be in the right place at the right time, so I’ll keep my fingers crossed for him."

Of course, Troy Flutie is the wild card of this class. Some might look at his commitment as some sort of nepotism or just doing a solid for Doug Flutie, but the kid’s high school statistics are unbelievable. Realize that our interview with Doug was in the middle of the summer and look at his statistics this Fall: 3027 passing yards, 47 passing TDs, 11 INTs, 824 rushing yards, 6 rushing TDs. Those are Madden like numbers and the scary thing is that those numbers are not an anomaly.

For his total career at Natick High School, Flutie passed for 9,014 yards with 112 TDs and rushed for 3,579 yards with 33 TDs. Many around the Boston College blogging circles believe that Troy Flutie despite the low ratings by the recruiting services has a very a good chance of starting for the Eagles’ at some point. Of course this could be some sort of nostalgic desire but Flutie could surprise some people at the summer practices. And unlike his uncle at 5’9, Flutie is six feet tall. While that is not the desired height for quarterbacks, it definitely works at the college level.

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James Walsh-Dublin Coffman High School (Ohio)- Committed January 27

The commitment of James Walsh was the first indication of Steve Addazio imposing his will on the evolution of the offense. Prior to then, Tim Boyle was committed to Boston College since June 2012 and even had an offer from Florida but the problem was that he was a pocket passer (Addazio gets a cross and garlic). Walsh de-committed from Ohio University and Boyle got the hint and left for Boston College archenemy UConn.

Walsh is a dual threat quarterback that was ranked as low three-star by ESPN whose scouting reports describes him as “a very productive dual threat quarterback who primarily moves the ball with his arm but is a very capable runner… a tough competitor, capable of making big plays with his arm and feet. Walsh has the qualities we look for when evaluating quarterbacks; with time to develop his skills we see BCS potential.” A whole year as a redshirt might have seemed to have given an advantage over Darius Wade in the battle for the starting quarterback position in the 2014 season but the transfer of Tyler Murphy slightly neutralizes that leg up.