Boston College Football 2014: Harold Landry, DE


Freshman defensive end Harold Landry was one of the earliest and most prized Boston College Eagles football recruits, but will we see him in 2014?

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Landry’s tale is known to Boston College Eagles fans far and wide, or at least those who pay even a fraction of a sliver of attention to recruiting matters. With all due respect to the other fine student-athletes Boston College has gained in 2014, there is no secret that Harold Landry is considered to be the class’s top recruit, or at the absolute worst, in the top two or three.

This North Carolinian was one of the first to commit to Steve Addazio for 2014, and one of the most encouraging cases we have seen when one considers the offer list he put together.

To stay at Boston College, Harold Landry turned down offers from at least 18 others schools. They included both halves of last year’s title game, Florida State and Auburn, and also Clemson, Ohio State, Miami, South Carolina, and Tennessee. One by one, as the other offers came in, Landry kept reaffirming his commitment to Boston College.

One can see why these other teams wanted him as well when they see his high school stats. As a senior defensive end for Pine Forest High, Landry appeared in nine games and amassed 96 tackles with a whopping 17 sacks, and he even threw in a pick for his efforts. During the course of the year, he had five three-sack games, which is impressive to say the least. Not to be outdone, Landry also received for 285 yards and two touchdowns as a tight end.

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Landry ended up being an All-State player and the 2013 Mid-South Defensive Player of the Year. He did not wait to bring those accolades with him to college, as he arrived for the Spring 2014 semester and participated in spring practice.

The real question is not if we will see Harold Landry on the field, but when.

Harold Landry #8: Fast Facts

  • Position: Defensive end
  • Hometown: Spring Lake, North Carolina
  • High School: Pine Forest High School, Fayetteville, NC
  • Measurements: 6-foot-2, 255 lb.
  • Class year at 2014 opener: Freshman
  • BC games played: 0

Harold Landry #8: 2013 Season (HS)

  • All-State defensive end; also tight end
  • Games played: 9
  • Cumulative statistics: 96 tackles, 17 sacks, INT, 15 TFL; 21 rec., 285 yards, 2 TD
  • Appeared on Spring 2014 roster; matriculated early

Landry has every chance of being a big-time player at Boston College. He will get significant playing time by 2015 short of injury or other unforeseen disasters, and that much seems clear. It’s what to make of his 2014 that we do not know yet.

He could absolutely play in 2014 and make an impact, and given that the defensive line is returning none of its starters from last season, who is to say Landry can’t even win the job as a true freshman? Not me.

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