With Brandon Robinson expected to make official his commitment to Boston College any day now, it is obvious who is the number one target left on BC's list: linebacker Brian Toal from Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey. Toal's 4.4 speed and monster frame would likely start for four years at BC, and he is well aware of this fact. His brother Greg as well as numerous members of the current BC team have been persuading him to come to BC for pretty much the entire season. Toal will take his officials and make a decision close to signing day.
Perhaps the biggest need in this recruiting class, outside of linebacker, is defensive tackle. According to TheInsiders.com's Mike Bakas, Emmanuel Dunbar is the real deal at that position. He will likely take a visit to BC in mid-January. He is an strong and powerful interior lineman and an explosive pass-rusher from the outside. At 6'5" and 270 pounds, he projects as a tackle at the next level. Since BC is in dire need of a defensive tackle in this class, I would say Dunbar is their number two target remaining.
Running back could be a need in this year's class, despite the three-headed monster of JoLonn Dunbar, Andre Callender and L.V. Whitworth from the class of 2007. Rumors have Dunbar moving to the other side of the ball and reports are that Whitworth is the only back ready to handle a full slate of duty at the position. Kevin Akins could get an opportunity at RB, but his height is needed in the secondary. That leaves BC in a position to take a running back, and the player at the top of that list is Anthony Heygood. With Dwayne Jones' sudden commitment to Rutgers, Heygood is the best running back that BC is recruiting. He will visit the Heights on January 16.
"O-Line U" seems to be trailing for a trio of New Jersey offensive linemen: Jeremy Zuttah, Carlos Feliciano and Phil Trautwein. Zuttah will not take an official visit to BC because he feels that he knows it well, which could be a good or a bad thing. Feliciano has five official visits already set, according to TheInsiders/Superprep.com, and BC is not one of them. Trautwein is likely headed to either Tennessee or Michigan State. Right now, it looks like California's Adam Speer is the top lineman on BC's board. He is hoping to visit BC but has not set anything up.
Defensive end prospect Eric Andino will likely commit to Michigan State following his visit to East Lansing this past weekend. BC is still heavily recruiting defensive end/tight end Ryan Baker, but with the Eagles landing TE Ryan Purvis, Baker looks like a longshot at this point.
BC would like to take a safety in this year's class, and their number one target at that position is Kwame Agyeman. Agyeman will take his official visit to Boston College this coming weekend. In a recent interview with TI.com's Chris Pool, the Illinois safety claimed to not have a leader. BC has a chance to make a good first impression. Agyeman was recently named All-State.
News and Notes for the Class of '08
BC is done at the quarterback position with the early commitment of Chris Crane... Marquise Liverpool and Christopher Vaughn are the two top remaining wide receivers on BC's board... Dorien Bryant and Brandon Robinson could potentially be the two best athletes BC football has ever seen... BC has received a number of commitments from versatile athletes such as Andre Jones, Keith Willis Jr., and two-way Massachusetts standout Gerald Willette... BC has also received commitments from two Florida sleepers in Frantz Joseph and Carlos Huggins.
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