Positional Recruiting Analysis: WR

WR Rich Gunnell

With BC not targeting a wealth of QBs or RBs in the class of 2005, we'll begin our summer positional recruiting breakdowns with the wide receiver position. BC has already landed one athletic WR and another who will likely be moved to safety. What other targets are left on their board?

Committed

WR Rich Gunnell (6-1, 180, 4.4) gave the Eagles his verbal last week but it has not been confirmed by Rich himself as he is on vacation. Gunnell selected the Eagles over offers from North Carolina and Rutgers, and if his recruitment should have dragged on he might have earned others from programs such as Michigan and Virginia. His combination of size and speed will give the Eagles a solid balanced wide receiver in this year's class.

S/WR Marcellus Bowman (6-3, 185, 4.5) was recruited by the Eagles as a safety but could be given a shot at wide receiver. He is a talented athlete who received all-conference honors on defense but also grabbed five touchdowns on offense.

Offers Outstanding

WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (6-3, 195, 4.36) is the highest-ranked wide receiver (four-stars, #15 overall at his position) with a Boston College offer. He is essentially a taller, faster version of Gunnell with explosive track speed and good hands. He does not seem to be in a rush to make a decision and will probably take some official visits during the year.

WR James McDonald (6-2, 185, 4.55) is a three-star prospect according to TheInsiders.com. His video is very impressive; he reminds me of former Wisconsin standout Chris Chambers with the combination of fantastic hands, good speed and playing taller than his height; BC will have to compete with a number of future ACC rivals for his services.

WR/CB Clarence Megwa (6-2, 190, 4.45) is a player that the BC coaching staff is particularly fond of because of his two-way playmaking ability and his speed. He was offered at BC camp as a result of running one of the, if not the fastest forty-yard dashes. According to the latest update on the NY athlete, Boston College is running third behind Wisconsin and Maryland.

Other Prospects

WR William Barnes (6-3, 185, 4.5) recently surfaced as a legit D-IA prospect who was named All-State in New Jersey following his junior season. He is waiting on test scores but has been receiving interest from Rutgers, Notre Dame and Syracuse among others. He named BC as one of his favorites; should he qualify Barnes is one to keep an eye on.

WR Gavin Ketchum (6-3, 190, 4.7) is a talented California prospect who has always named BC as one of his schools of interest, but it looks like the west coaster will remain out west. He currently favors UCLA and Oregon over a group of schools that includes the Eagles.

WR EJ Morton-Green (6-3.5, 195, 4.56) does not have a BC offer but might be one of the top prospects in Southwest Ohio. As of June he was still waiting for a qualifying SAT score, but once that comes in expect a number of Big East and Big-10 programs to be all over Morton-Green.

Notes

-It would be interesting for BC to land two receivers with hyphenated last names in this recruiting class in Heyward-Bey and Morton-Green.

-The Eagles will probably only take one more wide receiver; Heyward-Bey, Megwa and McDonald are their obvious top-three choices, although if that trio commits elsewhere, there is a wealth of talent waiting to emerge during the 2004 season.

Michael Chevallier is the publisher of EagleInsider.com. He can be reached at EagleInsiderGuru@aol.com.

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