"Bonus Recruit" for Jags and Co.

Mark Spinney

Boston College's new coaching staff has reeled in a bonus recruit. Mark Spinney, a Scout.com four-star, offensive lineman recruit from Bishop Guertin High (Nashua, New Hampshire), committed to BC on Monday.

The 6-foot-4", 265-pound guard had formerly committed to Syracuse in October, but was drawn to Chestnut Hill when he got a call from a new member of Jeff Jagodzinski's crew.

"The old staff with [Tom] O'Brien never offered me, but coach [Jim] Turner called me when he got there," Spinney said in an interview with EI.com.

Turner, a Braintree, Mass. native and a former captain at BC, served as the offensive line coach and associate head coach at the University of Delaware before being asked to join Jagodzinski's staff. It was there that Turner first recruited Spinney, who originally opted for Syracuse - his father's alma mater - because he wanted to play at the Division 1A level (the Blue Hens play 1AA).

When Turner switched to the ACC, he tried Spinney once more.

"BC is a program I always wanted to go to," Spinney said. "It's a program I have liked forever. I'm familiar with the facilities there, I've been there plenty of times. My family has season tickets, so I've been to the games, too."

Spinney agreed to visit BC this past Friday and got a chance to speak with the coaches about their new offensive line philosophy. Jagodzinski, Turner, and others told Spinney that they aren't looking for a mammoth front five, but rather a smaller, more mobile group of lineman who can run. It's a departure from the NFL-sized lines BC has routinely churned out over the past decade, but it fits Spinney perfectly.

"BC has always had a great offensive line tradition," Spinney said. "But I think they want to start their own thing. They don't want a lot of big guys and I'm not huge, I'm about 6'4" and 265 pounds."

The grandson of legendary former-Eagle Art Spinney, who went to back-to-back Pro Bowls with the Baltimore Colts and was a member of their 1959 championship team, it's a wonder why Mark wasn't recruited by BC early on.

"I didn't expect [BC] to call me because I had eliminated them from the picture so early when they didn't offer," Spinney said. "I had my mind made up and was completely happy with Syracuse. I had all the intent in the world of going there."

But when Turner called and offered him a chance to play for the program he had always admired so dearly, Spinney couldn't pass it up.

Spinney plans on running track this spring, his first time doing so. He said he's joining the squad because his football coach, Tony Johnson, also coaches track at Bishop Guertin.

And according to BC's new o-line philosophy, a little running practice will probably prepare Spinney well for the next level.

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