The fax machines in the Boston College football offices will be working overtime Wednesday, receiving the signed letters of intent from the 2014 recruits.
With five of BC’s 28 prospects already having signed letters of intent and attending classes, the Eagles will await the documents from the rest of its class, which includes three four-star prospects, 19 three-star signees, and a pair of graduate transfers from the University of Florida: quarterback Tyler Murphy, a a 6-foot-2-inch, 206-pounder from Wethersfield, Conn., and tackle Ian Silberman, a 6-5, 305-pounder from Fleming Island, Fla.
Both followed in the footsteps of left tackle Matt Patchan, who graduated from Florida and transferred to BC to complete his eligibility. Patchan wound up earning All-ACC second-team accolades after helping pave the way for Doak Walker Award winner Andre Williams, who led the nation in rushing.
BC’s Class of 2014 will be headlined by running back Jonathan Hilliman, a 6-1, 202-pound four-star prospect from Jersey City, who is presumed to be Williams’s heir apparent. Hilliman, the No. 25 running back in the nation in ESPN’s rankings who was the only recruit in the class ranked in the ESPN 300, decommitted from Rutgers and accepted BC’s scholarship offer the same weekend Williams was in New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist.
BC’s other three-star prospects include Harold Landry, a 6-3, 230-pound defensive end from Fayetteville, N.C., who is on campus as a mid-year enrollee, and St. Sebastian’s linebacker Connor Strachan, a 6-1, 240-pounder from Wellesley, one of seven prospects signed from Massachusetts.
The others included: Isaac Yiadom, a 6-1, 160-pound wide receiver from Worcester’s Doherty Memorial High; Dexter School’s James Hendren, a 6-7, 307-pound offensive tackle from Brookline; Jon Baker, a 6-3, 305-pound offensive guard from Millis; Kevin Bletzer, a 6-3, 195-pound outside linebacker from Catholic Memorial; Kevin Cohee, a 6-3, 240-pound inside linebacker from Roxbury Latin; and Natick standout quarterback Troy Flutie.
The 6-foot, 178-pound son of Darren Flutie and nephew of Doug Flutie rushed for 3,579 yards and 33 touchdowns and passed for 9,014 yards and 112 touchdowns to break Jonathan DiBiaso’s MIAA record for career touchdown passes.
Flutie will be one of three dual-threat quarterbacks who will vie for the starting job along with Murphy and Darius Wade, a 6-1, 186-pounder from Middletown, Del.
While BC recruiters managed to flip Hilliman’s commitment to Rutgers, the Eagles lost out on one prospect when Tre Tarpley, a 6-foot, 191-pound safety from Central Catholic in Pittsburgh, who committed to BC Jan. 26, the same weekend the Eagles landed Noa Merritt, a 6-1, 260-pound defensive tackle from Pope John XVIII High in Sparta, N.J., rescinded his BC commitment when he was offered a scholarship by Vanderbilt.Michael Vega can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.