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February 5, 2014

Eagles announce signing class

CHESNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College football team announced its 30 signees for 2014 today, a group that includes players from 10 different states as well as 12 from New England.

The Eagles picked up 16 offensive players - five offensive linemen, three running backs, three wide receivers, two quarterbacks, two athletes and one tight end.

BC bolstered its defense by signing 14 players, including six defensive linemen - and four linebackers. Four defensive backs were added to the secondary.

Kicker/Punter Mike Knoll will also join the Eagles.

The group of signees includes the list of seven early enrollees that were previously announced.

Sherman Alston, Wide/Receiver Athlete, 5-6, 165, Saint Joseph Regional HS/Fairview, N.J.
Earned third-team all-state honors, first-team all-county recognition and first-team All-Non-Public honors as a senior in 2013 … helped lead Saint Joseph's to three state championships … recorded 201 carries for 1,197 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2013 … … concluded his high school career with 2,656 rushing yards … also recruited by Albany, Bryant, Delaware and New Hampshire.

Jon Baker, Offensive Lineman, 6-3, 300, Millis HS/Millis, Mass.
Twice earned Tri-Valley League Lineman of the Year honors (as a sophomore and junior) … twice served as team co-captain … earned Boston Herald and Boston Globe All-Scholastic honors in 2012 and 2013 … started 41 games and helped lead Millis to Tri-Valley League small titles in 2011 and 2012 … also recruited by Connecticut, Harvard, Holy Cross, Massachusetts, Michigan State, Ohio, Old Dominion, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple and Yale.

Kevin Bletzer, Linebacker, 6-2, 200, Catholic Memorial HS/Medfield, Mass.
Two-time team co-captain … twice earned the team's most valuable player award and earned all-conference honors … captured 2013 Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association All-State Super 26 recognition … earned All-Conference Player of the Year honors as a senior … earned Boston Herald and Boston Globe All-Scholastic honors as senior … three-sport athlete at Catholic Memorial who served as team captain in each … registered 211 career tackles for loss and nine career interceptions.

Kevin Cohee Jr., Defensive Lineman, 6-4, 240, Robury Latin/Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Twice earned All-Independent School League honors … twice served as team captain … registered 20 tackles, including one sack, and two interceptions … recorded one interception returned for a touchdown … also excelled on the lacrosse field … also recruited by Connecticut and Massachusetts.

Allen Dawson, Defensive Back, 6-0, 192, Cheshire Academy (Conn.)/Boca Raton, Fla.
Earned 2013 All-Colonial League honors … helped lead Cheshire Academy to the 2013 Dan Rourke Bowl Championship … registered 29 tackles, five interceptions, two fumble recoveries and nine pass break-ups in 2013 … gained All-Conference honors as a senior defensive back at Pine Crest High School in 2012; recorded 50 tackles, three interceptions and four pass breakups that season … also recruited by Buffalo and Western Michigan.

Nat Dixon, Wide Receiver, 6-4, 190, Mosley HS/Lynn Haven, Fla.
Earned 2013 all-state second-team honors after registering 43 receptions for 1,005 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior receiver … twice earned All-Bay County Team recognition in 2012 and 2013 … captured 2012 all-state honorable mention recognition after recording 36 receptions for 662 yards and four touchdowns … a versatile athlete who captured the 2013 District Championship in the high jump … also recruited by Alabama State, Chattanogga, Elon, South Florida, Troy, Western Kentucky and Wofford.

Troy Flutie, Quarterback/Athlete, 6-0, 170, Natick HS/Natick, Mass.
Earned ESPNBoston.com Massachusetts Mr. Football honors after completing 288 passing attempts for 3,027 yards and a state-record 47 touchdowns as a senior quarterback in 2013; also rushed 93 times for 824 yards and six touchdowns … earned all-state honors from ESPNBoston and captured Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association Super 26 recognition … threw for 9,014 career yards and a state-record 112 touchdown passes during his high school career; accumulated 12,616 all-purpose yards … also recruited by Bucknell, Delaware, Massachusetts, NC State, Syracuse and Temple.

James Hendren, Offensive Lineman, 6-7, 268, Dexter School/Newton, Mass.
Earned 2013 New England Prep School Athletic Conference Lineman of the Year recognition … also earned 2013 Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association All-State Super 26 honors … also recruited by Arkansas, Harvard, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Ohio, Old Dominion, Penn State, Princeton, Rutgers, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Yale.

Jon Hilliman, Running Back, 6-0, 215, Saint Peter's Prep/Jersey City, N.J.
Captured 2013 MaxPreps All-America honors … earned all-state recognition … earned 2013 All-Non-Public first-team honors as well as all-county first-team recognition … became the school's first 2000-yard rusher … carried 216 times for 2,007 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior; also caught 12 passes for 148 yards and one touchdown … also recruited by Alabama, Arkansas, Cincinnati, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, UL Lafayette, Maryland, Miami (FL), Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, NC State, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Stanford, Tennessee, UCF, Vanderbilt, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Mike Knoll, Kicker/Punter, 6-1, 200, Walsh Jesuit HS/Copley, Ohio
Ranked as the third-best punter in the nation … earned second-team All-Ohio and first-team AP All-District honors in 2013 … tallied Beacon Journal All-Star honors as a senior as well … converted all 27 extra-point attempts … made 9-of-11 field goals with a long of 45 yards … recorded an average of 40 yards on 34 punts … 35-of-50 kickoffs were touchbacks … also recruited by Air Force, Miami (OH), Purdue and Toledo.

Harold Landry, Defensive Lineman, 6-3, 258, Pine Forest HS/Spring Lake, N.C.
Earned AP All-State and first-team all-conference honors in 2013 … ranked seventh among all high school players in North Carolina by Rivals.com … named the 2013 Mid-South Defensive Player of the Year … tallied second-team all-conference honors in 2012 … finished the 2013 season with 96 tackles, including 78 solo tackles, 15 tackles for a loss and 17 sacks … also received offers from Auburn, Citadel, Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Miami (FL), Mississippi, Missouri, NC State, Ohio State and South Carolina.

Christian Lezzer, Linebacker, 6-1, 218, Clearfield HS/Clearfield, Pa.
Earned first-team all-state honors twice … was named to the first-team offensive all-conference team three times and the first-team defensive all-conference team twice … distinguished as the Tri-County Paper Player of the Year, as well as the Progress Paper Player of the Year twice … received an invitation to the Chesapeake Bowl … notched 56 tackles, 2.5 sacks, three interceptions, one fumble recovery and one safety in 2013 after finishing 2012 with 52 tackles, 12.5 sacks and four fumble recoveries … also recruited by Arizona, Bucknell, Kent State, Temple, Towson and Rutgers.

Gabriel McClary, Wide Receiver, 6-3, 190, Winter Park HS/Orlando, Fla.
Earned First-Team 8A All-State honors in 2013 … helped Winter Park to metro and district championships in 2013 … recorded 20 receptions for three touchdowns in 2013 and 23 receptions for 480 yards and two touchdowns in 2012 … also won the2013 4A District Champion in 300-Hurdles and Triple Jump … also recruited by Appalachian St, Arizona, Cincinnati, Illinois, Iowa St, Marshall, North Carolina, USF and Western Michigan.

Noa Merritt, Defensive Lineman, 6-0, 258, Pope John XXIII HS/Sparta, N.J.
Earned MSG First-Team All-State honors in 2013 … also tallied first-team all-West Jersey honors twice … garnered second-team All-Non-Public accolades in 2013 and was named to the third team in 2012 … tallied 78 tackles, 16 tackles for a loss and 15 sacks as a senior in 2013 and recorded 33 tackles, seven sacks and one recovered fumble in 2012 … was a 2013 Tri-County Wrestling Champion … also received offers from Northern Illinois and Western Michigan.

Kamrin Moore, Defensive Back, 6-1, 190, Bishop Denis J. O'Connell HS/Accokeek, Md.
Earned VISAA All-State, second-team all-county and Second-Team All-WCAC honors in 2013 … was also named to the Pre-Season MaxPreps Virginia All-State team … concluded the 2013 season with 45 tackles, one sack, two fumble recoveries, 12 pass breakups and five interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns … earned an All-WCAC Basketball Honorable Mention nod as well … clocked at a 4.5 second 40-yard dash.

Tyler Murphy, Quarterback, 6-2, 210, Florida/Wethersfield, Conn.
Named the starting quarterback for six games during the 2013 season, completing 112-of-185 passes for 1,126 yards and six touchdowns … also ran 39 times for 270 yards and three touchdowns … earned a quarterback rating of 209.4 against Arkansas …. completed 30-of-46 passes against Vanderbilt, a single-game accomplishments only matched by Rex Grossman and Tim Tebow … earned all-state honors in high school … recorded 30 touchdowns with 1,100 passing and 1,100 rushing during his career as a dual-threat quarterback at Wethersfield.

Marcus Outlow, Running Back, 6-0, 210, Norwich Free Academy/Norwich, Conn.
Ranked the No. 1 recruit in Connecticut by ESPN … earned first-team All-ECC Large honors three times and first-team CHSCA All-State honors in 2013 … garnered the National Underclassmen Combine (NUC) Overall MVP three times … rushed 131 times for 983 yards and 17 touchdowns during 2013 and accumulated 954 yards and 15 touchdowns on 90 carries, averaging 10.6 yards, in 2012 … also received offers from Clemson, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Massachusetts, Ohio St, Pittsburgh, Texas Tech and UCLA.

Oseh-Lie Saine, Defensive Lineman, 6-4, 264, Worcester Academy/Lincoln, R.I.
Spent a postgraduate year at Worcester Academy (in 2013) … earned All-Rhode Island first-team honors as a senior at Lincoln High School in Lincoln, R.I. in 2012 … served as team captain as a senior … recorded 26 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss and seven sacks, in just three games in 2013 … also recruited by Massachusetts and Delaware.

Sam Schmal, Offensive Lineman, 6-6, 280, Westminster School/Atlanta, Ga.
Earned all-conference and pre-season all-state honors as a senior in 2013 … also recruited by Arkansas State, Boise State, Mississippi State, Southern Methodist, South Florida, Penn State and Vanderbilt.

Ty Schwab, Linebacker, 6-2, 280, Merritt Island HS/Merritt Island, Fla.
Earned Second-Team Class 5A All-State and All-Treasure Coast Region honors in 2013 … captured All-Treasure Coast Defensive Player of the Year recognition … completed the 2013 season with 107 tackles and 6.5 sacks after recording 140 tackles, 43 tackles for a loss, six sacks, two interceptions and six recovered fumbles during 2012 … also recruited by Massachusetts, Maryland, Tulane, UTEP and Western Michigan.

Cameron Seward, Defensive Back, 6-1, 216, Westminster School/Dunwoody, Ga.
Earned AP Class B All-State honors in 2012 … missed the 2013 season due to injury but notched 69 tackles, six tackles for a loss, two sacks, three pass breakups up and two forced fumbles during his 2012 season … also recruited by California, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Mississippi St, North Carolina St, Central Florida and West Virginia.

Ian Silberman, Offensive Lineman, 6-5, 303, Florida/Fleming Island, Fla.
Appeared in 20 games at the University of Florida with seven starts … participated in the 2010 Under Armour All-American Game in Orlando … earned FSWA 4A All-State Second-Team, all-area first-team and first-team all-county accolades in 2009 … graduated from Florida degree in Family, Youth And Community Science.

Thaddius Smith, Wide Receiver, 5-10, 170, Cardinal O'Hara HS/Yeadon, Pa.
Earned first-team all-state honors in 2013 … also tallied Daily News All-Catholic League accolades … scored 14 touchdowns as senior to go along with 622 receiving yards on 32 receptions … notched 426 yards on 33 receptions with eight touchdowns as a junior … also recruited by James Madison, Massachusetts, Rutgers, Temple and Toledo.

Austin Stevens, Defensive Lineman, 6-4, 245, Montclair HS/Montclair, N.J.
Garnered 2013 second-team all-state and first-team all-county honors … helped lead Montclair to an undefeated season and state championship title in 2013 … member of a defense that allowed just 4.8 points per game and shut out opponent in championship game … tallied 55 tackles, including two for loss and seven sacks, and three fumble recoveries in 2013 … also tallied 49 tackles, including 9.5 sacks, in 2012 … also recruited by Buffalo, Kansas, Massachusetts, Old Dominion, Rutgers, Stony Brook and Temple.

Connor Strachan, Linebacker, 6-2, 240, St. Sebastian's Country Day School/Wellesley, Mass.
Ranked the No. 2 prospect in Massachusetts by ESPN …. earned Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association All-State Super 26, Independent School League (ISL) Co-MVP, ISL All-League and ISL All-Scholastic Team honors as a senior … garnered the 2013 Nike Football Training Camp (NFTC) Linebacker MVP award … invited to the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl … team captain for St. Sebastian's … tallied 81 tackles, including 10 for loss, one interception and two forced fumbles as a senior … also recorded 70 tackles, nine of loss, one pass breakup and one forced fumble as a junior … also recruited by Connecticut, Massachusetts, Syracuse, Virginia and Wake Forest.

Tom Sweeney, Tight End, 6-5, 220, Don Bosco HS/Ramsey, N.J.
Earned all-state honorable mention, National Underclassmen Combine (NUC) Tight End MVP, first-team all-county and first-team all-league as a senior … tallied 27 receptions for 539 yards and five touchdowns in his final high school season.

Joseph Vitiello, Defensive Lineman, 6-4, 255, Immaculata HS/Bridgewater, N.J.
Earned 2012 all-conference honors and was invited to play in the 2013 New York vs. New Jersey All-Star Game … injured after 20 plays in 2013 but not before amassing seven tackles, one tackle for loss, and one fumble recovery … recorded 45 tackles, six tackles for loss, two sacks, one fumble recovery and eight quarterback hurries in 2012 … also recruited by Buffalo, Connecticut, Massachusetts, North Carolina, USF, Temple and Tulane.

Darius Wade, Quarterback, 6-1, 195, Middletown HS, Middletown, Del.
Played in the state championship all four years of high school, capturing the title in 2011 and 2012 … named the 2013 Gatorade Player of the Year … named the 2012 Offensive Player of the Year for Delaware by MaxPreps … a two-time first-team all-state honoree … also earned 2013 MaxPreps Pre-Season All-State accolades … invited to the Chesapeake Bowl … made 45 consecutive starts … tallied 100 career touchdowns and threw for 7,778 yards … as a senior, completed 101-of-147 passes for 1,933 yards, tallying 27 touchdowns … also rushed for 197 yards on 49 attempts … as a junior, tallied 2,275 yards and 27 touchdowns with just one interception … also rushed for 546 yards and seven touchdowns … also recruited by Bucknell, Delaware, Massachusetts, NC State, Syracuse and Temple.

Richard Wilson, Running Back, 5-11, 215, Detroit Country Day School/Southfield, Mich.
Earned 2013 second-team all-county and all-state honorable mention honors … also garnered first-team all-county and All-Detroit accolades as a junior … recorded 1,141 yards on 168 carries (6.8 yards/carry) with 33 touchdowns as a senior … notched 1.335 yards on 192 carries with 29 touchdowns as a junior … also recruited by Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Illinois, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan.

Isaac Yiadom, Defensive Back, 6-1, 170, Doherty Memorial HS/Worcester, Mass.
Ranked the No. 3 recruit from Massachusetts by ESPN … member of the 2013 Division 4 State Championship team … earned 2013 Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association All-State Super 26 honors … also tallied 2013 Mass Prep Stars Pre-Season Super Team and ESPN Boston Pre-Season All-State honors … recorded 107 tackles, one forced fumble and two interceptions as a senior ... made 60 tackles and six interceptions as a junior … also recruited by Bryant, Connecticut, Holy Cross, Massachusetts and Virginia Tech.


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