Boston College announces new recruits

February 03, 2010 - 3:11 pm

When Frank Spaziani took over the helm at Boston College last year, he was playing with somebody else's cards. In a transitional season loaded with transfers and injuries, the first-year head coach led the Eagles to a surprising 8-5 record and a trip to the the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco against the University of Southern California. Wednesday was college football National Signing Day and that means Spaziani can officially announce his new crop of recruits that will be the future of Boston College football. There are some interesting names, such as 6-foot-1, 192-pound wide receiver Shakim Phillips from DePaul Catholic in Paterson, N.J., and Chase Rettig, a quarterback from San Clemente, Calif. Spaziani has 21 new players for the Eagles system. Here is the breakdown by position: 3 wide receivers, 1 defensive lineman, 6 offensive linemen, 2 quarterbacks, 1 tight end, 2 linebackers, 4 defensive backs and 2 running backs. Here is the full list of recruits from the BC press release: Player                                    Pos.            Ht.            Wt.            Hometown (School) Alexander Amidon            WR            5-11            179            Greenfield, MA (Hotchkiss School/CT) Dominic Appiah            DL            6-5            260            Somerset, NJ (Cheshire Academy/CT) Seth Betancourt                        OL            6-6            285            Riverside, NJ (St. Joe'€™s Prep/PA) Joshua Bordner                        QB            6-4            185            Sykesville, MD (Century) Jarrett Darmstatter            TE            6-4            241            Barnegat, NJ (Barnegat) Steele Divitto                        LB            6-2            214            Ridgefield, CT (Don Bosco Prep/NJ) Andy Gallik                        OL            6-3            290            Evergreen Park, IL (Brother Rice) CJ Jones                        DB            5-11            165            Wilmington, DE (A.I. DuPont) Tahj Kimble                        RB            5-11            198            Fernandina Beach, FL (Fernandina Beach) Aaron Kramer                        OL            6-7            275            Duxbury, MA (Duxbury) James McCaffrey            DB            5-11            185            Winchester, MA (Buckingham Browne & Nichols) Shakim Phillips                        WR            6-2            191            Paterson, NJ (DePaul Catholic) Kevin Pierre-Louis            LB            6-1            215            Norwalk, CT (King & Low Heywood Thomas) Chase Rettig                        QB            6-4            205            San Clemente, CA (San Clemente) Jaryd Rudolph                        OL            6-3            268            Kingston, MA (Silver Lake Regional) Bobby Swigert                        WR            6-1            175            Louisville, OH (Louisville) Sean Sylvia                        DB            6-1            205            Dartmouth, MA (Cheshire Academy, CT) Robert Vardaro                        OL            6-5            307            North Reading, MA (Phillips Academy) Andre Williams                        RB            5-11            202            Schnecksville, PA (Parkland) Dominique Williams            DB            5-11            196            Brockton, MA (Brockton) Harris Williams                        OL            6-4            291            Lynn, MA (Proctor Academy) Alexander Amidon, WR, 5-11, 179, Greenfield, MA (Hotchkiss School/CT) 2009 League MVP'€¦two-time New England Division I track MVP'€¦won the 400 in 49.52; was part of the winning 4x100 team (42.59) and set a meet record in winning the 200 in 21.90 at NEPSTA Track Championships'€¦chose BC over Tulane, UNH, Rutgers and Syracuse. Dominic Appiah, DL, 6-5, 260, Somerset, NJ (Cheshire Academy/CT) One of just two post-graduate students at the school who helped lead the football team to a 6-3 record'€¦standout basketball player at Cardinal McCarrick High School in New Jersey'€¦chose BC over UConn, Maryland and Miami. Seth Betancourt, OL, 6-6, 285, Riverside, NJ (St. Joe'€™s Prep/PA) 2009 team captain'€¦first-team Philadelphia Daily News All-Catholic All-Decade'€¦Philadelphia Daily News Catholic Team'€¦first-team PA Daily News All-City team'€¦first-team Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southeastern PA team'€¦first-team Class AAAA PFN All-State team'€¦AP Class AAAA All-State team'€¦ESPN Under Armour All-America Game nominee'€¦National Army All-America Bowl nominee'€¦Philadelphia Inquirer No. 1 top offensive lineman in Southeastern PA'€¦named to the Big 33 Team'€¦chose BC over West Virginia, Virginia, UConn, Duke, Rutgers, Michigan State, Minnesota and Temple. Joshua Bordner, QB, 6-4, 185, Sykesville, MD (Century) First-team All-State'€¦first-team All-County and All-Conference at both linebacker and quarterback'€¦first-team All-Metro'€¦conference offensive and defensive Player of the Year'€¦county Player of the Year'€¦county Player of the Decade'€¦chose BC over Maryland, Delaware and Richmond. Jarrett Darmstatter, TE, 6-4, 241, Barnegat, NJ (Barnegat) Had 22 receptions for 399 yards and two touchdowns in 2009'€¦defensively, recorded 33 tackles'€¦No. 32 tight end in the country, as ranked by Scouts Inc'€¦chose BC over Purdue, Syracuse, Rutgers and UCF. Steele Divitto, LB, 6-2, 214, Ridgefield, CT (Don Bosco Prep/NJ) 2009 team captain'€¦team won National Championship in 2009'€¦New Jersey State Championship three consecutive years (2007, 08, 09)'€¦junior year, was named first-team All-League, first-team All-County and second-team All-State'€¦senior year, led team in tackles with 80 (56 solo), 8 sacks, 2 punt blocks, 1 PAT block and 8 pass break-ups'€¦in 2009, named second-team All-America, first-team All-State, first-team All-League, first-team All-County'€¦selected to play for Team USA (Jr. National Team)'€¦chose BC over Colorado, Colorado State, UCF, Louisville and Akron. Andy Gallik, OL, 6-3, 290, Evergreen Park, IL (Brother Rice) 2009 team captain'€¦three-year varsity starter'€¦first-team All-State'€¦first-team All-State by Champaign News Gazette'€¦first-team All-Catholic League'€¦first-team All-Area'€¦chose BC over Illinois, Minnesota and Northern Illinois. CJ Jones, DB, 5-11, 165, Wilmington, DE (A.I. DuPont) Four-year starter as QB/CB'€¦2009 team had a perfect 10-0 season and was the top-ranked football team in the state'€¦rushed for more than 1,000 yards, averaging 13.7 yards per carry'€¦named Delaware'€™s Gatorade Football Player of the Year'€¦All-State at defensive back and quarterback'€¦Named to the All-State academic football team'€¦selected to play in the Northeast vs. New Jersey Football Classic'€¦ranked among the top DB recruits in the nation by both Rivals and Scout magazines'€¦chose BC over Duke, NC State, Rutgers and Temple. Tahj Kimble, RB, 5-11, 198, Fernandina Beach, FL (Fernandina Beach) Named the running back MVP at the National Underclassmen Combine in Jacksonville in spring 2008'€¦as a junior, scored 15 touchdowns and rushed for 1,211 yards, which was second in the state of Florida in rushing yards'€¦senior season, rushed for 1,249 yards and 11 touchdowns while accumulating 209 yards and two scores through the air'€¦chose BC over Michigan State, Cincinnati, Purdue, Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa State, Tulane and Florida Atlantic. Aaron Kramer, OL, 6-7, 275, Duxbury, MA (Duxbury) Boston Globe All-Scholastic'€¦Patriot Ledger All-Scholastic'€¦Patriot Ledger All-Star'€¦WATD Distinguished Player of the Year'€¦Massachusetts Top 26 football players'€¦Shriner'€™s Game nominee'€¦chose BC over UConn. James McCaffrey, DB, 5-11, 185, Winchester, MA (Buckingham Browne & Nichols) 2009 team captain'€¦three-time All-Conference player'€¦two-time All-New England team'€¦three consecutive seasons of more than 1,300 all-purpose yards'€¦33-3 record as a starter at BB&N'€¦two-time All-New England team'€¦chose BC over Stanford. Shakim Phillips, WR, 6-2, 191, Paterson, NJ (DePaul Catholic) Ranked No. 1 wide receiver in the state of New Jersey by'€¦10 touchdowns during his senior season'€¦rated a top 100 recruit by MaxPreps Lemming Report'€¦attended US Army All-American Bowl in January'€¦chose BC over Georgia, Arizona, Cincinnati, Duke, Iowa, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Wisconsin and Maryland. Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB, 6-1, 215, Norwalk, CT (King & Low Heywood Thomas) 2009 Gatorade State Player of the Year for Connecticut'€¦ranked No. 3 prospect in Connecticut by'€¦Connecticut postseason top 10 in 2010'€¦ranked No. 10 outside linebacker by'€¦had 88 tackles and averaged 17.3 tackles per game'€¦chose BC over Duke, Stanford and Virginia. Chase Rettig, QB, 6-4, 205, San Clemente, CA (San Clemente) Ranked No. 21 on pro-style quarterbacks 2010'€¦senior season, threw for 18 touchdowns and 1,740 passing yards'€¦played in Under Armour All-America game in January'€¦chose BC over Tennessee, USC, UCLA, Arizona State and Arizona. Jaryd Rudolph, OL, 6-3, 268, Kingston, MA (Silver Lake Regional) Earned Patriot League All-Scholastic honors two consecutive years'€¦honor roll student with 3.3 GPA'€¦chose BC over Connecticut, UNH, Maine and UMass. Bobby Swigert, WR, 6-1, 175, Louisville, OH (Louisville) 2009 team captain'€¦started at CB & WR his sophomore and junior seasons; played QB on offense for his senior year'€¦led team to a 4-0 start and a No. 1 ranking in the state polls when a foot injury cut his season short'€¦during his high school career, the Leopards went 34-5'€¦accounted for 3,568 yards and 26 TDs in career'€¦accumulated 84 tackles & 12 interceptions'€¦Academic All-Ohio; National Honor Society'€¦as a junior, was named US Army Iron Man of the year (voted as the best two-way player in Ohio), AP All-Ohio WR, second-team AP All-NEO District, WHBC All-County'€¦chose BC over Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Stanford, Pittsburgh, Indiana, Colorado and Cincinnati. Sean Sylvia, DB, 6-1, 205, Dartmouth, MA (Cheshire Academy/CT) Was a standout wide receiver, quarterback and defensive back at Dartmouth High School before moving on to Cheshire'€¦recorded 10 interceptions this past season'€¦was the team'€™s top wide receiver'€¦chose BC over UConn. Robert Vardaro, OL, 6-5, 307, North Reading, MA (Phillips Academy) Ranked No. 2 overall and No. 1 OL prospect in the state by'€¦ranked No. 36 OT prospect in the country by'€¦Eagle Tribune All-Star in 2008 and 2009'€¦chose BC over Syracuse, Tulane, Vanderbilt and UConn. Andre Williams, RB, 5-11, 202, Schnecksville, PA (Parkland) Named to Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State team'€¦ranked No. 44 running back by'€¦chose BC over Vanderbilt, Akron and Temple. Dominique Williams, DB, 5-11, 196, Brockton, MA (Brockton) 2009 team captain'€¦Boston Globe All-Scholastic'€¦Brockton Enterprise All-Scholastic'€¦Boston Herald All-Scholastic'€¦preseason All-Herald football team'€¦ranked 8th overall player in Massachusetts for class of 2010'€¦chose BC over Maryland and Syracuse. Harris Williams, OL, 6-4, 291, Lynn, MA (Proctor Academy) Served as team captain in 2009'€¦earned first-team All-New England Prep School honors as a junior'€¦earned Evergreen League Most Valuable offensive lineman in 2008'€¦selected to the New England Prep Class C All-New England team'€¦won the Evergreen Northeast Division Championship and the Evergreen League titles in 2006 and 2008'€¦National Honor Society member'€¦chose BC over Stanford, Louisville and UConn.