Before a crowd of nearly 100 this afternoon in the school's cafeteria, Doherty High senior wide receiver/defensive back Isaac Yiadom signed a National Letter of Intent today with Boston College, making his pledge permanent and solidifying his forthcoming January enrollment.
The 6-foot-1 Yiadom, one of the state's top two-way stars, was the first of seven in-state recruits to pledge to new BC head coach Steve Addazio, doing so back in March. After completing dual enrollment classes at Becker College this fall, Yiadom will graduate in December and enroll at BC in the second week of January, making him eligible for spring practices. He took an unofficial visit to The Heights this past weekend, for the Eagles' battle with Virginia Tech, and is set to take his official visit on Dec. 6.
Through eight games this season, Yiadom is averaging 19.6 yards per touch (20 carries, 236 yards, 4 TD; 26 catches, 669 yards, 3 TD) as a versatile offensive weapon, catching passes deep downfield in addition to carrying the ball on speed sweeps and taking direct snaps out of "Wildcat" packages. On defense, operating in and out of the box as a rover, he ranks second on the team in tackles (65). The Highlanders, a preseason favorite for the MIAA Division 4 State Championship, are in the D4 Central semifinals this weekend following a win last Friday over Quabbin.
Sitting alongside his beaming father, Isaac Sr., Yiadom put down his signature then picked up a BC hat, grinning for a slew of photo ops. Following the exchange, Yiadom sat down with ESPNBoston.com to catch up on his progress this fall.
On his dual enrollment responsibilities: "I'm taking an English class at Becker College, that's the big class that I needed to graduate early. In the beginning of the year, it was just getting used to college-level work, but now I've got the hang of it. It's going really well now. I know BC is a real tough school, I met with the Dean of Admissions and he told me that too, so I know I have to get my head into the process. It prepared me, because you see how college classes go and what you have to do to pass. Nobody's gonna be pressuring you, it's all on you, so you have to get your work done on time."
On his unofficial visit to BC this past weekend: "I was there with Harold Landry [defensive end commitment from North Carolina], and it was his official visit. He also signed, so it was great being with him, telling him all about Boston. He loves it there."
What the BC coaching staff wanted to see out of him this season: "Of course, stay healthy and get more physical. After my summer there, they wanted me to get bigger, and that will help me coming in earlier, in January. [Also] continue to play smart and make plays."
Where he thinks he has improved the most: "I think my ability to pick up the ball has been the best this year. I'm playing a little bit of linebacker too, they move me down to strong, or I come downhill really hard."
On being part of the first Doherty team to win a postseason game since 1980: "It's a great thing. This is a great group of kids, we've been playing together for a while, most of us since my sophomore year. We knew how it feels to lose, losing to Shepherd Hill last year [in D2 Central playoffs]. It's really tough. We don't want to lose. We want to just go all the way, so we're just going really hard in practice, because we're trying to get a state title."
On if he's trying to get BC to look at a few of his teammates, receiver Alfred Adarkwah and quarterback Luke Brennan: "Of course, of course. I always talk about them. They know the [BC] coaches, too. They need to get recruited. Alfred's great, Alfred catches the ball great, as you see on the highlight tapes, Luke just throws the ball up to him and he just goes up and grabs it. Luke puts the ball in great places, too; he's just a great athlete."
On how much he's looking forward to participating in spring drills: "I'm looking forward to it a lot. I'm looking forward to the physicality of playing at a D1 college. But not only that, I feel comfortable at the school now, so it should be exciting."