The uncertainty regarding the Boston College coaching situation didn't make the school any less attractive to Tabor Academy's Tevin Montgomery, who committed to BC on Sunday.
Montgomery said BC's location was a huge factor in his decision. Although Montgomery's mother lives in Texas, he lives with his guardians in Boston.
ESPN lists Montgomery as a three-star offensive lineman, but he said he was recruited to play defensive tackle. He is the first recruit to commit to BC since the school fired coach Frank Spaziani last month.
“I knew it was a possibility [Spaziani would be fired], but coaches shouldn't be the deciding factor,” Montgomery said. “I chose BC for the school, not for the coach. I liked talking to the other recruits. They seem like good guys. I also like the fact that I'll be around my support system [in Boston].”
Montgomery, a 6-foot-4, 305-pound senior, also had scholarship offers from Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Rutgers, Temple, Vanderbilt and Virginia. BC was the first school to extend him a scholarship offer.
He narrowed his choices to BC, Vanderbilt and Virginia, and said he final decision was a choice between BC and Vanderbilt.
Montgomery grew up playing basketball, and didn't start to play organized football until last year. He is the No. 3 prospect from Massachusetts in the Class of 2013.
“I didn't finalize things until [Sunday],” Montgomery said. “I called coach Devine [Sean Devine] and he confirmed everything with the AD, since they don't have a head coach.
“It was a hard decision. If it wasn't then I would have committed already. I didn't rush it, but I didn't want to procrastinate because that could have been dangerous for me too. I finally decided BC would be best for me.”
HOLT HAS DEFENSIVE ATTITUDE
New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Fordham, Colgate, Holy Cross and Marist are among the schools pursuing Ricky Holt, a 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive lineman from Portsmouth (N.H.) High School.
Holt, who is also a pitcher/first baseman on Portsmouth varsity baseball team, has led the Clippers to the Division III championship in each of the past two seasons. Holy Cross and Colgate visited Portsmouth High School last month, and Maine is scheduled to stop by this week.
“He's matured greatly since last year,” Portsmouth coach Bill Murphy said. “This year he became a leader. He led by example more than anything else. I think if you talked to any coach we played against they would tell you that they had to know where he was first and foremost.”
The 25th annual Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire college football recruiting night will be held Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Tewksbury Country Club in Tewksbury.
Representatives from colleges throughout the Northeast will be in attendance. There is no cost to players.
For more details, contact Brian Hickey (978) 640-7834 or Ed Harrison (978) 694-6065.
Recruiting information about high school or prep school football players in New England can be sent to Roger Brown at email@example.com.