Boston School relying on high quality over amount with 2023 recruiting class

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Xaverian’s Charlie Comella (center) is sure for Boston School as a defensive again. Carlin Stiehl for The Boston Globe

Jeff Hafley is aware of followers might query why his 2023 recruiting class isn’t extra extremely rated nationally, however the Boston School head coach encourages skeptics to have a look at the larger image.

He believes the Eagles, with a seasoned core of returning gamers, along with a proficient crop of incoming transfers, are in prime place to make a surge within the Atlantic Coast Convention.

“You possibly can knock the score all you need, however how do you get excessive rankings? You may have 25 individuals in your class,” Hafley stated. “When you’ve gotten 12 guys in our class, that’s what it’s going to be. It’s what it’s. I’m not apprehensive about that in any respect.”

Twelve incoming Eagles — from as close to as Wellesley and so far as Senegal — signed their Nationwide Letters of Intent on Wednesday. Although the category is smaller than in years previous, due largely to a philosophical shift across the switch portal, Hafley is inspired by the potential of BC’s incoming freshmen.

He made it clear the Eagles (6-6) — who face Southern Methodist (11-2) within the Fenway Bowl subsequent Thursday at 11 a.m. — aren’t fairly performed with the portal. Hafley is keen to see the completed product when every part comes collectively.

“In my view, the mix would be the finest group that we’ve ever introduced right here,” Hafley stated. “We’ve introduced in some good athletes and a few good soccer gamers. This one will likely be totally different. I can confidently say that.”

Coach Jeff Hafley stated the Eagles balanced positional want with total expertise in constructing their recruiting class.

Hafley stated it’s tough to stability filling wants and discovering total prime expertise, particularly in right now’s panorama. Sure positions want depth, whereas others want star energy. He did discover a development the place prime operating backs have gravitated towards BC with the objective of complementing a stout offensive line and shifty dual-threat quarterback in Thomas Castellanos.

Hafley praised his recruiting employees for doing an “unbelievable job” securing the gamers BC wished. It helps that Hafley and Co. have the posh of pointing to Zion Johnson and Zay Flowers as back-to-back first-round picks.

“I believe Zay is a billboard each time he’s on the market catching touchdowns,” Hafley stated. “We’re recruiting vast receivers proper now that their favourite participant is Zay Flowers.”

Right here’s a have a look at the 2023 class:

Ryan Boultwood, TE — 6-4, 225; Upland, Calif. (Damien/Mt. San Antonio School); ranked No. 4 junior faculty tight finish within the nation by 247 Sports activities. Hafley: “He’s a man that I imagine could have an opportunity to return in and play.”

Charlie Comella, DB — 6-0, 180; Wellesley (Xaverian); ESPN’s No. 7 participant in Massachusetts; father, Greg, performed seven years within the NFL. Hafley: “Some of the aggressive highschool athletes that I’ve seen in a very long time.”

Kemori Dixon, LB — 6-1, 203; Danville, Va. (George Washington); Rivals’ No. 24 participant in Virginia. Hafley: “That was a tough combat on the finish.”

Jayzen Flint, DL — 6-2, 241; Philadelphia (West Catholic Prep); On3′s No. 19 recruit in Pennsylvania.

Jadon Lafontant, OL — 6-3, 324; Stratford, Conn. (Brunswick College); flipped dedication from Kentucky to BC. Hafley: “He seems like (Christian) Mahogany . . . In our opinion, that’s one of many prime native guys that there’s within the New England space.”

Cedric Lott Jr., WR — 6-4, 200; Mesquite, Texas (Horn); additionally stars in basketball. Hafley: “Goes up and dunks prefer it’s me enjoying on a mini basketball internet.”

Ashton McShane, DB — 5-11, 166; McKinney, Texas (McKinney); three-star cornerback. Hafley: “I believe this child slipped by way of the cracks in Texas.”

Johnathan Montague Jr., QB — 6-2, 205; Zebulon, N.C. (Clayton); ran for two,578 yards and 41 TDs and threw for 1,601 yards and 13 TDs this 12 months.

Judah Pruitt, OL — 6-3, 324; Orange, N.J. (Malcolm X Shabazz); No. 26 participant within the state, per 247 Sports activities. Hafley: “An enormous smile that type of lights up a room.”

Turbo Richard, RB — 5-8, 206; Rock Hill, S.C. (Northwestern); No. 10 participant in South Carolina, per ESPN. Hafley: “We had been on him early, and he caught with us.”

Pape Sy, OL — 6-5, 310; Dakar, Senegal (NFL Academy); solely Senegalese member of group. Hafley: “We’re watching movie, and he’s doing all these drills in sand. We’re watching video of this large, it seems prefer it’s 110 levels … Boy, did he look athletic. He’s acquired an opportunity, guys. He’s a unique construct.”

Syair Torrence, S — 5-10, 191; Syracuse. N.Y. (Christian Brothers Academy); 247 Sports activities’ No. 5 participant in New York; saved his resolution quiet publicly till Wednesday; selected BC over Michigan, Syracuse, and extra.

The switch crew

Hafley wasn’t in a position to touch upon transfers, however right here’s the record as of Wednesday afternoon:

Jerand Bradley — 6-5, 220-pound WR from Texas Tech; 10 TDs in three years.

Bryquice Brown — 6-0, 180-pound CB from Georgia State; from Dorchester; 135 tackles, 5 INTs in 4 seasons.

Jordan McDonald — 6-1, 220-pound RB from UCF; 4 TDs in two seasons.

Kamari Morales — 6-2, 245-pound TE from North Carolina; 67 catches for 761 yards and 10 TDs in 5 years.

Ryan Turner — 5-11, 189-pound CB from Ohio State; 4-star recruit from 247Sports out of highschool.

Treshaun Ward — 5-10, 194-pound RB from Kansas State; coming into sixth season (4 with Florida State); 17 whole TDs.

O’Keefe calls it a profession

In non-recruiting information: BC vast receiver Ryan O’Keefe has determined to medically retire from soccer.

O’Keefe suffered successful throughout a Sept. 30 recreation in opposition to Virginia that triggered him to lose all feeling all through his complete physique. Medical doctors then found he was born with a situation in his backbone known as congenital spinal stenosis.

“It was the toughest resolution that I’ve ever needed to make in my life,” O’Keefe wrote on social media.