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Boston College Loses Top Recruit Graham Stewart to Florida

Local star prospect will play for the University of Florida (Photo by Middletown Press)

With National Signing Day approaching, Boston College has lost its No. 1 recruit to the Florida Gators. Xavier High School linebacker Graham Stewart decided to head to the SEC after previously committing to BC in mid-August. The loss of Stewart heavily effects the Eagles overall 2011 recruiting class.

According to Rivals, BC is ranked sixth in the ACC with only four 4-star recruits. Recruiting stiffs Virginia and Virginia Tech find themselves ahead of the Eagles. However, all hope isn’t lost for Boston College fans, as Frank Spaziani has one of the most intriguing players in the country in his class.

Although Quebec 3-star Mehdi Abdesmad is currently flying under the radar, he has all the tools to be a very strong pass-rusher off the edge for BC. At six-foot-six, 260 pounds, Abdesmad has the size and motor that has driven his opposition crazy throughout his career. Along with Abdesmad, Spaziani received a late commitment from Brockton, Mass. safety Albert Louis-Jean. Louis-Jean vowed a strong verbal commitment to the University of Miami, however with the firing of Randy Shannon, Louis-Jean decided to attend college back near his hometown. Brian Miller, of Andover, Mass., and Connor Wujciak, of West Orange, N.Y., should also be great additions to the 2011 class.

Still, the loss of Stewart, will hurt for some time. Stewart also entertained offers from UConn, Iowa, Syracuse and Temple. Without a doubt, Florida is the premier school on the list, in the premier conference in the country. Although Stewart would have seen playing time a lot earlier in his career at Boston College, he’ll now most likely redshirt his freshman year in Gainesville. However, Stewart will have a great chance to play for a National Championship over his four or five year career, something BC is unable to offer him.

Chris Hays, of the Orlando Sentinel, spoke with Stewart on his recent change of heart.

“The overall energy of the place and of course it being Florida, it just seemed to be the best place for me to be to become a better student and a better athlete.”

Stewart is currently in Austin, Texas participating in the USA vs. World high school football game that is scheduled for Wed., Feb. 2.

About Matthew Marcantonio - @M_Marcantonio

Matthew Marcantonio is the Patriots and college football editor at Sports of Boston. Marcantonio has contributed for two newspapers; the Sentinel & Enterprise (Leominster, Mass) and The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La) and held internships with The Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated.

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