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Local programs Boston College and the University of Massachusetts have their 2011 recruiting classes signed, sealed and delivered.
Days after losing its No. 1 prospect Graham Stewart to Florida, Boston College bounced back and signed a total of 23 prospects Wednesday. At the top of the list includes, Albert Louis-Jean, Brian Miller, Connor Wujciak and Steven Daniels. Head Coach Frank Spaziani understands as much as the next coach that football games are won up front. With that in mind, 11 of the 23 commits were offensive or defensive lineman.
Still, Spaziani and company managed to land a couple of big-play threats offensively. Curt Evans, of Hollywood, Fla., was highly coveted as he fielded 19 scholarship offers from big-time football programs like Michigan, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Stanford. At the quarterback position, Spaziani landed Christian Suntrup, who has been committed since May 2008. Suntrup went the Boston College route, over places like Stanford and Nebraska. Suntrup’s biggest attribute is his decision making and knowledge of the game.
Across the way in Amherst, Mass., D1aa UMass signed 17 high schoolers to join its program. Perhaps none bigger than 3-star wide receiver Marken Michel. Michel, of Plantation. Fla., ran a 4.6 in high school at 5-11 180 pounds. Michel also strongly considered Memphis. Head Coach Kevin Morris also nabbed quarterback Mike Wegzyn from Knoxville, Tenn. Standing at a stout 6-5, and with a big-time arm, Wegzyn could become a good player down the road for the minutemen.
Richard Rodgers, of Shrewsbury, Mass., signed his letter of intent to play for California next season. The former St. Johns standout also had offers from; Notre Dame, Oregon, Boston College and West Virginia.
A pair of two Massachusetts receivers; Marcus Grant, Groton, Mass., and Taariq Allen, Weston, Mass., both landed at big division 1 programs. Grant signed with Iowa, while Allen decided to play for Nebraska.
Finally, Harvard received its biggest signing when the No. 8 player in the state, Obum Obukwelu, pledged to join the Crimson.