Ricci decision could be near

The marriage between Lawrence Academy lineman Max Ricci and Boston College will either begin or end on Saturday.

Correspondent Roger Brown notes today on his recruiting blog that on Ricci's unofficial visit to Chestnut Hill earlier this month, BC head coach Frank Spaziani asked him to make a decision on their scholarship offer by July 31.

With only one other Division 1 scholarship offer, from Bryant, but interest picking up from North Carolina, Nebraska and Tennessee, the 6-foot-4, 350-pound Ricci has a tough decision on his hands -- lock it up, or test the waters.

"Tennessee said they want to see me for a visit, so I'm hoping to hop on a plane before July 31st," Ricci told Brown. "I wouldn't be unhappy at BC, but I have until the 31st. Why not use that time?"

It's a situation not unlike the one Natick's Scott McCummings experienced last summer, headed into his senior season. Syracuse had asked McCummings, a quarterback recruit for the Red and Blue, to make a decision on his commitment to the Orange before the season. When he expressed a desire to take official visits during the fall, 'Cuse reneged on their scholarship offer. McCummings ended up committing to UConn, which was the first school to offer him to begin with.

Should Ricci commit, that would make it four Spartans to commit to a BCS conference school, the others being Anthony Knight (NC State), Mike Orloff (Iowa) and Marcus Grant (Iowa). BC offered Grant after he had already committed to the Hawkeyes.