Doherty High junior wide receiver/defensive back Isaac Yiadom told ESPNBoston.com on Thursday night that he has committed to Boston College for the fall of 2014.
Yiadom was officially offered a scholarship from the Eagles following his visit to Tuesday’s spring practice, an offer that he said he was both expecting and hoping for. UConn followed up with an offer on Wednesday, but he said at that point his mind was just about made up.
“After spring practice, I was with one of the assistants. He said everything is great about the school -— the athletics, the school...The city of Boston," Yiadom said. "They treat me as a son, like family, like I’m part of their family."
Yiadom led the Highlanders to a 9-3 record last year, compiling 1,267 all-purpose yards and 13 touchdowns on offense, as well as 78 tackles and 6 interceptions on defense. He picked up offers earlier this year from Holy Cross and Bryant, and had also seen varying amounts of interest from UMass, and Virginia Tech. Yiadom is originally from the Virginia area.
“When I went to spring practice they had been showing interest a lot, I knew they were going to offer me. I’m close with [defensive coordinator Don Brown],” he said. "It means a lot to me, they’re definitely going to turn their program around. I want to be part of that, we’re the first recruiting class that they’re recruiting.”
He also said that the academic aspect that goes along with being a student-athlete at BC was an attractive factor to him. Yiadom has maintained a 3.6 GPA in the classroom and wanted to pick a school where he could get a great education.
“That’s why my dad loves BC, he wanted me to go there," Yiadom said. "I wouldn’t have trouble getting a good job if I don’t [go to the NFL]. If I had to choose any school in New England, close to my family, or really any school in the country, it’s BC. Everybody there is real.”
Yiadom grew up watching former Doherty star Yawin Smallwood, who is a redshirt junior at UConn. Smallwood led the Huskies’ defense last year with 120 tackles.
“I talk to him pretty often, when he comes home I see him. We usually just talk about his life at college and things like that,” Yiadom said.
Yiadom is also the first scholarship player from the Worcester-based Inter-High Conference to commit to BC since former New England Patriots defensive tackle Ron Brace joined the Eagles in 2005, out of Burncoat High, Doherty's archrival.
Boston College has one other commitment so far in the 2014 class, from Norwich Free Academy (Conn.) running back Marcus Outlow. Head coach Steve Addazio and his staff are making a strong push towards several in-state products in the 2014 class. So far they have offered St. John's Prep running back Jonathan Thomas, Millis/Hopedale lineman Jon Baker, St. Sebastian's linebacker Connor Strachan, Everett defensive back Lubern Figaro, and Tabor Academy athlete Miles Wright.