Earlier tonight, St. Sebastian's linebacker Connor Strachan verbally committed to Boston College, becoming the ninth commit for Steve Addazio's 2014 recruiting class, and fourth in-state pledge.
Coming off a season in which he recorded 70 tackles in nine games, Strachan is high on the recruiting radar, named earlier this year to the ESPN 150 Watch List, and ranked a four-star recruit by both ESPN and Rivals.
He last visited the Chestnut Hill campus on April 18, his third such unofficial visit to school. He also visited during the Notre Dame game last year, and attended their camp last June, where he was initially offered a scholarship by the staff of former coach Frank Spaziani.
The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Wellesley resident talked to ESPNBoston.com tonight for some additonal comments about his commitment to The Heights.
Biggest factors in his decison: "I like how close it is, and I want to be a part of the program that they're building. Coach Addazio has done a great job building up the program so far. He talked to me about the possibility of playing early, and that's important to me. Being able to play early is important to me."
On the influence of the lineage (his uncle, Steve, played wideout for the Eagles in the early 80's): "He [Steve] didn’t push me to go anywhere, he said he would always support me wherever I want to go. It would be amazing to bring BC back to what it was back there when he played. That's an awesome goal, and special to be a part of."
On head coach Steve Addazio's energetic approach: "He's got a lot of energy. I went to a practice, and practice was totally different. It's high tempo. They move around a lot. [Don] Brown coaches the defense and he moves guys around a lot -- pass rushing, drop back passes -- that’s the way I like to play."
On his intended role as middle linebacker: "They see me as being able to have the size and speed to play early."
On the difficulty of his decision: "In the beginning it was probably overwhelming to make the decision. But once I got down to it, it was a pretty easy decision to do it."