Correspondent Roger Brown is reporting that Natick High offensive lineman Liam Porter verbally committed to Boston College last night, according to Red and Blue head coach Mark Mortarelli.
Porter, the eighth-ranked overall prospect in the state, had just one Division 1 FBS scholarship offer, from the Eagles. He is the fourth in-state prospect for the Class of 2011 to commit to BC, joining Andover's Brian Miller, Everett's Manny Asprilla, and Lawrence Academy's Max Ricci.
After starting the season 4-0, the Red and Blue have won just two of their last six games, and head into their Thanksgiving matchup with archrival Framingham at 6-4.
A little more on Porter, per Scouts Inc.:
Porter flashes good run blocking skills, especially when asked to pull and trap; will need to improve his explosion and playing strength to compete against top BCS defensive linemen. Presently plays tackle with the size for the position at the major level of competition however his overall blocking skills appear better suited for the offensive guard spot. Shows good flexibility, balance and agility playing out of a three point stance; needs to improve his initial quickness and explosion coming off the ball; his pad level is too high but his good base and leg drive allow him to sustain and get movement. Flashes the quickness to get out of his stance when pulling; can seal up-field and locate defenders on the move showing the ability to play on his feet in space. With his athleticism and agility this guy has the potential to make all the necessary run blocks at the next level of play. His nimble feet should be an asset in pass protection; flashes good short set ability; can bend but all areas of footwork and hand use will need to be addressed. We see flashes of an attempt to finish blocks; what we would like to see is a nasty, more consistent attempt to dominate opponents. Presently Porter does not project high as a BCS prospect. However we like his size and athleticism; if his explosion, playing strength and finishing attitude improve, this is a guy worth watching.
More details to come later today.