Manny Asprilla took an unofficial visit to the Boston College campus today, and in his own words, his reaction after seeing the ins and outs was "whoa".
He then turned to his mother, and found a similar reaction.
"Those were literally her words -- 'whoa'," said Asprilla, an incoming senior defensive back and wide receiver for Everett High, who had an offer with the Eagles. "It wasn't just how she said 'whoa' about the place, though. She was talking to the coaches, and I see the way they were treating her, respecting her as a woman, I noticed that. I said to myself, I like these people, they're like family.
"I asked her myself, should I commit there? She said, 'If I was in your shoes, I would, but don’t let me make the decision for you, go based on how you feel'."
So he called his brother, who said the same thing. And then he called some of his closest friends. They, too, concurred with that train of thought.
And just over an hour ago, Asprilla went into head coach Frank Spaziani’s office and gave a verbal commitment to BC.
"I said, 'Coach, I'm going to be an Eagle'," Asprilla said.
He later added, "I'm excited. I didn't even know what to say at first."
The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Asprilla will join the Eagles as a defensive back. He'll also join former Crimson Tide teammates Jim Noel and Isaac Johnson in the secondary next season. He chose the Eagles over scholarship offers from UMass and UNH.