Yesterday afternoon, after watching a spring practice on its Chestnut Hill campus, Shepherd Hill offensive guard Chris Lindstrom gave a verbal commitment to Boston College. He announced his pledge publicly late this afternoon, during the team's breakup banquet.
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The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Lindstrom, a 2013 ESPN Boston All-State selection, is an intriguing prospect for his projectable frame and his mobility as a pulling lineman in the Rams' "double wing" offense -- a trait that was reinforced this winter as a power forward for the Rams' basketball team, which reached the MIAA Division 2 West Finals. He had one other Division 1 FBS offer at the time of his commitment, from Old Dominion. He also had varying degrees of interest from Maryland, UConn and Kansas State.
Lindstrom's uncle, Eric, played at Boston College from 1984-88 and was a seventh-round draft pick of the New England Patriots in 1989. His uncle, David, and his father and head coach, Chris Sr., are both Boston University Hall of Famers and NFL veterans.
Once again, a Central Mass. recruit is the first in-state pledge for head coach Steve Addazio's recruiting class; last March, Doherty athlete Isaac Yiadom was the first of seven in-state commitments for BC. The Eagles have a handful of offers out to in-state prospects, including Xaverian defensive end Joe Gaziano and Everett defensive back Lukas Denis, and they're hoping Lindstrom's pledge can set things in motion.
Lindstrom spoke with ESPNBoston.com for a few more comments on his commitment and his future with the program:
Deciding factors: "Coach Addazio and the rest of the staff were really loving and caring. My uncle played there as well. Plus, they've got such a proud tradition of linemen in the NFL. I got to watch [line coach Justin] Frye coach and I loved what he was doing, he makes it feel like a family...He was caring, constructive, very energetic, positive. My dad loved him, my mom loved [running backs coach Al] Washington."
Where he projects: "Somewhere on offensive line, they haven’t really given me a specific position. I'm up to do anything, whatever the plan for me is good. I personally do not know if he's gonna move me inside or not."
Similarities between Shepherd Hill and BC's run schemes: "They do a lot of the same things, as far as the gap schemes, everything they do is aggressive. It's a lot similar to ours -- obviously the offense is different, but it's the same aggressive blocking, similar to what I'm doing in high school."
On being the first in-state commit for BC's 2015 recruiting class: "I'm ecstatic. Sitting down and talking to coach, he said he hopes this gets the ball rolling [with other recruits]. It felt right. I knew this was the place I was gonna go. Hopefully this gets the ball rolling on other guys committing."
His current shape: "I'm in my mid-230’s right now, because basketball went longer than usual, but it's gonna go right back up hopefully. I've been moving a lot, but I'm trying to get to 250-255 for the season."
Is there a target weight? "No, they said to have me keep lifting and developing. As long as it's good, lean muscle mass, they're good with whatever. They want to shoot for 300, but they don't want me to be fat, they want it to be muscle."
Where he needs to improve: "Definitely develop my pass blocking, getting stronger, getting weight, I'm not really strong compared to some other offensive linemen."
Did basketball help develop pass protection? "Yeah, it did help a lot with footwork, speed, hand-eye coordination. I shaved a few ticks off my 40."