Three-sport athlete Kevin Bletzer (West Roxbury, Mass./Catholic Memorial) became the seventh in-state recruit to pledge to Boston College football's 2014 class after giving a verbal commitment to the Eagles Monday, Knights head coach Alex Campea confirmed to ESPNBoston.com.
The story was first reported by Brian Favat of BC Interruption.
Bletzer, a 6-foot-2, 193-pound Medfield resident, is the 16th overall pledge for new head coach Steve Addazio's 2014 recruiting class. Among the in-state talent, he joins offensive linemen Jon Baker (Millis, Mass./Millis) and James Hendren (Brookline, Mass./Dexter), linebackers Connor Strachan (Wellesley, Mass./St. Sebastian's) and Kevin Cohee (West Roxbury, Mass./Roxbury Latin), receiver Isaac Yiadom (Worcester, Mass./Deoherty) and athlete Troy Flutie (Natick, Mass./Natick).
The Eagles offered Bletzer over the weekend, following his performance at their camp, his first FBS scholarship offer. A number of local Division I schools showed varying degrees of interest, including UMass, UConn, New Hampshire and Maine.
"I think you go through all the drills offensively and defensively, his athleticism is something that stands out," Campea said. "Then they work him out and see how competes -- you gotta have both ends of the spectrum. A lot of those guys out there are really good athletes, but the special ones are the ones who continue to compete at a high level. They want to be not just good, but great. Kevin works hard enough, his compete level and willingness to work hard is something that stood out for him."
In addition to football, Bletzer also captains the Knights' hockey and lacrosse teams. On the gridiron, he wears many hats for the Knights, who are coming off a 2-9 season but are expected to be much improved this fall. On defense Bletzer sees time at cornerback, safety and linebacker, though he will mostly stick to linebacker this upcoming season. Offensively, he lined up at wide receiver, tight end, running back, and even took some snaps from under center. He also returned punts on special teams.
For the Eagles, Bletzer generally projects as a linebacker. By ESPN's data, he has recorded 40 times in the 4.8 range, to go along with a 4.47 second 20-yard shuttle.