|BC football announces 17 new players, including Florida transfer Matt Patchan||02.06.13 at 3:56 pm ET|
Boston College announced commitments from 15 high school players on national signing day Wednesday, but it was two college transfers who got the most attention.
Offensive lineman Matt Patchan has one year of eligibility remaining after playing 27 games over three seasons in five years at Florida. The 6-foot-6, 304-pounder missed the entire 2010 and 2012 seasons due to injuries. Patchan, who will enroll as a graduate student at BC, played two seasons under new BC coach Steve Addazio when Addazio was a Gators offensive assistant. Patchan is eligible to play at BC immediately and would be a boost to the offensive line if he can stay healthy.
The other transfer is a familiar name: tight end Louie Addazio. The son of the new BC coach, Louie did not play at Syracuse during his two years there due to injuries.
Among the high school players signing with BC is running back Tyler Rouse (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Baker HS). Despite rushing for 2,977 yards and 45 touchdowns on 333 carries as a senior and winning New York State Gatorade Player of the Year honors, the 5-foot-8 speedster did not get much interest from big-time Division 1 schools.
The other high school players signing with BC are wide receiver Drew Barksdale (Solon, Ohio/Solon HS), wide receiver Charlie Callinan (Westfield, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep), linebacker/defensive end Jack Cottrell (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie HS), defensive tackle Truman Gutapfel (Harrison, Ohio/Harrison HS), safety John Johnson (West Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern HS), defensive end Kevin Kavalec (Middleburg Heights, Ohio/St. Ignatius), linebacker Marquis Little (Manchester, Conn./Manchester HS), quarterback Mack Lowrie (Foxboro/Roxbury Latin), safety Matt Milano (Orlando/Dr. Phillips), defensive tackle Tevin Montgomery (Jamaica Plain/Tabor Academy), cornerback Atem Ntantang (Purcellville, Va./Woodgrove HS), tight end Joel Rich (Paris, Ohio/St. Thomas Aquinas), quarterback James Walsh (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman HS) and running back Myles Willis (Conyers, Ga./Marist School).