The majority of 2014 Boston College football recruits will arrive on schedule in Chestnut Hill this summer—but for three members of head coach Steve Addazio’s first recruiting class at BC, school is already in session.
As confirmed by the BC Athletics Department, quarterback Darius Wade, defensive back Isaac Yiadom, and defensive end Harold Landry are already enrolled at BC for the 2014 spring semester, giving the trio a head start on their fellow recruits.
Wade, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound, dual-threat quarterback out of Middletown, Del., is a three-star recruit competing for outgoing four-year starter Chase Rettig’s now-vacant spot. His competition includes junior Josh Bordner, sophomore Christian Suntrup, and—following freshman Mack Lowrie’s recent withdrawal from BC—freshman James Walsh and red-shirt freshman Austin Lommen.
Combining a quality arm, quick feet, and evasiveness, Wade passed for 7,778 yards and 100 touchdowns in four years at Middletown High School and was named Delaware’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 and Gatorade Delaware Player of the Year in 2013. His junior year alone, Wade rushed for seven touchdowns and 546 yards and threw for 27 touchdowns and 2,275 yards while tossing one interception.
A local three-star recruit out of Worcester, Mass., Yiadom is a 6-foot-1, 170-pound cornerback looking to strengthen a core led by sophomore Bryce Jones and junior Manny Asprilla. Yiadom played on both sides of the line at Doherty Memorial High School, snagging six interceptions and making 78 tackles while playing defense as a junior.
On the other side of the line of scrimmage, he had had 13 touchdowns and 974 yards of offense in 2012 as a wide receiver that sometimes took handoffs.
While competition will be stiff for Yiadom, his soft hands and speed will add talent and depth to a defense that’s begging for hearty doses of both.
Hailing from Fayetteville, N.C., Landry is a four-star, strong side DE capable of making an immediate impact on a defensive line losing senior 2013 sack-leader Kasim Edebali. Playing three years of varsity football at Pine Forest High School, Landry racked up 225 solo tackles and 27 sacks, averaging 8.8 tackles per game.
At 6-foot-2, 224 pounds, Landry isn’t huge for a defensive end, but explosiveness and natural athleticism should make him a threat to quarterbacks every time he’s on the field.
The three early enrollees compose a key block of Addazio’s first set of recruits, and as the Eagles reload for the 2014 season, their extra time at BC will mean a leg up on the other incoming recruits and the chance to compete all spring to secure a spot on the field next fall.