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Football Announces 2005 Signees

Head Coach Tom O'Brien announces incoming signees

Head Coach Tom O'Brien announces incoming signees

Feb. 2, 2005

Fifteen football players have signed national letters-of-intent to play for Boston College in the 2005 season.

"Looking at the list I think the thing that stands out is the tremendous effort of our coaching staff," said head coach Tom O'Brien. "They have been working hard with recruiting. What we like about the group is that it is a very athletic and versatile class. Many of these guys play both sides of the football. It is also a speedy class. A lot of the kids we have had in camp and know that they can run. I think that they will be a great addition to our program and we look forward to them coming in August."

The Eagles signed players at six different positions. The emphasis moved from the skill positions (signed heavily last season) to the interior as seven of the fifteen signees play either offensive or defensive line.

The class includes three players from Massachusetts, three from Ohio, two from New York, Florida and Maryland and one each from New Jersey, Virginia and Missouri.

NamePositionHTWTHometown/High School
Paul AndersonDefensive Back6-1215Staten Island, N.Y./Brooklyn Poly Prep
Marty BowmanDefensive Back6-3195Youngstown, Ohio/Liberty HS
Brendan DeskaDefensive Line6-5245Orlando, Fla./Olympia HS
Austin GilesOffensive Line6-3290Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield HS
Rich GunnellWide Receiver5-11190Hightstown, N.J./Notre Dame HS
Andre JonesDefensive Back5-11190District Heights, Md./Avon Old Farms
Mike McLaughlinLinebacker6-1245Woburn, Mass./Woburn HS
Clarence MegwaWide Receiver6-2200Binghamton, N.Y./Binghamton HS
Jim RamellaTight End6-3238Westlake, Ohio/Saint Ignatius HS
Nick RossiOffensive Line6-6265Walpole, Mass/Catholic Memorial HS
Allan SmithDefensive Line6-3215Kansas City, Mo./Rockhurst HS
Brady SmithDefensive Line6-2240Finksburg, Md./Loyola Blakefield HS
Razzie SmithDefensive Back5-10175Winter Garden, Fla./Olympia HS
Pat SheilOffensive Line6-6275Clifton, Va./Centreville HS
Matt TennantOffensive Line6-4260Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller HS

Paul Anderson (Defensive Back) 6-1, 215
Staten Island, N.Y./Brooklyn Poly Prep

SuperPrep ranked him as the 11th-best prospect in the Northeast...named to Lemming's All-East Team...Rivals.com rated him as the 35th-best athlete in the country...earned Heisman HS all-star honors...named first-team All-N.Y. and first-team All-City...two-time Staten Island Advance all-star and two-time National Football Foundation/Madison Square Garden All-Metro team selection...named team co-MVP...earned Defensive Player of the Year honors...named game MVP vs. St. Anthony's...was a second-team All-City selection his junior season...also earned the 2001 Charles Beal Memorial Trophy and the 2002 Princeton Cup for greatest contribution in athletics...as a senior, recorded 36 receptions for 824 yards and 11 TD's and had one punt return for a TD...on defense recorded 87 tackles, four sacks, three interceptions, seven pass breakups, and two fumble recoveries...selected to the Governor's Bowl and Boomer Bowl... coached by Craig Jacoby.

Marty Bowman (Defensive Back) 6-3, 195
Youngstown, Ohio/Liberty HS

Named to SuperPrep's All-Midwest Team...Rivals.com ranked him as the 35th-best player in Ohio...team captain and MVP...named to All-Conference and All-District teams...named first-team All-Ohio...selected to Ohio North-South all-star game...Ohio Division IV Player of the Year...coached by Jeff Whittaker.

Brendan Deska (Defensive Line) 6-5, 245
Orlando, Fla./Olympia HS

Named to the SuperPrep All-Florida Team...selected to Lemming's All-Southwest Team...Rivals.com rated him as the 42nd-best defensive end in the country and named him to its All-Florida team...received Prepstar All-American Team honors...named the 47th-best prospect in Florida...FACA first-team All-District selection...earned first-team All-Orange County honors ...selected to NCAA Florida All-State Team...received the Captain's Award as a senior...coached by Mike Cullison.

Austin Giles (Offensive Line) 6-3, 290
Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield HS

SuperPrep ranked him as the second-best player in the Northeast...named to Lemming's All-East team...Rivals.com ranked him as the 50th-best guard in the country...named OCL Player of the Week...WATD Player of the Week...named All-Scholastic by the Patriot Ledger, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and Mariner...recipient of the Iron Horse award...selected to All-Rams and All-State team...team captain...recorded 71 tackles, six sacks, two pass deflections and one fumble recovery in eight games his senior year...coached by Lou Silva.

Rich Gunnell (Wide Receiver) 5-11, 190
Hightstown, N.J./Notre Dame HS

SuperPrep ranked him as the 36th-best prospect in the Northeast...Lemming's All-East Team... had seven touchdowns and 236 yards receiving before his season was cut short by injury in his senior year...first-team All-Conference, first-team All-Area and third-team All-State selection and Conference Player of the Year as a junior...first-team All-Conference, All-Area, and third-team All-State selection as a sophomore...second-team All-Conference as a freshman...finished career with 126 receptions, 2,436 yards receiving, 45 TD's, three kickoff returns for TD's and four punt returns for TD's...also played basketball and ran track...coached by Chappy Moore.

Andre Jones (Defensive Back) 5-11, 190
District Heights, Md./Avon Old Farms

One of the best athletes in Maryland...prepped a year at Avon Old Farms where he was named team MVP, first-team All-New England, and first-team All-Erickson League at both RB/DB...as a senior at Forestville HS, he was named first-team All-Metro, first-team consensus All-State, first team All-County, team MVP and George Michael Sports Machine Golden 11...the true athlete played QB/WR/RB/DB/S/KR/PR...coached by Kevin Driscoll (Avon) and Charles Harley (Forestville).

Mike McLaughlin (Linebacker) 6-1, 245
Woburn, Mass./Woburn HS

SuperPrep All-New England Team...ranked as the fourth-best prospect in New England ...Lemming's All-East Team...Rivals.com rated him as the 27th-best inside linebacker in the country and the third-best prospect in New England...three-time All-League performer...two-time League MVP...All-Eastern Mass...All-State...also a standout in basketball...received Yes Award for community service...also recipient of the Leadership Conference and Academic Achievement Awards...coached by Rocky Nelson.

Clarence Megwa (Wide Receiver) 6-2, 200
Binghamton, N.Y./Binghamton HS

SuperPrep ranked him as the eighth-best player in the Northeast...Lemming's All-East Team...was a two-time Division I All-Star...CBS Regional All-Star...fourth-team All-New York State...selected to play in the Governor's Bowl...had 11 career interceptions with seven of them returned for TD's...had 663 yards rushing and 13 rushing TD's...also had 215 receiving yards and four TD catches his senior year...coached by Doug Stento.

Jim Ramella (Tight End) 6-3, 238
Westlake, Ohio/Saint Ignatius HS

Team captain...team MVP...All-County and All-District selection...first-team All-Ohio selection...named to Plain Dealer All-Area Team...selected to the Big 33 Ohio-Pennsylvania all-star game and Ohio North-South all-star game...coached by Chuck Kyle.

Nick Rossi (Offensive Line) 6-6, 265
Walpole, Mass./Catholic Memorial HS

As a senior was moved to tight end from the offensive line...earned All-Conference honors...was named the team's most improved player...had 21 receptions, 3 TD's and 189 yards as a senior...also played hockey and baseball where he was an All-Conference selection...coached by Alex Campea.

Allan Smith (Defensive Line) 6-3, 215
Kansas City, Mo./Rockhurst HS

One of the best athletes in Missouri...SuperPrep All-American...Rivals.com rates him as the 25th best defensive end in the country and the fifth-best prospect in Missouri...Prepstar Magazine All-American...as a senior was named Metro Defensive Player of the Year...was the recipient of the Buck Buchanon Award...named first-team All-State, All-Metro, and to the All-District team...as a junior, was a first-team All-State and All-Metro selection...named to the All-District team...named a finalist for the Buck Buchanon Award...Rockhurst all-time sack leader... coached by Tony Severino.

Brady Smith (Defensive Line) 6-2, 240
Finksburg, Md./Loyola Blakefield HS

Named to the SuperPrep All-Mid Atlantic Team...as a senior was named to the Baltimore All-Metro First Team...was a Big School All-State, All-MIAA, and AP Consensus All-State selection...as a four-year starter was named team captain for the second time...as a junior was named Baltimore Metro Defensive Player of the Year...earned first-team All-MIAA, AP Consensus All-State and first-team Small School All-State honors...as a sophomore was named first-team All-MIAA, Baltimore County and honorable Mention All-Metro...was MIAA private schools heavyweight wrestling champ in 2003...coached by Brian Abbott.

Razzie Smith (Defensive Back) 5-10, 175
Winter Garden, Fla./Olympia HS

Named first-team All-Metro...earned first-team All-District honors...selected to second-team All-Central Florida...the track standout was part of the state-champion 4x100-meter relay team... coached by Mike Cullison.

Pat Sheil (Offensive Line) 6-6, 275
Clifton, Va./Centreville HS

SuperPrep All-American while being rated as the fourth-best prospect in Virginia by the magazine...named to Lemming's All-Mid Atlantic team...Rivals.com rated him as the 13th offensive tackle prospect...Prep Star All-American...as a senior was named Centreville HS offensive MVP...earned first-team Virginia H.S Coaches Association All-State honors...first-team All-Region (North) selection...named to Pigskin Club 2004 All-Met Team...Nike Camp First-Team Offense...All-Journal Football Team...Centreville Times First Team...All-Metro (Washington Post)...nominated for Army All-American game...as a junior was named All-Area and All-State...coached by Mike Skinner.

Matt Tennant (Offensive Line) 6-4, 260
Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller HS

SuperPrep All-American and ranked the 29th best prospect in the Midwest...Rivals.com rated him 55th best offensive guard in the country...invited to play in the East-West Cincinnati and Big 33 Ohio-Pennsylvania all-star games...was a three-year starter for football...was named Greater Catholic League Lineman of the Year along with second-team All-State, first-team All-City and All-Southwest Ohio honors during his senior year...was named team captain as a senior...participated in track and was a state qualifier in the discus as a junior...in wrestling, GCL champion with a record of 15-5...other activities included Little Buddies Program, chorus and student government where he was Vice President for three years and the class representative... coached by Bob Crable.

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