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2002 Boston College Football Letter-of-Intent Signees




Feb. 6, 2002

Gonzalez, Simpson Added To BC Football Roster

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NamePos.Hgt.Wgt.HometownHigh School
Anam, LarryDB6-1180Hialeah, FLAmerican
Beekman, JoshOL6-3320Amsterdam, NYAmsterdam
Blackmon, WillDB6-0175Cranston, RIBishop Hendricken
Brown, RickyLB6-2225Cincinnati, OHElder
Burns, JeffLB6-3210Basking Ridge, NJRidge
El Nokali, KarimQB6-4205Pittsburgh, PAChartiers Valley
Lilly, JasonWR6-2200Dover, DEDover
Marten, JamesOL6-8285Indianapolis, INBrebeuf Jesuit
Moore, ShaduOL6-4305Paterson, NJPaterson Catholic
Ottolini, JakeDE6-3230Dummer, NHNew Hampton School
Ross, JeffRB6-0190Lowell, MALowell
Sele, TaylorWR6-0190Richmond Hill, NYLawrence Acad. (MA)
Unis, JimDE6-4225Glouchester, MAGlouchester
Washington, AlvinDL6-0297Columbus, OHWatterson
Ziminski, RobertDE6-3220Willow Springs, ILArgo

2002 Boston College Football Recruit Profiles


Larry Anam
DB, 6-1, 180
Hialeah, FL (American)

Named SuperPrep all-Dixie team and ranked 43rd-best prospect in Florida...team went 8-4 in senior season...earned first team all-county honors and second team all-state...had 105 tackles (85 unassisted) in senior season to go along with eight sacks and one interception.


Josh Beekman
OL, 6-3, 320
Amsterdam, NY (Amsterdam)

Had 98 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery in his senior year on defense...projects to be an offensive lineman in college...team lost in semifinals of state tournament in '01...earned PrepStar All-America honors...earned SuperPrep All-Northeast honors...SuperPrep ranked him the seventh-best prospect in state of New York...ranked 16th in the country among offensive tackle prospects by Rivals.com...named area co-player of the year by Albany Times-Union...was first-ever four-time member of Times-Union all-area team.


Will Blackmon
DB, 6-0, 175
Cranston, RI (Bishop Hendricken)

Rushed for 1,618 yards in his senior year of high school and rushed for 24 touchdowns with 310 yards of receiving...projected to play defensive back in college...had 100 tackles and four interceptions in his senior year...earned Rhode Island state player of the year honors from Gatorade and was a first team All-America pick by USA Today, ESPN.com, SuperPrep and PrepStar...named the top player in New England by SuperPrep and all-Northeast...named the top "athlete" in the East by PrepStar...named to PrepStar's Top 125 Dream Team...played in the 2002 United States Army All-America Bowl...ranked the 46th-best prospect in the country by Tom Lemming...named the 94th-best prospect in the country by Student Sports Magazine...earned all-state, all-division and all-city honors.


Ricky Brown
LB, 6-2, 225
Cincinnati, OH (Elder)

An all-region pick by PrepStar magazine and named to PrepStar's All-Midwest team...made 72 tackles with two interceptions, seven tackles for a loss, one sack and four caused fumbles...a strong safety in high school and projects to be a linebacker in college....as a senior, earned first team Greater Catholic League honors, as well as first team all-Cincinnati, first team all-Southwest Ohio and special mention all-state...as a junior, earned first team all-league honors and was the league defensive back of the year and second team all-Southwest Ohio...had 96 tackles in junior year with 12 tackles for a loss, three sacks and one caused fumble.


Jeff Burns
LB, 6-3, 210
Basking Ridge, NJ (Ridge)

Was an outstanding receiver in high school...had 48 receptions for 767 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior...in his junior year, had 54 receptions for 1,033 yards and 16 touchdowns...projects to be linebacker in college...had 101 tackles in his senior year (47 unassisted)...also added two interceptions and three forced fumbles...was team captain his senior year for head coach Tom Falato...team went 9-3 in senior year and advanced to state championship game - first in school history...named all-region by PrepStar...earned All-Northeast honors from SuperPrep and was named 21st-best prospect in New Jersey by SuperPrep...named 40th-best outside linebacker prospect in the country by Rivals.com...earned all-state honors as a senior...a two year all-conference, all-country and all-state Group II honoree...established school records for most receptions, reception yardage and career touchdown receptions...also earned first team all-area and all-county honors in basketball..born July 3,1983...Jeff and his older sister Liz are the children of Roger and Linda Burns.


Karim El Nokali
QB, 6-4, 205
Pittsburgh, PA (Chartiers Valley)

Completed 130 of 255 passes in senior year in high school for 1,630 yards and 12 touchdowns...also rushed for 300 yards and two touchdowns...in junior year, threw for 1,130 yards...in his sophomore year, was 118 of 250 for 1,489 yards and 11 touchdowns...was named all-region by PrepStar magazine and to all-Northeast team by SuperPrep...was a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette West Top 22 player and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25 selection...all-conference pick...South Hills Almanac MVP.


Jason Lilly
WR, 6-2, 200
Dover, DE (Dover)

Had 20 receptions for 514 receiving yards and six receiving TDs in senior year to go along with 471 yards of rushing on 48 carries for tgree touchdowns...had 416 yards on punt and kickoff returns...as a junior, had 547 receiving yards on 25 receptions for six touchdowns...named all-Atlantic area by PrepStar and to all-Mid-Atlantic team by SuperPrep...ranked eight-best prospect in Mid-Atlantic area by SuperPrep...named seventh-best "athlete" in the country by Tom Lemming...a first-team all-state and all-conference pick...was team captain as a junior and senior...in track, earned first team all-state honors in each of the past three seasons in the 200- and 400- meters and also 4x200 and 4x400 relays...earned high school All-America honors last year in track..was the school's male indoor track and field athlete in each of the past two years and the outdoor selection in 2001.


James Marten
OL, 6-8, 285
Indianapolis, IN (Brebeuf Jesuit)

Named SuperPrep all-Midwest and ranked 49th-best prospect in the Midwest...also named PrepStar all-Midwest...named 27th-best offensive tackle prospect in the country by Rivals.com...two-time all-state pick for Class 3A...a two-time all-county pick...named one of the state's top 33 players by the Bloomington Herald-Times...named to the Indiana Football Coaches Top 50 in 2001...two-time all-county pick.


Shadu Moore
OL, 6-4, 305
Paterson, NJ (Paterson Catholic)

Ranked the 99th-best prospect in the country by Tom Lemming...ranked the second-best offensive lineman in the East by PrepStar...played for head coach Benjie Wimberly at Paterson Catholic...two-time first team all-state player and is also a two-time all-Passaic County selection...a member of PrepStar's Top 125 Dream Team, the publication ranks him the sixth-best offensive line prospect in the country...named the 10th-best prospect in New Jersey by SuperPrep and also named all-Northeast by that publication...SuperPrep also named him to their All-American team... played in the 2002 United States Army All-America Bowl..ranked the 11th-best offensive line prospect in the country by Tom Lemming and the 18th-best offensive guard prospect by rivals.com...team captain...had 78 "pancake" blocks in 2001 and had blocking grade of 96 percent...Omega Psi Phi youth of the year...president of senior class.


Jake Ottolini
DE, 6-3, 230
Dummer, NH (New Hampton School)

Made 50 tackles with 11 sacks on New Hampton team that went 4-4 last season...on offense, had 200 yards of receiving with a pair of touchdowns...named sixth-best prospect in New England by SuperPrep and all-Northeast by SuperPrep...named all-East by PrepStar.


Jeff Ross
RB, 6-0, 190
Lowell, MA (Lowell)

Boston Globe player of the year for Division II in 2001 and earned Boston Herald all-scholastic honors...Lowell Sun player of the year for 2001 and Merrimack Conference MVP...all-state selection who was team MVP...will play in the Massachusetts Shriners' Game...had 27 touchdowns and 166 points as a senior to lead Eastern Massachusetts...captain of footbal and track teams...all-conference performer in track.


Taylor Sele
WR, 6-0, 190
Richmond Hill, NY (Lawrence Academy, MA)

Helped lead Lawrence Academy to an undefeated season...rushed 126 times for 1,524 yards and 24 touchdowns...finished his career at Lawrence with 254 carries, 2,792 yards, and 38 touchdowns...runs a 4.3 in the 40-yard dash and also plays lacrosse.


Jim Unis
DE, 6-4, 225
Gloucester, MA (Gloucester)

Was named the Gatorade state player of the year for Massachusetts...earned All-America honors from USA Today, Parade and PrepStar...ranked the 39th-best prospect in the country by Tom Lemming and also named to his All-America team...played in the 2002 United States Army All-America Bowl and was voted captain of the East team...named to the PrepStar Top 125 Dream Team and was a SuperPrep All-America pick...ranked the second-best prospect in New England by SuperPrep...rated the 18th-best defensive lineman in the country by SuperPrep...was a Rivals.com top 100 player and rated four stars...rated the sixth-best defensive end in the country by Rivals.com...an All-America and All-East pick from PrepStar...was named New England's top prospect by School Sports Magazine...all-scholastic pick by Boston Globe (2000 and '01) and Boston Herald (2001)...two-year all-state selection...a three-time member of Lynn Item all-star team and was the Lynn Item scholar-athlete of the year as a junior and senior...had 115 tackles in senior year to go with 28 tackles for a loss, 11 sacks, three caused fumbles and two fumble recoveries...had 30 quarterback pressures along with three blocked passes...was named conference MVP as a senior and was team MVP and captain...as a junior, helped lead team to Eastern Massachusetts Division III Super Bowl Championship...as a senior, team was undefeated in regular season, but lost in first round of the playoffs...also an outstanding performer in the discus...won state championship as a junior and holds state record...won conference championship in discus as a junior and holds conference record...also is sixth in the country in high school discus.


Alvin Washington
DL, 6-0, 297
Columbus, OH (Watterson)

Named to PrepStar's all-Midwest team...a first team all-state, all-district and all-Catholic league pick...Ohio Division II co-defensive player of the year...selected to play in Ohio North-South game...made 112 tackles in senior year with 13 sacks.


Robert Ziminski
DE, 6-3, 220
Willow Springs, IL (Argo)

Named to PrepStar's and SuperPrep's all-Midwest team...ranked the 34th-best prospect in the Midwest by SuperPrep...played defensive end, offensive tackle and special teams in high school...had 100 tackles and 15 sacks in senior season...had 85 tackles and 15 sacks as a junior...all-metro and all-league pick...selected to play in the Illinois high school all-star game...also an outstanding scholastic wrestler...was 44-2 in 2000 at 275 pound weight class and was third in the state...is 35-0 this season.

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