The cramped office of legendary Birmingham (Mich.) Brother Rice head coach Al Fracassa is adorned with pictures of former players who went on to play college football. Class of 2012 running back Devin Church hopes to be on that wall one day, and he moved closer to that goal last week.
Fracassa has been the head coach at Brother Rice for more than 40 years, and in that time he has sent dozens of players to the Division 1 ranks. One of those was former NFL tight end and Boston College Eagle Pete Mitchell. Now, Church has the opportunity to follow in Mitchell's footsteps after receiving an offer from Boston College running backs coach Ben Sirmans.
"I had first met the coach when he came up to the school, and we kept in contact with each other through email," Church said. "He asked me to call him one day, and when I called him he told me over the phone that they had offered a full scholarship.
"When you get that first offer, you are always excited. I was excited, my parents were excited and my whole family was excited. The first offer I was expecting to be a MAC school. The ACC is big-time football, so I am really excited."
The next step in the process for Church is to make a visit to Boston College's campus, and he has set a tentative date for this spring with Sirmans.
"I think April 8 is the date we agreed upon, so I will probably be going out then for a visit," Church said. "I'm just going to be out there, I guess, meeting the coaches and walking around the campus."
Besides Boston College, Church has also been hearing from the likes of Northwestern, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Toledo. He plans visits to several of those schools in the coming weeks.
"I am going to Bowling Green this Saturday," Church said. "I talked to the Northwestern coach and he said he wanted to get me out for a spring practice, but I don't have a date yet. I'm going to be going out to Toledo on March 19."
As a junior, the 5-8, 175-pound Church played all over the field for Brother Rice. He rushed for over 600 yards and seven touchdowns from the running back position and totaled more than 300 yards as a receiver with three touchdowns. He also played cornerback and finished with 28 tackles and a few pass deflections. Boston College is looking at Church as an athlete prospect at this stage of the process.
"The running backs coach is recruiting me, but he said running back and maybe a little bit at DB," Church said.