The Boston College football program is known for producing quality offensive linemen. The Eagles just added to that reputation with their latest commitment.
"I committed to BC on Friday," said 6-foot-8, 285-pound offensive tackle Justin Tougas. I just felt very comfortable around the coaches and I spoke to coach Horton the other day and felt he was the kind of guy I wanted to play for."
Tougas, who chose the Eagles over offers from Pitt, Syracuse, Michigan State and others, had narrowed things down to BC and Notre Dame.
"I saw that Notre Dame had a lot of offers out there and I wanted to commit early," he said. "I also thought about it more and more and decided that even if Notre Dame offered, BC was where I wanted to go."
Tougas runs the 40-yard dash in 5.1 seconds and was a first-team all-state selection as a junior. He is also an outstanding wrestler, finishing as a state runner-up in 2002. He's ready to work on the 2004 recruiting class for the Eagles.
"I'm hoping some other recruits will see that I committed and want to come play with me at BC," he said. "I'd like to work on some other linemen and some of BC's top targets like Brian Toal and others."
Tougas was recruiting by coach Lempa at BC and raves about the job the Eagles staff did.
"They didn't mess around," he said. "They were honest, straight-forward and told me how much they wanted me. I liked that approach."
His coach, Pat Lilac, thinks the Eagles are getting a special player.
"Justin is such a great athlete for his size and I think the wrestling helps that," he said. "He's very agile and nimble for a big guy, he'll be a very good tackle in college."