The ACC/Big East fiasco hasn't hurt the Boston College recruiting efforts as the Eagles landed a standout cornerback on Wednesday.
"I committed to coach Willis yesterday," said 5-foot-11, 175-pound cornerback Andre Jones from Forestville, Md. "I always liked Boston College and I wanted to get things over with early. It came down to BC and Syracuse but I visited BC in April and really fell in love."
Jones had offers from BC and Syracuse as well as Kent State, but his coach thinks more were coming.
"Michigan just called for tape and North Carolina and Virginia told me they were going to offer," said Forestville head coach Charley Harley. "He's one of the best pure athletes in the state of Maryland. He led our team in rushing as a sophomore, in receiving as a junior and had five interceptions on defense. He can do it all."
Harley says Jones is a natural cornerback at the next level.
"He has great instincts and changes direction very well," he said. "He was one of the most impressive kids at the Virginia Tech NIKE Camp."
Jones, who has a 33-inch vertical and ran a 4.29-second shuttle at NIKE, met a couple of players at BC on his visit.
"I met Josh Ott who is from this area and Derrick Knight, the running back," he said. "I also really like coach (Keith) Willis."
And did the whole ACC/Big East situation make him think twice.
"At first I made a big deal out of it, especially since my two favorites were both left out," he said. "But then I thought about it and decided I just want to play football and get an education, and BC is a great place for that."