Marietta (Ga.) Walton quarterback Ross Applegate has been running into a numbers game over the past few months. Despite impressive camp performance after impressive camp performance, he's been told several times that he's a little bit down a school's list behind several elite national quarterbacks like Jeremy Ricker and Pat Devlin.
But now that Ricker and Devlin are both off the board things could change with several schools and it already has with another even before the two Pennsylvania quarterbacks made up their mind.
"He was at up at Boston College for one of their one-day camps, and he really impressed them," John Applegate, the father of the 6-foot-5, 182-pound quarterback. "They offered him on last Thursday, and we were on a vacation and we told them they need to give us a few days to make a final decision.
"The coaches up there wanted a decision right away, so we're going to go up there on Friday and then have the final decision on Monday. It wouldn't surprise me if he's going to end up committing to Boston College."
The only school that could be a fly in the ointment is Virginia.
"The only school that could cause him to do a double take would be Virginia," John Applegate said. "He really likes Mike Groh. We also have a lake house not too far from there, so if they were to offer it could get interesting.
"He really likes Virginia a lot, but they told they are waiting on other quarterbacks now. Devlin has gone to Miami and Ricker is also off the board and they also liked (Mitch) Mustain. Rick and Devlin are now gone, so maybe that changes things. We're supposed to call coach Groh today and see what he has to say."
But even if UVA does get more heavily involved it might be tough to beat the Eagles.
"There is something to be said about being a school's No. 1 choice," John Applegate said. "It's a great school, great coaches, they're going into the ACC. They think he could redshirt his first year and then come in there and compete for the starting job as a redshirt freshman or sophomore."