Offensive tackle Pat Sheil has been one of the most highly recruited lineman in the Class of 2005, holding offers from several of college football's top programs. He's made his decision and doesn't plan on looking back.
"I committed to Boston College today," said Sheil. "I just felt that they offered me the best opportunity in terms of academics and football. Boston is like a second home for me. I have family near the Cape and in the New York area, and I grew up around Long Island. So the location couldn't be better."
The 6-foot-6, 265-pound tackle from Clifton (Va.) Centreville has quickness, great upper and lower body strength and plenty of room to grow.
"Boston College is like O-Line 'U' so I know I'm going to develop a lot up there," he said. "Then I got to thinking a lot about things other than football. One of my coaches told me to totally take football out of the equation and just consider what my life will be like outside of that. I feel like I knew then that Boston College is the right place for me."
Sheil was seriously considering schools like Georgia, Virginia and Virginia Tech before verbally committing to BC, and he also had offers from schools like Miami, Oklahoma, Florida and Notre Dame among others. He's rated the No. 4 overall prospect in Virginia and is the nation's No. 16 offensive tackle.