Canandaigua (N.Y.) Academy offensive lineman Ryan Poles has all the accolades. He's the No. 40 player in the country overall, the No. 3 offensive tackle in the country and a Top 10 player in the Atlantic East 100. He also has a new home.
"I committed to Boston College last night," said the 6-foot-5, 290-pounder. "I have nothing against any school because I liked a lot of them, but when it came down to it BC is where I felt at home."
Poles, who visited Boston College and Georgia on official trips, had a tough choice to make.
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"Georgia was really great and there were people there who knew who I was, calling my name and telling me I should become a Bulldog," he said. "It was a great experience, but I just felt that BC had everything I wanted.
"I felt that BC was strong in both their coaches personalites and great academics and I can fall back on my degree if I don't make it to the next level."
Poles also wanted to note that the legacy at Boston College had nothing to do with his decision.
"My choice has nothing to do with where my father went even though I think it's cool I can go to the same school as he did," he said of his father, Junior Poles who played at BC in the early 1980s. "But just becasuse he went there had no affect on where I'm going."
Poles, who also had offers from programs like Tennessee, Penn State, Pitt, Syracuse, Maryland and others, wants to play left tackle in college.
"I'd like to end up there, but I know BC will play me at guard and tackle at first so I can learn both. I can't wait to get started."