Worcester (Mass.) St. John's defensive tackle James McGillicuddy recently fell out of the Rivals100 but still remains the No. 9 defensive tackle in the country. Ironically, he received two more offers the same week he fell.
"My goal is to get back on the Rivals100, so I'm going to have a monster senior season," said the 6-foot-4, 289-pounder. "I just got offered by Stanford and Rutgers and some more offers should be coming soon."
The Cardinal and Scarlet Knights join Duke, Boston College and Syracuse as teams of interest who have offered McGillicuddy. He's been asked 100 times why he doesn't have more offers.
"It's frustrating," he laughed. "I talked to Ohio State, Notre Dame and a few other schools like Rutgers and Stanford that didn't know I played at the St. John's in Worcester.
"There's a St. John's in Danvers, Mass. that produces a lot of DIA kids and my school doesn't. Everyone sent stuff there. My NIKE Camp invite went there at first, I'm sure there a ton of mail there and who knows what else? I'm even listed as being from that school on another website and it's August. It's crazy."
McGillicuddy stood out at the Elite College Combine and at the NIKE Camp at State College, Pa., both in May.
"I talked to some coaches who didn't even know I was there," he laughed. "There are so many players at each event that it's tough to see them all I guess."
The big tackle visited Duke, Notre Dame and Boston College this summer.
"Duke really rolled out the red carpet," he said. "They really showed how much they wanted me. BC is really recruiting hard as well and were pretty much the first big school on me. Notre Dame said they wanted to see a scrimmage and game tape to see if my knee (injured at a combine) is 100-percent before they do anything."
McGillicuddy likes both of the new schools who have offered as well.
"Rutgers is an up-and-coming program and I could probably play early there I think," he said. "Stanford has great academics and the weather is supposed to be great out there."
McGillicuddy will set up his official visits soon and would like to take all five if he can.
"I think they're an important part of the process," he said. "I want to meet players, coaches and see the schools up close."
A few new schools have recently jumped in the mix without offers.
"Tennessee just got my film and they want me to come down to a game to check things out. I spoke to coach Michael there. Ohio State is also very interested now."
So who are his favorites?
"Stanford, Duke, Boston College, Tennessee and Rutgers are my five favorites," he said. "Those are the ones that stand out now."