December 16, 2008
Naples picks BC
When tight end Mike Naples committed to East Carolina in September he believed he had put the recruiting process behind him. For various reasons he decided to take an official visit to Boston College, however, and the visit really shook things up. Naples has had a change of heart and is the newest member of Boston College's recruiting class.
Naples, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound prospect from Somerville, New Jersey, has run the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds and is rated the No. 45 tight end in the nation.
What made him change his mind and switch his commitment from East Carolina to Boston College?
"Well, obviously I was committed to East Carolina," Naples recalled. "When I heard some speculation about coach (Skip) Holtz leaving I wanted to have a backup plan. I knew he declined the Syracuse job but there were still a couple of openings. I decided to visit Boston College to make sure I was making the right choice.
"When I was on my official to BC, I just fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. I always heard it was nice and when I saw it with my own eyes I loved it.
"Coach McGovern recruits me the area here in New Jersey and I have a great relationship with him. I love him. He's a great guy. He made all of this happen by recruiting me.
"As far as coach (Jeff Jagodzinski), I think he's a really good guy. I can't really word it any other way. He's just a good person. He's recruiting great kids and kids I want to be around. I think the team he's assembling over there is going to be fun to be a part of for four years.
One of the reasons Naples feels so confident about the future is he likes how he sees himself fitting into Boston College's offense. How does he see that working out?
"When I was up on the official I met with coach (Don) Yanowsky, the tight ends coach. He brought me into the meeting room and showed me film of this season and seasons before this.
"They have a couple of good tight ends now in Ryan Purvis and Lars Anderson and I was impressed with what they do. They're looking for me to do a lot of the same things. Purvis has a good shot at going pro after this year and I was impressed with that."
Naples went on to say he is solidly committed to Boston College and will not take visits to other schools.
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