June 29, 2009

R100 visitor loves BC

One of the nation's top prospects, a member of the Rivals100, was on the Boston College campus Saturday to check things out. This had been a trip he had long been wanting to make and he came away very impressed with the area, coaches and atmosphere. Who is it?

Philadelphia (Pa.) George Washington defensive tackle Shariff Floyd, a 6-foot-3, 294-pounder who is ranked 4th in the nation by Rivals.com at his position and is ranked as the No. 91 prospect overall in the nation, took a visit to Chestnut Hill.

"I really liked it," said Floyd, who took the trip with friend and fellow 2010 recruit Malik Stokes. "It's a very good defensive school, the defense has been good for years, the coaches are cool and I got to meet a couple of the players. I toured the campus and checked everything out and I came away impressed."

Floyd especially hit it off with BC defensive line coach Jeff Comissiong.

"We got alonge almost too well," said Floyd. "We are very much alike and I like the way he doesn't promise anything. Most schools promise you this and that but with coach Comish it wasn't like that. He knows what I can do, but until I come to BC to do it he doesn't really worry about it. But he also knows if I go there he can coach me up."

BC put B.J. Raji and Ron Brace in the top 40 picks of the NFL draft this past April, something not lost on Floyd.

"It shows good coaching," he said. "Those guys weren't heavily recruited out of high school but by the time they left BC they were NFL ready. That's impressive to me. I also want to go to a school where I can be a star and not just another player and BC is only taking one defensive tackle this year and I think it's a place I could stand out."

His visit to BC puts the Eagles squarely in his top five heading into a July trip to see Miami, Florida and Florida State.

"I'm interested in seeing how those schools are, but I honestly prefer the cold weather," he said. "Cold weather is football weather, but I want the best fit for me so that's not a big factor. But if I can find it where it's cold, that's a bonus."

Floyd said that BC joins two schools for sure in his top five.

"They are right there with Penn State and North Carolina," he said. "I really don't know who the other two in my top five would be, but I should know more after my trip to Florida in July."

For now, he hopes to get back to Boston during the season.

"If I can get back, I will," he said. "It was a very good first visit."

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