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Monday, January 28, 2013
New BC commit Walsh familiar with Boston

By Jared Shanker

When James Walsh (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman) flipped to Boston College from Ohio on Saturday, it seemed as if the 2013 quarterback was moving further away from his family. He will actually be closer.

Walsh’s father lives and works in Boston, so he will be closer to his family there than if he were to play in Athens, Ohio, which is about a two-hour drive from his hometown. Walsh was committed to Ohio since June.

“I never expected to decommit. I really didn’t. I was really looking forward about going to Ohio, especially being someone who lives in the state,” he said. “But I have ties to Boston. I have just as much a tie to Boston as Ohio. I’m going to be even closer to family at Boston College than Ohio.”

New Boston College coach Steve Addazio was recruiting Walsh, ranked No. 37 nationally among dual-threat quarterbacks, while he was still coaching at Temple. The Owls were close to offering after Walsh attended the Owls’ camp, but he committed to the Bobcats shortly thereafter.

The two parties got back in touch two weeks ago and Walsh visited the weekend of Jan. 18. The visit ended without an offer, however. The coaches finally called Saturday to let Walsh know there finally was an offer for him, and he committed an hour later.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Walsh believes he is a good fit for what Addazio wants to do offensively.

“I know they’re big into having a dual-threat and running the read option; that’s what I’ve done the past four years. It’s a big part of my game,” Walsh said. “When they showed me a lot of things I plan to do, I have done most of the things or some form of it.”