- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Three-star Solon (Ohio) athlete Drew Barksdale was one of the first Boston College commitments to reaffirm his pledge following Frank Spaziani's removal, and he is now one of the first to voice his approval of new coach Steve Addazio.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Barksdale was surprised to see Addazio get the job, but that is no indictment on the hire.
"I am definitely surprised because I didn't see his name mentioned often as one of the top candidates for the job," Barksdale said. "However after looking into it, I feel that Coach Addazio is a great fit for BC, and I'm very excited to be there next year."
Barksdale has a strong bond to Boston College as both his parents spent several years in the area.