George Craan commits to BC


Rarely does a high school football player commit to a college before he's offered a scholarship, but that's what happened with Concord-Carlisle running back George Craan.

On Friday afternoon Craan told Boston College assistant coach Sean Devine that if BC make him an offer, he would accept it. BC extended that offer Saturday morning.

“I didn't need any time to think about it,” Craan said. “It was an easy decision. I knew an offer might be on the way. It just took a while to make sure everything was OK with admissions. I told them, 'If I get in, I'm going to go.'”

BC had been flirting with Craan since last summer. Craan drew interest -– but no offers –- from schools like Maine, UNH and Albany, and was prepared to spend next season in prep school. Earlier this month he committed to Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn.

Craan rushed for 1,813 yards and scored 24 touchdowns last season, when he led Concord-Carlisle to a 13-0 record, earning ESPN Boston All-State honors in the process.

ESPN rated Craan as a two-star recruit at running back, and the No. 13 prospect from Massachusetts in the Class of 2012. He's a shade under 6-feet tall, and weighs 206 pounds.

Craan, who won't turn 18 until July, said BC recruited him to play running back. He is scheduled to sign a national letter of intent sometime next week.

“I thought prep school was a done deal,” Craan said. “If a school like LSU offered that would be one thing, but realistically speaking BC was my No. 1 choice. I grew up watching them. I'm happy and everyone around me is happy.”