November 14, 2011

Eagles are an early favorite

Oakdale (Conn.) Montville defensive tackle Jacob Basilica spoke with earlier this month and told us that Boston College was one of the schools showing a good bit of early interest. Over the weekend Basilica took an unofficial visit to BC. How did the trip go?

Basilica, a 6-foot-4, 320-pound defensive tackle, is one of the region's top juniors at his position so he's been on BC's radar for a while.

How did the visit go for him?

"It went very well," Basilica explained after returning home. "I was really happy I was able to see them win. It was a really cool experience being able to go on the sideline before the game. It was pretty exciting."

Basilica has been to BC several times before, actually. He has attended a couple of camps and has been to multiple games now.

"At the end of the game they took us into the locker room and we got to say hi to the coaches," he said.

"BC is a school I'm very interested in. I love the campus. I think it's absolutely gorgeous. All the coaches are great guys and they treated me very well. The football program has obviously been one of the greatest in history and when you couple that with the education I just love it."

Basilica has been to a camp at UConn as well and he said the Huskies impressed him, too.

"I thought it was, again, a very nice school. I loved the coaches. They were very respectful and obviously good guys. I thought the facilities were amazing. Again, the education and the football combined is what makes it a great place."

Basilica is leaning towards studying something related to business but hasn't thought that through all the way yet.

He's hoping to visit Notre Dame and Rutgers at some point.

"If Rutgers invites me up there I'd love to go see them," he said. "Notre Dame, that's just one of the most historic teams in college football. That would be awesome, too."

Montville has one game remaining in their season and that will be played the day before Thanksgiving. That's the Mayor's Cup, an annual contest against St. Bernard's, their crosstown rival.

Basilica is satisfied with how he has performed so far this year individually.

"I feel like I've done pretty well but there's always room for improvement," he said. "I'm going to keep working in the offseason. As a team I think we're getting better."

Basilica missed a good bit of action because of an injury this year but it's nothing that's expected to have long-term consequences.

He has been playing left tackle most of the year but has also seen action at both guard spots and right tackle. On the other side of the ball he plays on the inside of the line.

"I would say I'm good at providing a little guidance here and there," Basilica added. "I'm good at getting some of the younger guys where they need to be."

What is Basilica looking for in a college?

"Education's really big because my grades are really important to me and always have been," he noted. "I've been working on my grades all my life. I would love to go to a school that's Top 25 in the nation in academics just in case football doesn't work out. It's something to fall back on."

While Basilica wouldn't list one or two schools that stick out above the competition it's fairly obvious, given how much time he has spent at BC, that the Eagles are near the top of his list.


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