The Eagles return 16 starters, including 10 on offense. East Forsyth has scored an average of a 29.2 points per game and is led by multi-dimensional quarterback Danny O'Brien, who [Richmond coach Paul] Hoggard claimed has made a verbal commitment to play at the University of Maryland. O'Brien has thrown for 1,508 yards with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions. He is second on the team in rushing with 737 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Hill had already taken official visits to Tennessee (September 19) and Penn State (November 14). How would he compare the Maryland trip to those two?
"The Maryland trip was good but they were all good. All three of them went well. They all showed me the good things that they have to offer. I wouldn't say one trip was any better than the others.
"I talked to Ralph [Friedgen] on Thursday about Tommy. Ralph called me. I don't know what his needs are, but Ralph says, 'We're very, very interested.' I don't know what 'very, very' means. ... Maryland wants him as a safety. He will go as a safety. He doesn't care. He just wants to go to a bigger school. His future may be more as that than a 5-11 quarterback."
ESPN's Bill Conley said of the news, "Boston College picked up a much needed verbal from Oday Aboushi of Brooklyn, New York. He is the third offensive lineman in a class that now numbers nine for 2009. The verbal came as no big surprise since Aboushi has been favoring the Eagles all along."
Hart originally committed to Maryland, but his scholarship was pulled due to academic concerns. He also drew interest from Purdue, South Florida, Central Florida and Middle Tennessee State.