National Signing Day for Boston College Football: Meet the Class

National Signing Day for Boston College Football: Meet the Class

Here is the 2021 Class for Boston College on National Signing Day.

Boston College football head coach Jeff Hafley announced the addition of 25 student-athletes who signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday.

The 2021 recruiting class for the Eagles is currently ranked 39th by 247 Sports, 38th by ESPN, and 34th by Rivals.

The ranking by ESPN is the best in school history for Boston College since their rankings began in 2006. It’s BC’s best showing in the 247 rankings since 2011 and the Eagles’ highest Rivals ranking since finishing 33rd in 2008.

The recruiting class covers 10 states, the District of Columbia, and has an international flavor with one signee from Serbia.

Signee Pos.   Ht.   Wt.   Hometown High School
Shawn Asbury II DB 5-11 185 Stafford, Va. North Stafford
Jaylen Blackwell S 6-2 195 McDonough, Ga. Union Grove
Jalen Cheek DB 6-2 190 Sicklerville, N.J. Winslow Township
Shawn Gates DB 6-0 185 Akron, Ohio Firestone
Jamareeh Jones ATH 6-0 205 Richmond, Va. Highland Springs
Ilija Krajnovic OL 6-8 325 Zrenjanin, Serbia IMG Academy (Fla.)
Connor Lytton K/P 6-2 200 Christiansburg, Va. Radford
Owen McGowan LB 6-1 225 Canton, Mass. Catholic Memorial
Emmett Morehead QB 6-6 227 Woodside, Calif. Episcopal (Va.)
Neto Okpala DE/OLB 6-2 235
Casey Phinney LB 6-1 230 Marshfield, Mass. Noble and Greenough School
Bryce Steele S 6-2 213 Raleigh, N.C. Millbrook (Va.)

THE SIGNEES

Jamareeh Jones

Jamareeh Jones

Athlete • 6-0 • 205
Richmond, Va. • Highland Springs 

Ranked as a three-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN, and Rivals … the No. 22 player in the Commonwealth of Virginia by 247 Sports, No. 22 by ESPN and No. 23 by Rivals … graded as the No. 52 athlete in the country by 247 Sports and No. 68 by ESPN … played quarterback, wide receiver and safety for Highland Springs … served as team captain and helped the team to a 2018 5A state championship … also a member of the track & field team.

Ilija Krajnovic

Ilija Krajnovic

Offensive Line • 6-8 • 325
Zrenjanin, Serbia • IMG Academy 

A three-star prospect according to 247 Sports and ESPN … originally from Serbia but played high school football at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. … listed as the No. 112 offensive tackle in the nation and Florida’s No. 186 recruit according to 247 Sports … rated No. 110 at his position and No. 180 in the Sunshine State by ESPN … versatile athlete who participated in volleyball, basketball, soccer, water polo and mixed martial arts in Serbia … was a middle blocker on Serbia’s U19 volleyball team.

Jaylen Blackwell

National Signing Day Jaylen Blackwell

Safety • 6-2 • 195
McDonough, Ga. • Union Grove

Three-star prospect according to ESPN … rated the No. 132 safety in the country and Georgia’s No. 170 prospect by ESPN … earned All-Region 4-AAAAA and All-Henry County honors as a junior … played running back and safety to help lead Union Grove to the Georgia state playoffs … also a track standout for Union Grove … entered his senior season with 1,048 career rushing yards and 15 touchdowns along with 62 tackles and five tackles for loss and an interception.

Jalen Cheek

National Signing Day Jalen Cheek

Defensive Back • 6-2 • 190
Sicklerville, N.J. • Winslow Township

Rated a three-star prospect by 247 Sports, ESPN, and Rivals … ranked the No. 8 player in the state of New Jersey by ESPN, No. 10 by Rivals and No. 12 by 247 Sports … identified as the No. 43 corner in the country by ESPN, No. 50 by Rivals and No. 60 by 247 Sports … two-time team captain at Winslow Township as a two-way player … earned all-conference as a junior in 2019 … surpassed 40 tackles each of the last two seasons with three total interceptions … Philadelphia Inquirer All-South Jersey honorable mention honors as a junior … played 7on7 for NLG; winning a 2019 national championship.

Connor Lytton

National Signing Day- Connor Lytton

Kicker/Punter • 6-2 • 200
Christiansburg, Va. • Radford 

Three-star prospect by ESPN and Rivals … ranked as the No. 5 kicker in the country by 247 Sports and No. 26 by ESPN … earned all-district and all-region honors at kicker in 2017, 2018, and 2019 … three-time captain at Radford … converted eight field goals in 2019 with a long of 48 yards … spent three seasons (2016-2018) playing for Team USA Football.

Shawn Gates

Shawn Gates

Defensive Back • 6-0 • 185
Akron, Ohio • Firestone 

Rated a three-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN, and Rivals … rated the No. 28 player in Ohio and the nation’s No. 66 cornerback recruit by 247 … Ohio’s second-ranked cornerback recruit according to 247 and ESPN … listed as the No. 29 player in Ohio and the nation’s No. 72 cornerback by ESPN … played cornerback and wide receiver and returned kickoffs for East in 2019 to help the Dragons (7-3, 5-0) win the City Series championship … six interceptions, broke up 14 passes and had four touchdown receptions in 2019 … competed in three sports at Firestone for two years, helping the Falcons win City Series titles in track and field and baseball as a sophomore … his hitting and defense in the outfield helped Firestone finish as a Division I district runner-up in 2019.

Casey Phinney

Casey Phinney

Linebacker • 6-1 • 230
Marshfield, Mass. • Noble, and Greenough 

Three-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN, and Rivals … No. 2 inside linebacker prospect in Massachusetts according to 247, ESPN and Rivals … rated as the No. 6 player in Massachusetts by Rivals, No. 7 by 247 Sports and No. 13 by ESPN … graded as the No. 39 inside linebacker in the country by 247 Sports and No. 48 by ESPN … led the Bulldogs with over 100 tackles as a junior … totaled 101 tackles at middle linebacker while also piling up 1,525 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns for the Bulldogs as a sophomore … two-time team MVP in 2018 and 2019 … earned All-ISL and All-New England honors … played guard for the basketball team.

Owen McGowan

Owen McGowan

Linebacker • 6-1 • 225
Canton, Mass. • Catholic Memorial 

Rated a three-star prospect by 247 Sports, ESPN, and Rivals … ranked as the No. 4 player in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts by ESPN and Rivals and the No. 6 player by 247 Sports … graded as the No. 20 inside linebacker in the country by ESPN and No. 32 by 247 Sports … surpassed 100 tackles in 2018 and 2019 … totaled eight career sacks, seven forced fumbles, and 11 touchdowns as a running back or wide receiver … 2019 Catholic Conference MVP as a junior … earned Boston Globe and Mass Varsity player of the year honors … first-team all-state selection in 2018 … also played basketball at Catholic Memorial … member of the National Honor Society … brother Jack McGowan plays football at Harvard … father Brian McGowan played football at Central Connecticut State … mother played field hockey at Northeastern and served 14 seasons as head coach at Bentley; winning a 2001 national championship.

Shawn Asbury II

Shawn Asbury

Defensive Back • 5-11 • 180
Stafford, Va. • North Stafford 

Rated a three-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN, and Rivals … ranked by 247 as the No. 38 recruit in Virginia and No. 110 cornerback in the country … second-best cornerback in Virginia according to ESPN and the No. 3 cornerback in the state according to 247 … No. 32 prospect in Virginia and the nation’s No. 115 cornerback recruit according to ESPN … earned all-state, all-region, and all-district honors as a junior and senior in 2019 and 2020 … helped North Stafford to back-to-back regional championships in 2019 and 2020 … played three years of basketball with two district titles … member of the National Honor Society.

Bryce Steele

Bryce Steele

Safety • 6-2 • 213
Raleigh, N.C. • Millbrook (Va.) 

A four-star prospect by 247 Sports and ESPN as well as a three-star recruit by Rivals … rated as the No. 11 player in the state of North Carolina by Rivals, No. 21 by 247 Sports and No. 28 by ESPN … graded as the No. 18 safety in the country by 247 Sports and No. 24 by ESPN as well as the No. 34 outside linebacker in the country by Rivals …  didn’t get to play as a senior because the seasons were canceled, first in Virginia where he was going to school, and then in North Carolina when he returned home to Raleigh.

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