Boston College added a major local recruit to the fold this morning.
Four-star running back A.J. Dillon of Groton (Mass.) Lawrence Academy flipped his commitment from Michigan to the Eagles.
Dillon officially visited Boston College two weeks ago and Michigan over the weekend before electing to stay close to home and play for BC.
In an article he included in the tweet above, Dillon explained his position a bit more in-depth.
Being from Connecticut going to a private boarding school in Massachusetts there was a bit of unease. But Lawrence Academy, Boston, and the rest of Massachusetts have always welcomed me with open arms and have supported me more than just off the field. I look forward to representing the city of Boston, state of Massachusetts, my family and everyone in New London, CT. I believe the Boston College program is on the rise and I feel like there is something to be said about being from here, and being part this movement. I’ve developed great relationships with the coaches and players at Boston College and am excited to be a part of the Eagles family and uphold that BC tradition. #DecideToFly
I’m aware there are a lot of people that aren’t going to agree or understand my decision, but I just ask that you respect that I believe is best for me and my family.”
“My decommitment was truly because of what I thought was best for my future with guidance from my family. I’m thankful for the University of Michigan football program welcoming me with open arms. I decided to commit to Boston College because that’s where I feel that I will be the most successful on and off the field. I feel like I have the chance to be a part of creating something special in this area, especially being from the area. I’ve developed great relationships with the coaches and players and know that I will fit in well and look forward to contribute.”
Dillon, who also plays linebacker, is the No. 18 athlete in the 2017 class according to 247Sports' Composite Rankings.