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Top RB Chooses BC; Another On the Way?

As I expected after talking to Friendly assistant coach Marcus Berry earlier this week, Patriots RB Josh Haden has committed to play for Boston College. Haden visited the Chestnut Hill campus last weekend and made up his mind on the ride back, his father, Joe, said.

Haden also had been heavily recruited by Florida, where his older brother, Joe, is a freshman defensive back for the Gators. Josh Haden is the third-ranked prospect on my list of the Washington area's top rising seniors.

However, the recruiting process is not yet over for the Haden family. Joe Haden Sr. said that Boston College is also recruiting the youngest of his three sons, Jordan, a rising sophomore, and that Jordan - who already is 5-11 and 195 pounds -- will participate in a camp at Boston College this weekend.

"There's a good chance they're going to offer him," Joe Haden Sr. said.

By Josh Barr  | June 21, 2007; 2:11 PM ET
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Great reporting! I didn't know Joe had been moved to DB. I thought he was going to play WR at FL. Man a third Haden, this is quite the athletic family. Thanks for doing all you do.

Posted by: Tony | June 21, 2007 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Josh:
I read your blog regularly. I am a MD alum and I am disapointed to see quite a few local players going any where BUT Maryland. Almost all of your announced signings are elsewhere. Could you please write an article about this? Thoughts?

Posted by: Paul | June 21, 2007 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Josh:
I read your blog regularly. I am a MD alum and I am disapointed to see quite a few local players going any where BUT Maryland. Almost all of your announced signings are elsewhere. Could you please write an article about this? Thoughts?

Posted by: Paul | June 21, 2007 8:53 PM | Report abuse

As a Fairfax native and a BC alum, I can't tell you how excited I am that Josh Haden is coming to BC. Can't wait to see him in Maroon and Gold!

Posted by: Mike | June 22, 2007 10:45 AM | Report abuse

OK, what's in the water up there at Boston College? Since when does a top player choose someplace like BC over the DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMPIONS??? Who does that? Has the coach contracted Zook-itis? Feels great in February and June, but not so good when you go 2-10.

BC will rue the day they let a real coach like Tom O'Brien go, someone who would work 14 hours per day, seven days per week to overcome all the disadvantages he faced. O'Brien reached their ceiling of 8 or 9 wins each season, with bowl wins over Toledo and Navy. For all that, he had to go to Raleigh to get paid. When did Boston College ever do anything before O'Brien? A school has to know its level, or it gets embarrassed. BC, prepare to be embarrassed.

Posted by: JJ2003 | June 22, 2007 11:42 AM | Report abuse

JJ2003 is definitely Tobias' boyfriend. Without question.

Posted by: Bres | June 22, 2007 12:08 PM | Report abuse

JJ2003 is definitely Tobias' boyfriend. Without question. Your comments don't even deserve a response. It is clearly a joke.

Posted by: Bres | June 22, 2007 12:10 PM | Report abuse

JJ has to be a joke. Is that you Scrush? The ceiling is Navy and Toldeo? Did you forget the success of Coughlin and Bicknell, beating Georgia in a bowl game. O'brian made up the disadvantages, I wont go over everything BC has to offer but TOB didnt get paid becuase it was his ceiling, not the teams, and the administration couldnt wait to get rid of him.

Posted by: Duchesne | June 22, 2007 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Boston College fans are just upset because they let their best coach ever walk away to another school in the ACC. That shows just how much of a joke they are. For all Tom O'Brien did for them, the least they could do would be to congratulate him on his opportunity to secure his retirement. It's maddening to think the winningest coach in Boston College history is treated like a pariah up there. My God, Dad took a team that was mired in a gambling scandal and brought them back to the pinnacle. What more did you want him to do--he can't help it if the other team's safety happens to run for 200 yards or something with a BCS bid on the line. Those things happen.

I will say one thing, Boston College better get serious about building a baseball stadium. They keep losing out on their homefiled advantage because the fans are all out tailgating in the outfield. If they'd build a normal stadium like a real ACC school, then the fans would have no place to go but into the stadium.

Oh well, doesn't matter. When NC State goes up there and bubble screens their way to a win, don't say you were surprised. You heard it here first.

Posted by: JJ2003 | June 22, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

JJ, let it go.

It is a shame you would demean a young man's choice. Especially since it is to a school that plays in a great conference, graduates 100% of its players (BTW-it had a great graduation rate long before TOB got there), and is a very good team.

As for some of you comments, here is one Quote from JJ:

"My God, Dad took a team that was mired in a gambling scandal and brought them back to the pinnacle."

As the quote indicates above, you either are TOB's son/daughter or recognize that your opinions sound so biased that it makes you directly imply you are. Either way, if you are Tom O'Brien's son/daughter or someone who likes to joke he is, that would explain the tremendous bias and inaccuracies in your post.

As for the gambling scandal, well that was in 1996. You know, 11 years ago. When oil was $12 a barrel, Clinton was President and had yet to hook up with Monica, the Pope was Polish, Newt was the Speaker, the Packers were the best team in the NFL, and Josh Haden was 6 years old. Meaning it was a LONG time ago.

As for TOB getting BC to the "pinnacle", I guess we have different views of the definition of "pinnacle". I am pretty sure it means the highest point. That would imply something like a championship at some level. Maybe one in the Big Eat, the ACC, or at least winning the division right? Surely it means more than a trip to Boise.

Another gem from JJ:

"When did Boston College ever do anything before O'Brien? A school has to know its level."

Well, considering you think 1996 was just yesterday and their was nothing preTOB, what can we say. You would have to know your history. Something you have chosen to ignore.

Posted by: themdwithjj'spills | June 22, 2007 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding? BC won 10 games last year, despite the uber-conservative offense that Tom O'Brien permitted Dana Bible to run (Bible was an abject failure in every job he ever had, from Stanford to the Philly Eagles).

O'Brien wouldn't know a 14 hour day if it knocked him in the a**. He didn't out-work folks. He delegated. Some of his staff was good. Others weren't. Some of his staff refused to recruit, and he let it happen. He was a success, but in 10 years, never did what Coughlin achieved in 3. Never achieved the Heights that Bicknell achieved.

O'Brien also felt he couldn't win more than 8 or 9 at BC. A convenient excuse. He couldn't beat Miami and went something like 4-35 against top 20 opponents. Since he didn't believe that BC could be great, he couldn't sell it, and couldn't do it.

TOB was successful to be sure. But he made excuses remarkably similar to yours. Oh yeah. The "gambling scandal?" A couple kids bet $250 on BC. They didnt' start. They weren't contributors. BC came down on the its own program hard. But it was so small-potatoes compared to what's wrong in college athletics as to be laughable.

Oh, and to the idiot poster who mentioned Ron Zook and 2-10. Ain't gonna happen at BC. BC hasn't seen 2-10 in decades.

Posted by: arklj | June 22, 2007 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding? BC won 10 games last year, despite the uber-conservative offense that Tom O'Brien permitted Dana Bible to run (Bible was an abject failure in every job he ever had, from Stanford to the Philly Eagles).

O'Brien wouldn't know a 14 hour day if it knocked him in the a**. He didn't out-work folks. He delegated. Some of his staff was good. Others weren't. Some of his staff refused to recruit, and he let it happen. He was a success, but in 10 years, never did what Coughlin achieved in 3. Never achieved the Heights that Bicknell achieved.

O'Brien also felt he couldn't win more than 8 or 9 at BC. A convenient excuse. He couldn't beat Miami and went something like 4-35 against top 20 opponents. Since he didn't believe that BC could be great, he couldn't sell it, and couldn't do it.

TOB was successful to be sure. But he made excuses remarkably similar to yours. Oh yeah. The "gambling scandal?" A couple kids bet $250 on BC. They didnt' start. They weren't contributors. BC came down on the its own program hard. But it was so small-potatoes compared to what's wrong in college athletics as to be laughable.

Oh, and to the idiot poster who mentioned Ron Zook and 2-10. Ain't gonna happen at BC. BC hasn't seen 2-10 in decades.

Posted by: arklj | June 22, 2007 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Coach O'Brien did a very good job in taking over a program that had taken a turn for the worse and bringing it BACK to the level that it is now in. He was successful, graduated his players and as an alumni I was proud of what he did. With that being said, it was time for him to move on, I wish him the best, but already Jags is a better recruiter and has hired a MUCH better staff.

Posted by: dchondo | June 22, 2007 10:13 PM | Report abuse

JJ2003:
O'Brien brought BC to its pinnacle? Well, maybe you and I differ on what our "pinnacle" is, but as far as I'm concerned, the year BC won the Cotton Bowl, finished #5 in the country, and had a Heisman Trophy winner would FAR outpace anything "Tobias" O'Brien EVER did at BC.

And as far as the "ceiling" argument - that "ceiling" was Tom O'Brien's, not Boston College's. The "limitations" of which you speak are not real limitations - they were just more in a line of convenient excuses that O'Brien used to cover up his own inadequecies. O'Brien always says that BC can never win more than 8 or 9 games because it is a small, private school with high academic standards.

Well, Jim Grobe at Wake Forest did not buy that argument. Wake Forest is an even smaller school with a smaller fan base than BC, and has similarly high academic standards. Yet, Jim Grobe did not sit around and make excuses like Tobias - he took that team all the way to an ACC Championship and a BCS Bowl. If Grobe can do that, then what is O'Brien's excuse? There is no excuse. Grobe took a sledgehammer to O'Brien's "excuses."

BC will have more success with Jagodzinski because Jags BELIEVES in Boston College, something O'Brien never did.
O'Brien was lazy, pessimistic, and miserable. Jags is the opposite. All the things Tobias used as reasons why BC will not win, Jags uses as reasons why BC WILL WIN.

Good luck to your father, and I hope he enjoys his "better fans" down at NC State, but be careful what you wish for, because they will be ALL OVER HIM for things he got away with for a long time here at BC.

Posted by: ForBoston | June 23, 2007 11:13 AM | Report abuse

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