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G'town Prep OT Michael Boland putting himself on the map

Michael Boland does not hold any college scholarship offers. That, though, should be changing soon.

After all, it was not until the past few months that the Georgetown Prep junior offensive lineman took football seriously. Until then, he preferred basketball. Football was just something a teenaged boy is supposed to play each fall when he is considerably bigger than his peers.

Following an offseason in the weight room with some newfound dedication, the 6-foot-7 Boland now weighs in at 285 pounds. He shed some baby fat and replaced it with muscle, noting that he has since gained back the initial 20 pounds he lost when first starting to work out.

"Up until [this past] summer, I was just the big kid. I didn't have any skills or anything," Boland said before a recent practice. "I decided I wanted to get in the best shape I could get in and started lifting a lot of weights. That has helped me out a lot."

Boland played defensive tackle last year for the Little Hoyas. This season, he has moved to offensive tackle, where his size and agility stand out. Don't forget, he is the starting center for the Georgetown Prep basketball team and averaged 7.6 points per game last season. Soon, he might start getting some of the attention that teammate Dominic Bryan, a junior running back, is receiving. Maryland and Boston College already have offered scholarships to Bryan.

"You know, big guys are used to pushing [smaller] people around, but now he's playing against guys his size," Georgetown Prep Coach Dan Paro said. 'He's a big kid and he's finally figured out how to play the game. He's athletic. And he's got a little bit of an attitude, which is important on the offensive line."

By Josh Barr  | October 15, 2010; 4:41 PM ET
Categories:  Boston College, Dominic Bryan, Football, Georgetown Prep, Maryland, Michael Boland  
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