A growing phenomenon in college football has finally taken hold at BC. Following the lead set by Anthony Castonzo last year, Codi Boek, Donnie Fletcher, Josh Haden, and Max Holloway have all become early enrollees. Sometimes referred to as greyshirting or green shirting, early enrollees are football players who enroll in the second semester and immediately started participating in team workouts and practices.
In addition to having their new players practicing with the team, the program benefits from scholarship flexibility. The scholarship of a player who enrolls early count towards a previous year’s scholarship limit. So for recruiting ranking purposes these four guys will be part of our 2008 class. From the NCAA’s perspective they will be part of our 2007 class.
Why hasn’t BC done this more often? I’ve never been given a good explanation. I’m sure BC had concerns about kids rushing through high school or feared prospective players loading up on bad credits just so they could graduate early. Now many of the elite prospects structure their high school curriculum around graduating early. With so many other schools successfully integrating these athletes, there is no reason BC shouldn’t.
I don’t think this will change the face of the program or give us a competitive advantage. We are just following a trend. Castonzo showed that the added spring practice can be huge difference. Don’t be surprised if all of these guys see the field next year.
My first day as a BC student was a bright, beautiful late summer day in September. These four (two of whom call California and Florida home) are getting a different setting for their first days. Welcome to New England, boys!