|G. CRAAN Scored 24 TDs|
C-C’s Craan bound for Boston College
George Craan took to his knees and prayed when he heard the news.
The Concord-Carlisle running back was on the phone with Patriots coach Mike Robichaud yesterday when he was told Boston College had officially offered him a football scholarship.
“I said ‘Amen’ because I’ve been praying this would happen,’’ said Craan, who announced via Twitter he would be attending BC.
“Without God, this wouldn’t have happened. And to play in front of my family in my hometown - they say there’s nothing better than playing in your hometown. I always wanted to be a BC Eagle since I was a little kid so I’m happy with the decision.’’
Craan amassed 1,800 total yards and 24 touchdowns in his senior season. A two-time Globe All-Scholastic, he helped the Patriots (13-0) finish undefeated when he ran for 122 yards and three touchdowns in C-C’s 42-9 Division 3 Super Bowl victory over Oliver Ames.
BC had shown interest in the 5-foot-10-inch, 205-pound back since last summer when he attended the school’s football camp. But when National Signing Day came and went Feb. 1 without any contact, Craan was set on doing a college preparatory year.
Then BC called last Saturday to re-ignite the recruiting process.
“We thought that boat had sailed,’’ Robichaud said. “It’s a great testament to George that he was able to continue to do the right things in the classroom and stay positive and stay focused.’’
Craan, who intends on enrolling in the Carroll School of Management, was excited about the academic opportunities at the Heights.
“It’s not just a football school,’’ said Craan. “It’s highly respected for its academics. Walking out of BC with a degree is something to be proud of.’’
Before Craan made his announcement on Twitter, he told his mother. Elated, she immediately began calling the family’s relatives in Haiti to share the news.
Craan, a Metco student from Hyde Park, reflected on the efforts he made before his senior season. Determined to be with his teammates as much as possible this summer, he took the commuter rail, then walked or got rides from friends to get to team workouts. If he had extra energy when he got home, he lifted weights at his local YMCA, and ran sprints at Madison Park High School.
“This allows me to see that hard work pays off,’’ Craan said. “Without my team, including my coaches, my [offensive line], my defense, this wouldn’t have happened. It was a group effort.’’
According to Robichaud, Craan is the first Concord-Carlisle product to receive a scholarship from Boston College since quarterback Willie Hicks in 1987. Hicks served as a mentor to Craan during the recruiting process and spoke to Craan before he visited BC’s campus Friday for an admissions interview.
Craan will continue to work out at his local YMCA and at the Acton-based gym CATZ as he looks ahead to his career at BC, where the uniforms will have a familiar look.
“It will feel good to be wearing maroon and gold again,’’ he said.