As we watch the high school classes of 2018, 2019 and 2020 college football recruiting process unfold, it is very interesting which schools offer scholarships to top local high school football prospects and the order in which they do it. Very often you will see Power 5 out of state colleges aggressively offer Massachusetts players ahead of even local Division 1 schools. Class of 2020 running back / linebacker Kalel Mullings from Milton Academy was offered first by the University of Michigan before receiving a local offer from Boston College three days later. Class of 2018 tight end Jay Symonds, Jr. from BB&N received FBS offers from the University of Pittsburgh and Temple prior to receiving an offer from Boston College. The State of Massachusetts produces a significant amount of Division 1 football talent but rarely do the top Mass college teams get in on the local prospects first and keep them from leaving the state. Clemson defensive lineman Christian Wilkins (Framingham High School) and Michigan defensive lineman Maurice Hurst, Jr. (Xaverian Brothers High School) are projected to be two first round NFL draft picks in 2018 and both left Massachusetts to play their college football in South Carolina and Michigan. Top national class of 2017 tight end recruit Alex Marshall from Andover is a Florida State commit who received a BC offer just minutes after he received an offer from the University of Alabama. To be a top college football program you have to be in the lead for the best high school prospects in your own state. Very often it appears that BC only offers a Mass football recruit following the player being offered by an out-of-state Power 5 program as if they have been validated as a Division 1 level recruit. This was the case with Everett’s Lewis Cine receiving an offer from the University of Florida followed by an offer from BC fourteen hours later. St. Sebastian’s class of 2019 linebacker Bryce Gallagher similarly was offered by Northwestern University followed by a BC offer days later. Arlington High School / Suffield Academy class of 2020 wide receiver Jaden Dottin received an offer from UConn before receiving an offer from BC a few weeks later. It appears that the BC strategy is to offer local prospects after they are validated by other power 5 offers. Colleges need to be informed and evaluate local talent so you can offer players like Mullings, Cine and Symonds, Jr. before any other school does to enhance your chances of getting them to commit to your school. Nineteen of the top twenty college football programs last year had rosters full of players from their home states. BC has recovered recently by getting running back AJ Dillon (Lawrence Academy) in their 2017 recruiting class along with Finn Dirstine (Lawrence Academy), Jason Maitre (Everett) and Ryan Betro (Lawrence Academy) committed in their 2018 class. It would be great to see all of the elite Massachusetts football talent stay home at an in-state program such as BC or UMass where they could form the core of a very competitive national college football program.