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St. Francis RB Lynch commits to Boston College (with video)

St. Francis coach Jerry Smith congratulates Akeel Lynch as several Red Raiders look on. (Keith McShea/Buffalo News)

St. Francis
running back Akeel Lynch verbally committed to Boston College this afternoon. 

Lynch, a native of Toronto who will be a senior this fall, made the decision in the Athol Springs private school's weight room.

The 6-foot, 1/2-inch, 205-pound Lynch -- who runs a 4.45 40-yard dash -- said he selected BC over Penn State. 

"The offense fits my style, it's the zone offense that we run here," Lynch said. "Also, their ability to move me around [on offense], which I really like. I think what really made the difference were the coaches. They made me feel like I was part of the family. I think that's key in anywhere you go, because after football you got to have people to help you succeed in life."

Other schools to offer Lynch a scholarship included Duke, Cincinnati, Syracuse, UConn, University at Buffalo and Akron.

Lynch played just six games as a junior, missing the final five after undergoing surgery to repair a detached tendon on his left ring finĀger. He still earned a spot on the All-Western New York second team by running for 828 yards on 121 carries for an average of 6.8. He scored a total of 10 touchdowns, including five in one game in a 49-21 win at St. Joe's.

This gives Western New York in general, and the Monsignor Martin Association in particular, two major college verbal commitments for the Class of 2012. Quarterback Chad Kelly of St. Joe's has committed to Clemson. 

I'll have much more after taking part in today's Sully Live video chat.

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Here's some video:

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)


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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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