BC football notebook: Recruiting, coaching changes/additions, Zay Flowers



There’s been some notable news in the past week that hasn’t had a spotlight due to the Bill O’Brien hiring, as here’s all the latest on Boston College football in the past week.

Here’s a recap of all the latest surrounding the program that’s not O’Brien-related.

D-Line coach Oghobaase following Hafley

Boston College defensive line coach Vince Oghobaase is following Jeff Hafley to Green Bay, as he’ll become the Packers’ new defensive line coach with Hafley at the helm of the defense.

Oghobaase originally followed Hafley to BC when Hafley first took over in 2020, though beforehand was the UCLA defensive line coach for two seasons (2018-2019) and a 49ers DL assistant coach for a pair of seasons (2016-2017). Prior to that, he spent time as both a graduate assistant coach at Duke and Ohio State after a standout playing career as a D-lineman for the Blue Devils (2006-2009).

Hafley and Oghobaase share an Ohio State coaching experience while they were also on the 49ers staff together for his Oghobaase’s two seasons in San Francisco (2016-2017) — with Hafley being there from 2016-2018 — so it certainly makes sense why Oghobaase is following him to Green Bay.

Late signing

The second national signing day took place Wednesday, with BC welcoming three-star linebacker Omar Thornton to the Class of 2024. The 6-foot, 195-pounder out of Fort Lauderdale, FL had a big senior year and as it appears BC seems to be his only Power 5 offer.

His 247 Sports page reads: Sun Sentinel Broward 2M-1M Defensive Player of the Year. Transferred into American Heritage from Western for senior season. Totaled 81 tackles (14 TFL), 8 sacks, 2 INT and a FF. Led the Patriots with 7.4 tacklers per game, helping them reach the semifinals of Florida’s 2M playoffs.

Thornton ranks as the 150th linebacker nationally and the 216th best player in the state of Florida. He joins the class of just 13 high school names in BC’s C/O 2024 and is the only linebacker in the class, which includes the 10 names the Eagles have added in the transfer portal.

Flowers under assault investigations

As positive of a time this is for BC football, 2023 first-round pick Zay Flowers who’s coming off of a huge rookie year and a near Super Bowl appearance is currently being investigated for a domestic assualt.

Via NBC’s Pro Football Talk:

The Baltimore County police told the online site it was made aware of an alleged assault in the Owings Mills area on Jan. 21 and the matter is pending.

The investigation of Flowers includes the police department in Acton, Massachusetts, which confirmed to the Banner a domestic violence incident report related to an incident in Baltimore County last month. The Acton police department would not release the report to the Banner, citing state laws of confidentiality between victims and police in cases of domestic violence

Police have not charged Flowers with a crime.”

O’Brien’s first addition to staff

O’Brien’s first addition to BC football’s 2024 coaching staff has reportedly been made, as the Eagles are hiring Flroida Strength coach Craig Fitzgerald. It was first reported by Florida’s On3 affiliate site.

Fitzgerald has plenty of experience with O’Brien, working under him at Penn State before joining him with the Texans from 2014-2017. He then worked for both Tennesee and the Giants before recently taking a short-lived tenure at Florida as the Performance Director.

2020-23: New York Giants (Director of Strength and Performance)
2018-19: University of Tennessee (Director of Football Sports Performance)
2014-17: Houston Texans (Strength and Conditioning)
2012-13: Penn State University (Director of Strength and Conditioning)
2009-11: University of South Carolina (Director of Strength and Conditioning)
2005-09: Harvard University (Director of Strength and Conditioning)
2000-05: University of Maryland (Asst. Director of Strength and Conditioning)
1999: Arizona State University (Graduate Assistant Strength/Conditioning)
1997-99: Catholic University (Director of Strength and Conditioning)

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