New England tandem gets BC’s 2018 class started


Boston College got on the board in the 2018 football recruiting class earlier this month with a pair of New England commitments. Wide receiver Jehlani Galloway of Classical High School in Providence, R.I., became the first Eagle pledge. The next day, tight end Joey Luchetti of Lawrence Academy in Groton, Mass., came aboard.

The 6-2, 175-pound Galloway led Classical High in receiving in 2016 with 25 catches for 469 yards (18.8 yards per catch) and nine touchdowns. The 2-star prospect will have an opportunity to raise his stock this spring on the combine circuit.

Boston College hasn’t signed a Rhode Island native since 2003. However, the two most recent products of the state turned into stars for the Eagles. Safety Jamie Silva developed into an All-American for the Eagles in 2007. Will Blackmon, who signed in 2002, graduated as BC’s all-time leader in kickoff return yardage. Blackmon has gone on to enjoy a decade-long career in the NFL.

Luchetti is a 3-star prospect. At 6-6, 240 pounds, he will make for a big target for future Eagle quarterbacks. The two-sport star has recorded over 1,000 points through his first three seasons of high school basketball.

Since 2011, Boston College has signed three other players out of Lawrence Academy: defensive tackle Max Ricci, wide receiver Chris Garrison and running back A.J. Dillon. Lawrence Academy coach Paul Zukauskas was an All-American offensive lineman for BC. He later played four seasons with the Cleveland Browns.

Luchetti is a prep teammate of offensive tackle Finn Dirstine and defensive tackle Ryan Betro, two 2018 standouts who hold multiple offers. The Eagles are attempting to compel Dirstine and Betro to join their friend in Chestnut Hill.

BC has adequate depth at receiver and tight end heading into 2017. However, they will be losing as many as 10 scholarship players at the positions after the next two seasons. Galloway and Luchetti will provide youthful speed and playmaking ability.