The Akeel Lynch story is playing out liked he hoped it would when he came to St. Francis. Lynch who is from Toronto and wanted to earn a Division 1-A scholarship so he spoke to his mom and St. Francis coach Jerry Smith and together they made it happen.
Lynch announced his choice early Friday afternoon at St. Francis. "It was between Penn State and Boston College. I talked to my family, I talked to my coaches, my teammates, I chose Boston College. The offense they use, fits my style, the zone offense we run here its easier to go to college and do that. Also, their ability to move me around which I really like. I think what really made the difference was the coaches. Kind of made me feel like part of the family and I think that's very key anywhere you go because after football you have to have people to help you succeed in life. "
Lynch added "I kind of wanted to set the path for other Canadians. With the right coach, the right team, anything is possible."
Despite playing just six games in his junior year Lynch carried the ball 121 times for 828 yards and 10 touchdowns. He caught 12 passes for 198 yards and a touchdown. Lynch tore to top tendon off on his left ring finger against Cardinal Mooney and missed the remainder of the season last year.
Lynch thanked his teammates, offensive lineman and head coach Jerry Smith for giving him the chance to play at St. Francis and of course he thanked his mom.
Red Raiders head coach Jerry Smith said "I know the whole school is very enthusiastic about Akeel's decision. Its great that a young man can pursue his dream and actually see it come to the forefront. Despite only playing six games last year his talent really came through on film."
Smith had this advice for Lynch "just keep doing what you're doing and being the type of person you are. He's got nothing but success written all over it. The type of person he is, the type of leader he is, he's not a big rah rah guy he's more of a guy that's just going to do it. He just turned 17 a short time ago so he's got a huge, huge upswing that we're all looking forward to doing. "
While Lynch will play tailback at Boston College in high school coach Smith used on both sides of the ball. He played tailback and slot reciever on offense and safety and outside linebacker on defense. Coach Smith told Two On Your Sides Stu Boyar "basically he can do anything he wants. I could have put him on the offensive line and he would have done a great job for us. "
Lynch had offers from Boston College, Penn State, Duke, Cincinnati, Syracuse, U*Conn, Buffalo and Akron.