The paths of Western New York's top two recruits in the Class of 2012 will cross tonight when four-star quarterback Chad Kelly leads St. Joe's against three-star running back Akeel Lynch and St. Francis in the Monsignor Martin Association championship game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Kelly committed to Clemson and is holding firm to that commitment. Lynch committed to Boston College, but is clearly still on the market.
“Yes he did commit to BC, but that situation seems to be changing,” St. Francis coach Jerry Smith said. “It's real fluid over there. He is entertaining other places. I think BC is still in the mix, but he just wants to make sure that's where he wants to go. He committed so early (last July), and a lot can change during one season.”
Lynch, a 6-foot, 204-pound Toronto native, enrolled at St. Francis before his junior season to gain added exposure. He's run for 1,967 yards and 23 touchdowns on 205 carries this season.
According to Smith, Iowa, Illinois, Connecticut and Arkansas are the other schools Lynch is currently considering. Iowa is scheduled to visit Lynch at his school on Nov. 28.
“Those are the schools that are showing the most interest right now, and they've all offered,” Smith said. “I'm also waiting to get a call back from Michigan, which has shown an interest just in the past couple weeks.”
Lynch also had offers from Syracuse, Penn State, Air Force, Buffalo, Cincinnati and Duke when he committed to Boston College.
“Penn State's situation has caused him to back away from Penn State,” Smith said.
Kelly ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more to help St. Joe's defeat St. Francis 49-20 in last year's championship game. Lynch did not play in that contest because of an injury.