Family key in Drew Barksdale's BC verbal

Athlete Drew Barksdale (Solon, Ohio/Solon) might live in Ohio, but he has deep roots in Boston. So the three-star Boston College commit is not ready to jump ship yet.

Boston College fired coach Frank Spaziani on Sunday, putting into question the level of commitment of the Eagles' verbal pledges now that Spaziani is gone.

One player it does not appear Eagles fans will have to worry about yet is Barksdale.

"I know it's kind of early on, but I stand strong with my commitment. I still stand very strong with BC," he said Sunday night. "I liked Spaziani but I chose the school not only for him but its academics and top-tier football."

Barksdale said his family was preparing for the move, so he is not surprised by the news.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Barksdale grew up in the Boston area, which has a lot to do with his loyalty to the program. His mother graduated from Northeastern and his father graduated from Harvard and did his medical residency in Boston.

Barksdale did not move to Ohio until the seventh grade.

"I have heavy ties there. My mom lived there her entire life. Her parents are there. My dad went to school there," Barksdale said. "That played a huge factor."

Earlier this month, Barksdale took his official visit when the Eagles suffered an overtime loss to Virginia Tech the weekend of Nov. 16.

"I really enjoyed myself at the game and liked the atmosphere even though they lost," he said. "Playing against top teams week in and week out in the ACC, those were all factors."

Air Force, Akron and Ohio also offered Barksdale.