Growing up in the shadows of Boston College, Arthur Lynch always imagined someday playing for the Eagles. So when the North Dartmouth (Mass.) High School prospect received an early offer from BC, he thought his dreams had come true. Little did he know.
“I grew up watching BC football,” Lynch said. “Ever since I can remember I’ve wanted to go there, play for the home town team. I got the offer from them really early. I think it was my second offer. I was so excited. It was like I’d been waiting for it my whole life and now my dreams were coming true.
“I had already taken a couple unofficials (visits) there and got a chance to meet the coaches and the players and felt really comfortable with everybody,” he said. “Coach (Jeff) Jagodzinski was really outgoing and seemed to have a great connection with his players. I left thinking I could definitely see being a part of this team.
“My family really liked BC too,” said Scout.com’s No. 5 tight end. “A big thing for me was distance. I wanted to stay close to my mom. I felt like she didn’t want me to go too far away.”
Lynch thought he’d seen all he needed and ended his recruiting experience early, committing to the Eagles during the first week of May. “I had taken my official and after talking with my family, decided I wanted to commit,” he said.
“I called up Coach Jags and he was really happy when I told him. Something didn’t feel right though. I didn’t feel comfortable. I didn’t have that feel of peace that I was expecting. I just felt like I’d been pressured by the coaches to make a quick decision and I might have jumped the gun. I hadn’t taken any other visits and I felt that I should at least check out a couple of places.
“The BC coaches were almost mad when I told them,” he said. “It felt like they were giving me an ultimatum, like it was my visit or BC, not both.”
Lynch admits that it was Georgia’s recruiting style that made him first take notice of the Bulldogs. “Georgia offered me pretty early too, but I didn’t know anything about them,” Lynch said. “At first, that was an issue for sure. Coach (John) Lilly came up and visited me and it was really cool. There was no pressure with them. I felt like they wanted me, but weren’t trying to sell me a used car.
“When I took my first trip to Georgia , I fell in love with everything about it,” he said. “It was so not what I expected. The campus was beautiful. It looked like an Ivy League School. The people were just so great. I got a chance to get to know the coaches and some of the players and just immediately clicked with everyone. And there was no pressure. Everyone was just so easy-going and nice.
“Athens was the biggest surprise,” he said. “I thought it was going to be this little town, but it wasn’t. It was really cool. I just felt I wanted to be a part of it all. It was so different to BC, I couldn’t believe it.”
Depth was another factor that attracted the 6-5, 245-pounder. “They were recruiting me for tight end (as opposed to defensive end), which is where I want to be and there’s not a lot of depth at tight end right now, so I’d have a good chance to compete right away. I really liked that fact.
“Once my mom saw the campus, she loved it,” Lynch explained. “I got her blessing and that was it. That was all I needed to hear. I called up Coach Lilly and told him I was coming to Georgia. As soon as I committed to Georgia, I felt at peace. It was great.”