Cardinal O'Hara's Thaddius Smith, a quick-footed junior wide receiver and defensive back, orally committed to play at Boston College in a Monday afternoon news conference.

"I like everything about the school - the academics, the city, the campus, the coaches," the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder said. "Coach [Steve] Addazio recruited me the hardest of anybody."

Smith, a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, chose the Eagles over runner-up Temple. He also had interest from James Madison, Massachusetts, Rutgers, Toledo, and Villanova.

The 17-year-old from Aldan is projected to be a slot receiver in college.

"I think it suits me the best," he said. "With my speed and athleticism, I'm confident about making plays in the open field."