Monteroso still committed to BC

St. Clairsville senior wide receiver Dan Monteroso was enjoying a Sunday afternoon dinner with his family when he started getting phone calls and text messages.

Just five days before he helps lead the Red Devils in their quest to bring home the Division IV OHSAA State Football Championship, Monteroso was flooded with media questions concerning his commitment to Boston College.

Recently hired Eagles’ Athletic Director Brad Bates announced Sunday afternoon that Frank Spaziani had been fired as head football coach after four years and a 2-10 campaign this past season.

Monteroso committed to Spaziani and the Eagles’ program in early July and said via text message that he remains solidly committed to the Eagles as of right now.

That could change, however, because Monteroso is awaiting what comes of a meeting between Bates and current Eagles’ offensive coordinator Doug Martin, who was a main reason as to why Monteroso decided to take his talents to Chestnut Hill.

“Right now, I am still committed, but I want to be with Coach Martin,” Monteroso said via text message Sunday evening. “I know he’s supposed to meet with the A.D. (on Monday), so I’ll know more about it after that meeting.”

While Martin and his style of offense were a huge selling point for Monteroso, he was fond of Spaziani, who had been at B.C. for 16 seasons, but owned 22-29 record overall and just a 6-18 mark in the past two seasons.

“I was close with Coach Spaz and I hope he gets a job somewhere else because he’s a great coach and an even better person,” Monteroso said.

The Red Devils’ record-setting receiver, who is coming off a 10-catch, 266-yard, 2-touchdown performance in last week’s state semifinal victory, learned of Spaziani’s firing on ESPN Sunday afternoon.

For the season, Monteroso has caught 59 passes for 1,340 yards and 17 touchdowns.

This entire experience is new for Monteroso as a player, but his father, Jeff, is the defensive coordinator at West Liberty University, so he has a good grasp on how the coaching business works.

Monteroso, who took an official visit to Boston College earlier this month, also had offers from Iowa and Ohio Univ. Ohio State visited St. Clairsville two weeks ago and spoke with him, too, but the Buckeyes didn’t formally offer a scholarship.

National Letter of Intent signing day is Feb. 6, 2013.