LINCOLN — Oseh-Lie Saine is officially a member of Boston College’s football program. In the eyes of the 2013 Lincoln High graduate who signed a pretty important document Wednesday, it’s a significant step that runs the gamut of emotions.
“It feels really, really good,” a clearly jubilant Saine expressed when reached later the same day. “It’s a day I’ve been waiting for a long time and for it to finally come, it hit me (Tuesday night) and I was just like, ‘wow.’ Signing that paper just felt great. It’s real and I think I’m still on cloud nine.”
Saine was one of 30 signees to send off National Letters of Intent to Boston College. The ACC school lists the former Lion as a 6-foot-4, 264-pound defensive lineman. It’s a position that came to define his on-field efforts last fall at Worcester Academy. Saine is presently attending the prep school in a postgraduate capacity.
“Boston College is going to get a strong, aggressive kid that has so much upside,” said Tony Johnson, head coach at Worcester Academy. “I just think the world of the kid.”
The decision Saine made to head to Worcester upon receiving his diploma from Lincoln High helped to initiate his relationship with Boston College.
“Coming to Worcester Academy really helped open a lot of doors for me in addition to playing against better competition,” Saine explained. “Not many people knew about me back when I was in Lincoln.”
An important development occurred not long after Johnson saw Saine on the gridiron for the first time for Worcester Academy. At Lincoln, Saine was noted as an aggressive linebacker who possessed the necessary closing speed that made it next to impossible for ball carriers to escape his clutches.
Johnson projected Saine as a player who was better suited to play with his hand on the ground and closer to the ball. Judging by the stout numbers he put up in three games for Worcester Academy – he recorded 26 tackles, including 11 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, and seven sacks – Saine felt right at home on the defensive line.
“When I switched to defensive end, everything came naturally to me,” said Saine.
Echoed Johnson, “He’s got a great wingspan and a great takeoff. His first and second steps are excellent. He’s just naturally strong.”
Boston College came calling after Saine’s first game for the Hilltoppers. Just to reaffirm that the program’s offer of a full athletic scholarship was legit, BC defensive coordinator Don Brown and defensive line coach Ben Albert showed up one day at a Worcester practice.
“They loved my explosiveness and get-up speed along with my relentlessness around the ball,” said Saine when asked what kind of feedback he received from the BC coaching staff. “Coach Brown and Albert were always in contact with me. They would just call to talk.”
“He was so good in the games he played that a couple of coaches asked, ‘Where is this kid going?’ BC caught wind of that and once they came to practice and saw him in person, they were just wowed,” Johnson recalled.
The scholarship package was real and authentic by the time Oct. 19 rolled around, a day that saw Saine break his clavicle. He missed the last three games of the Hilltoppers’ season before undergoing surgery shortly before Thanksgiving. The rehab has yielded encouraging returns to the point where Saine expressed confidence at the prospect of joining the outdoor track team as a weight thrower and a sprinter.
“I want to work on my speed,” said the youngster. “I plan on everything being smooth sailing by the time June rolls around.”
Saine’s official visit to Boston College took place in mid December. It was the only one he ended up making, which was more than fine for someone who harbored deep visions of someday suiting up for the Eagles. UMass Amherst and Temple also pursued him.
“Boston College is the local team. When they offered back in October, I was like, ‘This is really happening,’” Saine expressed.
While he’s yet to set foot on BC’s campus in an official capacity, Saine has already begun to entertain serious thoughts as to what field he plans to explore as an undergraduate.
“I’m a big guy who plays sports, but I actually keep up with sports. I’m looking at sports marketing or sports management,” he said. “I don’t know exactly what it’s going to be in the future, but hopefully it’s something to do with sports.”
In terms of whether he’ll become an instant contributor for Boston College or end up redshirted, Saine chuckled when the scenario of him possibly chasing decorated Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston next season was mentioned.
“I plan on being a dominating figure for them,” Saine noted.
Saine becomes the fourth member of Lincoln High’s 2013 graduating class to receive a Division I athletic scholarship. The list includes Nick Zammarelli (baseball, Elon University), Lindsay Mayer (softball, University of Virginia) and Emily Bouthillette (softball, Bryant University).
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