Defenseman Stephen Davis out of Hingham became the first 2002 birthdate to commit to BC yesterday afternoon. As you might expect, there is not much information floating around the internet with regards to fourteen year old hockey players but Davis is considered the type of skater that could develop into a star down the road. When recruiting this level, the staff isn't looking at where players are at now as much as they are trying to project where the prospects will be three years down the road. According to those who have seen have him play, Davis is a good sized defenseman with high end speed. Last summer, the US Hockey Report scouted Davis at Harvard's prospect camp and wrote that he "has size and the requisite tools, it will be interesting to see how he develops."
SB Nation College Hockey's Jeff Cox spoke to Davis' junior coach and former Maine Black Bear, Tim Lovell, who described the 02 as a kid he expects to morph into a top end NCAA and NHL prospect down the road. Lovell added that Davis, "sees the ice well, is great defensively, and has improved in the puck handling department."
I don't believe any coaches in college hockey actually want to begin recruiting kids at this age but as soon as one program does it, the others will begin to follow in fear of falling behind. Teams such as Vermont and Notre Dame got the ball rolling so expect BC to try and put an emphasis on securing a couple of verbal commitments from the 01 and 02 age groups before summer comes to a close.