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Milano says he's committed to Boston College

by Rob Mixer / Columbus Blue Jackets

PHILADELPHIA -- The Plymouth Whalers (OHL) own Sonny Milano's Canadian junior rights, but it does not appear that he'll be wearing their jersey this fall.

Originally recruited by Notre Dame - Milano committed and then de-committed from the Fighting Irish - Boston College and legendary coach Jerry York swooped in and persuaded him to sign on in Chestnut Hill. There had been a few reports that Milano would reconsider his commitment to Boston College if his drafted team preferred otherwise, but Milano said tonight that he's planning to go to college.

"When you see players like Johnny Gaudreau go there and have success, it kind of gives you hope of the same success," Milano said. "BC was my dream school."

Milano said the decision to switch from Notre Dame to Boston College was purely a personal decision, one that helped him stay a little more local to his Long Island roots. Milano had nearly 50 family and friends in attendance at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday night, and they were ecstatic to see him go 16th overall to Columbus.

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said after the first round that his understand was Milano remains committed to Boston College, but that they would sit down and talk about all of his options in the near future.

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