December 16, 2009

More Florida flavor coming to CSU

A visit to Fort Collins last week gave James Boone an idea of where he wanted to spent the next four years of his life. A visit to Orlando by Colorado State Head Football Coach Steve Fairchild and Offensive Line Coach Pat Meyer on Wednesday night confirmed it.

The 6-foot-1, 183-pound wideout committed to play football for the Colorado State Rams Wednesday night, making him the 18th known commitment to the Rams.

"Coach Fairchild and Coach Meyer came over and we were just basically summing things up about the program, like where we stand," Boone said. "I got all my questions answered when I took a visit. I fell in love with Fort Collins. The players made me feel like I was at home with all the Florida guys.

"When I told them, Coach Fairchild had a big smile on his face - a huge smile. Meyer was excited too, but I think he kind of knew it was coming."

This season Boone caught 58 passes for 1,003 yards and nine receiving touchdowns. He also ran for 656 yards and nine more scores as a quarterback in the Wildcat offense as he aided his Saint Cloud football team into the first round of the state playoffs. For his efforts, Boone was named All-County and will play in the Central Florida All-Star Game on Dec. 17. Boone holds a 40-yard dash time of 4.45 and has a 3.1 grade-point average to go along with his 19 ACT score. Boone holds scholarship offers from Middle Tennessee State, Western Kentucky and Colorado State.

Boone was in Fort Collins last weekend for an official visit and was impressed by the friendly nature of the fans in Fort Collins. He said he also felt at home with the large numbers of Floridians already on the CSU campus. Marquise Law was Boone's player host for the trip and Boone said it didn't take long for him to make his decision once he got back from Colorado.

"When I came back home, that Sunday in the car ride back home, I was talking to my mom about it," Boone said. "I said this is the place where I wanted to go. I was basically waiting for the home visit to commit. It is a relief. I am happy, my family is happy. My parents feel like it is a great decision that I made. They both thoroughly enjoyed having Coach Meyer and Coach Fairchild over."

While having a number of Floridians on the roster helped Boone, who plans on a major of Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice, make his decision, he said he was also committing to CSU for the fact the depth chart at wide receiver seems wide open.

"It played a big role," Boone said of the two open receiver spots. "The receiver spots are up for grabs. I think I have a chance to go in next year and do some damage on the field. Basically, I am going to have to work for what I get in terms of playing time. I don't plan on redshirting. I plan on playing early."

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