January 25, 2010

Boone ponders trip to MSU

As the recruiting season winds down, the stock of Saint Cloud (Fla.) wide receiver James Boone is going up quickly. The 6-foot-1, 183-pound Boone committed to Colorado State in December, but is also listening to overtures from southeastern schools.

"I am still committed to CSU and planning on going there, but I took a visit to Middle Tennessee," Boone said. "This weekend I am undecided if I am going to head to Mississippi State or not. I am probably going to figure this out sometime this week. I have a basketball game Friday night so they want me to come in Saturday morning."

Boone has received scholarship offers from Colorado State, Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee and he may also get offered from Mississippi State. Boone said among the bigger priorities for him is finding a college where he won't have to redshirt and can play right away.

"I want to play football next year and not redshirt," he said.

Boone said he had a good trip to Middle Tennessee State, but said he felt Colorado State "stands on top," when compared to the MTSU. He said he is still on the fence about taking a trip to Starkville, Miss., but offered some thoughts on being recruited to the Southeastern Conference.

"First off, they (MSU) play in the SEC and that is a big conference," Boone said. "I don't think I really could (commit to MSU) because I fell in love with CSU and Fort Collins and I love snow. They (MSU) really don't tell me too much. We talk here and there on the phone. I'm interested, but you know...

"On the visit, depending on if I go, they might offer. It is looking like they will. But, you know, I committed to CSU and it would be wrong to change that."

If he arrives in Fort Collins, Boone will add some athletic ability to the position of wide receiver at CSU, thanks to his 4.45 time in the 40-yard dash and a vertical leap of 33 inches. He ended his senior year at Saint Cloud High School with 58 receptions for 1003 yards and rushed 66 times for another 620. He was rewarded for his efforts by being named All-Central Florida and All-State.

Boone said his interest in Colorado State stems from his relationship with Offensive Coordinator Pat Meyer.

"The coaching staff, first off," Boone said when asked what he liked about CSU. "I really like all the coaches and Meyer is like a father to me. He calls me all the time and he is a really cool guy. Every time he comes to Orlando, he makes sure he sees me. He was here yesterday - he and the quarterbacks coach were here, so we went out to eat."

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