January 30, 2010

Meet The Class of 2010: James Boone

While there is a concern whenever you ask a prospect to move halfway across the country to go to college, the Colorado State coaches can take solace in the fact this fall won't be the first time that Saint Cloud (Fla.) wide out and future Colorado State Ram James Boone has moved.

"I am from New York, but it is not the greatest place to live in the area I was," Boone said. "Grandma moved to Florida when I was about five. I continued living in New York, but my mom knew it was a bad environment so she moved me to Saint Cloud with my grandmother in about seventh grade."

Boone said he didn't take to the area right away and ended up back in New York for a year, but ended up in Florida with his mom and grandmother as an eighth grader.

Colorado State fans are looking forward to the day when Boone brings his 4.45 speed in the 40-yard dash and hands that accounted for 1,003 receiving yards a year ago to Fort Collins.

The 2009 high school football season saw Boone collect 1,003 yards receiving and another 656 on the ground. In all, Boone managed 18 touchdowns all together. He was named First Team All-Central Florida, First Team All-State and participated in the Central Florida All-Star Game.

Boone managed 113 yards receiving and another 29 on the ground against rival Osceola High School. Boone admitted those numbers were helped by the absence of fellow Ram commit Shaquille Bell, who was out with the flu. Boone said he and Bell will get along just fine once they get to Fort Collins, but admitted to barking at Bell before their game last fall and offered a dig for the future.

"He'll probably be upset that I will be scoring touchdowns on him in practice, but we'll be fine," Boone said.

Boone said he had scholarship offers from Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee State and CSU. Boone committed to Colorado State in mid-December after visiting the Fort Collins campus before Christmas. He has since been getting interest from Mississippi State.

"Basically, my visit played a big role," Boone said when asked why he committed to CSU. "(CSU Offensive Coordinator Pat) Meyer played a big role in it too. They are the first Division I school to offer me back in May. Ever since Meyer came in May, he offered me on the spot. He has kept up with me and that was a good thing on his part because now I am committed. I am more comfortable with their coaching staff than anyone."

Boone who admits his guilty pleasure song is, "Barbie Girl," said his skills are on the football field and despite the fact his mother runs a cake business, his future teammates would be wise not to ask him for help in the kitchen.

"I try to help, but I am not a hands-on guy," Boone said. "I just know how to catch footballs and run around. I just help - her lift up things whenever she needs that, but I am not a good cook. If she wants to make her money, she would not put me in the kitchen."

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