July 5, 2009

Rams hope Boone heads west

For Saint Cloud (Fla.) wide receiver James Boone, the concept of moving from the east coast to the Rocky Mountain region is one that would be tougher to swallow if he didn't already have some friends in the region. That is good news for the Colorado State Rams, one of two schools who have offered Boone a scholarship.

"They (Colorado State) are pretty high because they make it seem like everything is good and at Colorado State I have a couple friends who go there like (CSU cornerback Gerard) 'Momo' Thomas and (CSU quarterback recruit) Nico Rainieri that both go there."

Boone said Thomas used to play at his arch-rival high school while he met Rainieri during a rain delay at a scrimmage Boone's Saint Cloud team was playing Rainieri's Cyprus Creek.

"We all wanted to play, but the coaches cancelled that game, so we all sat around talking," Boone said.

Last season the 6-foot, 176-pound Boone helped lead the Saint Cloud High Bulldogs to an appearance in the state playoffs thanks to his 57 catches for 1,278 yards and 12 total touchdowns. Boone sports a 3.0 grade-point average as well as a 4.45 time in the 40-yard dash.

Those measureables have led to a pair of scholarship offers from Colorado State and Western Kentucky. Boone said he has been told by coaches that his strengths include good hands and quick feet as well as his route running.

With the end of spring practice and fall camp still a couple months away, Boone has turned his attention to recruiting. Boone said he called Colorado State last week and is also talking to Western Kentucky, where he has a cousin enrolled in class as well. Boone, who is looking at a criminal justice major, said he is interested in taking all five of his visits during the fall and will let the process play itself out before making a commitment.

"All the coaches will tell you what you want to hear," Boone said. "Once fall comes I'll see what schools I am interested in and take my visits. Mom wants me to stay close to home, but I tell her it isn't all about that. I need to see what school fits me because I am going to be there the next four years."

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