Texas wide receiver Kofi Boateng has over 20 scholarship offers and his relationship with his future coach will be very important to his decision.
“I look at the coaching style of the coaches, if I want to play for that coach (and) if the coach truly cares about the individual kids there on and off the field as well,” Boateng said.
One of the schools recruiting Boateng is Arizona State. So far, wide receivers coach DelVaughan Alexander has made an impression on the 3-star receiver from Lamar High School in Arlington, Texas.
Boateng, 6-foot-0 and 177 pounds, said he has enjoyed his conversations with Alexander because they discuss other topics besides football.
“Some other coaches just talk to me about the team and just like talk about it or talk about how the spring practices are going,” Boateng said. “Coach Alexander, he’s talked to me about their undergrad (programs). We’ll talk about the courses they have. Stuff like that, I really do like when the coaches also shows that they care about the education side of the college student.”
Boateng is the No. 15 receiver in Texas and No. 87 receiver prospect nationally according to Scout.com.
At this point in his recruitment, Boateng said his interest in ASU was at a “high-medium.” He does want to make an unofficial trip to Tempe this summer but he does not have a date set in stone yet. He said has to confirm an appropriate with Alexander as well as his own family.
Boateng said he speaks with Alexander on the phone about once a week and they communicate via direct message on Twitter about every two days.In their conversations, Boateng and Alexander did shy away from talking about football though. Boateng said Alexander said he could line up in the slot or on the outside for the Sun Devils.
Boateng said Alexander tries to give him insight to how he coaches his receivers.
“He just talks about how he gives each player opportunities in practice to show that they take coaching and stuff like that,” Boateng said. “They give them opportunities to better themselves in football and in life.”
Alexander is the only coach from ASU Boateng has spoken with, he said.
In the offseason Boateng competed in the Nike Opening combine in Dallas on March 15. He does not plan on attending any more combines or college camps this summer.
He said if one of the schools that has offered him runs a satellite camp close to him in Texas, he would have an interest in attending.
Boateng does not have set dates when he wants to trim down his list or make his commitment. But, he does have a general plan for his recruitment.
He said after he finishes all his unofficial visits over the summer he should cut his list to a top five or top 10. He will then use his short list to plan out his official visits during the season.
Once he has made his all of his official visits, he said he should make his commitment.
At this point, Boateng said he does not have a school in the lead. He is just enjoying the process right now.
“It’s been fun,” Boateng said. “You got to enjoy it because you only get to do this one time in your entire life. So I’ve taken it in pretty good.”