The No. 11 ranked receiver in Texas said he stopped reaching out to coaches to help him make his decision.
“Before the cut, I wasn’t making a lot of phone calls,” Boateng said. “I really was just trying to see what schools were going to come at me, that have actual interest in me and made me a priority.”
With this first cut, the 6-foot-0, 177-pound wide receiver from Lamar High School in Arlington, Tex., was trying to find out which coaches really wanted him on their team. He said Arizona State wide receivers coach DelVaughn Alexander and offensive coordinator Mike Norvell rose to the challenge and expressed their interest in him.
“I’ve talked to coach Alexander and coach Norvell, I just felt like they made a push at me and they said that I was a top priority so that kind of resonated with me and then just knowing those coaches, having a good communication and connection with those two guys that really helped them,” Boateng said.
Therefore, Boateng put the Sun Devils in his top-10 list along with Arkansas, Cal, Kansas State, Maryland, Ole Miss, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Washington and Wisconsin. Right now, Boateng said Ole Miss is the No. 1 school on his list.
Boateng used the spring to see which coaches really need him. This summer, he said he will use visits this summer to learn more about the programs’ offensive systems.
“I just want to see how I will fit into their offense,” Boateng said. “That’s really the main thing I’m looking for.”
One school he said he will visit will be Arizona State along with Ole Miss and Arkansas. He said he will visit this summer but does not have a date set.
Already this offseason, Boateng said he made a trip to Texas. On that trip, he said he got to have an in depth, in person conversation with the Texas wide receivers coach. Boateng said he got to watch some practice film with the Texas coach and got a better sense of how the wide receivers work in the Texas program.
Boateng said he is hoping to get a similar experience on his trip to Tempe. Boateng said Alexander and Norvell have not told him if he will play on the inside or the outside in the Sun Devils’ system. But, Boateng did say the coaches told him he will have a chance to play early at ASU.
After this first cut, Boateng said his recruitment plan could go in a couple directions. This summer he said he will focus on his visits.
After his visits he said he will either cut down his list to five, three or make his commitment. He did not say when the exact date will be when he cuts down his list or makes his commitment.
He said he might make those decisions either at the end of the summer, the beginning of his senior football season or at the end of his season.