Arkansas Impresses Boone

Arkansas hosted four official visitors this weekend, including Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Dwyer safety Shawn Boone (5-11, 190), who says after the visit that the Razorbacks are now at the top of his list.

The first trip to Arkansas for Florida prep safety Shawn Boone left the young man with some lasting impressions.

"It was a great visit," Boone said. "Arkansas has some great coaches, the players are really like a brotherhood and the fans are just crazy in a good way.

"They also have the best facilities that I have ever seen with all the new staff," Boone said. "I came away from there very impressed and it is certainly a place I can see myself playing at in college."

Boone (5-11, 190) is a standout for Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer, which played Thursday this week and thus he was allowed to take his official visit during the Razorbacks' 24-3 win over Southern Miss.

He was one of four players who took official visits this weekend to Arkansas with Dwyer wide receiver Johnnie Dixon, Wisconsin defensive tackle pledge Craig Evans and Razorback linebacker pledge Khalia Hackett of Douglasville, Ga., South Paulding.

He had already taken an official visit to North Carolina State and has plans to visit both Ohio State (Sept. 28-30) and Ole Miss (on Nov. 9 when the Rebels host Arkansas) before making a decision.

He has already visited Ohio State and Ole Miss unofficially also has offers from Florida State, Tennessee, West Virginia and Maryland among the 20 he has accumulated.

"After this visit, Arkansas is at the top for me, but I want to take the other visits so I can make the best decision after seeing the other places," Boone said. "I liked seeing how their defense played yesterday and I can see that being a fit for me."

Dwyer is 3-0 this season after Thursday's 33-0 win over Palm Beach Gardens and Boone has been a big part of a defense that has allowed just one touchdown this season.

"I think my biggest strengths are my aggressiveness and that I can cover really well," Boone said. "I just keep working at it to get better."

Boone got a chance to see former Florida prep stars and true freshmen Alex Collins and Denver Kirkland play significant roles on Saturday.

Collins, the SEC's leading rusher, had 115 yards rushing while Kirkland came on to fill in for injured offensive tackle Grady Ollison.

"I didn't know those guys before coming up here, but it is great to see Florida guys having success and you can tell these coaches will play you if you are ready," Boone said. "It was just a really great visit all around for me.

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