Arkansas Back In Boone's Picture

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Dwyer safety Shawn Boone (5-11, 190) , who will have a home visit this week from Arkansas, said Monday night that he is down to Arkansas, Penn State and North Carolina State and that he is done with his visits.

Arkansas quest to land a safety – or two – continues and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Dwyer star Shawn Boone says the Razorbacks are still in the mix for his signature.

"I am down to Arkansas, Penn State and North Carolina State," Boone said. "I'm not going to take anymore visits, but I am not sure right now when I am going to decide."

Boone (5-11, 190) visited Arkansas back on Sept. 13-15 for the Razorbacks' 24-3 win over Southern Miss.

He was accompanied by teammate Johnnie Dixon, a wide receiver who has since enrolled at Ohio State.

"I really enjoyed Arkansas," Boone said. "Arkansas is a great place, has a great coaching staff, great facilities and some great young players."

The Razorbacks would go on to finish 3-9 under first-year head coach Bret Bielema, but Boone said that hasn't deterred him from coming to Arkansas.

"I know what a great coach Coach Bielema is from all the success he had when he was at Wisconsin," Boone said. "He came into a situation where he was going to have to rebuild the program and I know he and the other coaches are going to do so."

Boone's chief recruiter had been defensive line coach Charlie Partridge, who recently left to become the head coach at Florida Atlantic.

That has left Arkansas defensive coordinator Chris Ash heading up his recruitment and he expects to see him for a home visit on Thursday.

"After he left, Coach Ash has been recruiting me and really got me back on Arkansas because of how much the Razorbacks want and need me," Boone said. "Coach Bielema, too. They tell me I could come in there and play right away if I work hard."

Boone also took an official visit to North Carolina State in September and then one to Penn State in November - and later said those were his top two schools.

Things have changed at Penn State with head coach Bill O'Brien taking over the NFL's Houston Texas and Vanderbilt's James Franklin becoming the new Nittany Lions' head coach.

"That was kind of crazy," said Boone, who also took an official visit to Maryland.

Dwyer won the Class 7A state title with a 55-39 championship game win over Niceville.

"We won the state championship and that is what we had been working for the last three years," Boone said. "It was a great season for us."

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