Boston Answers The Call From "Dream School"

Talented safety Markell Boston discusses his commitment to the Auburn Tigers and why it was a no-brainer.

Sharpsburg, Ga.--Taking an unofficial visit to Auburn last Thursday before heading out for an official look at Nebraska over the weekend, Markell Boston had a pretty good idea that an offer could be coming from the Tigers.

On Monday morning that became a reality as Coach Gus Malzahn and assistant Charlie Harbison told Boston they wanted him on the Plains. For a player who grew up wanting to play for Auburn that was all he needed to hear.

"I kind of felt like it was coming because they were working pretty hard," Boston tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Coach Cheese (Charlie Harbison) had been talking to me the whole time telling me that he was going to get me. He was working his butt off. If he hadn't gotten it I was headed to Nebraska, but everything worked out. Look where I'm at.

"I'm a die-hard Auburn fan," he adds. "That was my dream school so I felt like if I got the offer I should take it, why not?"

While he admits it was a no-brainer in the long run, the decision was made a little more difficult by the fact that he actually committed to the Cornhuskers while on his visit. Having earlier committed to East Carolina, things have come fast and furious for the 6-1, 200-pounder and because of that he adds that he had to take a deep breath and make sure of his final decision.

"Actually, it wasn't quick at all," Boston says. "I wasn't sure what to do. I was so confused. Coach Harbison had been working his tail off and I felt like if I didn't commit it was a waste of time for him. It was a no-brainer, but at the same time I had just committed to Nebraska so I had to de-commit from them. It has been a crazy cycle, but I'm thankful for everything."

Markell Boston

A visitor to Auburn for three games this past season, including wild wins over both Georgia and Alabama, Boston says that he called Chris Davis' return for a touchdown and just felt like from the beginning the game was Auburn's to win. Those experiences and growing up liking the Tigers have him excited about what his future holds as a Tiger.

"It's the environment really," Boston says. "The people down there are great. It's fun to be around them. It's a great atmosphere. I went to three games down there and the two big games, Georgia and Alabama. I just really like it down there."

Saying that Auburn's lack of depth in the secondary is obviously one of the positives about his decision, in the end the proximity to home may have been the deciding factor for Boston. With family a big part of his life and something he holds dear, he says that having them close enough to visit and enjoy his college experience was huge.

"It was a big factor for me," Boston says. "I was thinking about it this morning when I was making my decision. I really do like Nebraska, but then again it's not going to be convenient for my mom and my brother.

"My little brother is four years old. I want him to come see me play. It's 16 hours compared to an hour and 15 minutes. That's a no-brainer for Auburn, plus it's my dream school. It all worked out for me."

Things definitely worked out for the talented Boston. A three-year wide receiver before making the move to defense as a senior, he finished the 2013 season with 105 tackles, four interceptions, two returns for touchdowns and two forced fumbles. Now preparing to sign with his dream school on Wednesday, he says it's almost surreal, but he's enjoying every second of the ride.

"War Eagle," Boston says. "That's all I can say about that. It's a big deal for me. Words can't explain it for me. It just feels good."

Boston chose Auburn over Nebraska, East Carolina, Indiana, Mississippi State, Boise State and several other colleges.


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