Local offensive lineman John Boogaard is a born and bred Colorado native. The 6-5, 255 pound left tackle plays for Palmer Ridge High School in Monument, Colorado. This year, Boogaard is playing to show schools that he's worth an offer.
"I think we've been working hard in getting ready for this season. The team is just starting to bond as a unit, so I think that will give us a lot of push this year," he tells Buffplaybook.com. Because of his play the past two years, Boogaard is being looked at by several schools. This list includes Colorado, Colorado State, Southern Illinois, South Dakota, Northern Colorado, CSU Pueblo, and Chadron State.
While no offers have come in yet, Boogaard remains hopeful. "Yeah, no offers yet. But I'm just going to keep working hard and hope that some schools see it," he says.
In order to showcase his skills, Boogaard has attended several camps insofar this summer and will be working out at a few more later on. He attended a team camp at Colorado State, a camp with another teammate in Colorado Springs, just finished up camp at Southern Illinois, and attended a camp with Colorado. He will be attending South Dakota's camp in two weeks and plans on making it out to another CU camp at some point.
When asked about his top choices, Boogaard listed four schools. "Right now, my top schools are probably CU, Southern Illinois, CSU, and South Dakota".
In regards to CU Boulder, Boogaard has a lot of enthusiasm. "I would love to play for CU. It's been my dream to play there since 5th grade. I grew up a Buffs fan, so nothing would make me happier," the tackle tells us enthusiastically.
Boogaard has much respect for the new coaching staff in Boulder, which makes the school that much more appealing to him. "Coach Mac(Intyre) is great. He has a lot of enthusiasm and is a great coach. I've also been talking to Coach [Gary] Bernardi (Offensive Line) and Coach [Charles] Clark (assistant coach/safeties). Coach Bernardi has been the coach I've been talking to the most. He's a great person aside from a coach. He's tough, but really cares about the players and wants to see them succeed," Boogaard comments.
The Palmer Ridge Bears open their season on the road against Vista Ridge on September 6th.