Measuring in at 6'4 and 270 pounds with impressive weight room maxes of 320 pounds on the bench, 315 pounds on the power clean, and 475 pounds on the squat, while clocking in with a 4.9 time in the forty yard dash, Boling has all the tools to be a very good college player. The big question is where he'll lineup when he arrives on campus?
"Wake Forest and Florida are recruiting me to play defensive end, while Duke is recruiting me along the offensive line. I don't really have a preference where I play in college. Both positions are appealing to me."
Being in the heart of SEC country, Boling has had opportunities to see several local programs up close. Then, last week, he took a drive north to check out the Blue Devils and Demon Deacons for two days of unofficial visits.
"I visited Duke and Wake on Wednesday and Thursday of last week. Both schools are really similar in that they are good schools with up and coming football programs. Wake has a new practice factility that was really nice, and Duke has the new Yoh Center which is very impressive."
Aside from touring the facilities, Boling says he got a better feeling about campus life and day to day schedules undertaken by student athletes at both schools. Those tours certainly made an impression.
"I'd have to say that Duke and Wake Forest are my leaders at this point, with Florida and Georgia right there as well."
Of those four schools, the Blue Devils have been the program that has struggled the most in recent seasons, which could scare big time targets away. However, Boling says a number of misconceptions have been cleared up in his mind after a meeting with Duke head coach Ted Roof.
"I've learned about the educational opportunities available at schools like Duke and Wake, and how much a degree from a school like that can mean for someone. With Duke you know they are going to really improve and soon. They may not be challenging for a BCS slot in the next few years, but they will be doing well in a year or two. Coach Roof has surrounded himself with the right people on his staff, and he's had to weed out a lot of things so he can build the program. Now he's just got to continue to bring in good recruits and the results are going to take care of themselves."
"One difference between Duke and Wake is that Coach Grobe has a policy that he wants to redshirt all his incoming freshmen. At Duke it's the opposite. Coach Roof would like to do that, but they have to play a lot of true freshmen and young players. So that's something to consider as well – do I want to redshirt or come in and be in the hunt for immediate playing time."
As far as a decision goes, Boling says he will take a few unofficial visits, but hopes to be off the market by the end of his senior season at the latest.
"I'd like to go ahead and commit before the end of the season, so I can focus all my attention on the team and not worry about it."