Dance Fever

<b>Alex Boston</b> wasn't going to let reconstructive knee surgery keep him off the dance floor during Bartow High's recent prom. No way. No how. "I put on my knee brace and I was doing just fine out there," Boston said Monday. "Everything is going great. It (rehabilitation) is going excellent and I started jogging on the treadmill two weeks ago." Click here for an update on this Florida State signee.

Alex Boston wasn't going to let reconstructive knee surgery keep him off the dance floor during Bartow High's recent prom. No way. No how.

"I put on my knee brace and I was doing just fine out there," Boston said and laughed. "Everything is going great. It (rehabilitation) is going excellent and I started jogging on the treadmill two weeks ago. It's getting back to normal."

Boston, a two-sport standout who will play both football and baseball at Florida State, underwent surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament (right knee) three months ago. Boston, a 6-3, 225-pounder, is scheduled to meet with his surgeon Tuesday and hopes to be released.

"I've been going to therapy two times a week and I also am lifting some weights," the personable Boston said Monday afternoon.

"The hardest part is keeping your cardiovascular up - I am running 10 to 15 minutes at 4.8 miles per hour (on treadmill). I know I have to be patent but I feel like I am getting back to my regular self (laughing)."

That's a good thing for FSU.

Boston, who signed with the Seminoles in February, will redshirt this upcoming football season. He remains hopeful he will be healthy enough to contribute to the baseball team next year. Boston, a standout defensive end who was also considered a top professional prospect in baseball as an outfielder - he was voted among the top 40 amateur prospects nationally by Team One Baseball last fall -- was injured while playing soccer for his high school team in January.

FSU defensive tackles coach Odell Haggins, who recruited Boston and also was raised in Bartow, talked with Boston's mom Nadine last Thursday. The pair, childhood friends, chatted at a local store as Haggins made his recruiting rounds in central Florida.

Boston plans to report to FSU the third week in June and take two classes during the second summer semester.

"I keep telling Alex it won't be long and he will be outta here and I will have a little piece and quiet around here," Nadine said and laughed. "No, it's winding down but I know he's going on to do something better. That's the way I look at it. He's going to be in good hands (at FSU)."

Although anxious to travel to Tally, Boston is enjoying the final few weeks of his senior year. Prom -- including those dance moves - and Grand Night are already precious memories. There's the Senior Awards Banquet, the Yellow Jackets' baseball banquet and graduation around the corner.

"It's so boring here that I am ready to leave," chuckled Boston, who will graduate with high honors. "But I've had a great time (senior events). I am just ready to get up there and get to work. My range of motion is better and I can straighten my leg out. Now, it's just a matter of getting my strength back. But I am doing great, just taking a day at a time and trying to get better."


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