McHale is High on Boatman

The signing of JUCO All-American offensive tackle Shannon Boatman of Tyler (TX) adds competition and depth across the line. This spring Seminole offensive line coach Mark McHale has plans on playing his 6-foot-7 and 320 pound standout at both tackle positions.

"I plan on playing Shannon Boatman at both right and left tackle," Coach McHale said. "He's not a guard and we recruited him here to Florida State to play tackle. Competition will help push the starters and make everyone get after it. Shannon will have a chance to win a starting job."

When Coach McHale first saw Boatman's video highlight tape, he immediately liked what he saw.

"Shannon sure passes the eye-ball test," he said. "He's exactly what we want in terms of athletic ability and good feet," he said. "I like the fact that he doesn't bury his head and lean into the defender. He gets good separation with his hands."

During early sessions of mat drills, Boatman has impressed the coaches.

"In 30 years of coaching, I've never seen anything like mat drills at Florida State," he said. "Players get graded at every station. This is the first time that Shannon has experienced this type of intensity and I can tell you his effort has won the respect of the coaching staff. He's got great agility and change of direction."

The JUCO All-American as a sophomore was also selected two-time All-Conference at Tyler Community College.


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