Catching up with Alex Boston

Alex Boston, a two-sport standout from Bartow High School, made an unoffcial visit to Florida last weekend. Boston and his family also plan to visit Florida State, as the recruiting process begins to heat up for the 6-3, 225-pounder. TheTerritory chatted with Alex and his mother Nadine Sunday. "There was a lot of talent on that field," Boston said of the UF-UM showdown, won by the Hurricanes 41-16.

Alex Boston's impressions of the Florida-Miami game last Saturday at The Swamp were echoed by many across the country.

"There was a lot of talent on that field," said Boston, a two-sport standout from Bartow High School who took an unofficial visit to UF. "It was pretty exciting. Once Miami jumped in front (the Hurricanes won 41-16), they started playing very well. Both teams played hard. There was a lot of talent and athleticism. I liked both teams. They were really playing hard to beat each other."

Boston, a 6-3, 225-pound football/baseball talent, is being recruited by many of the nation's top programs, including Florida's Big Three – Florida State, Florida and Miami. Other schools interested include Notre Dame, Ohio State, Alabama, Tennessee, Stanford, Tulane and South Florida -- just a few on a lengthy list.

Boston starts at defensive end and tight end at Bartow. He also was rated among the top 10 baseball players at The Team One South Showcase at Georgia Tech over the summer and was invited to that organization's National Showcase in Las Vegas in November. While Boston, a strong-armed outfielder, admits that he has dreams of playing professional baseball one day, collegiate football remains in his immediate future.

Boston told TheTerritory Sunday he plans to take an unofficial visit to Miami Oct. 12, when the top-rank Hurricanes tangle with the Seminoles. Boston also said he and his parents – Carlton and Nadine – will make an unofficial visit, as well as an official visit, to FSU this fall. Nadine grew up in Bartow a few houses away from FSU assistant coach Odell Haggins. Haggins is recruiting Boston for the Seminoles. Boston and his family also plan to make an unofficial vist to South Florida in Tampa in the near future.

The personable Boston, who is yes-sir, no-sir polite, said his main priority at the moment remains Bartow's season. Bartow lost its season-opener last Friday to Lake Gibson. Boston, however, turned in a strong performance with three sacks, seven tackles, a forced fumble and two catches for 18 yards. Bartow squares off against Mulberry Friday.

"I still like the three Florida school as well some out-of-state schools but I am not worrying about that now," Boston said Sunday. "I plan on retaking the ACT in October, and once I get that behind me I am going to try to narrow down my favorites. I want to go to a school where I can play both football and baseball.'

A laughing Nadine Boston said the recruiting calls have only increased.

"We were feeding the boys (Bartow footbal team) on Thursday and I told Alex he needed to get home to start answering that phone," Nadine said. "The calls are coming. At first it was okay but now the telephone never stops ringing."

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