Jon Bostic is rated as the 3rd best weakside linebacker in the nation on Scout.com. As a junior Bostic finished with over 100 tackles; this resulted in him becoming a top target as a recruit for 2009. Over the summer Bostic made several camp visits where he was able to work at linebacker. Jon as always played defensive back, so he was able to learn a lot about his projected position on the collegiate level.
"I went to Friday Night Lights, Seminole Showtime and a D1 camp down in Miami," said Bostic about what he did this summer. "I learned a lot about the linebacker position. I didn't know a lot about it and I'm still learning. My reaction time and speed has helped me so far and it makes up for not knowing it (the position's duties). I've always played corner and safety so I am used to backpedaling and opening up my hips. Working with Coach Strong at Florida and Coach Amato and the former players at Florida State was helpful because they all showed me things I can apply to my game this season."
People who follow recruiting were surprised the 4-star linebacker made the trip to FSU over the summer. Many feel that Florida is the favorite to land Bostic, but he says going into the fall everyone is even. For FSU they're playing a little catch-up due to them getting involved later than some other programs.
"All 3 camps this summer were good experiences," said Bostic, "and I couldn't say one was better than the other. I got to see a lot of different ways to play the position and how these coaches coach. With FSU they kind of came in later than the other schools. Once they saw my highlight tape they knew within the first 2 minutes they wanted to offer me. I decided to head up to Tallahassee because I've never been to FSU. I've been to Florida A&M but never FSU. Overall the camp there was good."
On Monday the coaches from FSU called Bostic as they're trying to continue to develop the relationship with him. He said that the call went well.
"FSU called and my dad talked to them for like 10 minutes after I talked to them. Coach Carter was the one who called. My dad talks to all the coaches that call because he wants to learn about them as a person first. Coach Carter was telling me that he's trying to fill in the holes from them coming in later than the others. I get 3 or 4 letters a week from them. He asked me if they trail some of the others but I said that everyone is even."
Jon figured that being a highly recruited prospect would mean his phone would be going off Monday, and the assumption turned out to be right on. Coaches from Florida and Clemson called, and he said each one was a good conversation.
"I talked with Coach Gonzalez from Florida," said Jon about his first call. "We talked more about life stuff in general. I've been to their campus a lot and it's about me becoming more comfortable with them. The linebacker coach from Clemson called me and said he likes my combination of size and speed. He said all I need to do is watch the Clemson vs. Alabama game to see their need for linebackers."
Bostic claims 27 offers at this time and says that as the fall gets underway that he needs to get more serious about the recruiting process. He knows that he wants to use all of his officials on out-of-state schools, but after that things are uncertain at this time.
"All the schools are even at this time, but my dad says that I need to get more serious about the process," explained Bostic. "With the coaches now able to call things are going to pick back up. He said I need to be in more contact with the schools I am interested in. I'm graduating early and I plan on announcing November 8th. By that time all of my visits will be done and I should know where I want to go. Over this next week or so I am going to trim my list down."
"I'm going to use all of my visits on the schools out of Florida," continued Bostic. "I have a visit to Auburn set up already for when they play Tennessee. I'm thinking about setting up a visit with Tennessee, too. I also want to visit USC, Clemson and Alabama because I have never been there. I can't say any schools are leading until I've seen all the schools I am looking at. The in-state schools will all get unofficial visits. I may be going to the Florida vs. Miami game this weekend and I am thinking about going to FSU when they play Wake Forest."
Jon told NoleDigest that the decision is going to come down to who he's most comfortable with. Right now he feels most comfortable with Coach Gonzalez at Florida and Coach McCartney at LSU. If the Seminoles are to stay in it with Bostic they're going to continue to have to attempt to build the relationship with him. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Jon and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.