Looking to Score

At 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, Alex Boston is an impressive physical specimen. No wonder just about every elite college football program in the country – Florida State included – is hoping to sign the stellar defensive end from Bartow High School. Boston, who will take his first official visit this weekend, is currently playing soccer at Bartow High School. Yes, soccer. Click here to read this <b>free</b> update on Alex.

At 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, Alex Boston is an impressive physical specimen. No wonder just about every elite college football program in the country – Florida State included – is hoping to sign the stellar defensive end from Bartow High School.

Boston is also a heraled baseball player who was recently voted the fourth-best prospect at the 11th annual Team One National Showcase in Las Vegas. The three-day event featured 33 of the best high school prospects for the 2003 major-league draft. Boston, a strong-armed right fielder who also clocked the fastest 60-yard time, would love nothing more than to somehow mix baseball with college football.

At this very moment, however, Boston is concentrating on soccer at Bartow High School.

Yes, soccer.

He last played the sport for one season when he was 6 or 7 years old because his father thought he was too chubby. Boston has been doubling as a forward and goalie for the Yellow Jackets. And, you guessed it. He wants to score a goal in the worst possible way. Boston will get another chance Tuesday, when Bartow squares off against Avon Park. The Yellow Jackets also face Auburndale later in the week.

"I've been close a couple times, but I am still waiting," a laughing Boston told The Territory Monday night. "I am going to celebrate when I do, maybe do a flip or something. I've hit a couple shots wide right that had a chance. I am enjoying it. It's a great way to stay in shape."

On the football field, Boston will take his first official visit this weekend to Connecticut, which concluded its third year in Division I-A football with an impressive 37-20 victory over Iowa State. The Huskies (6-6), who move into a new stadium next season but do not join the Big East Conference until 2005, finished on a four-game win streak. Connecticut's roster also featured 15 players from the Sunshine State.

"I am very excited. I am anxious to see how it is up there," Boston said. "It's a new program at the Division I level and I really like coach (Bill) Edsell. They play good, competitive football. I am also excited to see their facilities, which are new, and coach says I will have an opportunity to play early. I am just trying to sort everything out."

Boston says he still must decide on his final four visits, selecting between FSU, Florida, Miami, Ohio State, Iowa, Alabama, Maryland and Boston College. Boston is being recruited by FSU's Odell Haggins, who is a childhood friend of Boston's mother, Nadine.

Boston, who will retake the ACT in two weeks, watched the FSU-Florida game with great interest. He was impressed with the Seminoles' effort, saying, "it's too bad they (Seminoles) didn't play like that the entire year. They played very well. I was impressed." The Boston family also is extremely close. In fact, Boston is making his first trip this weekend without his parents, Nadine and Carlton.

"It probaly won't hit me until I drop him off at the airport," Nadine said and laughed. "I know it's going to be strange, going to be hard. But he has to learn to venture out on his own. He needs to go on a couple of these visits by himself. But I did tell him I get to go on at least one with him (laughing). He will be fine."

Of course, Boston will be great – once he scores that first goal in soccer.

"I know who Mia Hamm is," Boston said and laughed. "I definitely want to score a goal."


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