"Sometimes this is just something you have to go through, and it's going to make you a stronger person," Boston told TheTerritory Thursday. "You can't get mad or upset about it. Everything happens for a reason and, like I told my mother and father, God has a plan for me and I will be a stronger and better person because of this."
Upon a second review by an orthopedic surgeon Thursday, Boston, a two-sport star from Bartow High School, was informed he had suffered a partial tear to his ACL in his right knee. Boston will require surgery and will miss his senior baseball season. Recovery from reconstructive surgery is normally eight months.
Boston's mother, Nadine, said she informed FSU recruiting coordinator John Lilly of the news Thursday afternoon. The Seminoles will honor Boston's scholarship, she said.
Boston, a standout defensive end as well as a top professional prospect in baseball as an outfielder, was injured while playing soccer for his high school team nearly three weeks ago, as reported by TheTerritory. Nadine told TheTerritory Wednesday afternoon that their family physician recommended a second opinion, though the initial hope was Boston had sustained only a bruise.
Boston, who earlier today informed TheTerritory that he had canceled his visit to Florida this weekend as well as eliminated the Gators from his final list, still plans to make his decision on National Signing Day. FSU is considered the favorite among a list that also includes East Carolina, Louisville, Maryland and Connecticut.
Boston says his knee feels fine and that he has been able to take batting practice. He still plans to dress out for baseball games and help support his teammates. Boston continues to do the same with the soccer team. Boston was injured when he landed awkwardly and made a sudden move after going up for a ball.
"Everyone expects you to get hurt in a sport like football, but it can happen anywhere," Boston said.
"At first it bothered me and I was upset. But now I am ready to get the surgery, get it over with and start getting ready (rehab). Life isn't always sunny. Sometimes you have to swallow the bitter and bounce back from it. My knee is not bothering me at all. That's what I was telling the doctor. I was taking batting practice, twisting my knee, and nothing (no pain)."
Nadine Boston said her son and family will make the most of the situation. Alex said the injury makes his decision between professional baseball and college football easy – "The draft was going to make it hard," Boston said. "Now it's an easy decision. I am going to college and really looking forward to it."
Boston still plans to play both sports in college. He was voted among the top 40 amateur prospects nationally by Team One Baseball last fall.
"Life isn't going to be a straight road," Nadine said. "There's going to be some twists and turns and you have to get back on that road. Things had been going so well but that's okay. He's got his whole life ahead of him and it's going to work out just fine. He will be better and stronger as a person and in his faith. Adversity makes you a stronger person. The Lord has plans for Alex. He will be just fine."