Home Run

As predicted, two-sport standout Alex Boston of Bartow High School has orally committed to attend Florida State. Boston made his decision today following a visit at school from coach Bobby Bowden and assistant coach Odell Haggins. "We are so very proud," said Boston's mother, Nadine. "I am also very proud that it's over with (laughing). We can rest easy." Boston also wants to play baseball for the Seminoles.

In the end, it was an easy decision for Alex Boston.

"I grew up a Seminole fan and I always thought about playing at FSU," Boston said Tuesday night.

"When I attended the summer camp and talked to coach (Bobby) Bowden, I thought he was the humblest man I had ever met. He treats his players like you are his own son. He takes care of them and rewards them for hard work. I've just always felt comfortable around coach Bowden."

Boston, a two-sport standout in football (defensive end) and baseball (right field) at Bartow High School, orally committed to attend FSU next season. He also wants to play baseball for the Seminoles and is considered one of the nation's top prospects. Boston plans to be in St. Petersburg this weekend for FSU's season-opener against VMI.

"I haven't had the opportunity to talk to coach (Mike) Martin but I am looking forward to seeing them (this weekend)," Boston said.

As reported by TheTerritory last week, Boston also must have knee surgery (partial tear of ACL) and will miss his senior baseball season. Boston was injured while playing soccer for his high school team. Boston selected FSU over Louisville and East Carolina.

FSU coach Bobby Bowden and assistant coach Odell Haggins, who grew up in Bartow and is a family friend of Boston's mother, Nadine, visited Boston at school today.

"I am just going to take it a day at a time (with knee) and we will make a decision (about next season)," Boston said. "But, yes, I am glad I made my decision. It (recruiting) was becoming some what of a headache. Kind of tiring. A lot of schools would call you at all times but FSU didn't put any pressure on me at all and, like I said, I felt very comfortable (with FSU)."

Nadine Boston, of course, was pleased with her son's choice. In fact, she telephoned TheTerritory to let us know of Alex's decision.

"We are so very proud," Nadine said "I am also very proud that it's over with (laughing). We can rest easy. I wanted to let you know that we have a 'Nole in the house."

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