Boston, a two-sport standout from Bartow High School who will play both football and baseball at Florida State, recently underwent surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament (right knee). Boston is scheduled to meet with his surgeon Tuesday and remains positive.
"I am doing great – most of the swelling is down and I am hoping my doctor tells me tomorow I can get rid of these crutches," the personable Boston told TheTerritory Monday night.
"I am already doing some exercises – trying to move my knee as much as possible. I can bend it to 90 degrees already, and that's only three weeks (after surgery)."
Boston, who signed with the Seminoles in February, will redshirt this upcoming football season. He remains hopeful he will be healthy enough to contribute to the baseball team next year. Boston, a standout defensive end who was also considered a top professional prospect in baseball as an outfielder – he was voted among the top 40 amateur prospects nationally by Team One Baseball last fall -- was injured while playing soccer for his high school team in January.
Boston underwent surgery Feb. 21. He no longer wears a knee brace, just a protective sleeve. Mom Nadine laughed said she also hopes Boston can shed his crutches "so I don't have to be his chauffeur any more. Alex is doing fine. Sometimes he wants to move a little too fast but I tell him not to rush it. He's staying real positive."
Boston, a 6-3, 225-pounder, says the worst part about the injury is the inactivity. "My thigh muscles are looking horrible. Looking small," Boston said. "I am not used to that. I've been trying to walk around the house a little bit but I do have to grab on certain things to keep my balance. I am not quite strong enough right now."
Boston said his surgeon used muscle fiber from his petella tendon to repair his damaged ACL. Boston admitted he's anxious to get to FSU as early as possible this summer, though at the moment he contines to enjoy the remainder of his senior year. Boston attends his high school baseball games – "It's eating me up to sit there and watch," he said -- and is looking forward to upcoming senior activies such as prom.
"I slipped up and got a girlfriend," Boston said and laughed. "Must be pity."