Boateng makes commitment to Florida Gators

SAN ANTONIO --- Fresh off of a week of practices for the US Army All American Bowl, Nyan Boateng took a few minutes during the game Saturday to make a commitment to the Florida Gators. The 6-3, 190-pound receiver from Brooklyn (NY) Lincoln told the largest crowd in the four year history of the game and a national television audience that he'll be spending the next few years in Gainesville.

Boateng is very happy to have the decision public and behind him.

"I feel like I have this load off my shoulders," he said. "I am glad it came to an end today."

Boateng stressed the major reason he wants to become a Gator over all other schools he had an option to attend.

"I want to win the national championship," he said.

All week long the word on the street was that Boateng would be a Florida commit and that he was recruiting others to the Gators as well. The Gators had a strong contingent of prospective recruits in San Antonio and Boateng did talk UF to them.

"I've been trying to get Jerome Hayes, Brian Cushing, David Nelson, and Chris Scott," he said. "I think we have at least a 50-50 chance with all of those guys."

Boateng has been slowed by the after-effects of an injury that forced him to miss his entire high school season. He suffered a broken ankle and a dislocated tibia that has healed, but he's still not 100 percent in his rehabilitation.

"Next month I should be ready to go," he said. "I'll go home and rehab."

He followed the Gators this year. He easily rattled off the names of several players and listed two of his favorites.

"OJ Small and Chris Leak are my favorite players," he said. "He [Leak] is just a great guy. He's young, he's a winner and a competitor and that is what you want to play with."

Boateng said in previous reports that he plans to hit fall practice in Gainesville running with the intention of competing for early playing time. He knows that he has a lot of hard work to do between now and July to get ready physically. He's excited about the prospects of playing for Coach Urban Meyer and wants to be a part of this team.

"Florida has everything in place," he said. "The coaching staff is great. I will go right in there and fit right in."

Boateng is a good student as he sports a 1080 on the SAT and a 3.0 GPA. He's already thinking about life after football, too.

"I plan on majoring in Business and Finance," he said.

The Gators are looking to sign five to six receivers in this recruiting class and now have verbal pledges from Boateng, Derrick McPhearson, and Louis Murphy. Florida's new spread offense requires the Gators to have a storehouse of excellent receivers. Nyan Boateng has the potential to be another of Florida's long line of outstanding players at this critical position.

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