RECRUITING: Nyan Boateng helping Meyer recruit

The second quarter of the US Army All-American High School football game was a potential turning point in Gator recruiting this year when Nyan Boateng of Brooklyn (NY) Lincoln committed to Coach Urban Meyer and the Florida Gators on national television. Getting the commitment was huge for the Gators, but they got so much more.

Since committing to the Gators, Boateng has been one of Florida's most avid and ardent recruiters. He's been working mostly players that he met in San Antonio at the US Army game. Boateng entered the US Army Game rated four stars by, but that ranking was reduced because of the lingering effects of his injury.

"I've been trying to get Brian Cushing and Jerome Hayes, David Nelson…he already committed now," said Boateng. "There's a couple of other people that Coach Meyer wanted me to talk to. I tried to tell everybody during the All-American weekend too."

Boateng was straightforward in his approach with other players.

"I told them that we are going to win early... we might win a national championship," said Boateng. "They should get on board, the train is leaving. This is a great opportunity to be able to play for Florida, to play for a good coach…to play in the Swamp. And the reputation of the school."

Nyan said that their responses to his overtures were all very positive.

"Most of the guys are like 65 percent say they will come," he said. "David Nelson wanted to come, but he wanted to visit first. Now I'm on Brian Cushing and Jerome Hayes. They look like they are leaning to Florida right now. I talked to them yesterday. They are my boys, you know I live in New York and they live in Jersey."

Nyan Boateng also spoke to Gator Country about the rehabilitation of his leg and ankle. "I'm not 100 percent yet, but I'm coming along real well right now," he said. "I was able to play in the All-American game. It was a real blessing to be out there. I'm getting stronger every day. I'm out there running…it's coming along."

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