East No. 6 safety Ray Boone speaks to a Big Ten and ACC school the most

CLIFTON, Va. -- Ray Boone holds a handful of offers, and two schools speak with him the most.

Ray Boone, the No. 6 safety in the East, wants to make his college choice at the close of the summer and he remains open to all schools.

That said, two schools are recruiting Boone the hardest, and he visited both campuses.

"Probably Maryland and Virginia Tech," Boone said. "I'm talking to West VirginiaPenn State and Pittsburgh."


Without question, Maryland is in great position.

The Terps' campus is only a few miles from Greenbelt (Md.) Eleanor Roosevelt. And one of his friends and former teammate, Lawtez Rogers, signed with the Terps in February.

"We've been close since middle school, so it's 'The Movement,' " the 6-foot-1, 199-pound Boone said. "Staying home was always big to us."

"The Movement" is one of the monikers used by Maryland in recruiting near its campus to entice kids to stay home. There is also the DMV to UMD, a catchy phrase pushing for prospects located in Washington, D.C., Maryland and northern Virginia to play for the Terps.

"Kids in Georgia can stay home. All the southern states, they can stay home," Boone said. "So why can't we do the same? In the DMV, it's not small, but everybody knows each other. If we can bond and get every guy to go to one school, that's going to lead to a national championship."

Boone easily knows the most about Maryland, but Virginia Tech's history of developing players in the secondary is intriguing.

"I like how they (develop) a lot of defensive backs," Boone said. "There have been a lot of defensive backs. Almost every year they go to the league."

Boone is working on a return trip to Blacksburg. He took in the game against Virginia in the fall, and now wants to see more of the campus.

"It was a big atmosphere," he said. "I liked it. It was crazy."

Although West Virginia is yet to extend an offer, the Mountaineers are keeping in contact. 

They are not pushing hard for Boone, but that could change if they can draw him to campus.

"I've been getting a lot of mail and direct messaging with coaches," he said. "It is just the basic stuff, but they're trying to get me out there to visit.

"I'm probably deciding the end of July, or early August."

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