When Indiana hit the practice field yesterday for their second workout of spring football one of their top targets, Jeslord Boateng, was on campus for an unofficial visit. Peegs.com spoke to the 6-foot-3, 200-pound linebacker from Coffman H.S. in Dublin, Ohio about his trip to Bloomington.
Boateng said the intensity of the IU practice stood out for him, as well as being able to observe linebackers coach William Inge as he worked with his players.
“I liked it a lot, and I was impressed with how intense the practice was,” he said about his visit to Indiana. “I think Coach Inge is a great coach. I could definitely see myself playing for him. He’s a great teacher and he is one of the best linebacker coaches in the Big Ten.”
On his visit to Indiana the talented prospect was joined by his father, who was also very impressed with everything the Hoosiers have to offer.
“My dad came with me and he said he really loved everything about the place,” Boateng said.
The three-star prospect has been communicating with Coach Inge for several months, and he said the Indiana assistant impresses him just as much as a person as he does as a coach.
“My relationship with Coach Inge is pretty close,” Boateng said. “We have been talking since last September and I think he is a good man, and I like how he carries himself. He is someone that I definitely look up to.”
Coach Inge and the rest of the Indiana staff believe Boateng would be an ideal fit for their defense at the linebacker position.
“The coaches think I'd be a perfect fit,” he said about the message from IU. “Coach Inge said that he likes my character and he likes the way I play, and he thinks I will only get better.”
This past fall Boateng played outside linebacker for the first time as he helped Dublin Coffman make it to the state playoffs.
“We had a pretty good season,” he said about his junior year. “We went 9-3 and lost in the second round of the state playoffs. I thought I had a pretty good season. This was my first time playing outside linebacker. I had played defensive end throughout my football career, and this was the first time I played outside linebacker so I think I can only get better. The one thing I felt like I did improve on was my pass coverage.”
The Ohio native currently has offers from Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Cincinnati, Ball State, Bowling Green, Miami (OH), Toledo and Western Michigan. He said academics and a defensive scheme that fits him as a player will be key factors for him.
“Education will be big for me,” Boateng said. “I think I want to major in either business or sports marketing but I’m not sure yet. I will also be looking to see how I fit at the school. When it comes to football I will look at how I will be used in the defense.”
Boateng, who is not sure when he will make a decision, said there are a handful of schools that are standing out for him.
“Right now my top schools are probably Indiana, Iowa State, Cincinnati and Kentucky,” he said.