Player Spotlight: Boston Stiverson

Boston Stiverson of Andover High School in Wichita just received offer number No. 2 from Kansas State University after a weekend camp at the Manhattan campus. The big offensive lineman, who projects as a guard at the next level, also holds an offer from Northern Iowa.

"It was a long, great day," Boston Stiverson said of the camp. "I spent five hours with Coach (Charlie) Dickey. We worked on pass drills, one-on-one, blocking techniques. It was my second camp so we worked on a lot of the same thing we worked on before.

"I've always loved Kansas State. The coaching staff is great. They make you feel like you're already part of the team. The facilities are top notch, and I love the city of Manhattan."

Kansas State isn't the only college pursing Stiverson. He's also hearing from TCU, Kansas, and he feels Northern Illinois is close to offering.

"I went up there and spent some time with offensive line coach Matt Limegrover," said Stiverson. "He's very intelligent, knows a lot about the game, and I think I learned quite a bit from him on the visit. Then I toured the facilities. I think they're an up-and-coming program."

As a junior, Stiverson was named 1st team All-State (5A), 1st team All-League (Arkansas Valley- Chisholm Trail Division II) and 2nd team All-League as a defensive lineman.

"I'm an athletic big guy," said the 6-4, 290, Stiverson. "I also play basketball and track, so that helps in my strength and agility. I feel I have good intelligence and understanding of the game which I think helps a lot too."

Stiverson wears No. 77 for the Andover Trojans and and starts at left tackle. In '09 he led his team in pancake blocks a year ago and was also third on the team in tackles. Andover hasn't won a state title since 1984, and Stiverson is hoping to change that his senior year.

"I just want to step up and be a team leader," said Stiverson of his senior season. "We'll have some young players, so I want to set the right example for them. Our goal is to get as far as we can in the playoffs. If we play hard and play the best we're capable of, I think we'll make the playoffs again and beyond."

The Trojans were just 4-6 a year ago and lost in the 1st round of the playoffs. This season they have a new coach in Bill Coffman to lead the turnaround effort. With a good year, Stiverson could get more recognition and offers, but right now he's loving the Wildcats.

"I'd definitely put Kansas State at the top of my list," said Stiverson. "My family will play a role in where I decide to go because I don't want them to have to travel too far to see me play. The No. 1 thing for me is academics because I want to leave school with a diploma. I also want to have a good relationship with the coaching staff and go to a school that has some great football traditions."

Stiverson reports a 3.5 GPA at Andover with a 23 scored on the ACT. He's very active in his community where he helped in Haiti relief efforts by bagging food and is very involved in his church group. When Stiverson gets to college he's looking at studying Criminal Justice or Communications.

The Andover Trojans begin their 2010 season with McPherson High School September 3rd.

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