A traveling man

Linebacker is a big need for the Tigers' 2009 recruiting class and one of the highest rated prospects they are after is Jon Bostic from Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington, Florida. Even though school has been out for a few weeks the talented backer has remained extremely busy.

“I’ve been working and working out for football,” he said. “I’m working for a construction company for the summer. And my workouts have been going well. I’m still 6-2, 225 but I can tell I’ve gotten stronger and faster. I don’t know what my 40 time is. I’ve run a 4.45 before but I just usually say 4.5.”


At 6-2, 225 pounds and running a 4.45, it’s no wonder Bostic had a tough time reeling off the names of all the schools that stopped by Palm Beach Central to watch him this spring.


Michigan, USC, Florida, Miami, Florida State, Central Florida, South Carolina, West Virginia, Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, LSU a few times, Alabama, Auburn, and Boston College. I think that’s enough for now,” Bostic said with a laugh.


Even while receiving so much attention from schools across the county, Bostic and his parents are going to take their time with the recruiting process to make sure they make the right decision the first time.


“Right now I think I have 27 offers,” said the 4-star prospect. “I’m going to take my time though. My dad really wants me to look everywhere and visit everywhere I can. He says the decision I make is the decision I’m sticking with. He doesn’t want me having any doubts.


“So I’m going to visit as many schools as I can this summer and next fall and make my decision after I finish visiting places. And because of all that I don’t have a list of schools at all right now. But if I had to name some, I would say LSU, Florida, Miami, Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina, Clemson, USC, West Virginia, Boston College, Tennessee, and Central Florida.”


“I’m going to be enrolling early,” he continued. “I’ll graduate in December. I just need to take an English class this summer and another English and economics in the fall, and I’ll be good to go. So that means I’ll be taking all my visits during the season and committing to a school sometime in December possibly, or just whenever I feel I am ready.”


All these visits mean Bostic and his family will be racking up the frequent flyer miles between now and the fall.


“I’ve been down to Miami already for a visit,” he said. “I liked it. I felt real comfortable with the coaching staff. I want a place to make me a feel like home and their coaches did that. I’m going to visit South Florida soon. I’m going to Friday Night Lights in a few weeks, then my mom wants me to go to the Florida State camp the next day because I haven’t been there yet.


“We’re trying to get to South Carolina. And I’m definitely making another trip to LSU, but I’m not sure when yet. My sister is playing AAU basketball, and her team is really good. They travel all over the country. So whenever we have a break from that we’ll go back to LSU.”


Bostic visited LSU for the Tigers’ spring game in April and he says there are many factors that play into him being so interested in LSU.


“LSU is one of the first schools that came after me early,” he said. “I feel real, real comfortable with the coaches. Coach McCarthy is my recruiting coordinator. We talk at least once a week, if not by phone then on email. I just talked to him on Saturday actually. I can talk to him anytime. He doesn’t try to pressure me into committing or anything like that. I’ll call him just to say ‘what’s up.’ I know they need linebackers this year, and they think I can play all three linebacker spots or even strong safety, so the choice is up to me.


“I prefer playing at the Will backer though,” the nation’s 5th ranked WLB continued. “And I know at LSU I would get that chance. That’s something that me and my dad are looking at is who will let me play on the weak side.  Most of the schools recruiting me want me to play in the middle. But I like playing on the weak side because I like to blitz a lot. LSU runs the same defense as my high school so I know they blitz a lot. Being 1-on-1 with that tackle away from the tight end is just a good feeling.”


Another factor helping the Tigers’ cause is Bostic’s fellow 2009 classmate and LSU quarterback commit Russell Shepard.


“I talk to Russell Shepard about once a week, maybe every two weeks,” Bostic said. “We just talk about life in general. He wants me to let him know next time I go to LSU because he wants to go down there to meet me so we can hangout.”


As previously mentioned, Bostic is planning on enrolling at the school of his choice next January. That means he’s going to be on the road quite often for the rest of this summer and next fall.


“I’m going to take all five of my official visits,” he said. “The places I go to will depend on where I’m able to get to this summer. I’ll probably end up taking some unofficial visits during the season too.”

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