Bostic is sticking to his plan

As Jon Bostic's junior season drew to a close at Palm Beach Central High, the Wellington-native sat atop the linebacker board as one of the best in Florida. Of course, with that recognition comes heavy recruitment, and Bostic (6-2, 225, 4.5) is feeling the weight of the process more than ever.

“These last couple of weeks have been pretty hectic,” Jon Bostic said. “I made trips to Florida, Florida State, Miami and South Florida.”

         

Did any of the Sunshine State’s universities leave a lasting mark on the four-star?

         

“It was my first time to go to Florida State and Miami,” Bostic said. “Miami was alright. I still need to get a better feel for them. I felt comfortable around the coaching staff, but it does not have that college campus feel to it, so that kind of takes away from things.

         

“Florida State was really nice. I definitely want to make it back there for a game.”

         

Of course, rumors surrounding Bostic’s recruitment have pointed to Florida being the team to beat if he were to stay in-state. Is that the case?

         

“I have been to Gainesville a couple of times,” he said. “I like their campus and coaches a lot. I got a chance to make it there for their Friday Night Lights, and that was a good time.”

         

As for the LSU Tigers, Bostic remains upset that he didn’t get a chance to make it to summer camp.

         

“I really wish I would have been able to get to Baton Rouge and work with the coaches at camp, but things didn’t work out,” he said. “I got to work with the linebacker coaches at Florida and Florida State, but I hadn’t gotten that chance with LSU. I have seen a lot of linebackers come out of LSU, so I want to see how they work their players.”

         

Though he did not make the trip back to Baton Rouge, the nation’s No. 3 ranked weak side linebacker said that he is in constant contact with the coaching staff.

         

“Lately we have not been talking a lot of football, just about life and stuff like that,” Bostic said. “They are ensuring me that it is best to take all my visits, and they are letting me know that I will have a spot at LSU when I am ready. I just told them that I definitely want to make another trip to Baton Rouge.

         

“I will be down in the fall, but I have not decided what game. It will probably be the Georgia or Alabama game. I just want to see a big-time SEC match up.”

         

Bostic, who is in no rush now that more attention has come his way, says that taking his official visits is the best path to follow.

         

“I want to see everything,” he said. “There is no point in rushing. I want to make my decision and stick to it. There is no changing your mind at that point.”

         

Bostic’s father, an NFL-veteran and Bethune Cookman alum, urged his son to start a recruiting diary, where he could chronicle his trips with the important things he took away from each visit, in the end reflecting on what he wrote in hopes that he can make the best decision possible.

         

With the pages filling up, Bostic reflected on some of the thoughts he penned.

         

“At Florida State, I only got to see a little of what they had to offer,” he said. “We didn’t get a big tour of the whole campus like I did at Florida. In Gainesville we had a great tour, where I saw the entire campus as well as everything the program offered.”

         

As for the Tigers, Bostic continues to dwell on his missed opportunity.

         

“Not getting down there for a longer amount of time kind of hurt me,” he said. “I really wanted to get a chance to work out with the coaches. I also want to see more of the campus.

 

“My father and I didn’t even get to check out what the academic center was all about or anything. I have heard good things, but I want that chance to see the whole campus. I also want to see what a real game in Tiger Stadium is like, because I have heard it is like nothing else.”

         

Note: Bostic finished his junior season with over 100 tackles.


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