Bostic is one to watch for 2010

With the 2009 recruiting year winding down, the LSU coaches have started shifting their attention to the class of 2010. One of the early out of state targets they seem to have identified is Barry Bostic from Louisville, Ga.

Bostic spent most of his junior season playing quarterback at Jefferson County High School.


The 5-11, 175-pounder accounted for 2,705 yards of total offense with 1,372 on the ground and 1,333 through the air. The dual-threat signal caller accounted for 23 total touchdowns with 13 rushing and 10 passing.


While he plays primarily quarterback in high school, Bostic is being recruited by several schools as a defensive back. He feels he has the necessary tools to be successful on either side of the ball in college.


“On offense I’m really good with the ball in my hands,” Bostic said. “My first step is really quick. I have an edge over defensive players because I’m really quick and elusive and make people miss. I love finding the endzone.”


“On defense I have amazing athletic ability,” he continued. “I also have good ball skills, and I love competing. To give an example, this year I competed with (Alabama commitment) Rod Woodson at the SPARQ competition in Hoover. He beat me by a few points, but I just loved competing with him. I ran a 4.59 laser-timed 40, 4.29 shuttle, and had 43” vertical. I finished that camp with a 109 SPARQ rating.”


Fortunately for Bostic a number of schools have already recognized the outstanding athletic ability he possesses.


“I have an offer from Georgia Tech already, and I’m hearing from just about every school in the ACC and the SEC,” Bostic said. “Georgia Tech wants me at quarterback, a-back, and cornerback. Most of the other schools are recruiting me for cornerback. Position doesn’t matter as long as I get a chance to play. Right now I’m just trying to get as many options as I can, and eventually I’ll make the best decision for me.”


The standout athlete offered some thoughts on a few of the schools he is hearing from.


Georgia - “I love Georgia a lot. (Freshman offensive lineman) AJ Harmon is a former teammate.


Georgia Tech - “I like Georgia Tech a lot too. My cousin (Chris Crenshaw) is committed to them for this year.”


Florida - “They want me to play offense. The coaches said they see me as a Percy Harvin type and would put me at different positions. I think I would fill the slot receiver position well in their offense.”


South Carolina - “I like the old ball coach, Steve Spurrier. He’s trying to build something there.”


Bostic is also hearing from LSU, and he has a mutual interest in the Tigers.


“I get a lot of letters from LSU,” he said. “They are definitely a school I am interested in. I love the stadium. I think they have a chance to make a BCS game every year and be in the national title picture. They are recruiting me as a cornerback.”


Bostic was not able to make it down to Baton Rouge for a game during his junior season, but he did catch LSU in action when the Tigers visited the Peach State.


“I saw them play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl,” he said. “They dominated Georgia Tech. The defense played well. Georgia Tech had been ripping people up all year with the triple option, but LSU did a good job preparing and shut it down. I was also really impressed with the quarterback. He was young, but he limited his mistakes and managed the team really well.”


Though Bostic has not yet had a chance to speak to any of the LSU coaches, he has a prior relationship with one of the newest members of the staff.


“I know coach (Ron) Cooper from visiting South Carolina,” he said. “I like him. He’s really into his corners. He likes them to be physical and be confident. He’s a real cool guy. I feel like I can relate to him because he’s pretty young.”


He is still a long way away from making his college decision, but Bostic already has an idea of the criteria he will be using to decide between schools.


“First, I’m looking at academics,” he said. “Second, I’m looking at if they’re going to be a contender every year. Then coaching staff and if I’m comfortable with them on and off the

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