Position – Wide Receiver
Current Size and Speed – 6-foot-1, 195, 4.5
High School – Trinity Catholic
City/State – Ocala, Fla.
Senior Stats – 995 yards and 15 touchdowns
Recruited By – Billy Gonzales
Scout.com Position Ranking – No. 15 (****)
One of the nation’s top-ranked receivers, Boone committed to Texas Tech last August in hopes of getting his recruitment process out of the way prior to his senior season of football and track.
When head coach Mike Leach and Texas Tech broke ties, so did Boone. After visits to Louisville, West Virginia, Georgia and LSU, the Sunshine State native elected to commit to head coach Les Miles on Signing Day.
With Jhyryn Taylor and John Williams now gone from the team, wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales has only four scholarship wide receivers headed into the summer. Boone, who was recruited to LSU by Gonzales, is expected to be one of the class’s earliest performers.
On his decision... “I couldn’t be happier than I am. All things happen for a reason. When the ups and downs all took place, I just kept going. The opportunity I now have in front of me is one I would have taken all along.”
A close connection… “My track coach graduated from LSU, and throughout high school I would joke with them that if LSU offered I would go. One day after I was looking around, after Texas Tech, I got word that Billy Gonzales was at LSU and wanted to recruit me. I let him know right away that I was interested, and things went from there.”
The impact of Gonzales… “Coach Gonzales was recruiting me at Florida. He offered me when he was on staff there. I really liked him as a person, and I am pretty excited that we ended up getting together at LSU. He was one of my favorite staff members throughout the whole process, for sure.”
His planned impact… “Coach Gonzales tells me that after they lost two more guys with injury, now I have to come in and play. It’s on me to decide if I want that fourth receiver spot behind Terrance [Toliver], Rueben [Randle] and [Russell] Shepard. If I keep working like I am then things should be set up for me. My goal going into Atlanta is to come in and be a starter.”
The progress of offseason workouts… “With track I am a little behind, I will admit that. I talked with coach Moffitt the other day and he told me that I should be fine since I am running so much with track. Most of what [Moffitt] has us doing is agility stuff. After practice my coach walks me through a lot of it, at least when I am not completely worn out. Once the track season ends I will be on it full-time.”
On success with track… “I have my speed back, I know that much (laughing). We run for State on Saturday. When the new national rankings come out we should also be moving from No. 5 up to No. 2. I have times of 10.5 in the 100 and 21.4 in the 200, and our team runs a 41.2 in the 4x1.”
On doing his offseason homework… “I watched the LSU spring game, and I looked at North Carolina’s after that. Doing homework on teams is one of my favorite things. When I watched that game I was calling guys from the team and asking them what they thought. It got us pretty excited for Atlanta to go ahead and get here.”
On being an LSU commit in Florida… “Oh man, the people are in my ear left and right. They will talk up the Gators and all that. Everyone at school messes with me about choosing the wrong SEC school. I just tell them that LSU was young last year, and that we are going to be really good this year, especially with me coming in as the secret weapon.”
On arriving at LSU… “I will leave on June 4th to make the move, because orientation for the school is on the 6th. Since we have been doing so well with track there are talks that we could be doing a national meet sometime in late June, but I already told my coach that I would be gone for college by that point. I am ready for the move to come.”
Off the field… “It’s mostly about watching more football, for me. I just like hanging out at the house with my family and watching the television or playing some video games. When I am not working out, that’s where you can find me.”