A few years ago Maryland ventured down to Palm Peach Gardens, Fla. and T. Dwyer High School to get three-star defensive end Keith Bowers. Now, the Terps are hoping to snag another another three-star prospect from the Panthers, 2014 safety Shawn Boone.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Boone holds offers from the likes of Tennessee, NC State, Ole Miss and Florida State among others and on Tuesday (June 18) he picked up an offer from Maryland.
" I was happy, you know it felt good as any offer does typically," Boone said. " I am just overwhelmed by the amount of attention and everything."
Maryland coach John Dunn stopped by T. Dwyer High to check out Boone during the May evaluation period and the two have kept in touch ever since.
"We talk now and then on Facebook. He just tells me that I am great of a player, what they like about my game," Boone said. "He told me maybe I might be able to come in and play early since they have open spots in the secondary."
Boone has never been out to Maryland or even the D.C. area but he has gotten the low down on the Terps from his former T. Dwyer High teammate, Maryland junior Keith Bowers.
"I know few things about them from Keith, I know they have a great program and I know they going in to the Big Ten," Boone said. "I know he [Bowers] is a great player so they can obviously do some big things."
"I am going to do my best to go check it [Maryland] out, but I am not going to guarantee anything."
Boone said he models his game after another former Panther, Matt Elam, who the Ravens drafted in the first round this year. Much like Elam, Boone isn't afraid of contact and he is known for his aggressive play making.
"We play a lot of zone right now, I can play man but I would say zone is my biggest strength," Bonne said. "I am an excellent hitter. Honestly, I feel like I am the best hitter in the nation. So my game is all around great."
One thing Boone won't need to work on is his confidence and he has the offer list to back it up. Boone is being courted by a number of the nation's top programs but he is not closing the door on any options just yet.
"I am still really open right now," Boone said. "I don't really have any top schools at this point."
So what is Boone looking for in a future program?
"A great school where I can get my education and grow into a better man in life, not just football," Boone said. "Wherever I go I want to become a great football player and be around a great team and great coaches."
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