West Palm Beach (Fla.) William T. Dwyer three-star safety Shawn Boone took his third official visit over the weekend to College Park, and his first trip to Maryland was a good one.
"It was a good time. The school, the atmosphere, the coaches, everything was really nice," Boone said. "I know there is a lot of opportunity there."
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound defensive back arrived just before Maryland's game against Clemson on Saturday. He went straight to campus and hung out with some of Maryland's injured defensive backs down on the field while he watched the Terps warm up for their game.
During the game, Boone paid close attention to Maryland's defensive backs.
"I was impressed with the defense. They were running a lot of cover two which was really messing Clemson up a lot so I thought it was good game plan by coach Stewart," Boone said. I was watching the way they made the calls and stuff what coverages they played and how the secondary communicated.
"I think if they wouldn't have had so many players hurt it would have gone the opposite way. "
Boone enjoyed catching up his old friend and his host, Will Likely, his former high school teammate Keith Bowers, and getting to know the rest of the guys on the team. Between video games and football, Boone was able to delve a little deeper into what it's like to play in the Terps secondary.
"One thing Will [Likely] said was that the coaches aren't playing game, they put the best player out there. He knows I work hard like he does so he knows I could get on the field early," Boone said. "I know he was shooting me straight too because that's what he did and he was out there on the field and he has been playing a lot this year."
Boone also appreciated how honest the Maryland coaches were with him. The T. Dwyer standout sat down with defensive coordinator Brian Stewart to talk extensively about the Terps' defense and where he saw Boone fitting in.
"We watched film and all the different stuff like so I could get to know the defense. He was just telling me how much of an impact I would have if I went there and how he can help me get to the next level because he has already coached at that level (NFL)," Boone said. "I know he wasn't bs-ing me because I can see how much Will is playing and I know he coached another player I know Abe Elam who plays in the NFL now."
After going over the defense, Boone sat down with Terps head coach Randy Edsall.
"He asked me a lot about my classes and stuff. He said he thought I was a great young man and he know I could have a bright future kind of like Will," said Boone, who has a 3.0 GPA. "He just would like if I had that bright future at Maryland."
Speaking of the future, Boone was blown away by the plans for Maryland's future indoor facilities.
"The pictures of the new facility were amazing, " Boone said. "It looked like they were going to be real cool, definitely made me think about want to be a part of it."
But the Florida defensive back didn't spend his whole visit talking football. Before he left, Boone got to check out the D.C. sights and scene.
"It was my first time down in a D.C. and it was a amazing," Boone said. "We got to see the White House, that was really cool and the food was really good."
Boone had one final meeting with Coach Edsall before heading back to Florida, but he wasn't ready to make a decision. He left his visit without making a commitment, and Boone said he wanted to wait until after all five of his officials before announcing his final decision on Signing Day.
The three-star safety is schedule to take his fourth official to Mississippi on November 8 and his final official to Penn State on November 23.
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