Boselli Reaches A New Level; Sets Visits

Episcopal High (Jacksonville, Fla.) offensive guard Andrew Boselli saw his recruitment reach a new level Feb. 16.

Episcopal High (Jacksonville, Fla.) offensive guard Andrew Boselli saw his recruitment reach a new level Feb. 16. The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder previously held offers from the likes of Illinois, Maryland, Miami, Mississippi State, Missouri and Ohio, but on President’s Day he reeled in a coveted SEC verbal.

“I just got the offer from LSU, so it was a pretty exciting day,” said Boselli, the son of former All-Pro left tackle Andrew Boselli. “The regional guy for [the Tigers], he messaged me on Twitter and asked me to call, and we talked for a good 20 minutes about football. Then he said they were extending the offer. I was really excited, and I’m excited to get out there in the spring. That was a big one for me.”

LSU isn’t the only program on the verge of anteing up. He said a Duke offer could materialize following his visit to Durham, N.C., Feb. 21, while coaches from Florida State and Georgia have been in contact as well.

“I’m pretty sure Duke is going to be the next [offer],” Boselli said. “Two months ago [the Blue Devils’] recruiter down here and said they’d like to give me a scholarship, but he had to talk to the head coach first. But I never heard back about it, so I never go the official offer. So hopefully it’ll become official after this weekend when I visit Duke and meet the head coach. I’m looking forward to getting that one too.”

Following that Duke trip, Boselli plans to be at Maryland Feb. 21, followed by Florida State, LSU and Missouri sometime in March or the spring. He said all four of those programs “are really important for me to see.”

The Terps, of course, had an offer out to Boselli before any other major Division I program. The Episcopal product has known area recruiter Keenan McCardell for years considering both Tony Boselli and the Terps’ receivers’ coach played together while with the Jacksonville Jaguars. In fact, Maryland head coach Randy Edsall knows the Bosellis well too, as he was an assistant with Jacksonville back in the mid-1990s.

“Coach McCardell and Coach Edsall are both great. Coach Keenan came out like a month ago to my school, and then I had about three or four conversation with [Edsall] on Twitter and just talking to him,” Boselli said. “Coach McCardell and I [direct message on Twitter] quite a bit, and he came down three times during the season too. I have a really good relationship with him, and I know my dad talks to him a lot too, as well as Coach Edsall.”

Besides the staff, Boselli said there’s plenty to like about UMD. He said he’s been trying to visit College Park, Md., for a good while now, and is looking forward to finally seeing it first-hand Feb. 28.

“I definitely think Maryland is still up there for me. It’s a program on the rise. They always have a competitive team, it’s great academics and I hear it’s a beautiful campus,” Boselli said. “I get a lot of love from Maryland, and there’s a lot to like about the school.

“And Maryland has been with me from the start of the process. That was one of my first offers, and through all the other offers, they’re still definitely up there. They’re one of my tops.”

These next two weekends will be Boselli’s first opportunity to journey out to campuses this offseason. He’d previously been to Florida, Alabama, Georgia and his father’s alma mater, USC.

“When I start taking this trips, I’ll be looking at the facilities of course – that’s big -- the school in general, dorms, classrooms … I mean, I want to make sure it looks nice,” Boselli said. “And also academics is big, and football tradition too.

“I’m not really concerned with the coaches, though. Honestly, I’ve been advised, the way college football works, you never know what coach is going to be there. Don’t go to the school because of the coach. At the end of the day, coaches come and go, and you have to like the campus and the school. Obviously, it helps if you like the coach too, but it’s not the be all, end all for me.”

Maybe so, but what about playing in the SEC? Considering Boselli is from the Sunshine State and now has an LSU offer in toe, might he be wooed by some of the blueblood Southern programs?

“I do like the SEC. I mean, the SEC, the linemen they produce, and the bigger, tougher, stronger competition -- that’s something that’s alluring and exciting for me,” Boselli said. “But at the end of the day, you’re going to have great competition wherever you go.

“And if you look at the college football playoff, Ohio State won, so that’s a Big Ten school. So while I like the SEC, it’s not like I’m not going to be looking at schools in other conferences, because I know I can win at schools in the Big Ten, ACC, or wherever.”

Boselli also mentioned that his father is not pushing him in one direction or another. Andrew Boselli said his dad merely offers advice and tries not to become too involved in the recruiting process.

“My dad wants me to enjoy the process and not get too caught up in it,” Andrew Boselli said. “He reminds me that I still have another year of football left, and you have to keep working to get anywhere. He keeps telling me to stay focused.”

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