Recruiting is an interesting thing. You can learn a lot about people when you interview them. It is the subtle things, the little things that set young men apart. Turn on the film and watch Jeslord Boateng and what will immediately leap out to you is that he is an old school football player.
While certainly not the same player as current leader of the defense in Chris Frey, he has that motor and passion for the game. I recently caught up with the humble Dublin Coffman star and his respect of Frey was quickly clear and his not wanting to even compare himself, but agreeing they share the same motor and love for the game.
“This last season was my first season playing linebacker so I don’t know if I would compare myself to him just yet.” But when it comes to passion and motor, “Yeah that is true.”
For Boateng being a Spartan was something that he had always dreamed of and an MSU offer was something he had hoped for. “I remember when I was young and playing football and I used to watch Michigan State all of the time, I was like shoot I want to play there. If I ever got the chance to get offered and as soon as they offered I was like yup I want to go there. I just had to visit the place and meet the coaches and I did and I was like that is for me.”
Presently 6’3” and 212#, Boateng is humble on what he has to improve. “Honestly I have to get better at everything. This past year I put on 30 pounds and I have gotten stronger. I am getting better at pass coverage, but I have to keep improving on that. I would say that pass rushing is the best part of my game, but I can improve that as well.”
Scout Midwest regional recruiting guru Allen Trieu breaks down his game by saying, “Stand-up edge guy in high school. Could be a SAM backer or a weakside-defensive end in college depending on how he grows. Shows the ability to run, pursue and drop out into coverage. Does a good job of maintaining his responsibilities and keeping contain. Fluid kid who can change directions. Must get bigger and stronger as well as add some pop as a tackler.”
Boateng wants to get his weight up to #220 before arriving in East Lansing in less than a year and he plans on majoring in Sports Marketing.
Humble, Boateng doesn’t like talking about himself. But when I asked him about Mark Dantonio’s reaction to his commitment he told me, “He was really excited.” He should be Jeslord. You might not say it, but the Spartans got a high motor and high character player with your pledge and the kind of player Mark Dantonio played with to get to a Rose Bowl and needs to get back.