There's little that needs to be said about linebacker, Boston McConnell that his numbers don't tell you already. Fast, physical and furious in his intensity, he's been a starter in high school, well pretty much since he walked in the door. That kind of experience and his physical ability are just a part of what makes McConnell such an intriguing prospect for the future.
While a team that ultimately wins it all can and usually does show that it's balanced at least to an extent on either side of the ball, teams can often get to the playoffs (if it applies) being heavy in one aspect or another.
Who's to say that McConnell is the primary reason, but he's certainly one of the major factors in why Northeast is still playing ball right now. "We are getting ready for the first round of the playoffs." Boston said.
And, since the regular season is in the books, it gives you a chance to get an idea of what kind of impact, albeit just statistically a player made that year. For McConnell, it's typically impressive. 110 total tackles, 75 of those solos, 1 interception, 4 forced fumbles, 4 tackles for losses and 3 interceptions.
The only thing Boston is looking forward to now is forgetting what he did, because what matters now is each game coming up. "Everything that we just did to get here is long gone." he stated. "Only thing that matters now is every snap from here on out."
"Nobody is giving out trophies for almost getting there, so every game is the most important game you have."
That type of focus can be a definition of what kind of player McConnell is as well. Focused, fiery, aggressive and resolute, he takes each play like it's the only play he's going to make all game. "For me, it's just me playing my game." he said. "I don't play any different than I did when I was a freshman. I'm just smarter in what I do and how I do it."
"You always have to be aggressive out there or someone is going to run you over."
As you look at Boston's profile, check out the stats, read a little of what's been said about him and then, take a look at the offers, you might scratch your head a bit asking the obvious question, 'why no more offers than this?'.
Well, it's not a rare problem, rather one that many have to deal with when it comes to crunch time, needing to bump those S.A.T or A.C.T scores up so that they are qualified for the NCAA clearinghouse. Something that unfortunately for Boston, he has to wait until next year to do. "My time ran out for me this year, so I have to take the SAT next year." he said. "I'm shooting for a 900 next time I take it. The coaches say I don't have to get it that high, but that's what I want to get."
If you are looking for any sort of bottom-line on McConnell, that's it. Don't question the ability and don't question the potential. The only situation McConnell finds himself in now is possibly having to wait until after signing day, that of course depending on when he can get his test taken at the beginning of the year.
Of those schools that haven't offered him, Boston said that North Carolina and Marshall are showing the most attention, but as to teams he likes, offer or no at this time, he's looking literally all over. Distance, weather, none of it matters to him. Yes, you would consider him a heavy lean to Georgia, but he says no. "Right now, there's no one out there that I wouldn't consider." he said. "I've got plenty to focus on right now though, so I'll just do the best I can on the field, in school and on my SAT the next time I take it."
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