Pack Looks Strong for Boone

NC State has emerged as one of the teams to beat for Florida safety Shawn Boone. Pack Pride has the latest.

Palm Beach Gardens (FL) Dwyer standout Shawn Boone said three schools had made the best impression on him earlier this year. Now that some time has passed his list has changed.

NC State, Ole Miss, West Virginia and Florida State are the four schools Boone pointed to as his favorites recently. That's likely not the final word on his top schools but that quartet of programs appears to be the strongest currently.

This summer he plans to visit three of those schools – all but West Virginia. Boone also hopes to work in a visit to Miami as well.

So what does he like about NC State?

"I like NC State a lot because I'm so familiar with the coaches. We have a good relationship together as of right now. When they were at NIU they gave me my first full scholarship so we have a really good relationship. I love the way their team is right now. They have a former player of ours in Jacoby Brissett and I've heard it's a good place," he explained.

Soon he will see for himself. It never hurts to know someone going into a visit.

Florida State is the other school from the ACC that Boone likes and the Seminoles have the advantage of telling him that he can stay close to home.

"I'm familiar with their defense a lot. Coach Kelly is a really good guy and I like their coaches."

Ole Miss has as much recruiting momentum as any school in the nation and that's an attractive option in the SEC for him.

"Coach Heard is a really good guy and I've talked to the head coach a couple of times. It seems like they're all really good guys. They want me to come in and try to play right away in the SEC," he said.

An entire generation of prospects has grown up watching high-scoring offenses in Morgantown. That and recent draft picks have made West Virginia attractive for Boone.

"I'm really good friends with one of West Virginia's recruiters and they send a lot of players to the draft like Tavon Austin and Geno Smith. I believe it's a good place too."

Boone will be traveling a lot this summer and he expects to have a good idea of where he wants to go to school by August. Of his favorites the only school Boone has visited is Florida State. That was for a camp last summer.

Boone (5-10, 175 pounds), is rated a three-star prospect by

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