None of the UNC coaches have uttered the term "red-shirt" to Boston, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound cornerback from North Fort Myers (Fla.). However, Boston has mentioned it several times himself.
"I don't mind red-shirting," Boston said. "I know in Butch Davis' program if I red-shirt I'll be even better next year."
But don't get the wrong impression. Boston would prefer to see the field his freshman year.
"If they don't have room for me [this season] on the defensive side, I want to find something on offense," Boston said. "If all else fails, I don't mind red-shirting. But, I'd like to get a shot at receiver."
In preparation for his freshman year, Boston has been following the workout program UNC has assigned him.
"I'm getting faster and stronger," Boston said. "Physically, I'm getting bigger."
Boston's track and field season, though, has made following UNC's workout difficult.
This season, Boston is participating in the 4x400 relay and high jump. On Thursday, he'll be competing in the District Track Meet.
Boston's personal best high jump is 6-foot-4.
Boston says the communication with UNC hasn't changed.
"It's like I'm still being recruited," Boston said. "I still talk to them once a week, twice a week."
Most of Boston's conversations are with Everett Withers, UNC's defensive coordinator.
"He's just checking up pretty much," Boston said. "We don't talk about anything major, right now."
Boston hopes to continue to wear his high school jersey number, No. 6, into his UNC career.
"[The UNC coaches] told me if I play this year, No. 6 will be mine," Boston said. "[Anthony] Elzy has it on offense. If I'm going to play offense, we're still talking about what number I'm going to get."
When he arrives on campus on June 14, Boston plans to room with three fellow Floridians – Sean Tapley, Giovanni Bernard, and Jabari Price.
"I wasn't going to room with the Florida boys, because we already know each other," Boston said. "I was going to try to room with the Carolina boys, so that I get to know them a little better.
"But the coaches told me it would be better if we room together so our parents get to know each other when they come up and get to carpool."