Better Than Ever

Hearing that he tore his ACL before the first game of the season his sophomore year, Kadron Boone didn't know what the future held for his football career.

Kadron Boone was a little scared.

"I didn't know how I was going to come back," the Trinity Catholic (Ocala, Fla.) receiver said.

Boone was worried about his speed, could he cut the same way, will he be able to play well with a brace on?

He also wondered if the dream of playing major college football had gone down the drain.

Well it definitely didn't.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Boone rehabbed hard, came back stronger, and put together an impressive junior season. In helping lead his team to the Class 2-B state title game, Boone scored 16 total touchdowns. He caught 57 passes for 1,285 yards, proving he is one of the best receivers in the state of Florida.

"It's real crazy," Boone stated. "After tearing my ACL my sophomore year, if you would've told me Florida, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Texas Tech would be offering me a scholarship, I would've looked at you and said you're crazy.

"It's just a great feeling."

Boone has roughly 20 scholarship offers, and the one from Notre Dame will become official real soon. He has been hearing from the Irish for a few months now, and keeps in regular touch with assistant coach Tony Alford.

"He offered me, but he said coach (Charlie) Weis wants to do it over the phone," Boone said. "We're just trying to set up a date.

"He said I'm very explosive. He likes the way I attack the ball. He said I can make a difference in the game and just bust a big play at anytime. He likes my all-around game."

Boone doesn't know much about Notre Dame, but he likes what he's heard so far.

"I like them," Boone said. "Academics is first, football is not always going to be there, and they have a great academic program. I'm going to need something to fall back on.

"I'm going to try and get up there over the summer. Coach Alford said he's going to come to the school for a spring practice.

"I want to learn more about them."

Boone has a 3.2 GPA, and isn't sure what he wants to major in. The only school he's been able to visit so far is Florida, and Boone doesn't expect to make a college decision until he's done making his official visits.

"I'm still talking it over with my parents," Boone said.

"I'm looking for a great coaching staff, and great academics. Somewhere I just feel comfortable with possible playing time as a freshman. The coaches have to be excited. If a school has all that, that's where I'm headed."

Boone also holds offers from places like Arkansas, Clemson, Miami, Cincinnati, Oregon and Tennessee. He claims no favorites.

"Right now, I'm just trying to learn more about the schools and talk with the coaches and staff, and go from there."


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