Kettering (Ohio) Alter star quarterback Austin Boucher has suddenly become a hot name on the recruiting trail after leading his team to the Division IV state championship in December. Although Boucher remains solidly committed to Toledo and new head coach Tim Beckman, that hasn't stopped other schools from contacting this fine prospect.
"I'm kind of surprised to see this much attention, to be honest," Boucher said of his situation. "I'm totally committed to Toledo, and that's where I'm going. A lot of schools are showing interest, but that's really all it is. I'm very happy with my decision, and I'm going to Toledo."
Toledo recently hired former Ohio State assistant Tim Beckman as their new head coach. Boucher has been in contact with his future head coach.
"Coach Beckman has been to the house for dinner, and we have started getting to know each other," Boucher stated. "We have a good relationship, and I can tell he's a good guy. I'm looking forward to playing for Coach Beckman, and winning MAC championships."
Boucher's excellent state playoff run has forced other schools to take a second look at him. He has good size (6-2 and 205 pounds) and has the ability to throw and run the football effectively.
"Right now, I'm receiving some interest from Iowa, Georgia Tech and Ohio State," he said. "I've told everyone that I'm committed to Toledo, and that's that. Until someone actually offers a scholarship, it's just interest, and nothing more. I'm pretty honored by the attention, to be honest."
Ohio State started showing interest immediately following Boucher's impressive performance in leading Alter to a 21-6 win over Steubenville. Buckeye head coach Jim Tressel, along with assistants Luke Fickell and Jim Heacock, watched the entire game in person from the field.
"Ohio State started showing up in school right after the final game," he admitted. "That was the first time I've heard from them. Coach (Nick) Siciliano has been in the school a few times, and Coach (John) Peterson has been in a few times. They called my coach first, and then they started showing up at school. I've told them I'm committed to Toledo, and they said something could come up later on. I know they have two quarterbacks ranked ahead of me, Tahj Boyd and Kevin Newsome."
Ohio State has since seen Newsome commit to Penn State but is still actively recruiting Boyd. Should Boyd decide to go elsewhere, Ohio State might turn to Boucher.
"I haven't heard from Ohio State in a while," Boucher said. "They did call to wish me a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. They said they would be calling again at the end of this week, so we'll see what happens. I'm just kind of going with the flow, and waiting to see what happens. They told me there might be something available later on down the road, so I'll see how that goes. Right now, I'm just thrilled to be going to Toledo, and that's my main focus."
Boucher attended the Elite-11 quarterback camp in California, and did quite well, despite being matched up against some of the top quarterback prospects in the country.
"I competed against guys like Matt Barkley and Richard Brehaut, and a few other big-time quarterbacks," Boucher said. "I was told that I did real well, and that I would be heavily recruited, but that really didn't happen, until now. I was glad I went to such a great camp, because it showed that I can compete with the best in the country and hold my own."