Spring evaluation period is when coaches hit the road to look at top 2017, 2018 prospects. But every now and then there is that 2019 recruit you simply cannot pass on.
And when you’re talking about the state of Oklahoma, Collinsville (Okla.) High’s Grayson Boomer is that prospect.
Already a legitimate 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, Boomer is separating himself from the crowd at tight end and the offers are already pouring in.
It started earlier this month with Nebraska, and it won’t slow down anytime soon.
“I did not (see it coming),” Boomer said. “The night before, a few of their coaches followed me on Twitter. It was kind of surprising.
“My dad is the principal so I thought I was in trouble. He took me to the office and said Coach Jones had let him know Nebraska wants to offer me.”
Less than two hours later, Iowa State entered the mix. Then, during this week, two more Big 12 schools in Oklahoma State and Texas Tech have offered Boomer.
You could say it has been a pretty good week for the Boomer family. To go with Grayson’s offers, his older brother, Seth Boomer, committed to Tulsa on Tuesday at quarterback.
Seth knows he wants to be quarterback, and as of right now, Grayson is 100 percent set on being a tight end at the next level.
His goal is to be around 240-245 pounds by the time he graduates Collinsville, but it will be interesting to see how his body fills out during the next couple of years.
Boomer said Rob Gronkowski is the blueprint for what he wants to be. He also said Greg Olsen and Jimmy Graham are tight ends he has watched through the years.
“I don’t know why. It comes really naturally to me,” Boomer said. “I have good hands, good feet, can block, it’s where I feel like I can fit in.”
Oklahoma has been showing some interest as offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh follows Boomer on Twitter and defensive coordinator Mike Stoops met with Boomer in the spring. Things could heat up in a hurry if Boomer does indeed attend OU’s camp next weekend.
It’s not 100 percent confirmed, but according to us here at Sooners Illustrated, Boomer is the first in-state offer for the 2019 class. It’s something that means a lot to Boomer.
“It’s huge,” he said. “You figuring a defensive back or wide receiver would be the first, but it was pretty cool to hear I was the first. It’s pretty special.”