The Kid's Got Some Game

A multi-sport threat from Lincoln HS in Brooklyn, Ny., Nyan Boateng has received tons of interest from both college football and basketball coaches. Will he play both in college? Did he have the chance to visit Penn State? Who is his current leader?

Name: Nyan Boateng
Position: WR
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 190 pounds
40 Speed: 4.5 seconds
Hometown/School: Brooklyn, Ny. (Lincoln HS)

A talented, busy guy is more like it.  Just this summer alone, he's been in Las Vegas, Suwanee, Ga., State College, Pa., and Morgantown, Wv.  In both Nevada and Georgia, Nyan worked on and displayed his prowess on the basketball court at the Adidas Superstar Camp.  He visited both Pennsylvania and West Virginia to check out schools and see what kind of football programs both offer. 

Nyan Boateng is one busy guy.  A dual sport star at Lincoln HS in Brooklyn, Ny., Nyan treats opposing two guards and corner backs the same way -- scoring on them at will.  While his basketball skills may have taken camp precedent this summer at the Adidas Superstar Camp, Nyan's football skills take a back seat to no one.  And college coaches, both on the gridiron and hardwood, know that fact.

Despite taking traveling to Adidas camps in Las Vegas and Suwanee, Ga. where he averaged nearly 20 points and drew the attention of many hoop coaches, Nyan has still had the opportunity to see some college campuses this summer.

"I just recently went to see Joe Paterno before I went to Vegas, two weeks ago.  I liked it.  I was also trying to see Pitt but my schedule didn't allow it," said Nyan, who mentioned taking unofficials to Maryland, Penn State, West Virginia, Texas, and UCLA.

Nyan spent two days at Penn State, traveling east to Happy Valley with his uncle, who acts as a kind of adviser for the Brooklyn teen.

"He's helping me with recruiting, helping me talk to the coaches.  I always need a second opinion from everybody, like people in my family.  With this recruiting, I'm not alone.  I try to get people to come with me wherever I go, so they can get a feeling from the coaches about whether they like them or not."

"He's a Brooklyn guy.  My uncle's a little older, so [he and JoePa] kind of knew the same people.  So they kept on having conversations, going back and forth.  It was great," explained Nyan, who had a great conversation himself with the legend.  "He just told me he would take care of me if I come there.  They're looking for wide receivers so I'd be able to come in and be a major player.  They won't redshirt me.  I'd be one of the guys who can come in and fight for a starting job."

In addition to Joe Paterno, Boateng expressed his approval of how the entire Penn State coaching staff has been recruiting him in such a positive way.

"They are straight forward with me.  That's one thing I like about Joe Paterno.  I like everything they have to offer me.  I like the environment and I like the stadium -- it was crazy.  I love the people there and the players there, the way they talk about it, it's Penn State," stated Nyan.

"I spoke to one of their quarterbacks (Michael Robinson) and I spoke to Matt Hahn, he just signed with them.  He's from Long Island, so he told me about the situation there.  Their just straight.  I like my recruiter, Brian Norwood, I like him a lot, he's just a straight forward type of guy.  He's done a great job recruiting me."

"I know they signed Anthony Morelli, so that's a big plus."

Nyan the chance to become accustomed to much more than just the Nittany Lion football program.  He also saw the academic facilities, a priority he shares with the Penn State coaching staff.

"Academically, they have a great reputation.  The academic support is great there too.  I met their academic people and all that stuff.  I think that was great.  And the place was beautiful -- it's a college town.  It's a great environment."

"They will allow me to play two sports in college.  That's a big plus too."

While on the visit to Penn State, did Nyan get the chance to Nittany Lion Basketball coach Ed DeChellis?

"I couldn't speak to him but my uncle did.  They're recruiting me hard," said Nyan, who has a Penn State basketball offer too.  "I couldn't speak to him because of the recruiting period.  At quiet period they can't talk to you."

Despite not having a traditionally strong basketball program, Nyan admitted he sees the opportunity for him to really help out the program.

"Yeah, they have a good situation there for me.  I'll be able to come in and play in football and basketball.  I'd probably be one of their best players with me coming from the city.  They haven't had guys like me the last couple of years.  They said they're excited about recruiting me."

Despite what seemed to be a great visit, Nyan did not put the Nittany Lions in the top spot on his list.

"I'll probably take a visit there.  I can't rank them, but I'll probably take an official visit there," said Nyan, who still named Maryland his leader. "They're my number one school right now."

What gives the Terps, who he has visited twice, the edge over Penn State?

"They have great programs for basketball and football.  It's a basketball school as well as a football school.  That's my number one priority to play two sports in college.  And I think right now they have what I want and what I'm looking for in a school.  I like Coach Friedgen too, he's a good offensive minded coach."

Besides both Penn State and Maryland, Nyan also named Texas, Florida, USC, Pitt, Michigan State, Iowa, Maryland as schools he is interested in.  He admitted that he can not narrow down his options just yet because more and more pour in constantly.

"I get offers everyday.  I just got offers from UNC, Virginia Tech and LSU and for basketball.  At first, I thought I was going to commit early but now recently, I got offers from Kansas, so I'm going to wait and try to pick my spots.  Penn State and Maryland, I know I'll definitely visit there.  Now I've got to figure out where I want to go to another three schools that will fit me."

With the basketball camp tour winding down, Nyan doesn't have any more unofficial visits or traveling scheduled.

"I'm going to stay home now and get ready for my season.  I'm going to go back to school and be a leader for my teammates."

His frequent flier miles will start to add up again this fall when Nyan decides on his three other official visits and he travels to Texas for the US Army All-American game, which he just received an official invitation to play in from's Tom Lemming.

(Interview by Steve Curry)

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