Pittsburgh offers big time QB prospect

It has been rumored for several days that the University of Pittsburgh had made an offer Oscar F. Smith (Chesapeake, VA) standout signal caller Greg Boone (6-4, 240, 4.6), but that the rumors were unfounded. That was until this morning when Greg got word that he was being sent a written scholarship offer to attend Pittsburgh.

"Coach Harris has been in contact with me a good bit lately, I had a feeling they would offer," said Boone.

Pittsburgh is not the first to recognize the cannon arm and athletic talent of Boone. Maryland, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Nebraska, Syracuse, and Penn State have all submitted offers to the junior QB.

One thing that attracts Boone to Pittsburgh is the reputation for developing QBs, "Coach Harris has had 7 QB's drafted. He's had 2 of the nation's best receivers in the last four years, Antonio Bryant and Larry Fitzgerald. He has a reputation for developing QBs. As a QB you have to like that."

"Pittsburgh is definitely a place I want to check out."

In 2003, Greg Boone completed 75 passes out of 140 attempts for 1,400 yards, 14 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. Greg is a threat to run also, amassing 300 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns on the ground. Many, including head coach Rich Morgan, compare Boone to two other big-bodied QBs, Daunte Culpepper and Byron Leftwich.

Does Greg mind being compared to the likes of those guys?

"I don't mind that. People can compare me to those two all they want."

Boone is equally adept on the defensive side of the ball as well. He plays defensive back for Oscar Smith; during his junior season he had 48 tackles and 5 interceptions.

Coach Morgan is happy to have an athlete with the prowess of a Greg Boone, "Greg is a tremendous athlete whether it's as a QB, a DB. Anything you need he can get it done."

Boone however is quick to squash any rumors of him playing another position at the next level, "I am a QB, and I plan on playing QB in college. I have seven offers and they are all for me playing QB."

Boone was recently invited to the Elite 11 QB camp at Georgia Tech. He's uncertain as to whether or not he will attend, but he is not ruling it out.

"I've been talking to my parents about it, so I may end up going."

Did being invited to attend one of the most prestigious events for QB's have an effect on Boone?

"It opened my eyes, and made me feel that maybe I am better than I thought I was."

Greg's current favorites are Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, and Nebraska. He has attended junior day at Maryland, he has been invited to several others. North Carolina has invited him to their spring game. As for camps/combines, Boone will attend the Nike camp at Virginia and the summer football camp at North Carolina.

When asked what Walt Harris said to Boone upon offering him Boone said, "Coach Harris said he really liked my ability and my leadership, the way I carry myself."

What are Boone's strengths and weaknesses? What makes him a big time prospect?

"My vision, the way I am able to see the field, and my arm strength. I do need to work on my footwork, though."

Strength is something Boone knows about, as he is no slouch in the weight room either. Currently, Boone bench presses 325 lbs and squats 525 lbs.

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