Brooklyn star talks about Pittsburgh

With every update you read, it appears as if WR Nyan Boateng (6-3, 190, 4.45) of Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, NY changes his tune. With over 30 offers for football and a handful in basketball, there is a lot on this young mans plate right now.

Nyan talked to The Panther Report recently about Pittsburgh, recruiting, and some other things. TheInsiders.com currently ranks Nyan Boateng as the #13 WR in the country

Nyan fist appeared on the seen as a part of a very talented Abraham Lincoln basketball team that featured Prep phenom Sebastien Telfair, Antonio Pena, and Boateng. Nyan received his first official college offers as a basketball player from Memphis, which was followed by Syracuse, and Maryland. While the option to play football and basketball will be a big influence on his decision process, just how big is it?

"I may not even play hoop's my 1st year in school. I want to concentrate on football and academics and get that balanced out first. I will then have to re-evaluate my situation and go from there," said Boateng.

Lincoln lost in the state championship to an under dog Mt. Vernon squad that featured incoming Panther recruit Keith Benjamin. How much has the Pitt basketball influenced him?

"I'm good friends with Chris Taft, I talk with him a good bit. I know Carl Krauser pretty well. Those guys want me to come to Pittsburgh."

Boateng currently names eight schools that he is seriously considering including Maryland, Pittsburgh, Penn State, Nebraska, USC, Michigan State, Miami, and Virginia. What are Pittsburgh's chances?

"I have met Larry Fitzgerald. I've spoken to him on the phone about Pittsburgh and the offense there. I speak with Coach Harris a lot. I call him about every other day it seems like."

"I'm going to visit Pittsburgh and Penn State in the middle of July, so hopefully after that I'll get a better feel for each of those two schools."

Boateng took a recent trip to Morgantown to check out the Mountaineers. How did that go?

"As far as the school and the program goes it was cool, but there's more to college life than that and the atmosphere there just wasn't for me. I am a city guy. We drove through Pittsburgh on the way back and it was a definite culture shock going from Morgantown to Pittsburgh."

Obviously, you'll have to at some point narrow your options down. When will you do that?

"It will be a long process, but hopefully by the end of the summer."

Are there any other trips in the future?

"At the end of July, I may visit either Miami or USC. It will most likely be USC."

The All-Area performer played in 12 games last fall and caught 44 passes for 940 yards and 16 touchdowns. Nyan is a solid performer in the classroom as well, with a 2.9 GPA and he has scored 1080 on his SATs.

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