Avon's Boggs Commits to Rutgers

Avon (Conn.) Old Farms athlete Andre Boggs made a verbal commitment to Rutgers shortly after receiving an offer Thursday night. Boggs, who comes from Coatesville (Pa.) High School checks in at 5-foot-10, 170 pounds and

Rutgers has found success at Avon (Conn.) Old Farms before with now Chicago Bears linebacker Khaseem Greene, and received a commitment Thursday from Andre Boggs. Originally from Coatesville (Pa.) High, Boggs picked up an offer from Rutgers coach Kyle Flood and did not take long to make a decision.

"Rutgers did a good job recruiting him through highs school, and he played in a 7-on-7 tournament there," said Coatesville coach Matt Ortega. "He'd been there twice for practice in the spring. He'd done a good job there. He kind of had an idea that's where he wanted to go, and when they offered him, he committed."

Boggs was a part of the Coatesville team that made it to the finals of coach Kyle Flood's first passing camp. He was teammates with one-time 2014 Rutgers recruits Tyler Burke and Daquan Worley.

"He's probably one of the most talented athletes that I've had and that comes at a lot of different positions," Ortega said. "He's just an all-around athlete. He went up to Avon Old Farms to help himself academically, and we knew that once he went up there, he'd be prepared for college."

Rutgers recently lost cornerback Ian Thomas to an unexpected departure, and with Boggs as a post-grad, could have a quick replacement for spring practice.

"He was primarily a slot receiver and running back for us, but he's more on the defensive side for Avon," Ortega said. "I think he can play anywhere to be honest with you. He can do corner. The value of him at corner is that he's so athletic. He has great change of direction. He has great hips. He's fast. I think it will definitely be a huge upside of him being at corner, but I think it could take a little bit more time to develop.

Boggs had limited interest coming out of Coatesville because of academic concerns, but put himself on track at Avon, where he is almost done with his fall responsibilities.

"It's a testament of the kind of kids that we have at our school, and how hard he was willing to work," Ortega said. "We have great kids, who work hard and buy into all of the things you need to buy into as a football player. He has good work ethic."

Boggs becomes the 26th member of the Rutgers recruiting class, and is expected to enroll for the spring semester.

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