USC offers emerging Sunshine State LB

Coach Robert Gillespie and the Gamecocks extended an offer last week to an emerging south Florida linebacker prospect that has the potential to become one of the most highly sought after targets in the Sunshine State's Class of 2009. Who is this emerging prospect, and where does South Carolina now stand in the race for the standout linebacker's services? Read inside to find out.

Palm Beach Central (Wellington, FL) star linebacker Jon Bostic possesses a great combination of size and athleticism on the football field, and major programs all around the southeast are taking notice. The 6'3", 230 pound Bostic picked up his first three scholarship offers last week from FIU, South Carolina and N.C. State, and he is receiving strong interest from LSU, Florida, Miami, Central Florida and South Florida.

Bostic's high school coach John Timmins describes him as a "phenomenal athlete" and a player that "everybody in the country is going to recruit." It's only a matter of time until more schools jump into the mix, but often times being one of the first major programs to offer stands out in a player's recruitment.

According to Bostic, he was very excited when he received the offer from South Carolina last week, and he is looking forward to learning more about the Gamecocks.

"I've become very interested in South Carolina after talking with the coaching staff, especially the defensive coordinator. He was saying how I'd have a chance of early playing time there because they've got linebackers graduating this year," said Bostic. "They want to get me up there for a camp to see the campus and everything around there."

While Bostic is not very familiar with USC at this point, he has kept tabs on a former south Florida standout that's gone on to have a very successful career in Columbia.

"I'm not real familiar with them yet, but we had a running back from Palm Beach County a couple years ago that went up to South Carolina - Emanuel Cook. He's playing strong safety for them now, and I've been watching him the past couple years."

Bostic, who said he plans to "stay in the southeast" when selecting his college choice, is also interested in learning more about what N.C. State has to offer.

"I'm still looking into N.C. State. My dad was telling me about them from his days when he played at Bethune-Cookman college. I'm still trying to learn more about them."

The emerging Sunshine State prospect made an unofficial visit to Central Florida last weekend, and he plans to take several more trips in the coming months to see what the different schools that are pursuing him have to offer.

"I want to go visit the schools and check out the facilities to see what the schools are all about. My dad is always saying to enjoy the process. He said to always look at every school and have fun with (the recruiting process) because it only comes once in a lifetime. He told me it's my decision."

Bostic is not sure at this point about a timeframe for his decision, but he does know what factors he'll consider when deciding on his college choice.

"I'll look at the academics, graduation rates, location and the tradition of the program."

Bostic, who said he is consistently timed at 4.5 seconds in the forty yard dash, closed by describing what type of player he is on the football field.

"Coaches are telling me that I've got the speed of a strong safety but the size of a linebacker. On the field I'd probably just describe myself as all over. I'll play wherever they need help."

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