Trinity Catholic HS (Ocala, FL) wide receiver Kadron Boone is easily one of the top prospects in a loaded crop of wide receivers in the Sunshine State's class of 2010. And with around 30 offers to his credit, the three-star receiver has the scholarships to back up that claim.
With so many options to sort through, Boone says the time to narrow his list is quickly approaching.
"Everything is going good right now, recruiting-wise," Boone says. "I'm nipping the schools down to five right now, so I can get with these coaches and already have a date set when I want to take a visit and look at these schools. And after I take these visits I'll get ready to commit."
Boone says he hopes to have the cut made by the end of the month. He lists Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Clemson and Miami as the schools still in the running for his services.
There are several factors that Boone says will play a part in the process of narrowing his list.
"First I'm looking for a good coaching staff, who loves the game and gets fired up," he said. "A head coach who is going to be there for you, not just as a coach but as a father figure too, on and off the field, [is important]. A great receivers coach who I get along with, a good academic background, [and] a good graduation percentage on the football team... I'm going to look for somewhere where I can play early, somewhere that I fit in."
Boone has long been considered a heavy lean to the in-state Florida Gators. But with two wide receivers already committed and a long list of others strongly considering the Gators, there have been questions about whether they will ultimately have a spot for the talented prospect if he doesn't commit soon.
"They're still coming at me hard," Boone responded to those rumors. "They're just telling me if I'm really considering him that I need to see if I'm really going to focus on them, because they're loading up at receiver.
"Like I told them, I don't want to make any decision until I see these schools. These schools, they've offered me, so I want to give them an opportunity to show what they're bringing to the table. So if (Florida) fills up while I'm taking a visit, then I'll just go from there. I understand that, I'm not the only receiver they're recruiting. I can't get mad at them, I just feel like I'm playing it the safe way."
Boone recently ran into former Trinity Catholic standout receiver and current Gamecock Dion LeCorn at the high school. Boone says LeCorn did his best to talk about all the positives at USC.
"He told me a bunch of people like South Carolina for different reasons, so I have to get up there and look at it for myself," Boone said of the conversation. "He was just telling me how the offense is run, what they do at receiver, what the coaching is like, how the school is up there, you know just giving me a little more input and teaching me about South Carolina.
"He told me he is not going to push me to go anywhere that I don't want to go. I was just asking him some questions that I might not have had answered with them sending me stuff. The biggest thing he was telling me is he's not going to force me to go anywhere. He's just going to tell me some thing about it, which is good, and if I'm still liking it then get up there and get a good look for myself. But the overall decision is going to have to be me, because I'm going to have to live with it."
Boone says that no team is safe when it comes to cutting his list and it's pretty much wide open as to which five will make the cut.
The nation's No. 39 wide receiver says even if a school makes the top five, that doesn't guarantee he will take an official visit there. He also didn't rule out the idea of making an earlier commitment and then taking official visits.
"Once I'm narrowing it down, if I look at it and only three schools have what I'm looking for in a school, then I'm going to take those three visits and then go from there. If it's two, then I'll take two. But if it's five, then I'll take five then go from there. But overall if I've committed to a school and I'm still taking visits then I'll just come back and say I'm sticking with this school [if everything checks out]."
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