Jayestin Boston: North Fort Myers Athlete

One of the top players in Southwest Florida for 2010 is North Fort Myers Athlete Jayestin Boston. The multi-sport star was just getting done with a basketball game and took the time to talk about his recruitment and goals for the 2009 football season.

Jayestin Boston (prefers to be called 'Tre') had a tremendous junior season on both sides of the ball. On offense, the 6'1, 175 pounder consistently showed big-play ability hauling in 43 balls for 736 yards(17.1) and five touchdowns. Defensively, he chipped in 41 tackles with a team leading four interceptions. He talked about his skill set, "I am a leader. I think of myself as clutch, someone the guys can turn to make the big play on the field."

Head Coach Barry Goettemoeller moved down from Ohio in 2008 to take over the football program. He had high praise for Boston's work ethic, production, character, and ceiling as a player. Coach G said, "Tre is a very gifted athlete. He is a confident player and student, and does what it takes to get the job done. He is very competitive when the game is on the line. He was a three way starter as a sophomore and as a junior he became the 'go-to' guy for us. He was the leading receiver in Lee County. He is a 'lock-down' corner, that enabled us to load up the box against better competition."

That relationship is reciprocal. Boston said, "Coach G is a great man, a friend, someone who is on our side. You can go to him any time and he is there for you. My team mates and I respect him and love him. It was a whole different coaching experience for us. I think he knew my talent and he has pushed me to be the best player I can be."

One thing is for certain it is a long list of schools who know about Boston. When asked who he was hearing from he named, "USF, West Virginia, Boston College, Maryland, Wisconsin, Colorado, Rutgers, Pitt, Duke, FAU, Akron.....I am sure I forgot a few."

Southwest Florida is a little different than other parts of the Sunshine State. There is no 'local team', therefore you see plenty of support for all the Florida schools, most of the Big 10, the ACC, and the SEC. Boston said, "I don't have any favorites right now, I am happy for the attention I am getting, and I hope to camp this summer at a few schools who are showing me the most interest."

The rising junior talked about where he projects, "I think defensive back is where I will play. I can make a bigger impact on that side of the ball." At the end of the season, Boston played a little quarterback and excelled in the spread-based attack. He might be the starter there in 2009 to get the ball in his hands as much as possible.

Boston is also standing out on the basket court where he is averaging 15.4 points per game playing anywhere from point guard to forward. He is a track standout as well running the sprints and relays for the Red Knights. Despite being in the middle of basketball season, Boston ripped off a 4.43 40 time a few weeks ago and has a ton of upside down the road.

North Fort Myers has a rich history of sporting achievements and has had legendary athletes such as Deion Sanders, Warren Williams, Jevon Kearse, Mike Greenwell, and Noel Devine. Boston is proud to be a part of it, "Every day I go to school it is a great day. The athletic programs are awesome, we have tremendous support, the teachers are great."

When talking about goals for 2009 it was all about the team, "We want to get back into the playoffs, try to win a State Championship." North Fort Myers is moving to 3A from 5A and will be in a District 11 with Bishop Verot, Fort Myers, South Fort Myers, Riverdale, and Mariner. The Fort Myers-North Fort Myers rivalry is one of the area's best.

Boston is amongst an elite group of players in the state who produced at a high level on both sides of the ball. At 6'1, he has the height at defensive back that colleges are looking for. He attacks the ball in the air, is physical, and has the demeanor to excel in the defensive backfield.


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