Posted: 11:54 am Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Bostic narrows field… to 11 

By Jason Lieser

Palm Beach Central linebacker Jon Bostic, the consensus top college prospect in the county, might want to start trimming his list of potential suitors.


Bostic (6-2, 225) was rated the 11th best linebacker in the nation by ESPN, and Rivals.com has him as the No. 7 prospect in the state at any position. He has received 27 official offers (some schools knew not to waste their time), but so far has only cut his choices down to 11.

Normally that wouldn’t be a big deal at this point in the year, but Bostic is on track to graduate early and plans to enroll in college in January

Bostic will start at linebacker for the Broncos this season, but will slip into the secondary at times and should see significant snaps at running back. This is his list of potential destinations, with the position they want him to play in parenthesis:

Southern Cal (LB), LSU (LB, RB, SS), Florida (LB), Miami (LB), Florida State (LB, TE), Auburn (LB), Clemson (LB, RB), Alabama (LB, RB, SS), West Virginia (LB), South Carolina (LB, RB), Central Florida (LB, RB).

Of the coaches he has met, Bostic is a big fan of all four in-state guys. He liked what he heard from LSU boss Les Miles in their webcam talk, and said he was particularly impressed by his conversation with USC linebackers coach Ken Norton, Jr., a former Pro Bowl defender for the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers.

Bostic was slowed by back and ankle injuries the last two seasons, but he said he is fully recovered. He already is reaping the benefits of specially-made inserts for his shoes, intended to support his flat feet.

At 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, he runs the 40 in 4.45 seconds. Those numbers are college-ready, meaning schools don’t have to project his growth.

He also has the benefit of an in-house advisor, his father. Jon Bostic, Sr., played cornerback for the Detroit Lions from 1985 to ’87 after leaving Bethune Cookman.