Posted: 1:04 am Friday, October 17th, 2008

UF to Make Power Push for Bostic 

By Jason Lieser

Can Jon Bostic say no to Urban Meyer? If so, it would be a rare Palm Beach County rejection for the Florida Gators head coach.

Fresh off his weekend visit to Gainesville for the Florida-LSU game, Bostic is in for more face time with the Gators coaching staff.

Meyer, defensive coordinator Charlie Strong and wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales are expected to visit Palm Beach Central on Friday to speak with Bostic.

“They’re coming at me real hard,” Bostic said Thursday. “I’m starting to see which teams really want me.”

Bostic received an abundance of scholarship offers and narrowed his list to 11 schools last month. He recently nixed UCF and South Carolina, leaving these nine teams to compete for him: Southern Cal, LSU, Florida, Miami, Florida State, Auburn, Clemson, Alabama and West Virginia. He sounded uncertain about Clemson (which he had planned to visit) in the wake of the school firing coach Tommy Bowden.

Bostic has visited Auburn and Florida, and will visit LSU next weekend. He said he eventually will visit Florida State before making a decision. Some of his trips, particularly in-state, are considered unofficial.

Obviously his recent trip to Gainesville and his meeting with the Gators coaches in Wellington will lead to speculation that Florida is the frontrunner to land him, but Bostic said those thoughts are premature.

“That’s not accurate,” Bostic said of any perception that UF is leading the chase. “I haven’t said I have a favorite, and most of my choices are even.”

One edge for Florida is its physical therapy program. That is Bostic’s preferred field of study, and he said his parents are adamant that he receive a quality education that will prepare him for life outside of football.

Bostic is not rushing his college choice, but there is shrinking timetable on his decision process. He is on track to graduate early and plans to enroll in college in January. He said he has not set a hard deadline for himself to pick a school, but admitted he needs to narrow his list quickly.

He was rated the 11th best linebacker in the nation by ESPN, and has him as the No. 7 prospect in the state at any position. Bostic is starting at linebacker for the Broncos this season, but sees significant snaps at running back.

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

“Will he grow another inch? Will he gain 30 pounds? He’s there right now,” Palm Beach Central head coach Rod Harris told the Post in May. “That’s why every school’s been in here.”

If Bostic picks the Gators, he will be the third Palm Beach County player to do so this year. Pahokee’s Nu’Keese Richardson and Dwyer’s Matt Elam (a junior) both made verbal commitments to UF.