Posted: 12:04 pm Wednesday, November 12th, 2008
By Jason Lieser
Jon Bostic got a good dose of his own medicine Monday: He got blindsided.
Palm Beach Central and the U.S. Army held a press conference Monday to announce Bostic’s selection to the All-America team, and the addition of senior piccolo player Jennifer Cephus to their All-America marching band.
Cephus was recognized first, and when she pulled out her typed acceptance sheet, Bostic froze. No one told him speeches were part of this deal.
When it was his turn to accept, all he could do was thank everyone for coming and sit down.
“It was funny,” he said afterward. “I had no idea we were supposed to write a speech or anything. The guy from the army said it was his fault for not telling me. I could have wrote a little something on my way home from Florida State.”
Actually, his father said, Bostic slept the entire drive back from Tallahassee, where he made his latest college visit. Palm Beach Central’s star linebacker now has narrowed his list to six schools and expects to make a decision in early December. His dad said the absolute latest deadline to decide is Dec. 22, because Bostic will graduate early and enroll in college in January.
He has made official visits to LSU, Auburn and Florida State, and plans to add Clemson to that list this month. His unofficial visits include a stop at Florida and tomorrow’s trip to Miami. There is a growing consensus that UF is the top candidate to land Palm Beach County’s top-rated recruit, especially after Urban Meyer visited him at school last month, but Bostic said that conclusion is premature.
“No school is in the lead right now,” Bostic said. “Me and my parents haven’t sat down and talked about what we liked about different schools.”
Florida has a prominent physical therapy program, which is Bostic’s intended field of study. Meyer and the Gators already have landed Pahokee athlete Nu’Keese Richardson and Dwyer all-purpose defender Matt Elam, a junior, this season.
He enjoyed his recent trip to Florida State and said the Seminoles approached him about playing running back as well. Most schools are looking at Bostic purely as a linebacker, though he plays both positions for the Broncos.
“I could definitely see myself playing at Florida State on defense and offense,” he said. “They wanted to see if I would switch over, but I definitely want to play defense first.”
His favorite coach he has spoken with is Miami linebackers coach Michael Barrow, who impressed Bostic with his enthusiasm.
“He’s a young guy, so you can relate to him a lot,” Bostic said. “He’s always energetic, running around.”
During his visit to Baton Rouge, Bostic said he ate a lot of good food, but could not identify most of it. LSU‘s first-rate facilities and the football-centric culture made it an appealing option.
“I really enjoyed myself when I was up there,” he said. “It’s a family atmosphere. Everybody knows everybody out there.”
Clemson has been on Bostic’s list for months, but he appeared to sour on the Tigers after the fired coach Tommy Bowden last month. He said the school has told him interim coach Dabo Swinney will be the head coach next year, which has restored Bostic’s confidence.
His father, Jon, Sr., is becoming slightly impatient with his son and hopes this process is wrapped up quickly.
“It’s very frustrating for mom and dad,” Jon, Sr., said. “I can’t tell you what his choices are, but Florida’s a great school. Miami’s a great school. Central Florida’s a great school. We’re going to let him make his own decision. I would be honest with you that he hasn’t made up his mind.”