Posted: 7:27 pm Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
By Anthony Chiang
After multiple media outlets reported that Shawn Boone had picked North Carolina State last week, the Dwyer safety stayed quiet.
But Boone made it official Thursday, announcing his verbal commitment to N.C. State at a ceremony held at Palm Beach Ale House in West Palm Beach. He chose the Wolfpack over Penn State, Maryland and Arkansas.
“I felt comfortable with the coaching staff,” said Boone, who received his first college offer from N.C. State as a sophomore. “We had an 18-month relationship and that’s something you just can’t throw down the drain.”
Boone said he made the decision last week after N.C. State safeties coach Clayton White visited his house on Thursday. On Monday, White, Wolfpack defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable and cornerbacks coach George Barlow visited Boone’s house again just to solidify his choice.
At No. 5, Boone was the highest rated non-committed prospect remaining on the PBGametime Class of 2014 Big Board. According to 24-7 Sports, the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Dwyer product is a three-star recruit that’s listed as the 82nd best safety in the Class of 2014.
“A lot of great defensive backs come out of the ACC,” said Boone, who ended his Dwyer career with a state title in December. “Why can’t I be the next one?”
Boone is the second top 2014 recruit from Palm Beach County to commit to the Wolfpack, as Palm Beach Lakes wide receiver Stephen Louis enrolled at N.C. State earlier this month. Former Dwyer standout Jacoby Brissett, who transferred to the Wolfpack from Florida after the 2012 season, will be another familiar face for Boone.
“Jacoby was pumped about Shawn’s decision,” Dwyer coach Jack Daniels said. “Jacoby can take take care of his own business and he was on the phone with Shawn a lot. He’s very happy Shawn is going there.”
About the Author
Anthony Chiang began his writing career in Gainesville at the University of Florida’s student-run newspaper. At The Independent Florida Alligator, he covered the school’s golf, volleyball, baseball, and football teams. The Miami native has also written for the Sun Sentinel and MLB.com, following the Tampa Bay Rays.