Boateng impressed with Arizona

Boateng impressed with Arizona

Edmond Boateng currently holds an offer from the Arizona Wildcats. Read on for information about his recruitment, when he will visit, and more.

For New Mexico Military Institute defensive end Edmond Boateng, the recruiting process has been different than most.

While the junior college freshman didn't have any game film to show due to an injury, his spring practice tape began garnering him attention.

"Going into the fall, I actually broke my wrist," Boateng said. "That was a pretty big injury and, unfortunately, I wasn't able to play the whole season.

"This whole spring season was when I really blew up. A lot of recruiters came and saw my spring tape, which is what really put me out there."

Boateng has had plenty of schools contact him during the spring. He has even picked up three scholarship offers, despite his injury in the fall.

"I've had Miami, Arizona, Oklahoma State, New Mexico State, New Mexico, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Arizona State, Memphis, and USC come to see me and talk to me," he said. "It's really just a blessing. It really got the ball rolling for me.

"I have three offers right now from Arizona, Iowa State, and Miami."

The Wildcats extended an offer to Boateng as the spring was coming to a close, but the offer stood out to the defensive end.

"Arizona offered me in late May," Boateng said. "That was big for me. I really like Arizona a lot. It's a good school."

The 6-foot-4 defenseman is staying open with his recruitment. However, he does have one school that is coming after him the hardest.

"I'm still pretty open right now and I don't necessarily have a leader," he said. "I would say that Arizona has come on to me the most, as opposed to the other ones.

"However, I am staying open right now and I want to see different things about each school. I don't want to pushed by the name, but I want to look at the other aspects of the school."

Arizona assistant Charlie Ragle has been Boateng's lead recruiter throughout the process. The two talk regularly and check in with the progress that both sides are making.

"I talk to Coach Ragle, the tight end coach at Arizona," he said. "We talk about how I'm doing and other things. I always tell him that I'm over here working out or what not.

"He tells me about the construction and how it's going. It's eighty million dollars, so that's pretty big. He tells me about the excitement around the program and just updating each other."

The defensive lineman noticed something about the Arizona coach that he doesn't always see in other coaches. Ragle went to visit Boateng and added a personal touch to the recruitment.

"To be honest, (the Arizona coaches) gave me a nice genuine spark about them," Boateng said. "They showed me that they are willing to see someone and invest time in them.

"You don't really see that too much with other schools. They might be willing to see your size on the computer and decide to call you. I'm not trying to knock on other schools because they might not have had the opportunity, but with Arizona it was a really good feeling."

He is taking the recruiting process slow for the time being, but does have his mind made up about one particular official visit that he wants to take.

"I will probably take a visit to Arizona some time around October," Boateng said. "It could be my first official visit, which would be a blast."

With the injury in his first year at the New Mexico Military Institute, the defensive end will have three years in order to complete three years of eligibility at the Division-I level. Boateng plans on signing with his future team in the fall and joining spring ball in a little under a year.

"I believe that I will have to sign in early December, so I will probably decide before Christmas break," he said. "I am a qualifier out of high school, so I will probably leave and get to the spring camp so I can get accustomed to the school I decide on. That spring will definitely be the stepping stone for me at the school I decide to go to.

"The plan is to play some ball this fall at my school in New Mexico and then in six months, sign with a school and head to their spring camp. That will be the start of my D-I adventure."

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