Trinity Catholic receiver Kadron Boone admits he has a fondness for the Florida Gators.
After all, Gainesville is about a 45 minute drive from his hometown in Ocala, Fla. Boone even admits that the Gators were once technically in the lead for his services, but during an interview with UGASports said that's no longer exactly true.
"Florida has been in the lead in the past, but not too many people understand why. My recruiting process started real slow. I suffered a torn ACL during my sophomore year. Three and a half months into my junior season, I only had two offers - Arkansas and Florida," he said. "I was getting interviewed a lot at the time, and I would tell them Florida was on the top because I only have two to choose from. I am more balanced now, and I am giving everyone an equal opportunity. "
Boone isn't joking about the offers.
After starting out with the two offers from Florida and Arkansas, the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder now has 28, including ones from Georgia, Miami, Oklahoma and Tennessee.
The Bulldogs actually gave Boone their offer in March, but the wideout said Georgia coaches had actually been in contact long before that.
"They have been recruiting me for awhile. They had been in content well before they offered back in March," Boone said. "I called Coach (Tony) Ball after they sent me the info, and he said that he wanted to offer over the phone before he sent the letter, and we have been in contact ever since."
Boone said he understands why so many schools waited before making their move.
"They (Florida) were right down the street, so it was easy for them to offer," Boone said. "But a lot of schools wanted to see how I would bounce back from the injury, so after the playoffs and state championship game, offers started coming in left and right."
Boone joked that he's now having a hard time keeping up and expects to soon narrow his list down to a more manageable number.
"It has been hectic. I have 28 offers and trying to keep in touch with all of the coaches involved has not been easy," he said. "I am going to try and narrow the list down over the summer, and go from there."
Oregon, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Georgia, Clemson, South Carolina, Notre Dame, Miami, USF, FAU, Purdue, Mississippi State have all been on me pretty hard. Like I said, a lot of schools are involved, so I have to trim this down soon so I can focus on each college more."
Boone, who caught 57 passes for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior, expects to visit Athens soon.
I hope to be able to come up and visit Georgia sometime this summer," he said.
Boone already knows a little about the Bulldog program.
"I saw how they used A.J. Green and Mohammed Massoquoi last year, and that intrigues me about the Bulldogs," he said. "Coach (Mark) Richt is not afraid to play a freshman if he is the best player available, and like any receiver I would like to have playing time early on."
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