Friendship Collegiate junior offensive lineman Quarvez Boulware‘s best play of the season came in a nondescript wide receiver screen call on Sept. 1 against St. Frances at Byrd Stadium. The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Boulware released from the trenches and reached the second level to help block a cornerback for wide receiver Robert Johnson, Jr., who picked up about 30 yards on the play.
That was the play, Boulware said, that confirmed he had taken the next step on the field. Boulware has been a wonder on the combine recruiting circuit, earning a number of high level offers in the last year, but he has also been a key contributor to Friendship’s 3-1 start this fall. And it’s not far-fetched to think he could be back playing in Byrd Stadium in two years, making plays in the open field.
Boulware said Wednesday night that Maryland and Florida State are two of his top schools at the moment, although not the exclusive two. He has strong connections at both schools, he said, including a number of former Friendship teammates now playing in College Park, including linebackers Yannick Ngakoue and Cavon Walker. And he has ties to Eddie Goldman, a former blue-chip offensive lineman at Friendship who has played at Florida State since committing back in 2012.
“Those schools have [had] the most communication, because so many of my friends went there,” Boulware said. “Maryland is more close to home, and I’ve been there a lot. Florida State is far, I can get out, and it’s a good program.”
Boulware also has offers from North Carolina, North Carolina State, Old Dominion and Ohio. He said he’s planning to make his decision on National Signing Day in 2015. In the meantime, he will get plenty of more exposure (Boulware attended elite prospect combines in Richmond and the Dallas area last summer). Earlier this week he was invited to compete in the underclassman combine as part of the Under Armour all-American Bowl festivities, held in Florida in January.
On the field for Friendship, Boulware is playing both ways — helping anchor a line of what has been a dominant Knights defense, and doing his part to help block for an offense that is still a work in progress. He was a force at guard in a 27-0 win over Westlake last week, helping the Knights pile up 270 rushing yards (including 108 and one score from Jonathan Haden). Playing on a team with so many college prospects helps inform Boulware on his own decision — and he has a wealth of knowledge about the schools he’s getting recruited by, he said.
“It helps me a little bit. Then again, it helps me a lot. They talk to me about what programs they’re going to,” Boulware said. “You got to think about it for yourself.”