During the past week, Taylor Boose has seen three of his Centreville teammates pull the trigger on their college commitments, each one making the senior running back ponder his own football future more and more.
Of Boose’s nine offers, Cincinnati kept pushing to the forefront of his mind, thanks in large part to the strong pursuit of Bearcats offensive coordinator Eddie Gran, who made no secret that Boose would be able to compete for a starting spot.
On Tuesday, Boose decided to join his trio of recently committed teammates as he pledged to play football at Cincinnati.
“I figured since everybody else was committing, maybe I should think about making my decision, too, since I pretty much knew where I wanted to go,” Boose said. “Of all the coaches I talked with, I liked the Cincinnati coaching staff the most and they said I’d have a possibility of playing early, so that meant a lot. Plus, I think they can give me a lot of help academically to excel in whatever I decide to major in.”
Once Boose arrives on Cincinnati’s campus in 2015, he will likely serve as an offensive catalyst much in the same way he did during Centreville’s undefeated run to the Virginia 6A state title last season. As the thunderous complement to speedy rusher A.J. Turner, the 5-foot-11, 210-pound Boose racked up 1,162 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Wildcats, displaying flashes of breakaway speed as well as an ability to churn out yards for critical third-down conversions.
Boose said the Cincinnati coaches will likely use him in a similar two-running back system, which should help maximize his blend of power and speed under the tutelage of Gran, who during his assistant coaching career at Florida State, Auburn and Mississippi developed his share of rushers into NFL standouts, including Ben Tate, Brandon Jacobs and Ronnie Brown.
“Knowing that makes me feel even more comfortable going there,” said Boose, who also had offers from Austin Peay, Albany, Bucknell, James Madison, Nevada, Norfolk State, Temple and Wake Forest. “All I can say is I’m going to work hard. Regardless of where I’m at, I know my hard work will speak for itself.”
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