Virginia Beach (Va.) Cox running back Andre Boone has improved a lot since the season has progressed. The 5-foot-10, 179-pounder with 4.64-second speed had a breakout performance last week rushing for 162 yards and one touchdown along with a receiving touchdown and a punt return for a touchdown.
"I had a pretty good game last week and we're 2-3 on the season now," he said. "Earlier in the season I wasn't getting the yardage I wanted, but I'm starting to now. I've seen a change in our quarterback and offensive line that has allowed for bigger guys to get in there and there are more holes for me to run through. I feel a lot more comfortable now following blockers than earlier this year. I feel I can let loose and it's starting to relieve some of the stress off me. As for our team, I think we can win the rest of our game and end up 7-3 and maybe get into the playoffs."
Recruiting has looked up for the three-star prospect too.
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"I've gotten phone calls from Wake Forest, Boston College and Marshall. I also get a lot of mail from Wake, Illinois, Virginia, Missouri, Syracuse, North Carolina, Florida and Georgia Tech," he said. "I talked to the running back coach at Marshall and he talked about where they'll put me at and how many touches per game I could get. They also said they need more running backs. I think that's good, but I want to go up there and see the campus. Right now, I can say I'm really comfortable with their coaches.
"I talked to Wake Forest about how much they're running the ball, approximately 30 carries a game. While Boston College told me that they are really interested still and are trying to get my transcript. I think Boston College has a great program and now they are in the ACC and had a close game against Florida State. I like coach Willis too, he's not just a coach but like a friend too."
Currently, both of the schools that have offered Boone appear to be likely candidates for official visits.
"I'm looking at setting up officials with Wake Forest and Marshall, but I have no idea when it'll be. It'll more than likely be after the season," he said. "I just want to see how I click with the players at both schools and how comfortable I am there and if I fit in."
The No. 38 running back in the country is considering taking unofficials to games at both schools as well.
One new school that has expressed an interest in Boone is Illinois.
"They've been inviting me to their games and sending a lot of letters," he said. "I really don't know too much about them, but I hear it's a good program and they are in the Big Ten."