"It's really tough to judge when I'll make my decision, since I have so much to think about," said receiver Nyan Boateng. "It's going to be one of the toughest decisions I'll ever make in life, because the next four years will shape me as a football player, a student and a person. I've got plenty of offers to choose from, and I'm fortunate, but that's going to make things even tougher. I would like to have a decision in the next few months though. I know a lot of people want me to move things along so it won't be a distraction."
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound receiver from Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds and has scholarship offers from schools like Southern Cal, Virginia, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Maryland and several others. He's also been offered scholarships by schools like Florida and Memphis to play basketball, where he averaged 17 points per game as a junior for Lincoln.
Does Boateng have any leaders at this point?
"No way man," he said. "There are just too many schools that I like and have offered to even begin to put them in an order. When a school like Southern Cal shows so much interest you tend to listen to them a lot, but I'm being real fair to everyone. No one has an advantage over anyone else, because I haven't taken enough visits. I've only been to like four schools, so I've got a lot more travelling to do."
If Boateng stays healthy he should have no problem becoming the all-time touchdown reception leader in New York high school football history next year. But the Lincoln star tends to look beyond individual praise.
"I'm all about the team," he said. "In my senior season I'm going to be focused 100-percent on helping my team win games. Sure, at camps and on visits I'll take the attention as it comes as a part of the process, but my biggest goal is to win at every level and help the guys around me play their best."
As a junior Boateng caught 44 passes for 940 yards and 14 touchdowns. He plans on being at the Meadowlands on May 5th, and will be in Happy Valley on May 15th for the NIKE Camp.