Gators get receiver prospect


Published: Sunday, January 16, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 16, 2005 at 2:05 a.m.
For someone who didn't play a single down in his senior season of high school, Nyan Boateng certainly attracted a great deal of attention during the recruiting process.
On Saturday, before a national television audience, the coveted wide receiver from Brooklyn, N.Y., ended the speculation about his future when he announced his commitment to the University of Florida.
Boateng's announcement came during the U.S. Army All-Star Game in San Antonio. Boateng, who also was considering Michigan and Nebraska, pulled a Gator cap out of a gym bag, placed it on his head and then did the Gator Chomp cheer.
He is the second wide receiver to commit to the Gators, joining St. Petersburg Lakewood's Louis Murphy.
Oral commitments are non-binding. Signing day is Feb. 2.
Although Boateng missed his senior season at Abraham Lincoln High School with a dislocated ankle and broken leg, he was considered one of the nation's top wide receiver prospects and is rated among the top 100 players in the nation by TheScouts.com.
In his junior season, Boateng caught 38 passes for 787 yards and 12 touchdowns and earned the reputation of being a big-play wide receiver. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Boateng reportedly runs a 4.4 40-yard dash.
He has recovered from his injuries and started for the East team in Saturday's Army All-Star Game.
Boateng had not even considered UF until new head coach Urban Meyer arrived in Gainesville and started recruiting him. His visited the Florida campus last weekend.
You can reach Robbie Andreu by calling 374-5022 or by e-mail at andreur@gvillesun.com.

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