Boateng is Big-Time

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Sebastian Telfair may be the most recognizable name at Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York, these days, but there is another name college football (and possibly college basketball) fans will get to know well over the course of the next year. His name is Nyan Boateng , and he promises to be one of the top wide receiver prospects in the East if not the country.

As a junior, Boateng recorded 50 catches for 940 yards and 14 touchdowns in helping his team to an undefeated regular season. He has the size (6-3, 195 pounds) and the speed (4.4 in the 40) college coaches covet. What separates him from other players, at least according to his Head Coach, is his competitiveness. Boateng has a desire to be the best in anything he does, especially on the gridiron.

“What separates him is his competitiveness,” Lincoln High School Head Football Coach Shawn O’Connor said. “He’s very competitive and hard working. He works hard in practice and in games. During basketball season, he was still in the weight room working out for football. He’s competitive in that, when he was timed at 4.4 in the 40 during the San Antonio Army Combine [in January of 2004], he still wasn’t satisfied. He wants to be the best.”

A tremendous athlete, Boateng excels in basketball as well. As a shooting guard, he combined with Telfair to form one of the top backcourts in the country. He averaged 17 points, eight rebounds, and five assists per contest as a junior.

Boateng claims three offers for basketball, from Memphis, Pittsburgh, and Florida. He hopes to play both sports in college, however acknowledged his top priority will be football.

“I play shooting guard in basketball,” Boateng said. “We went 26-6 and won the City Championship. We have three consecutive City Championships. I have three offers for basketball – Memphis, Pittsburgh, and Florida. I’d love to play both sports in college, but my first option will be football.”

Twelve schools have officially offered Boateng for football.. UVa is the most recent to officially join the fray according to Coach O’Connor, who said Cavaliers extended an official offer yesterday during a visit from Assistant Coach Mark D’Onofrio.

“He has official offers from West Virginia, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and UConn from the Big East; Maryland, Boston College, and Virginia from the ACC; Penn State and Michigan State from the Big 10, and I think Ohio State is going to come on board soon; he also has offers from Nebraska and USC,” O’Connor said.