For the first time in several years, the Seminole coaches went to the junior college ranks looking for quality offensive linemen. The staff has been juggling a half dozen names or so the past few weeks and one recruit jumped to the top of the list. It now looks like that player will be a part of Florida State's recruiting class of 2006.
The writing has been on the wall for several days that Shannon Boatman, from Tyler (TX) Junior College, would become commitment No. 15. He has been hinting that he was destined to end up in Tallahassee since he officially visited back on November 29th. Those hints were so strong that there were reports that the 6-foot-7, 310-pound tackle committed to before he actually pulled the trigger last night.
"I did it last night around 8:00 or 9:00 p.m. or so," Boatman said. "It feels real good. I won't be bothered by all these other coaches... I'm getting ready to call Texas Tech and let them know - Oklahoma State, they already know."
The nation's No. 35 ranked JUCO prospect recently completed his final exams and is getting his paperwork together so he can make it official on December 21st, the first day junior college players can sign a letter of intent. Once that's done he will pack his bags and expects to be in Tallahassee the week of January 1st.
Boatman says he will wear jersey No. 73 at FSU, the same number he wore at Tyler J.C.