Not only is Lee's Summit West (MO) High's Evan Boehm a three-star recruit with offers from multiple…
Boehm's Decision Plans
Evan Boehm, the 6-foot-3, 290-pound three-star offensive lineman from Lee's Summit West, Mo., has 10 scholarship offers and remains open-minded. Although Boehm denies a leader, he says his top six are Missouri, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arkansas, Iowa and Wisconsin. All of his favorites have offered as well as Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State and Northwestern. Boehm's mom attended Mizzou and he grew up following the Tigers. "I liked them a lot," he said about Missouri. "But I followed a lot of schools. I liked football, so I watched a little bit of everybody." Missouri was the first school to offer him during his freshman year and he has already attended their junior day. "The offense there is just like what I run at my school," he said. "The coaches are great and very family-oriented," he said about the Tigers' staff. "That's what I'm looking for in a college. I feel like I've developed a good relationship with everyone there." Another thing the Tigers have going for them is their proximity. "It's just over two hours away," he said. "A part of me wants to stay close, but a part of me wants to get away. I'd probably rather not go too far away." The only other schools from his list that he's already visited are Oklahoma and Arkansas. He attended both of their camps last summer. "Coach Bob Stoops and his staff are the best," he said about the Oklahoma coaches. "You see it every Saturday and during the bowls. They've got it together and know what it takes to win." He says the Sooners offered him after their camp last summer. Although he also attended the Arkansas camp in 2010, he says the Razorbacks only recently offered. "It was probably a few weeks ago," he said. "I liked it a lot over there. The o-line coach (Chris Klenakis) is great and knows his stuff too. "I also loved the stadium there and how everything is within like 15-minutes walking," he said. "It's a nice campus." This spring Boehm says he plans on attending a few spring games. "I'll definitely try to make it to a couple," he said. "I also plan on going to more camps this summer." The schools he's most likely to visit either during the spring or summer is Nebraska. "Nebraska has a lot of what I'm looking for too," he said. "They have great tradition and I like that coach Bo Pelini has his brother (defensive coordinator Carl Pelini) on the staff too. It's a family place." Boehm admits that he was initially unsure about the Huskers moving to the Big Ten. "I was surprised when I heard it was going to happen," he said. "But then I thought about the great programs that the Big Ten has like Ohio State and Michigan and it seems like Nebraska fits in." He also plans to visit fellow Big Ten schools Wisconsin and Iowa. "I haven't been to either place yet," he said. "But I'm definitely interested in learning more about them and checking them out." Boehm says he hopes to make a decision before the end of summer. "I'd like to commit by August because that's when school starts," he said. "I've heard recruiting gets pretty rough during the season and I think committing would help slow it down and let me just focus on my senior year." He says he plans to make a pros and cons list on each of his favorite schools. "Education is the most important thing," he admitted. "But I also want a good atmosphere and where the coaches and players are like a family. "I'll also look at the tradition and history of each program," he said. "And I'll check out the facilities too." Boehm says he can bench 310-pounds, squat 530 and has a 21-inch vertical jump. "I think I come off the ball low," he said. "I can get my hands on the defender quickly and I have great feet. "But I'd like to improve my speed off the ball and run smoother," he said. "I want to be quicker overall." Boehm plans on majoring in either business or education. He reports a 3.3 core GPA, but has not taken the SAT or ACT yet.
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