By Michael O'Brien

Ryan Boatright: "It's a blessing to get a scholarship from USC"

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The 5-10 guard talks about USC and all the high schools that have been after him...

On USC: "USC has been my number two school forever. North Carolina was number one. Los Angeles is great and the weather and campus are beautiful."

On Tim Floyd: "He's a good guy. He's a great coach. He's real. He tells you what you're doing right and what you're doing wrong."

Boatright's mom and aunts were track stars at various Aurora high schools. His grandfather Tom runs the Aurora Flyers track club. Boatright's father, Mike McAllister played basketball at East Aurora. Boatright lives on the West side of Aurora with his mother.

Like most of the top-tier eighth grade players, Boatright has been dealing with two recruitments this summer: high school and college.

"I haven't gotten stressed out yet, but it's been tough," Boatright said. "When I found out O.J. May was going to USC, that meant a lot. He's one of my favorite players. It was nice to choose the college and get half of this finished. My mom taught me how to stay calm and focused they told me this was gonna come it's a lot of pressure."

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Is this a joke? What family in their right minds would allow an 8th grader to decide where he is going to college. Tim Floyd, the program, and the basketball arena itself could be gone in that amount of time. This is a perfect example of today's kids wanting attention and loving the idea of making that big splash that everyone notices. What possible benefit could come from this decision? Does an early committment like this gaurantee a scholarship to college even if he gets hurt? If it does, I suppose that element would present some value but something tells me that is not the motivating factor here. Colleges shouldn't be able to talk to kids until midway into their sophomore year.

This is pretty ridiculous. Will Tim Floyd still be the coach at USC four years from now? Will Ryan Boatright be a major college prospect four years from now? Will the letter of intent still be offered after several major surgeries and/or criminal offenses? Will the letter of intent be offered to a better prospect(s) at his position? Like all verbal commitments, it is only as good as the paper it is written. I think it is better than even money he never wears a USC uniform.

Oh, and I forgot to say what if he doesn't qualify academically?

Hey does anyone know what traveling team this kid played on? I think I played against him this winter and I want to know. Thanks.

criminal offenses?? academicly?? you know nothing about this kid and what he's like. he comes from a good family with a history or academics and athletic ability. his aunts were track stars at iowa, arkansas, and grandfather was on the bears back with walter payton. he's just that good so don't take anything away from him.

My feeling is that if you're going to come on a message board and make an emphatic statement, regardless of what side of the topic you sit, I think you should include your real name, not say Anom (which I am guessing is short for Anonymous). We should all be confident enough in our statements to stand behind them.

I can appreciate Anom coming to the defense of this kid and his family but I do not think Wicker Man was suggesting this particular kid is guilty of criminal defenses, rather just posing the question of whether this scholarship would be honored if the kid found himself in trouble over the next 4 years before he actually arrives on campus.

Why anyone would rush to the defense of people helping this young kid needlessly make such an important decision is a mystery to me. He would clearly benefit from having a few years of high school under his belt before even considering where to attend college. There is no question in my mind this is irresponsible of the family to not protect the kid better.

I always fear the worst, thinking that there is family more concerned with how this kid's fame will benefit them than considering how this kid's fame may screw up his life. I'd much rather be too cautious in a situation like this than be too trusting.

Well, everyone does have the right to an expression. Does anyone really know the answer? His parents should be concerned. The two high schoold coaches probably are concerned (Perhaps neither coach really wants him. Not because he's not a good kid, just because}.
At the end of the day, the entire situation is out of control. The NCAA spends a lot of time and money policing team mascots. I wonder if that money would be better spent evaluating how to handle this situation. Just a thought.

That is just one crazy move to make. It doesn't give him time to be a kid. But I do respect the fact that he is that good. I wonder if actually is? I do wish him luck in the future.

keep up the good work boat

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