Defensive end Justus Boone had a monster game for Sumter High School in its 28-21, season-opening football victory over Rock Hill last Friday in Rock Hill. The junior hoped his eight tackles, …
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Defensive end Justus Boone had a monster game for Sumter High School in its 28-21, season-opening football victory over Rock Hill last Friday in Rock Hill. The junior hoped his eight tackles, including 3 1/2 quarterback sacks would get him noticed by college recruiters.
"Yes sir, I was hoping that it would get me some attention," the 6-foot-5-inch, 250-pounder said.
It indeed did as Boone got an offer from the University of South Carolina on Tuesday to be part of its 2021 recruiting class. It is Boone's first offer from any school.
"Yes, I was surprised to get it," he said. "I felt pretty good about it. It's one of my favorite schools that I want to go to."
Boone was on USC's radar after he participated in a camp in Columbia over the summer. After his performance against Rock Hill, Boone got a call from USC assistant coach Mike Peterson on Tuesday, extending him an offer.
"He called me and said that I had a pretty good first game," Boone said. "He said he was calling to give me an offer."
Carolina is one of many schools that has been showing interest in Boone. Some of the other bigger names that have been talking to him include Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Georgia Southern.
While very interested in South Carolina, Boone isn't anywhere close to making a decision.
"I'm just going to wait and see what else comes my way," said Boone, whose four tackles for loss accounted for 21 yards.
He was part of a defense that limited Rock Hill to 131 yards of total offense despite the Sumter offense turning the football over eight times.
Justus Boone is back at Sumter High with his brother, senior outside linebacker Kirkland Boone, after playing at Laurence Manning Academy as a sophomore.
"I felt like I needed to come back where I could go up against better competition," he said.
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