Nyan Boateng, a former blue-chip recruit and high school hoops teammate of Sebastian Telfair, has transferred from Florida to Cal, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. A lanky 6-foot-2 wide receiver, Boateng figures to arrive at a very good time for the Bears, since starters Lavelle Hawkins and Robert Jordan will graduate after the 2007 season and DeSean Jackson would also be eligible for the NFL draft then. Boateng, who played only football at Florida, has said he hopes to play both football and basketball. You might remember him as the Gator player who was stabbed in the leg by a female student in November.Bear Insider also has an article... apparently DJax is a great recruiter in addition to his many on field talents.
Cal basketball fans have cause to rejoice as Boateng is expected to play basketball also.
“I relied on DeSean to give me the inside story about Cal,” said Boateng. “You know how it is. Sometimes it’s just a little better to get a look on the inside and DeSean was real straight with me.
“I didn’t know a lot about Cal not too long ago,” continued Boateng. I watched a couple games and I really like Coach Tedford’s vertical game. That fits my style well. I’m a vertical receiver. I’ll stretch the field and make plays.
“My game’s kind of similar to DeSean’s but I’ve got a different style. I’m an explosive player and I hope to be able to make a lot of plays at Cal.” Besides receiver, Boateng excels on special teams and hopes to be able to return both punts and kickoffs for the Bears.
“I do both,” said Boateng. “I just like to have a chance to make some plays out there.”
Boateng hopes to play basketball at Cal when eligible. With the success of All-Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez setting the standard for dual sport athletic success at Cal, Boateng and his 42 inch vertical would be a welcome addition on the hardcourt to Cal fans.This comes on heels of news that Jamal Boykins, California State Basketball Player of the Year 2005, is transfering from Duke to Cal.
Boateng will be eligible in 2008 just as Jordan and Hawkins are graduating and possibly an early jump by Jackson. This is a good situation for both Cal and Boateng who was wearing out his welcome at Florida. Apparently, Boateng claimed to run a 4.0 40 yard dash. Deion Sanders claimed to run a 4.1 flat, so someone saying they ran a 4.0 flat is a big deal. He would make Desean look slow. One thing is for sure, Cal will not be lacking confidence at the WR position.