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Murray's Boone chooses Racers

By Daniel Paulling dpaulling@paducahsun.com

Dylan Boone will follow his father's footsteps for another few years.

The Murray High School senior has committed to play football at Murray State, taking the same route his father, Tony Boone, did. The younger Boone's scholarship offer won't become official until he signs his national letter of intent on signing day, Feb. 5.

But his father's football career wasn't what led Boone to become a Racer. Instead, he wanted to stay close to home so his family wouldn't have to travel far to watch him play.

He said he also received interest from Georgia Southern and Wofford College and was offered a preferred walk-on role at Virginia Tech. He added that Murray State football coach Chris Hatcher told him he'd play safety his freshman year.

"But when I play is up to me and how hard I work and compete with the other players," Boone said. "I know it's not going to be handed to me. I know it's a huge jump in the competition level. Adapting to the speed of college football is a big thing I need to work on. I'm pretty fast, but I need to learn how to play at a faster-paced level."

Murray High coach Steve Duncan compared Boone to another former Tiger who became a Racer: defensive back Brandon Wicks. Wicks led the Racers in tackles three of the last four years and was second in the other.

Boone, 6-foot, 190 pounds, threw for 1,063 yards and rushed for 1,433 more and added 123 tackles and two interceptions for the Tigers his senior season.

"I feel blessed to be a coach that got an opportunity to coach a kid that good," Duncan said. "He's in the top 1 percent of football players you get a chance to coach, him and Brandon both. He's just a great football player. I don't think I had anything to do with him going to the next level. That was his ability and hard work and what he can do."

Call Daniel Paulling, a Sun sports writer, at 270-575-8662, or follow on Twitter @DanielPaulling.

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