MOULTRIE – By the 2020 football season, the route from Moultrie to Tallahassee could get backed up on a Saturday. There should be two Colquitt County High Packers dressed up in garnet and gold inside Doak Campbell Stadium.
Tight end Carter Boatwright, a 6-4 senior, announced his commitment to the Florida State Seminoles football program under head coach Willie Taggart. He is the first member of the 2019-20 senior class to chose his college destination, which also makes him the first to commit under first-year head coach Justin Rogers.
“He’s a great kid, a great person, a great player, great parents,” said Rogers. “It’s a great decision. Florida State has a lot of tradition, and it’s in his backyard.”
About an hour-and-a-half’s worth of driving exist between Boatwright’s actual backyard in Moultrie and the Florida State campus (though it make take more time to get there the closer one gets to the college). Boatwright is also the second Packer in the calendar year to opt to play football for the Seminoles. Prior to the 2019 National Signing Day in February, record-setting placekicker Ryan Fitzgerald committed to Taggart’s program. His freshman season will begin when Boatwright’s senior campaign for Colquitt County High is underway.
“I went there a couple of times and I really like it,” said Boatwright. “It’s close to home. All the coaches are really nice. It’s big-time football.”
Boatwright was also considering UAB and UCF after visiting their campuses.
If any player is primed for a breakout season in 2019, it’s Boatwright. He was the backup to Josh Hadley the past two seasons, Hadley himself a college signee in the Class of 2019. Boatwright scored his first varsity touchdown on Aug. 31 against Thomasville High on Tom White Field at Mack Tharpe Stadium. He only had one other reception all season.
“We think he’ll be an impact player,” said Rogers. “He’s worked hard to get better like a lot of others have.”
“I’ve definitely gained a lot of weight this offseason,” said Boatwright. “We’re putting in a lot of work here, and we get better every day. It’s made me a lot better and everybody else on this team.
“I definitely see myself as a leader on this team. I think everybody’s trying to be a leader, and that’s what we need for this team to be successful. This year, I think we are going to be really successful in everything we do.”