LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. -- With Missouri’s decision to move to the SEC, Under Armour All-American OG Evan Boehm has had to answer question after question regarding his commitment to the Tigers.
Monday afternoon, Boehm confirmed that he still plans on being a Tiger, but for this week, the Lee's Summit (Mo.) West four-star offensive lineman’s focus is on being a Titan. West is preparing for Friday’s Missouri Class 5 state semifinal against Kansas City Staley.
Everything else, Boehm said, will have to take a temporary back seat.
“I said to myself I won’t think about it until after Dec. 1,” Boehm said. “Right now, I’m focused on a state championship and helping my team to get that state championship.”
Boehm is hoping to end his high school career as a two-time state football champ. The Titans won the state championship last year and, on Friday, will play in their fifth semifinal in the last eight years. When Boehm receives his high school diploma, he will be the school’s first 12-sport letterwinner and a state champion in football, wrestling and track and field as a discus thrower.
With everything that is happening with Boehm, however, many are only focusing on how solid his commitment is to Missouri – primarily with the Tigers leaving the Big 12 and moving to the SEC next year.
“When I first heard about it, I was questioning things a little,” Boehm said of the conference change. “I think it’s a good move for Missouri, not only academically but for sports, as well, but I’m keeping my doors open. I’m looking at everything like I did my freshman year.”
Royce Boehm, Evan’s father and the coach at West, has taught Evan to be solid with his word, but he allowed his son to decommit if one of three things occurred – if a head coach leaves, if a position coach leaves or if the school chosen moves to a different conference. Missouri’s move to the SEC means more games played closer to the East Coast, something to consider for a midwestern family wanting to attend both home and road games next year.
Before and since his commitment, Boehm has received interest from Auburn, Alabama, Oklahoma and Nebraska. Boehm had offers closer to home from Arkansas, Kansas State, Kansas, Iowa and Iowa State.
“Once December hits, I’m going to start calling some coaches and see what I have. I could still be a Mizzou commit at the end of the day, but only God knows my future. If I decommit, I decommit, and if I don’t, I don’t. We’ll see what happens.”
Royce Boehm maintains a philosophy with his team. West won state in 2007 and had one of its most talented teams in 2008, but the team fell short of a state title, Royce Boehm said, because the focus was on stats and scholarships rather than winning state.
During the season, the West focus is on the team. Royce Boehm said open recruiting discussion can take place once the season is over. That includes his son.
“Once Thanksgiving is over, we’ll all sit down and discuss what Evan wants to do,” Royce Boehm said, “but today, he’s a Tiger.
“Are his doors open? Of course, his doors are open. You never close your doors, even when you’re rock solid. I think that’s the problem; people take that the wrong way. That’s what being blown up all over. People are saying Evan decommitted. I stood right there when he said it – ‘I’m a Tiger today’ – and for now, he’s a Tiger.”