TAMPA – Danny Boon looked like a true veteran this past season despite the fact that it was his first with Jesuit varsity.
The 5’11”, 184-pounder guided his unit to a perfect 10-0 regular season record before going 3-1 in the playoffs. Boon, who has added 24 lbs. this off-season is fresh off a junior year where he totaled 1,667 passing yards, 16 touchdowns, seven interceptions. He completed 66.7 percent of his pass attempts and also recorded six scores on the ground.
Boon says the team is motivated more than ever after last year’s undefeated season ended at home in the Class 5A state semifinals to eventual champion Orlando Bishop Moore in a 28-14 loss.
“It was a great experience with all my teammates,” Boon told Prep Sports Scouting. “It was a little upsetting because it wasn’t what we wanted in the end. Just being around the guys and making the deep run was fun, just not the result we wanted.”
Boon spent his first two seasons on JV splitting time at quarterback as a freshman and starting as a sophomore. Both of those years, he spent on varsity late in the season on the scout team.
How would he assess his first season as a varsity starter?
“I feel like I started the season off really well last year just coming off a high note from fall camp. Midway through the season, I was kind of in a slump..
“Towards the end of the end of the season, my confidence came back and my coaches started believing in me and encouraging me. I just made sure I focused on my reads and not force passes that weren’t there.”
The vibe around the team from top to bottom is something Boon calls totally different this year.
“Our energy is so much higher because we don’t want to feel the same way that we did after losing in the state semifinal. Workouts have been a lot more serious. Everyone is on the same page and we are trying to go out and get it.”
Having legitimate athletes around him certainly helps the task ahead for Boon, a senior team captain.
“I have high confidence in our team’s ability this year. We have a lot of weapons, Travell [Harris], Max [Campbell], Malik [Davis]. Our offensive line is phenomenal, our defense will be standout this year but our coaching is where we surpass everybody.”
Speaking of coaching, fourth-year head coach Matt Thompson has led the Tigers to a 29-10 record over the past three seasons, including district titles in all three.
“He’s an amazing coach. We’ve gotten a lot closer within the last year. He’s been there helping me the whole way from the start. We’ve just been going together. I can honestly say he’s the best coach in the state of Florida, a great guy, a great coach, a great father and I look up to him a lot.”
Boon says he has complete trust in the weapons around him because he knows if his throws aren’t perfect, his group will make plays with their speed and athleticism.
As for his Jesuit’s offense that goes through star running back Malik Davis, who holds 31 Division-I offers and is a true workhorse for the Tigers. Boon says Davis will be doing even more this season.
“He’s [Davis] always making jokes telling me to throw him the ball. He says he’ll get me more yards. I have trust in his hands, speed and agility so he might getting the ball more as a receiver this year.”
Starting his football life at age 6 in flag, Boon first donned the pads four years later playing safety, linebacker and quarterback. In sixth grade, he became a full-time quarterback and he’s been there ever since.
On top of his work with his teammates, Boon has trained with quarterback instructor John Kaleo of the Kaleo QB Academy for the past six years.
“I have to give a lot to my quarterbacks coach John Kaleo. He’s given me the confidence and helped with my technique.”
Boon calls his abilities to make plays with his feet and roll out on the run his biggest strengths. He’s aiming to stay in the pocket more this season and let it rip behind the protection of his offensive line.
Although he doesn’t have an offer just yet, Boon has interest from five schools including Samford, Holy Cross, Valdosta State, Richmond and Valparaiso.
Boon calls his father his biggest role model in his life hands down.
“He’s had a big impact on me. We’ve been through a lot together. He’s always making sure to push me. I get annoyed at him sometimes because he pushes me too hard, but in the end, I know it’s my well being. I owe a lot to him.”
He knows that football will end eventually, but says the NFL is still a dream of his. He plans to earn his degree in sports medicine and hopefully go off to medical school after that. If that doesn’t work, he says he would love to join the FBI. Imagine that special agent Boon.
Danny Boon is a bright kid. He has worked for everything that he’s accomplished and has never settled for mediocrity. You can see it in the way he plays and the way he represents on the sideline and off the field.
Boon will get an offer soon. With a solid year under his belt, he’ll gain more confidence and turn up the heat. College programs will see that he’s worth taking a shot on even though he’s a smaller framed signal caller.
Favorite player to watch – Seahawks QB Russell Wilson
Playlist before games – Kodak Black, 21 Savage, Meek Mill, Young Thug
Favorite movie – The Notebook
Favorite TV show – Game of Thrones
Fun fact about you that you think no one knows – “I can sing. I have a great voice. If football doesn’t work out you might see me on America’s Got Talent.”
Nickname(s) from teammates or friends – “Sunshine”, “QB1”
Game film: Boon’s Hudl tape
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