Most top high-school football players are willing to wait for a high profile scholarship offer.
An offer for South Carolina-based Wofford College is good enough for Parkview Baptist defensive lineman Tom Bove.
The 5-foot-11, 260-pound Bove committed to Wofford late last month after visiting the school in Spartanburg, S.C.
“I really think it’s the best fit for me,” Bove said. “It’s like Parkview, but only on the college level. They run a triple-option offense and the same defense we do.
“Some bigger schools did contact me, but most of them had questions about my height. That’s not a problem for Wofford.”
Bove was Class 3A MVP and The Advocate’s All-Metro MVP as a junior, leading the Eagles to the Class 3A state title.
Southeastern Louisiana University is among the other schools that have offered Bove a scholarship.
Bove carries a 3.5 grade point average and has met the NCAA’s academic qualifying standards.
An online site put together by Bove’s family that listed his accomplishments led to an inquiry from Wofford, the site of the Carolina Panthers’ summer practices.
Wofford plays in the same conference as FCS powers Appalachian State and Georgia Southern.
“I think it’s a great fit for him (Bove) in a lot of ways,” PBS defensive coordinator Jay Mayet said.
“Texas A&M and some other big schools were looking at him, but they were worried about his height.
“The guy can play, regardless of how tall he is. Those other schools are missing out.”
Bove recorded 47 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and four sacks for PBS last fall.