Peny Boone will be play his football in the Big Ten, but it will be against Michigan and Michigan State.
The senior running back from Detroit Martin Luther King verbally committed to the University of Maryland Monday afternoon at the school.
Boone, who transferred from Warren Fitzgerald school district last season, ran for 900 yards and 10 touchdowns a year ago, helping King to the Division 3 state title over Muskegon.
“I looked at Michigan State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Tennessee,’’ said Boone. “I’m glad it’s over because it became stressful. I went through a lot of stuff. It was an overload talking to different coaches and stuff. People kept asking me about this college and that college. A lot was going on, plus school.’’
“I picked Maryland because when I was down there, I felt the vibe from the coaches. The players were cool, and I felt like it was home. I was always thinking about Maryland. I thought they were real with me. I just want to get on the field as quick as I can.’’
Boone is 6-foot-1, and 230 pounds. He has the ability to run between the tackles and get outside with speed and power.
“It’s a great story; him persevering through the season and learning our system and our league and the type of talent we have,’’ said King coach Tyrone Spencer. “The way he came on late in the season was great for our team. Him being able to find a home was good for him. I think he’s at a place where they need him. I think that’s why he committed to Maryland. I’m happy for him. I think they get a good, strong back who can run and has speed.’’