Elkins High School standout Chris Boatwright signed a letter-of-intent on Saturday to play college football at Fairmont State University next fall.
Boatwright, who played running back and linebacker for the Tigers this past season, was recruited by the Falcons for his play on the defensive side of the ball.
Boatwright led Elkins in tackles this past season. He has been the Tigers' starting middle linebacker the past three years.
Elkins High School’s Chris Boatwright signed a letter-of-intent on Saturday to play football at Fairmont State University next season. Boatwright is seated with his brother Tanner Boatwright, left, father Roger Boatwright and mother Susie Boatwright, right. Back row from left to right: EHS?athletic director Ted Williams, assistant coach Chuck Higbee, assistant coach Martin Kniley, assistant coach Eric Lucas, head coach Greg Hott, assistant coach Chad Ware, assistant coach Adam White, assistant coach Tyler Phares and assistant coach Evan Hott. (CU?and The Inter-Mountain/Andrew Davis)
"I'm looking forward to playing football at the next level," said Boatwright. "I still have a lot of work to do but I am willing to do what it takes in order to be successful."
Boatwright was named to Class AAA All-State honorable mention team this season.
He was also a North Central Athletic Conference first-team selection for 2009.
Boatwright not only got the job done on defense, but was also a big contributor for Elkins' offense as well. He finished with 1,308 yards rushing and nine scores this past season.
"Chris has the size and strength to play at the next level," said Elkins coach Greg Hott. "It will be up to him to get himself ready to go. But I think he has the tools to be a good player in college."
Boatwright plans to major in criminal justice at Fairmont State.
"I really liked the campus and the coaching staff at Fairmont," said Boatwright. "I also liked the small campus and the town."
Boatwright is the son of Roger and Susie Boatwright of Elkins.