By Casandra L. Clayton
Prepbuilders.com Staff Writer
DELRAY BEACH – Endrickson Boucher has played a key role in Atlantic’s success this past season.
The Eagles 2017 cornerback helped his team win the District 10-8A title and reach the Class 8A regional final in a season that ended with a 12-1 record (10-0 in the regular season).
“We knew that last year would be a good one for us,” Boucher said. “We put in extra work on and off the field.”
Atlantic coach Jamael Stewart spoke on the impact that Boucher made this past season.
“He became a big contributor to our team,” Stewart said of Boucher, who ended his junior year with 26 tackles, 15 pass breakups and 1 interception. “He did exactly what we wanted him to do.”
After having such a successful season, the 2017 athlete is still not satisfied.
“I felt like we could have played better against Flanagan,” Boucher said of the eventual Class 8A state champion, which eliminated Atlantic from the playoffs with a resounding 35-0 win in the 8A regional final.
Boucher credited much of Atlantic’s success last season to the outgoing seniors and their leadership skills.
“A big factor was that a lot of our seniors stepped up,” Boucher said. “We had Dontavious Monroe (RB – 2016) Chanler Ferguson (LB – 2016), Jerrod Ferguson (RB – 2016), Shawndarrius Phillips (RB – 2016), Maxel Wells (S – 2016), and the entire offensive line.”
With more than half of the Atlantic roster being seniors, Boucher is looking to step in next year and become a leader by example. His goal is to lead the Eagles all the way to the 8A title game this year.
“A lot of people think just because we’re losing some seniors, we will be ‘sweet’,” Boucher said. “But we’re going to keep Atlantic on the map.”
The 5’11”, 167-pound cornerback is using the offseason to log some time in the weight room and on the practice field.
“I’ve been practicing on my technique,” Boucher said. “I’m getting better with my backpedalling, ball skills, and weaving.”
Boucher’s hard work has been paying off in more ways that one. He currently has an offer from Temple, and has garnered interest from FAU, Miami, Kentucky, FIU, and West Virginia.
Much of Boucher’s notoriety this offseason has come by way of his experience with the Strong Arm Athletics 7-on-7 team. His most recent exposure opportunity came in the Adidas 7-on-7 Tournament, which took place on Feb. 21 in Davenport, Fla.
In addition to that, Boucher is getting himself prepared for the Nike Football Opening Regional Finals, which will be held on Sunday, March 6 at American Heritage School in Plantation.
“I like attending these camps and tournaments because the competition is always great and you can definitely get a lot of exposure,” Boucher stated.
Preparing extensively for his senior year at Atlantic, Boucher feels it will be a special one for him.
“This is going to be a big year for me,” Boucher said. “Im going to go all out.”
We shall see what Boucher and the Atlantic Eagles have in store for the upcoming season.
Stay tuned for a further update on Boucher’s recruiting process, as well as his on and off-field progress.