Boles decides on Central Arkansas
Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor

May 6, 2004 -- After helping the Sulphur Springs Wildcats mount the most prolific passing attack in school history last season, senior offensive lineman Aaron Boles decided Wednesday to try to do the same for the University of Central Arkansas.

Boles (6-1, 290) signed a national letter of intent to play football for the Conway-based school, which is a member of the NCAA Division II Gulf South Conference. He will likely play center or guard.

"They liked my mobility, I think, and a little bit of my size," Boles related. "They'll probably redshirt me as a freshman, but that gives me another year to get better."

SSHS head coach Brad Turner, who has seen nine of his senior players sign with colleges this spring, said Boles will be a good fit for the Bears, who run a spread offense similar to that employed by the Wildcats.

"Aaron struggled a little bit trying to decide where he wanted to go. He bounced back and forth between a few places, and ended up making a decision at Central Arkansas. I think it's a good fit," Turner said. "Offensively, they're similar to what we run, so he has an understanding of the no-huddle and spread-type offense.

"The advantage Aaron has is that he's played tackle, guard and center, so he can really play anywhere on the line. I think he'll be a good center. His understanding of the offense will help him a lot, if that's where they decide to put him."

Boles is a two-year starter for the Wildcats, earning Second Team All-District 11-4A honors as a senior at right tackle. In 2003, the Wildcats set virtually every passing record in school history.

"We're proud of him, and it's a good opportunity for him," Turner said. "He did a great job for us. He was a great player for us."

Boles, the son of John and Gail Boles, said his decision to attend Central Arkansas boiled down him feeling comfortable with the coaches, campus and the type of offense.

"It's a really good campus, and I like the spread offense which is what they run up there, a lot similar to our offense," Boles said. "I went to visit, and it was really nice. They were really friendly and seemed like they really wanted me to go there."

Notes: Boles won't be the only former Wildcat at UCA next year. Megan Bell is a freshman softball player this year, and she will be joined by former teammate, SSHS senior Hollie Watson. ...Boles is the 12th SSHS senior to sign an athletic letter of intent to play sports in college, and three more are expected to sign in the next month.

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