Under-the-Radar 2023 OL Makhi Boston shows out at NextGen's top event | Youth1

Under-the-Radar 2023 OL Makhi Boston shows out at NextGen's top event

The 2022 Trench King Challenge, an event for the lineman at THE SHOW by NextGen, featured some of the top rising lineman prospects in the country. This year's TKC, held in Atlanta, was the biggest numbers-wise and deep with talent. The majority of the athletes earned invitations at the NextGen regional camps and one of those prospects was Class of 2023 offensive lineman Makhi Boston out of Massachusetts. 

Boston, a 6-foot-5, 315-pound, offensive tackle, was named one of the top offensive lineman performers at the event. He beat out a few dozen other offensive linemen for that honor. Boston won a total of two MVP awards during the two-day event. Even though he performed well, Boston said he has "a lot to work on." Despite being named one of the top overall offensive linemen, it's refreshing to see a young athlete focus on what he needs to get better at. "I need to work on hand-adjustment, strong strikes in my hand, and push-off strength in my feet," Boston said. 

This is the second time that Youth1 has been able to evaluate Boston in person. The last time was at The TKC Challenge, held by NextGen, at The Star in Frisco, Texas back in January. Boston easily passes the eye-test from a size standpoint. At the TKC in Atlanta, I thought he showed improvement since the TKC at The Star. First and foremost, he was one of the leaders amongst the offensive linemen and gave great effort throughout the event. 

One of the things that Boston mentioned that he needs to work on is working on strong strokes with his hands and push-off strength in his feet. If Boston continues to work on his upper and lower-body strength, the results might be scary. He's agile and looked smooth while sliding during his pass-sets. Boston has a massive frame and gets natural movement at the point of attack. He had an opportunity to match-up with a defensive lineman that was as big or bigger than him. I thought it was an even match-up and it gave Boston a different look because most defenders are going to be smaller and not as strong as he is. 

From a recruiting standpoint, Boston has yet to receive his first offer. It's still early in the game and he has Division I talent. 

 

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