PHILADELPHIA - Zak Boggs proved the mock draft is all about speculation.
The Parkersburg native was selected in the second round and the 31st pick overall by the New England Revolution in Thursday's Major League Soccer SuperDraft held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
Boggs, who was nowhere to be found in mock drafts leading up the draft, just concluded his senior season with the University of South Florida men's soccer team. The former Parkersburg High School standout started in all 44 games for the Bulls the past two seasons and second on the team in scoring during the 2008 season with 15 points.
The SuperDraft began at 2 p.m. and Boggs received the good news several hours later.
"It surprised me too," Boggs said. "Actually I was down in Bradenton (Fla.) and it was at the end of a practice session that one of the coaches said to take a look at a text message. It was from the head coach at New England and said I had been taken in the second round.
"This is an opportunity, and I am going to try and make the best of it. Nothing is guaranteed."
Boggs posted a 4.0 grade-point average and finished his undergraduate career at USF last spring with a degree in biomedical sciences and is pursuing his master's degree in economics and marketing. He is currently taking three classes during his final semester, but plans to attend training camp with the Revolution in February.
"There was a combine scheduled for February and I was already resigned not being drafted," Boggs said. "I had no expectations, so getting drafted is a pleasant surprise. It's a dream come true."
While he waits for further instructions from the Revolution, Boggs will join his family next week in Atlanta for the presentation of the Wooden Cup citizenship award. He is one of five finalists in the collegiate division and the winner will be announced on Wednesday.
"It should be a lot of fun - these are five great college athletes," Boggs said.
The Revolution, which qualified for the 2009 playoffs, selected a total of five players. Their first round pick and ninth overall was used on Wake Forest forward Zack Schilawski. In the second round with the 25th pick overall, New England drafted Creighton defender Seth Sinovic.
The Revolution then chose Boggs with their next pick. The 21-year-old forward/midfielder, who checks in at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, played three seasons with Parkersburg before attending IMG Academy in Florida for his senior year.
This past season, Boggs scored four goals and finished the year sixth on the team with nine points. The Bulls put together a 14-4-3 campaign and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to national runner-up Akron.
"I am extremely happy for Zak because he has worked very hard through his college career to put himself in a position to be drafted in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft," USF men's soccer coach George Kiefer said. "I think that this result shows that all his hard work and dedication has paid off for him. I truly believe Zak will make an outstanding professional soccer player."
New England's final two picks were Kentucky forward/midfielder Jason Griffiths and Lehigh defender Adam Welch.
"Overall, we're pleased with our selections today," Revolution Vice President of Player Personnel Michael Burns said. "We will find out how they interact with our current players and how they fit into our system once they get to camp. But on paper, we've improved the talent base of our club and added some quality players."