QB Qua Boyd Among Weekend Visitors

Qua Boyd, a 6-4 210-pound quarterback from Lafayette High School, is visiting Auburn this weekend. Boyd talks about Auburn and his junior season, and highlights of Boyd are featured in this story.

Lafayette, Ala. – Ole Miss will come to town on Saturday, and so will a long list of impressive recruits checking out the Auburn football program. Many of the prospects on hand will be for the class of 2013, including quarterback Qua Boyd from nearby Lafayette, Ala.

Boyd is a junior dual-threat quarterback who has helped turn Lafayette High School from a 1-9 team in 2010 into a playoff team in 2011.

"I'm a big Auburn fan, ever since about the third grade," Boyd says. "It's been a long while. My favorite players at Auburn were Cadillac Williams and Ronnie Brown during the undefeated season (in 2004). They were my favorite players. They're my motivation today -- Ronnie Brown and Cadillac still. Now my favorite player is Cam Newton.

"I try to do my own thing, but when I play folks describe me as Cam Newton," Boyd adds. "If I run somebody over they say it's like Cam Newton. If I throw a long touchdown pass, ‘Cam Newton.' When I catch a touchdown pass they go back to the Ole Miss game. Pretty much anytime I do something they go, ‘Cam Newton.'"

Boyd camped at Auburn over the summer and got to work with offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn. He also hung out with receivers coach Trooper Taylor.

"I learned a lot of stuff," he says of working with Malzahn. "My drops, looking off, two-minute drill and everything. I learned a lot from him. Coach Troop gets the team up. I was down there with the receivers. He was hyping them up making them catch everything. If you drop a ball you've got to get dirty. He's the coach that gets the team hyped up for the game and everything."

Boyd's visit to Auburn this weekend will be his second of the season.

"I went to the Florida Atlantic game," he notes. "It was fun. The fans were going crazy. I had people jumping on me and everything. It was fun, and I liked it."

Aside from getting attention from Auburn, Boyd's recruiting has been slowly picking up as his name is just popping up on the radar. However, he's starting to hear from some high-profile teams.

"I've been hearing from Auburn, Middle Tennessee, Alabama and I got some papers, not a letter, from Oregon," he explains. "I don't have any offers, but they're very interested in me. I think they're going to start talking to me more after football season.

"I'm going to be looking for a place that I can call home -- a good football program and a school that I can call family," Boyd adds.

At 6-4, 210 pounds, Boyd is a standout basketball player at Lafayette and plays AAU ball. He once thought the hardwood would be where he was more likely to succeed, but as he's developed more as a quarterback he's realized that football may be the better path to success.

"My freshman year in high school I liked basketball because I was into football until people started looking at me and telling me that I could be the best quarterback in the state," Boyd explains. "I'm going to play basketball this year. If I start to get football offers I might not play next year as a senior."

For Lafayette, Boyd is a redzone threat as much at receiver as he is at quarterback. However, he says his leadership may be his best quality, even more so than his versatility.

"The best part of my game I would say is getting my team motivated," Boyd notes. "I always give my team a speech before every play."

Lafayette head coach Steve Coker has high praise for his attitude.

"Qua is a valuable asset to what we do," Coker says. "He's big, he's strong and he's got a strong arm. He's a valuable part of what we do at Lafayette, as well as all of our kids. He said it best in his quote in the paper after the win against Reeltown. He gave his props to his OLs. He knows that he's only as good as the guys in front of him. He doesn't try to put himself on a pedestal."

Jockeying for playoff position late in the season, Lafayette lost its last two games, both by just a touchdown. Its home loss to Woodland two weeks ago involved several questionable officiating calls in the final minute of the game, and Lafayette appeared to be out of the playoff picture.

However, Lafayette had suffered a one-point loss earlier in the season to Randolph County, and the AHSAA ruled earlier this week that Randolph County used an ineligible player in that game and another, giving the Bulldogs the #4 seed in the region at 6-3 overall and 4-3 in the region.

"It feels real good to be in the playoffs because last year we were 1-9," Boyd says. "We had to build discipline. This year we've got a lot of seniors who have never been to the playoffs. That's what motivated me to take them to the playoffs. They wanted to go, and I wanted to go. Now that we're in it we've got to take advantage of it and go all the way."

Lafayette will play Beulah at home on Friday and at undefeated Red Bay on the road in the first round.

Click the link below to watch highlights of Boyd versus Woodland.

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