Commitment Spotlight: Jared Boyd

The future looks 'Blue' for cornerback Jared Boyd who, despite having received offers from more than 10 other schools, has chosen to play for Duke in the fall. Looking towards his next move, the 5-9.5 168 pound Georgia native shared about his official visit, relationship with the coaches, and advice he's received from his Wake Forest alumni parents.

"Offers came and offers went," Jared Boyd explained. "A few schools stayed around, and Duke was one I had always had my eye on. I went down to visit and realized it was the right place for me."

He continued about his process of choosing the University.

"No school on the East Coast has the academic prestige; nowhere," Boyd said. "That's a big thing because no matter what happens- if I get hurt or anything, I'll still be able to rely on my Duke degree. At a lot of the other schools I was getting recruited by, I wouldn't be able to do that."

Boyd described the influence and advice he's received surrounding his college decision.

"A lot of people wanted me to go to the bigger schools," he said. "But I didn't have much pushing from the coaches. They wanted me to do what was best for me."

The athlete did however receive some opposition from some close to him.

"My parents went to Wake Forest," Boyd said. "Since they're Wake grads they've been talking about watching out for Duke. I was brought up to hate Duke, being a Wake Forest son. I didn't like Duke- and then I fell in love with it."

"But I still hate Carolina," he added.

Rivalry aside, the cornerback has a solid outlook on his future at the school.

"What stands out to me about the program is what we could be- that's the biggest thing," he said. "It's the potential we have. It's just a matter of time. It's just hard work. It's not all about abilities; hard work beats talent any day. So I'm going to work hard until I get there."

Boyd shared his experience from his official visit.

"I got to spend a lot of time with the players which is big, because the players are more important than the coaches," he explained. "The coaches could be gone, but those guys I'm playing with will be there no matter what."

As for next year, the athlete described his room for improvement as, "Game speed. No matter how fast you are, you have to adjust yourself to a new type of playing. That's the biggest thing.

"I hope to bring my cornerback skills, make plays, and try to turn this thing around," Boyd added.

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