Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas HS
No. 4 DT in Florida, Three stars
Committed on December 27, 2013
Vitals: 6-foot-0, 255 pounds
Recruitment: The three star prospect chose the Blue Devils over offers from Nebraska, Central Florida, Illinois, Louisville, and North Carolina State. The process was going well very early, but eventually Boyce decided that the relationship with the Duke coaching staff was far too much to turn down.
"The coaching staff has been there for me since day one of the recruiting process. They got past the issue of my size and realized that it's not all about being the prototypical size, and the amount of heart and work ethic of a player can be just as important as his love of the game."
Following his commitment - which came very early in the cycle - Boyce continued to hear from the schools who had offered with Syracuse being chief amongst them.
"I was surprised. They told my coach that they liked my film. The head coach liked my film. They really want me to go up there for a visit and really consider them. They aren't going to stop recruiting me until I tell them to stop.”
That came in May along with the message that Boyce was firmly off the market to Arkansas, Cincinnati and Rutgers.
Early Impact: Boyce’s size (and self-awareness of it) certainly could be a weakness, but the player believes them to be an asset. And so do the coaches.
“The coaches have told me that being quick and elusive off the ball will definitely help me make the transition to college football next year. They are projecting me to move around the line and to play on both the inside and outside. I talked about it with Coach Jones and Coach Petri.”
Boyce will likely redshirt as Duke rotates in the defensive line prospects from the class of 2014 including Cerenord and Shabazz. However, the plan would be for Boyce to provide a big change of pace for the Blue Devil pass rush early on in his career. Him appearing on the two-deep as a redshirt freshman is a potentially reachable goal.
Scout Take: “Boyce is listed at 6-foot-0, 250-pounds. He’s closer to 5-foot-10 and that’s being generous. But he plays much bigger than his size. This kid is so quick off the ball and he really knows how to use his hands. His combination of speed and violent hands make him an absolute load to handle.” - Jamie Newberg