Josh Boyd is rated as the 18th best defensive tackle in nation by Scout.com. The 4-star standout from Philadelphia, MS is one of the most athletic big men in the 2009 recruiting class. According to Scout, Boyd is a very fun to player to watch. He uses his long wing span to keep offensive lineman off of him and he quickly discards them as he diagnoses the play. Josh's athletic ability is perhaps his greatest attribute. He has surprising flexibility and endurance for a man his size. That athletic ability has led to several schools extending offers to Boyd, and he says it's been crazy lately.
"A lot has been going on since spring and now that school is ending. A lot of schools have been coming through here to see me, and now I am up to 11 offers. Troy and LSU are the last couple to offer me. Every school that has offered me I am looking at right now. I liked that LSU offered me because they're a powerhouse team that knows how to play. While Troy is smaller, I am giving them a fair chance right now."
"During spring a lot of schools came to see me. I kind of expected it because my coaches told me I'd be having a lot of coaches coming to see me. Every school that offered me visited me, and I'd say at least 20 total came by."
Florida State got on Boyd early as they were one of the first programs to offer. The Seminole coaching staff thinks high of Josh, which was shown by the coaches offering him very early on in the process. Josh says the Noles are a team he is interested in and he is looking to make a visit this summer to learn more about them.
"I've talked to Coach Haggins a few times over the phone. He talked to me about himself as a player and as a coach. He's told me about all of the players they've put into the league and how he wants me to come down this summer to check them out and learn more about them. I looked him up on the internet and everything he has told me is true. That's pretty impressive. I am planning on coming to Seminole Showtime because I want to see the school and how it is there, and I want to get a chance to talk to the former players to get their thoughts on how it was for them. We've talked a couple times and we're building a good relationship right now."
Coach Haggins is not the only coach from Florida State that Josh has had contact with. During the spring evaluation period defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews made the trek over to Mississippi to meet the talented lineman so he could talk about what the Seminoles have to offer. According to Josh, the meeting and subsequent phone calls went well.
"Coach Andrews came to see me during spring training. He said he wanted to meet me, so in-between classes my coaches introduced me to him. We talked later on the phone about how they are looking for someone like me to come in and play early. He broke things down for me. It was the first time I met and talked to him. The conversation was good, now I just have to see it and learn more about them."
Right now Josh says he is still pretty open to the recruiting process. He told NoleDigest that at this time LSU and Mississippi State are the schools sending him the most letters and correspondence. Living in Mississippi allows Boyd the chance to visit the Bulldogs when he wants, so they aren't on the list of schools that he plans on visiting this summer.
"I'm planning on doing some camps this summer. I am going to Michigan State this weekend for a visit, so after that it's whatever my coaches line up for me. I want to see FSU, LSU, Michigan, Auburn and Tennessee this summer. I have been to Auburn but I didn't get much of an opportunity to visit long. I've never really been to these places so I want to go get a good look at them and see what they have to offer."
Don't look for a decision from Josh anytime soon. He says his recruitment will probably go the distance, but he feels like it's going to be a long process with the calls and the visiting from coaches. He talks about that a little bit.
"I think my decision will probably be a late one. I am kind of deep out there and I've been doing a lot of thinking about things right now. It's been kind of quiet recently but there've been a lot of calls and people talking in my ear. People are telling me I need to stay home, but I am going to do what is best for me. The process is getting to me a little bit but I am not going to make any decisions until I see the schools I want to visit."
The Seminoles are a program that currently are in a good position with Josh at this time. He is extremely intrigues with what Coach Haggins has done at FSU and how he's sent a lot of players to the NFL. If the visit this summer is a good one look for the Noles to be a team that contends for Boyd's signature come February. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Josh and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.