Boyd was first contacted by Hawaii in late February and a few days later he unexpectedly got the offer. UH Linebackers Coach Sean Duggan made the call to give him the news.
“Honestly, it was surprising,” Boyd said. “I flew to Seattle and right before I got on the plane the coach said to call him. When I landed, I called him and he offered me a scholarship. I don’t want to say it was out of nowhere because he had texted me a few days before, but then he offered me and it was a surprise.
“It was pretty cool. I’ve never been to Hawaii and to be offered by them is cool.”
Boyd’s knowledge of what UH has to offer is low, but that is why he plans to unofficially visit Hawaii himself this summer. He currently holds 11 offers and wants to learn as much as he can about each school.
“I know it’s a beautiful place, beautiful beaches,” Boyd said. “To be honest, I’ve never really looked at their football program. I don’t know much about it and that’s why I’m going up there. I’m going there this summer to check it out because I really don’t know much about what they run and how their coaches are. I’m looking forward to finding out.
“I never really knew Hawaii had a college until this year to be honest.”
Overall, Boyd has offers from Boise State, Colorado State, Iowa State, Boston College, Fresno State, Louisiana-Lafayette, North Texas, Texas State, UNLV, New Mexico and Furman and interest from Washington and Utah State.
A few schools have jumped out to Boyd early in the process - primarily Iowa State and Boston College. He has also visited Fresno State and had trips planned to UTSA, Colorado State, Washington and Boise State this spring before taking his unofficial visit to Hawaii in June.
“I like the academics at Boston College and I like the atmosphere that Boston has,” Boyd said. “Great linebackers have come from Boston College and Iowa State’s coaching staff is just amazing.”
Boyd seems to impress everyone who watches, but more Power-5 schools appear to be waiting to see how he progresses going into his senior year.
“The most common thing I get from schools and coaches is my aggressiveness and nose for the ball,” Boyd said. “I don’t back down from any running backs or offensive linemen. I’m going to give you 110 percent whether you’re 6-7 and 325 pounds or 5-10 and 135 pounds. I go full speed all the time, I have a full motor, I’m always around the ball and I like to make plays and create plays.”
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