Ryan Easterling’s Scouting Report
Reminds me of: Denver Kirkland (OG - Arkansas). Boyd is the definition of a physical football player. A big body on the interior that can not only move, but is also already strong enough to have a shot at playing a significant amount of snaps as a true freshman. He is vicious at the point of attack and plays with a serious mean streak.
Arkansas is known for having big offensive linemen, and Illinois has two in this class (the other being Vederian Lowe). It’s clear that Illinois is looking to get bigger up front, and they do just that with a guy like Boyd, who, ironically enough, held an Arkansas offer.
Illinois has sold Boyd on being a four-year starter from the beginning. Not that it’s ideal for a true freshman offensive lineman to start right away. But who is standing in his way? Gabe Megginson likely will switch to tackle and Nick Allegretti may move to center, meaning both guard spots would be open. Expect sophomore Darta Lee to fill one. Both are a bit raw, but Lee should tone up and hone his technique after a year in the program. Barring a surprise or Megginson and Allegretti staying put at their spots -- meaning Adam Solomon and Doug Kramer Jr. are ready to take over at tackle and center -- the other guard spot should be Boyd’s, who already has a Big Ten body, though adding some strength this summer certainly would help. - Jeremy Werner
No recruit epitomizes the “Lovie Effect” more than Boyd. The St. Louis Trinity Catholic offensive lineman had barely any interest in Illinois. He was dragged to a late summer unofficial visit, to which he showed up in a sour mood. But the more he saw the campus/facilities and interacted with the Illinois staff, the more he fell for Illinois -- especially Lovie. Two weeks later, Boyd visited again and committed, choosing Illinois over Oklahoma State, Missouri, Arkansas and Wisconsin and others. He’s a no-doubt Big Ten recruit from St. Louis that Illinois won. That hasn’t happened in a long time. The Lovie Effect.