Safety Jerry Boyd Leads Warren Central

There has been a decline in the number of top Division I football prospects around the Midwest in recent years. With all Big 10 teams competing for the same talent, it becomes a seller's market for the best athletes. Good ones such as Indianapolis defender Jerry Boyd will have their choice of schools.

Warren Central High School is arguably the premier football program in the state of Indiana. A new coaching staff ushered in another successful season for the Indianapolis school this last year. Despite losing their starting quarterback and leading rusher, the Warriors had yet another deep run in the state playoffs.

Jerry Boyd was a team leader this last year, and he says they should be outstanding again in 2009.

"We went 10-3 and made it to the semifinals. Next year, we lose our senior running back, but we pretty much have the same defense coming back and two or three other running backs."

The 6'-2", 195 pound safety proved his worth on the field.

"On the season I had 63 tackles, 45 solo tackles, 3 interceptions, and a 78-yard interception return for a touchdown. "

Successful players on traditionally successful football program are sure to draw interest from colleges and Jerry is no different.

"The schools really talk to my coach and my father. Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Ball State, Louisville, and Indiana State are showing interest. I'm being recruited as a safety in college, but I also play linebacker in high school."

Jerry has a clear understanding on the improvements he needs to make.

"To be successful in college, I need to work on my footwork, learn the plays, and work on getting my speed up through speed drills."

Although he says he needs to improve his speed, Jerry says speed is his best attribute and is listed as running a 4.5 forty.

"I cover a lot of ground real fast."

Though he lives in the Hoosier state, Jerry didn't grow up a fan solely of the state university.

"I grew up a fan of Indiana, Ohio State, and Illinois."

Boyd hasn't been active with recruiting trips yet, but he does have some future plans.

"I have a camp for Ohio State lined up. I haven't been to any junior days so far. This past season I went to Indiana for a game."

Jerry plans to take the SAT this fall and reports his GPA is all set and good for college.

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