Boyd: We Want to Put IU Football on the Map

Jeff Boyd has grown accustomed to winning during four straight championship seasons at Warren Central, and now he wants to bring that same winning attitude to Bloomington. Scout.com's seventh-ranked player in the state talks to HoosierNation.com about his commitment to IU...

Bloomington, Ind. – Jeff Boyd thinks Indiana football is about to be on the map.

And the 6-3, 280-pound defensive tackle from four-time defending state champion Warren Central H.S. program is a big reason why.

That's because Boyd – along with his high school teammate Jerimy Finch – verbally committed to the Hoosiers Sunday morning at the conclusion of their official visit to the Bloomington campus.

A first-team All-State pick, Boyd is the seventh-ranked player in the state according to Scout.com. IU Coach Terry Hoeppner's program has now received verbals from five of the state's top 10 with Finch (No. 1), Evansville's Max Dedmond (No. 5), Boyd, Crown Point's Matt Ernest (No. 9) and Pike's Dennis Ziegler (No. 10).

Boyd had also been considering Michigan, Kentucky, West Virginia and Ole Miss, but was swayed during this weekend's trip to Bloomington.

"We were around the team, and it was all good – a lot of positive feedback," Boyd said. "There's a real family thing there, and everyone is real tight. That stood out."

What stood out to Indiana about Boyd, meanwhile, was the sort of impact he can make on the defensive line. He said the IU staff has talked about using him at a couple of spots on the defensive front, trying to free him up to make plays like he did at the prep level.

"They want to use my versatility," Boyd said. "That's a big positive, put the icing on the cake. That's what I like to do – move around, turn me loose and them I'm going to work and go get it."

Another characteristic Boyd and prep teammates Finch, cornerback Chris Adkins and offensive lineman Andrew McDonald bring is a winning attitude. The quartet of soon-to-be Hoosiers won an unprecedented four straight state championships at Warren Central, and they expect win plenty of games at IU as well.

"We are going to bring wining – that's what we're accustomed to," Boyd said.

There was a time it seemed unlikely IU would be about to lure a handful of players from Warren Central. Boyd originally committed to Kentucky, and Finch originally pledged to Michigan. In spite of those commitments, Boyd said the Warren Central players still talked about the possibility of playing together at the collegiate level.

"We always thought about going to IU, that maybe we could all go somewhere and play together," Boyd said. "There are other schools we could have gone to, but we chose IU. Where else better to do it?"

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