Boyd A Coveted Commodity

There aren't a whole lot of Jeff Boyd's running around. That's the take of Warren Central H.S. Coach Steve Tutsie, whose standout defensive tackle is one of the marquee names in the Hoosiers' 2007 recruiting class. The 6-3, 280-pounder made it official this morning...

There aren't a whole lot of Jeff Boyd's running around.

That's the take of Warren Central H.S. Coach Steve Tutsie, whose standout defensive tackle is one of the marquee names in the Hoosiers' 2007 recruiting class. The 6-3, 280-pounder made it official this morning when he signed his IU letter of intent along with prep teammates Chris Adkins and Andrew McDonald.

Boyd was not only a coveted recruit – he had scholarship offers from West Virginia, Louisville and Kentucky, among others – but he also plays at one of the most difficult positions for college football programs to recruit. There aren't an abundance of athletic 6-3, 280-pound defensive tackles running around at the prep level, and Indiana was able to get a very good one in Boyd.

"We had a lot of good football players, and (Boyd) has the ability to be the highest of any of those guys in our program simply because defensive tackles who can run are at a premium," Tutsie said. "Jeff has the ability and he can be a difference maker."

Boyd was a difference maker for the Warren Central program this fall, totaling 58 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and nine sacks to help Tutsie's program go undefeated and win a fourth straight state championship. He is ranked as the nation's 40th-best defensive tackle according to Scout.com and the state's seventh-ranked recruit.

"Jeff is such an athletic kid, he really creates mismatch problems," Tutsie said. "In this day and age with so many people running spreads, that puts a premium on tackles that are athletic like Jeff. I know Jerimy (Finch) is a highly-touted recruit, but Jeff is a highly-touted recruit, too."

And unlike Finch, Boyd will be playing his college football for the homestate Hoosiers. Boyd committed to IU in mid-January after his official visit, and he'll join a stable of IU defensive tackles that also includes returning starters Greg Brown and Joe Kremer, along with contributors Todd Newman and Emile Bass, among others.

Tutsie believes with a little work in the months leading up to his arrival at IU, Boyd can be an immediate impact sort of player.

"Jeff has the ability so long as he gets stronger," Tutsie said. "He does need to add some muscle, but once he does that, he can be a special player at Indiana."


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