When Katy (Texas) linebacker Breydon Boyd thought about it, Iowa State in many ways is a lot like what he has come to expect at Katy High School.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pound linebacker from one of the nation’s top high schools made the trip to Iowa for the first time during the weekend. Iowa State is one of Boyd’s early offers and is high on the program’s linebacker wishlist in 2017.
“This is my first visit being offered, so I just wanted to see how it went and everything,” Boyd said. “The coaches really, really wanted me to come up, so that kind of said something too about what they thought about me and what the program and Coach [Matt] Campbell thinks about me. I’ve never been to Iowa so I wanted to see how it was.”
So, how was it?
“I saw snow for the first time, so that’s pretty cool,” Boyd said. “It has a hometown feeling to it, because down in Katy, football is all we’ve got also, and that’s what it is here, so I like that. When Coach Campbell and Coach [Tyson] Veidt and everybody walks around they’re like, ‘You’re an Iowa State coach.’ Well, that’s how it is in Katy when Katy coaches walk around. I like that about it. Not so much brag about us, but just the home feel to it.”
Boyd is one of Iowa State’s early linebacker offerees in a year in which the position will carry added emphasis. The Cyclones graduate a handful of linebackers next season and could add as many as three in this class with Boyd being one of the early primary targets.
The long, physical and athletic Boyd also holds offers from Colorado State, Fresno State and Texas State at the early stage in his recruitment while Washington, Indiana and Houston are among schools showing interest.
Iowa State offered the third week of January and likes Boyd’s athleticism as well as his position flexibility. Both messages were conveyed Saturday.
“They liked my aggression and they liked my athleticism,” Boyd said. “They believe that I can play all three linebacker spots — Mike, Will and Leo — and I have a nose for the ball and I’m aggressive and don’t back down.”
Boyd, who had one-on-one meetings with Campbell and Veidt, toured campus and met with the academic staff about agriculture engineering, has a busy schedule in the coming weeks. He’ll visit Washington on Feb. 27 and Texas-San Antonio on March 5 while others continue to show interest.
A decision will come sometime before his senior season at Katy.
“After my spring I want to see what offers I get and then probably mid-summer or the end of summer before football season I’m going to commit somewhere,” Boyd said. “My coach wants me to commit before my senior season so I can focus on my senior season, which I agree with. Whatever offers I have and whatever offers I end up with right at the end of summer, I’m going to commit so I don’t have to worry about it.”
And his first stop left a positive impression.
“I love it here. The school, I love it. It’s amazing,” Boyd said. “The staff is friendly, they mess around like us, like the players, but also at times they need to be serious, which is like my high school. Me and my coaches mess around all the time but when it’s time to be serious, it’s time to be serious. That’s what they do, so I like that and it has a home feel to it.”