La. DL Getting Early Attention

The 2006 class in the Bayou State is going to be deep with defensive linemen and one that will be getting a lot of attention from schools all over the South is Covington-St. Paul's defensive end David Boyce (6-6, 230, 4.8).

Boyce has a huge upside because he has the type of frame that could easily add 20-30 pounds over the next couple of years and still keep his athleticism.

Last season, he had a solid junior campaign for St. Paul's that put him on the radar of some of the top programs in the South. He finished that season with 50 tackles but it was his 13 sacks and 19 quarterback hurries that stood out.

"I'm more of an aggressive type of player and a speedy defensive end," Boyce told Tiger Rag. "I'm a lot faster in the first 10-20 yards then I am in a 40-yard sprint. I'm pretty quick off the ball and I have good reaction."

One area he is working on during the off-season is adding additional weight and muscle with a goal of getting his bench press up from 285-pounds to over 300 before spring practice kicks off in May.

Currently, the schools that are contacting Boyce the most include Auburn, Ole Miss, LSU, Notre Dame, Michigan, Florida State and Alabama among others.

His brother, Ben Boyce, is a center for Ole Miss and has two years of eligibility remaining. That exposure has given David a good taste of what SEC football is all about.

"I'd really like to play in the SEC," he said. "Auburn is talking to me and that is big because of the good season they had last year. Ole Miss gets me excited too and I like the fact that coach (Ed) Oregon (head coach) is a defensive line coach. LSU also sends me stuff and obviously I‘m interested in them."

Boyce said he will be visiting LSU for junior day on Feb. 19 and that he is looking forward to getting over there for the day.

"I visited LSU for the Alabama game last year and was real impressed with everything," he said. "All of the coaches I talked to then are now gone so it will be nice to meet the new staff when I go there in a couple of weeks."

As for academics, Boyce is already a full academic qualifier with a 3.4 GPA and a 24 on the ACT.

This is definitely a Louisiana prospect to keep an eye on this recruiting season.

Sonny's Take: David Boyce is a good looking defensive end prospect but he could wind up at tight end at the college level depending on how much he fills out his frame. He is very quick coming off the edge as a pass rusher and also plays the run well. The thing to watch with him over the next year or so is how much weight he can add. Although, he played last season in the 230-240 range he ended the season around 215-pounds. That is an area college coaches will watch closely over the next eight or nine months.

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