VAUGHT: DL Boyd finds UK a great fit

Indianapolis defensive lineman Jeff Boyd knows everything he needs to know about the University of Kentucky football program.

The 6-4, 255-pound Boyd visited UK for Junior Day last month and after conversations with his father and Warren Central coach Kevin Wright, he decided he didn't want to wait any longer to make his college choice. That's why he gave his verbal commitment to Kentucky.

"I just think it is a great town and a nice football program. I liked the coaches. They are good people. I feel that is where I need to be," said Boyd.

He was recruited by linebacker coach Chuck Smith. "I really liked him, and coach (Rich) Brooks was good. I talked to him a lot. They both really impressed me," Boyd said.

There's a lot for Kentucky to like about Boyd, too. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds and says it should be better when he's timed again because he's been doing speed development. "I play both tackle and end. They kind of switch me around depending on who we play and down and distance in the game," he said. "It makes more versatile. I've got speed if you need speed. I've got power if you need power."

He had about 50 tackles last year, including eight quarterback sacks in the playoffs, despite missing two games because of a concussion.

His team has won three straight state championships and likely will have at least four Division I signees next year. Warren Central has lost just two games in the last three years. "Every year I have been here, we have won. I will do anything to help my team win. That's what I want to do at Kentucky. I just want to come in there and do whatever the coaches want so we can win."

He'll not attend Kentucky's camp this summer. Instead, he'll be in summer school to take care of his academic work. "They told me to get my grades in shape. They won't be mad if I don't come to camp because they already know that's where I will be when it is time to play my college ball," Boyd said.


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