Boyd Garnering Early Offers

Lexington (Ky.) Henry Clay standout Aaron Boyd, brother of former Kentucky quarterback and current NFL backup Shane Boyd, is one of the hottest names in the Bluegrass state.

While the rest of the state is still clammering for a first scholarship offer to head their way, the 6-foot-5, 195 pound wide receiver already has plenty, and if his mailbox is any indication, there is more to come.

"I've got a couple shoe boxes full of mail from Louisville, Tennessee, Miami (Fla.), Alabama, Virginia, Michigan, Michigan State and Kentucky and NC State," Aaron Boyd said. "I've got offers from UK, UofL, Virginia, NC State and Cincinnati."

The Lexington (Ky.) native is the brother of former Kentucky quarterback and current Arizona Cardinals backup Shane Boyd, who was also highly recruited before picking the Wildcats. Like UK's all-time leading rushing quarterback who waited until Signing Day before making a decision publically, the younger Boyd will take his time to make a decision.

"I'm gonna take as many visits as I can and find what's right for me," Boyd said. "I'll probably wait until Signing Day (like brother Shane did). I'm going to discuss my college decision with my family, my coaches, stuff like that. It'll take the pressure off of me during the season so I won't have to worry about it. Then when that time comes, I'll choose when it's right."

Boyd has already taken an unofficial visit to Kentucky on February 10th for junior day. He's set for a visit to Tennessee this upcoming weekend and a possible trip to UL, but outside of those, he'll be spending his summer months in Arizona training with his brother Shane and the Cardinals organization.

"Shane's been really good about helping me," Aaron said. "He's been teaching me this and that about playing receiver. He's also telling me about the recruiting experience. Just talking to coaches and building relationships. He's been a real help for me."

Shane, noticably smaller than Aaron but whom also starred at Henry Clay High School before signing with Kentucky, starred at running back, wide receiver and quarterback in his four years with the Wildcats, also pitching on the baseball team.

His 'shaky' relationship might deter Aaron from ever playing at Kentucky.

"You know, my brother had some ups and downs at UK," Boyd explained. "I wouldn't say most people, want me to set my own name somewhere else, except for UK. I like Kentucky, I grew up watching them alot when I was a kid. It'll be cool to go to Kentucky, but I wanna test the waters and make the best decision for me."

"I'm going to try and look at different colleges," Boyd continued ""Playing time will come, but I'll probably say the biggest thing for me is team prestige and a pretty good coach. My main focus is getting to the NFL and finding wherever's gonna prepare me for the next level and looking for something that's right for me. My legacy gets me in the door, but my skills will do alot more."

Louisville has made it clear that they would like Boyd to replace Mario Urrutia in years to come. The new coaching staff has already made its mark on the Henry Clay standout from its days recruiting Virginia signee Chase Minnified.

"Louisville is a prestigious team," Boyd said of the Cardinals. "They were successful this season and I really like the way they use their receiver. I'm 6-5, I could see myself in that type of predicament. I've developed a great relationship with Coach Nord and Coach Kragthorpe, already. They told that they don't care where my brother went, that they just want me to find the best school for me. UL could definitely be a top choice."

A second-team All-City selection after securing 37 catches for 453 yards and 2 touchdowns a year ago, few doubt - that projection wise - Boyd is a top 3 prospect in the state.

"I'm the type of player that every college team wants right now," the 6-foot-5, 195 pound standout said, "I'm tall and fast and I bring alot to the table. I've gotten overshadowed sometimes by (Clark) Jeter and Chase (Minnifield), but when my time has come, I've taken advantage of every play I get."

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