VAUGHT: Phillips: Aaron Boyd can be special

Lexington's Aaron Boyd was a high-profile recruit that had his choice of national powers. He almost decided to play for Oregon before finally opting to stay home and play for the Wildcats where his brother, Shane, previously played.

Boyd is a big, physical, aggressive receiver. He was a consistent playmaker in high school for Lexington Henry Clay.

But can he do the same things as a freshman at Kentucky?

"I do think Aaron has a chance. When I saw him in high school, he would take a play off here and there. You kind of worry about his work ethic because of that. But he has been here every day since he graduated from high school. He has been on time and has worked his tail off. He has worked out with (former UK receivers) Keenan Burton and Steve Johnson. He has worked out with Shane (who is now with the Houston Texans).

"Those are the things I get excited about. This is a guy who is very talented and now he has started to work to develop that talent even more. He has not always played hard, but when he went, he was a threat. If we can just get him to understand how he has to go hard every play, we could have something special. And I think he is understanding what it will take for him to be special."

Phillips also knows Boyd won't be viewed like most other freshman.

"He has a lot to live up to, but he understands that. This is different than a guy being from Georgia or Florida or Tennessee. He grew up here. His brother played here. It is going to feel different for him when he puts on that Kentucky jersey. It will feel like it did for (former in-state UK basketball stars Deron) Feldhuas and (Richie) Farmer. There's going to be that pride factor that can created pressure, but it can also push you to be an even better player," Phillips said.

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