Boyd Building Strong Bond With Wheatley

2016 Houston (Tex.) Stratford three-star running back Rakeem Boyd opens up about his new Michigan offer, Jim Harbaugh, and his relationship with Wolverines’ running back coach Tyrone Wheatley.

Rakeem Boyd’s scholarship offer count is reaching a point where it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of the exact number.

Tuesday the list went up by one when the Michigan Wolverines officially offered the three-star running back from Houston (Tex.) Stratford high school.

“I was excited,” Boyd said. “(Coach Tyrone Wheatley) was just like, ‘I watched your film and watched it again and again and just couldn’t get enough,’ so he had to extend the offer. He said he told the staff about me.”

In a very short period of time, Boyd says Wheatley has really made a strong impression on him over the phone.

“The first time we ever talked was for about like 30 minutes,” Boyd said. “I had a great talk with him and we built a strong relationship in just one night.

“We talked today after school as well and we’ll talk again Friday. We’re just really building a strong bond, more so than with other coaches.”

According to Boyd, the conversations with Wheatley stretch beyond the limits of a football field as well.

“He just talks about what I’m going to do after the NFL and things like that,” he said. “What am I going to do after college? He talks about life goals and things like that.”

With Jim Harbaugh now in charge in Ann Arbor, Boyd believes Michigan will be back sooner than later.

“I’m not really familiar but I know Jim Harbaugh is up there and wow, that guy, he’s a great coach,” Boyd said.

“I know he’s going to do good things and change things around and he’s going to have a lot of recruits this year.”

Standing just shy of 6-foot-1 and 195-pounds, Boyd is fresh off a big junior season for Stratford.

“I improved on a lot of things, exploding through the line and really hitting the hole hard,” Boyd said. “I finished runs. I really had my break out year my junior year.

“I played on varsity as a freshman but I couldn’t do a lot of things so this last season I had put a lot of things together like hurdling guys and things like that.”

Taking a recent junior day trip to Texas, Boyd plans to be at Texas A&M this weekend.

As far as plans to get out and see Michigan, Boyd has it on the agenda but likely won’t make it to campus in the next couple months.

“We will be talking about that pretty soon, probably Friday,” he said. “I think I’ll take a visit this summer hopefully. I’m not sure if I’ll be taking one in the spring.”

Boyd is originally from New Orleans and added distance won’t be a factor in his decision.


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