In the short time that Rich Rodriguez has been at the helm of the Michigan football program, the Wolverines have been a growing presence in the south. Mississippi continues to be one of the new focuses thanks to the presence of linebackers coach (and former Southern Miss assistant) Jay Hopson. Recently “Coach Hop” set his sights on one of the Magnolia State’s finest, Philadelphia High’s Josh Boyd.
“I talked to (Coach Hopson) when he was at Southern Miss, and then I talked to him again when he went to Michigan,” Boyd said. “The last time was when he offered me a scholarship. I really hadn’t thought about Michigan before that, but now that they’ve offered me I’ve really started to think about the school.”
Boyd also holds offers from Mississippi, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, and Alabama and a host of others are right on the cusp. The interest in the 6-3 275-pounder grows by the day thanks to his impressive combination of size and explosiveness. Those attributes helped him notch 154 tackles (including 28 for losses and four sacks), four blocked punts, and two field goal blocks. That kind of activity is jaw-dropping for a down-lineman, but Boyd indicated that there is a good reason for his productivity.
“I’m kind of a quick power player,” he said. “I can out-quick you or I can power through you. I like to think that I’m like a Dwight Freeney.”
With southern powers Auburn and Florida now deciding to get more involved, the pull to stay in the south would seem to be even stronger. Boyd, however, insists that the Maize & Blue will have just as good a chance as his other suitors.
“Distance is not really a factor and I can handle cold weather,” said Boyd. “I just want to go to the school that is best for me. I’m going to be looking at the program and the education.”
“The decision will probably be signing day for me,” he continued. “I’m going to try to make to some camps this summer, but I don’t know which ones yet.”