Back in the summer the University of Michigan had become a heavy player in the recruitment of Philadelphia, MS standout, Josh Boyd. Scout.com's no. 21 rated defensive tackle expressed a strong affinity for the Maize & Blue after spending an entire week in Ann Arbor for the Wolverines' football camp. Ultimately, though, that wasn't enough overcome the pull from a program much closer to home, Sylvester Croom's Mississippi State Bulldogs.
Boyd was all settled on his future in Starkville, but Croom's resignation last weekend has caused him to reconsider a bit. Admittedly shaken by the news, Boyd has decided to let his eyes wander to see if the Bulldogs are still in fact the best choice for him.
"It was a real big shock to me," said Boyd. "One of the main reasons I was going to Mississippi State was Coach Croom. That kind of made things come back open, but at the same time I'm going to wait to see what happens… like who they're going to hire. I'm still kind of committed right now to see what's going to happen. But at the same time, I'm going to kind of open it up and come back and look at some of the schools in case something happens that I don't like."
As soon as news Croom's departure made the rounds, several schools in addition to Michigan jumped right back into the fray. All of them will get another look.
"I'll go back and look at Ole Miss, Southern Miss, and Florida State," Boyd stated. "The LSU coaches, the Ole Miss, Southern Miss coaches all contacted me. That‘s about it right now. I knew it was going to happen. Everyone knew one of the main reasons I was going to Mississippi State was Croom. When he stepped down, I was having second thoughts (immediately). (All of the calls) weren't that bad or overwhelming, because my future may be at another school… maybe."
Michigan could certainly be that school, as the Wolverines are definitely in the race for the talented defensive lineman. It's not hard for him to recall just how good of a time he had during his camp experience in Ann Arbor.
"I went up there and I did like a lot of things I saw," he said. "I will come back and see them and look at them. There's a good chance I'll get up there for an official. One of the coaches called yesterday and talked to my mother and I think they'll be down here Wednesday to talk to me."
Others will surely make the trip to the Magnolia State as well. When they come to visit and when he goes to visit them, there a few key selling points he'll be looking for.
"Just the atmosphere," said Boyd. "Just the way the coaches talk to me and communicate with me. Just a place where I can come and stay for four years and have a career."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Boyd in the coming weeks.