NC State in Top Three for Florida Lineman

OL/DL James Boyd has been on the NC State radar for months. We caught up with him recently to see how his season and recruiting has gone in 2005.

OL/DL James Boyd from Countryside High School in Clearwater, Fla has flown under the recruiting radar most of 2005. The 6-3, 265 pound lineman put together a solid senior season, averaging around four pancake blocks per game, and helping lead his team to a 9-2 record.

Coached by John Davis, father of NC State QB Jay Davis, Boyd is certainly familiar with the Wolfpack program. NC State has been on the senior standout for months and are in good shape to land an official visit later in the year. Pack Pride spoke with Boyd about recruiting and his top schools.

"Right now, I'm getting a lot of interest from West Virginia, Auburn, NC State, Florida, UNC, Rutgers, Temple and Alabama," he said. "Really it's hard for me to remember all the schools I've heard from. Of the ones recruiting me, I'd say Central Florida and Auburn are recruiting me the hardest.

"So far, NC State, UNC, Rutgers and Temple have offered me a scholarship."

Boyd talked about the schools he's got at the top of his wish list currently.

"I really like Auburn, NC State and UNC right now," he said. "Those schools would be my top three.

"With Auburn, they call me a lot and have shown me a lot of interest and that stands out. They seem more interested in me as a person, rather than just a football player.

"NC State is high up there, too. My coach's son, Jay Davis, is a senior QB up there and I've talked to him about how it is there and what the campus is like. I also have some friends that do business up there and they've never had nothing but positive things to say about it.

"When I was a kid growing up, I was always a Michael Jordan fan in basketball so obviously I liked UNC. They're a school that sends me stuff constantly."

Boyd added that he doesn't favor any particular school out of his top three and plans to start setting official visits in the very near future.

One potential stumbling block was academics with many feeling Boyd's offer count possibly taking off once his grade situation became a little clearer.

"I've taken the test and I made a score that probably would get me close to qualifying but I know I can do better so I'll be taking it again."

Boyd had hoped to participate in some post-season all-star games but had to withdraw his name for consideration after suffering with inflammation of the heart lining late in the season. He told Pack Pride that he's in the process of getting to full health but will be fine by the time he arrives in college next fall.

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