Boyd: 'The Atmosphere Was Great'

Gastonia (NC) Ashbrook star wide receiver Jheranie Boyd is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 26 wideout in the country by He headed up to NC State last weekend for the Wolfpack's Spring Game.

Gastonia (NC) Ashbrook star wide receiver Jheranie Boyd is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 26 wideout in the country by He headed up to NC State last weekend for the Wolfpack's Spring Game.

"It was fun," said Boyd. "The atmosphere was great... with the fans and everything. Plus, I was able to see Torry Holt, Jerricho Cotchery, and some other NFL players from [NC] State. My mom liked it a lot too.

"With the game, I watched their wide receivers, and I like how they give them a lot of one-on-one chances. I talked to coach McCollum, coach O'Brien, and coach Bible while I was up there. The State coaches are real energetic and really fit my personality."

Boyd had a chance to talk with some other recruits while in Raleigh, including NC State signee Mike Glennon. Boyd and Glennon first met last month at the Wolfpack's Junior Day.

"Mike Glennon was there, but he's already committed," said Boyd. "I saw some others recruits, but I didn't recognize a lot of them. Man, Glennon is real cool... sometimes he calls me and we talk about some stuff."

Arguably the state's top rising senior wide receiver prospect, Boyd had a huge junior year for Ashbrook High School.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder totaled 47 receptions for 1,151 yards (24.5 YPC) and 11 touchdowns while earning first-team all-conference and all-area honors.

Boyd has been timed as low as 10.57 in the 100 and flashed a 40+ inch vertical jump, and with those attributes and his production on the field he is considered one of the state's top five prospects in the 2009 class. Currently, he is working with a trainer as he attempts to improve on his 40-yard dash time. His trainer is a man familiar to all NC State football fans: Tremayne Stephens.

Stephens played tailback at NC State from 1994-1998, earning freshman All-American honors and was 1st team All-ACC as a senior. He is third in school history in rushing with 3,558 yards and fourth in touchdowns with 23. Following his career at NC State, Stephens spent three years in the NFL, two with San Diego and his final season with Indianapolis.

"At the combines, I want to show how fast I am," said Boyd. "I've ran a 4.45, but I think I can get down to around 4.3. I'm actually working with a trainer who played football at State, Tremayne Stephens.

"I want to show how fast I am."

"He's based right here out of Gastonia, and I try to work out with him every other day. He really knows a lot about it and I think he's helping me a lot with my speed. We talk about everyday."

Look for Boyd to attend this weekend's Shrine Bowl combine in Apex, next month's NIKE Camp in Chapel Hill, and the Under Armour combine that will take place in Charlotte.

On the recruiting front, Boyd holds nearly 20 offers from programs such as NC State, Clemson, North Carolina, Florida, USC, Alabama, Maryland and Wake Forest among others. He has narrowed down his list some and plans on camping at a few programs over the next few months.

"I already narrowed my list down to nine but I'm probably not going to reveal it until this summer," said Boyd. "I'll most likely go to camps at South Carolina, Southern Cal, Clemson, and Illinois.

"I would think all of the colleges are on me hard, but I'd probably say [NC] State, Clemson, and South Carolina are probably recruiting me just a little bit harder."

Boyd enjoys the recruiting process and as of now he plans on making a Signing Day decision.

"It looks like it will be Signing Day," he said. "I want to take all of my visits."

Scouting Report: "Boyd boasts all the attributes needed as a wide receiver but what really jumps out is his focus and concentration. This becomes clear once you observe that the vast majority of his catches are made with him in the air and off his feet. Boyd is able to go up with defenders, maintain his focus and come down with the reception over and over again. This also accentuates his tremendous catching ability. He's able to routinely pull in tough receptions which highlights his reliable hands.

"Once the reception is made, Boyd isn't necessarily a shake-and-bake type player but he is effective at finding gaps and outrunning defenders once in the open field. He plays physical and isn't an easy tackle once corralled. On the high school level, Boyd's speed allows him to dominate slower defenders and rarely will anyone put a hand on him once he's behind a defense." - Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams

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