Gastonia (N.C.) Ashbrook wide receiver Jheranie Boyd recently trimmed his list to five schools and the Pack is still in the hunt. The 6-3, 185 pound prospect spoke with PackPride.com this past Saturday and elaborated on where he stands in the recruiting process.
Boyd, a four-star receiver, is undoubtedly one of the top prospects remaining on NC State's recruiting board for the Class of 2009. After making a couple of unofficial visits to Raleigh over the spring and summer he has been complimentary of the recruiting job done by the Wolfpack. NC State’s staff has let Boyd know that they don’t plan to let up anytime soon.
"They're still recruiting me just as hard," Boyd said. "I've been talking to Coach (Andy) McCollum lately. I've been talking to Coach Williams and Butch Davis from (North) Carolina, too. From Clemson I'm talking to Coach Napier and Coach Swinney and from Florida I'm hearing from Coach Meyer, Coach Carter and Coach Gonzales. Coach Dunn and Coach Franklin have been talking to me from Auburn."
Despite previous reports to the contrary, Boyd maintains that he does not have any favorites.
"I would say they're all about the same. They're all about even," he said. "I like everybody. Those five will be the only schools in it. I've thought about officials and what games I could go to this fall.
"I plan on making my decision October 10, so it will all have to be before that. If there are good games I can get to then I probably will. Most of the schools I'm looking at are close to home. I could probably drive to half of them.
"I just have to see what the schedule looks like. I think they (NC State) play Miami at home."
If Boyd wants to visit NC State before he makes his decision, it will likely have to be for a game other than the Pack’s contest with Miami. That game takes place on November 29, while Boyd plans on announcing his decision October 10. His decision will come during the week of Ashbrook's rivalry game against High Point, which takes place during Homecoming weekend.
Boyd is rated the No. 8 wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com and the No. 3 player in North Carolina by Pack Pride.com.
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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