2009 Intro: Jheranie Boyd

GASTONIA, N.C. --- To take full advantage of the offensive weapon Ashbrook High School possesses in Jheranie Boyd, head football coach Mike Briggs has decided to completely revamp his offense.

"We've changed it," Briggs said. "We're now in a spread, [shot] gun, ‘J' offense."

Traditionally, Ashbrook employs a run-oriented offense usually out of the Pro I and Slot I formations.

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"It was more of a power offense and then get the ball to ‘J' when we could," Briggs said.

"Now we're going to spread it to run it, obviously, with the threat of ‘J.' If people try to double cover him, we'll back him off the ball and move him around a lot. We're going to get him the ball on a lot of runs, misdirection runs, quick screen game, [and] quick passing game – give it to him short and then let him go."

After grabbing headlines during his sophomore spring track season, Boyd earned all-conference and all-region honors in football as a junior, his second year on varsity. On the year the 6-foot-2, 185-pound receiver caught 47 passes for 1,151 yards and 11 touchdowns.

"I had a breakout season," Boyd said. "I had a lot of nice blocks, opened up things for other receivers when teams double-teamed me, and helped win some games."

After only catching 16 passes as a sophomore, Boyd was already a pleasant surprise for Briggs.

"He has unbelievable athletic talent," Briggs said. "He has a 40-inch vertical jump. It's nice to be able to throw the ball up and have him go get the ball."

However, more remarkable, for a high school receiver at least, is Boyd's love for blocking.

"He doesn't have a problem going out and just blocking his butt off," Briggs said. "He loves making great blocks. I remember he actually put a guy on the track [surrounding the football field] – just buried him.

"He has those long arms in which he can lock people out or stock block. He takes great pride in doing it. He's your total ball player."

Colleges have caught on, with Alabama, Clemson, Maryland, Mississippi State, NC State, South Carolina, and Wake Forest extending scholarship offers.

"Everyday someone else is calling," Briggs said. "He's no longer a secret."

Among others, Briggs has field phone calls from head coaches Sylvester Croom, Tom O'Brien, Nick Saban, and Steve Spurrier.

John Lovett has been contacting Briggs for UNC, which has yet to officially offer Boyd. According to sources close to the situation, Butch Davis is expected to contact Briggs this week and an official offer from UNC is expected soon as well.

Two schools, though, are recruiting Boyd extremely hard.

"There's no doubt NC State and Clemson are just tearing this place up," Briggs said.

Boyd plans to ride out his entire recruitment.

"I want to keep my options open, take unofficial visits, [and] take all my official visits," Boyd said. "I'm just going to see where I feel more comfortable and make my decision next year on Signing Day."

Over the summer, Boyd plans to begin to narrow his list of options down.

"I want to go to school for business, so I've been asking schools what kind of business programs they have," Boyd said. "I do want to play as a freshman. Location, it matters because I want Coach Briggs and my mom to come to my football games."

Thus far, Boyd has unofficially visited Clemson, UNC, NC State, and Wake Forest.

This coming weekend Boyd was supposed to attend NC State's Junior Day, but has canceled those plans. He will, though, attend Alabama's Spring Game and a spring practice at UNC.

Boyd will use most of the summer preparing for his senior season and Ashbrook's new offense.

"I'm not going to go to a lot of camps – maybe one or two," Boyd said. "I don't want to wear myself out."

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