Heels Making Move for Boyd

After nearly writing off North Carolina several months back, Jhay Boyd now perceives the Tar Heels as one of his major suitors.

"They're one of my favorites now," Boyd said of UNC. "At first I was like ‘I'm not going to worry about them.' But that has all changed."

A couple of months ago, UNC was one of the few regional schools that weren't banging down Boyd's door. UNC was expressing limited interest in him, while head coaches Sylvester Croom, Tom O'Brien, Nick Saban, and Steve Spurrier were personally inquiring about the 6-foot-2, 185-pound wideout from Gastonia (N.C.) Ashbrook.

The situation began moving in a positive direction for the Tar Heels after UNC finally extended Boyd a scholarship offer. Concurrently, the UNC coaching staff increased its recruiting efforts.

"I got a lot of information like about the NFL experience on [the staff]," Boyd said. "They were talking about how they really wanted me real bad. They were trying to get me down there for a couple of weeks, but my schedule was all messed up."

Boyd was able to squeeze in a Chapel Hill trip a week ago. Although he attended last season's contest against South Carolina, this visit marked Boyd's first true recruiting visit to UNC where he was able to tour the campus and learn about the school and football program.

A great deal of Boyd's time was spent with UNC's coaching staff, including offensive coordinator John Shoop.

"[They said] I could play as a true freshman, [and] they need guys like me around," Boyd said.

In official visit fashion, Boyd concluded his stay by meeting with Butch Davis for a 20-30 minute conversation.

"[He talked about] building the stadium up so they'll have about 80 thousand people up in there, and just saying it's a building program and by the time I get there they could compete for the national championship," Boyd said. "They just need the in-state guys. I guess they're stressing over that."

UNC's scholarship offer helped push Boyd's offer count well into the 30s. Other schools that have offered include Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio State, Oregon, and Penn State.

By the end of May, Boyd expects to narrow his list of choices to 15 schools.

"[I'm looking for] a good relationship with the coaches," Boyd said. "They have to fit my personality, because I have to play for them for three-four years."

Boyd says UNC is nearly a lock to make that initial cut.

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