UNC on Top for Boyd

North Carolina has made up considerable ground and is now, at the very least, a co-leader for Jhay Boyd following his most recent Chapel Hill visit.

"I would say Carolina is on the top just from that visit," Boyd said. "It was a great visit. I would definitely say they're on top. It was Clemson. I did have Clemson on the edge of everybody, but I would say Carolina edged Clemson just a little bit. Or I might put them in a tie."

Boyd, a 6-foot-2, 184-pound wide receiver from Gastonia (N.C.) Ashbrook, arrived at UNC the Friday of the one-day camp. He was accompanied by his mother, step-dad, mentor Joseph Johnson, teammate Willie Kennedy, and friend Curtis Porter, who plays at Charlotte (N.C.) West.

Boyd had two objectives heading into the visit: to work out at camp and to show his mother the school.

"I wanted my mom to see the campus, talk to the coaches, and see how the academics and everything were," Boyd said.

Although a minor shoulder injury prevented him from participating in the camp and accomplishing one of his objectives, Boyd fully completed his second objective. His mother not only learned about UNC, she left the campus very impressed.

"My mom liked it a lot," Boyd said. "She said it's her number one school right now, because the academics just blew everybody else out with all the support that they have. She likes them the best."

Boyd, who had visited the campus before, was also impressed by the academic support system.

"I really wouldn't have to worry about academics like that, because I know I'm going to pass and I know I'll get the grades," Boyd said.

Since he couldn't participate in the actual camp, Boyd made it a point to observe UNC's wide receivers coach Charlie Williams as he guided the receivers in camp.

"He coaches real well," Boyd said. "It's fun being around him. He seems like a coach I can get along with, too."

Throughout his stay, Boyd received the full-court press from the UNC coaching staff. He met individually with offensive coordinator John Shoop, head coach Butch Davis, recruiting coordinator John Blake, and Tommy Thigpen.

Boyd says he spent the most time with Shoop.

"[He spoke] just about the offense and how I can come in and be an impact player as a freshman," Boyd said.

During the final camp session Saturday afternoon, Boyd and his parents sat down with Davis.

"He was basically saying the same thing [as Shoop]," Boyd said. "He talked to me about football for a little bit, and then he was just talking to me about life stuff… He was telling me how [at Miami] he placed 28 first-rounders in the NFL in six years, and 60 others in the third or second round."

At the end of the month, Boyd said he will cut his favorites list, which currently stands at 15 schools, to ten schools. He says Clemson and UNC are locks to make the cut.

The rest of Boyd's initial cut to 15 included Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, N.C. State, Ohio State, Oregon, South Carolina, Southern Cal, and Virginia Tech. All have extended a scholarship offer except USC.

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