UNC Continues to Impress Boyd

Heading up to Chapel Hill Saturday morning, Jhay Boyd was fairly confident he had seen and experienced it all during previous visits to North Carolina. However, UNC didn't fail to impress the 6-foot-2, 184-pound wide receiver from Gastonia (N.C.) Ashbrook.

"[During pre-game], I looked behind me and I saw a whole bunch of guys in polo shirts," Boyd said. "All I saw was the Jets, Ravens, Bears. I was like ‘Are these NFL scouts?'

"I believed the things [Butch Davis] said like getting their guys into the first round, but seeing it Saturday my eyes got big."

Boyd, who has made several unofficial visits to UNC in the past year, including last year's contest against South Carolina, was also surprised by the amount of recruits on hand for Saturday's game.

"I think they said it was the most they ever had – it was like 95 [recruits]," Boyd said. "There were a ton [of recruits] there."

During the actual game, Boyd didn't focus on the scoreboard or the eventual outcome. Instead, he concentrated on the working environment of UNC's wide receivers.

"They get the ball to their playmakers," Boyd said.

"The quarterback is a big factor. I know they got [Bryn Renner] committed there and he's supposed to be real good. If I go to UNC, I'll have a year with [T.J.] Yates – he'll be on top of his game – and the freshmen coming in my class will probably be top notch."

Boyd plans to return to UNC on October 11 to take in the Notre Dame game in what he says will "probably" be another unofficial visit.

After a modification earlier in the month, Boyd's top five favorites list now consists of Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Missouri, and North Carolina.

"Everything is kind of even," Boyd said. "I'm just taking it all in, paying attention to a lot of things… It could go either way, this recruiting thing. I wouldn't say I have a top school. I want to take some visits and everything."

Two of Boyd's official trips will go to schools not found in his top five list: Illinois and Oregon.

"I still want to look at [Illinois and Oregon] and I still talk to the coaches," Boyd said. "I have like a ‘seven-ish.'"

Boyd says Florida and Missouri will also definitely receive official visits.

The fifth and final visit will likely go to Auburn, since Boyd has made so many unofficial visits to both Clemson and UNC. However, Boyd says he's still contemplating and could instead grant the last visit to either the Tigers or Tar Heels.

Boyd's official visit to Illinois is the only trip that has been scheduled. He'll be in Champaign during the weekend of November 15, when the Fighting Illini host Ohio State.

Originally, Boyd had planned to announce his college destination on October 10 when Ashbrook hosts Belmont (N.C.) South Point.

"I still might do it that day, but I don't know," Boyd said. "If I don't do it that day, I'll probably do it before the All-American game or during the All-American game."

Boyd has been selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

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