Boyd Eager To Make Impact

By faxing his National Letter-on-Intent on Wednesday, Jhay Boyd officially closes a recruitment that seemed never-ending.

"It feels good to just focus on one school," Boyd said. "I'm not going to be pressured by any other schools. I'm relieved from a lot of stress."

Boyd, a 6-foot-2, 184-pound wide receiver from Gastonia (N.C.) Ashbrook, verbally committed to UNC after taking official visits to Illinois, Missouri, NC State, and Oklahoma.

Despite the commitment, outside schools continued to recruit Boyd – all the way up until this past weekend.

"Things died down a little bit, but NC State, Clemson, and Oklahoma still recruited me," Boyd said. "NC State died away after about a week or so [of me committing]. I finally told Oklahoma and they stopped. But Clemson still called – they wanted me to come down there last weekend."

To his credit, Boyd stuck to his commitment and didn't visit any other school. He says UNC provided him everything he desired in a school, plus the extra assurance of having a relationship with several of the players.

"[I liked] the coaching staff, the students that go there, the academics, [and] the football players and having a good relationship with Greg Little and all them," Boyd said.

Also attractive to Boyd was the opportunity UNC presented with the vacancies at wide receiver. UNC graduated four receivers, while Hakeem Nicks opted to leave early for the NFL draft. The only returning receiver with meaningful game experience is Little and he spent most of last season as a tailback.

"The wide receiver position is open – there are no starters," Boyd said. "… I feel like with the abilities I have, I can definitely come in and start at that ‘X' position [split end] and be an impact player."

Boyd received further reassurance from Butch Davis.

"Coach Davis said ‘You have no choice. You have to [play as a freshman],'" Boyd said. "It feels good hearing it from the head man. I know he believes in me."

After returning from the Under Armour All-American Game, Boyd joined his high school basketball team in mid-season. However, after a handful of games, he decided to quit and focus on his grades and lifting.

Boyd will, though, participate in track this spring. He plans to run the 100-, 200-, and 400-meter dash, and could also participate in a relay, high jump, and/or long jump. His personal bests in the 100-meter is 10.45 seconds, 200-meter is 21.3 seconds, and 400-meter is 49.09 seconds.

Boyd figures to enroll at UNC in the second summer semester. However, he says he first has some academic work to complete.

"Everything is looking real good – I'm not even worried about it," Boyd said. "I have a little bit of work to do – not too much."

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