Signee Update: Jhay Boyd

North Carolina signee Jhay Boyd has had a dominant spring track season for Gastonia (N.C.) Ashbrook High.

"I've been doing real well in track," Boyd said. "I just broke a record in the Shelby Invitational in the 100 and 200 [meter dash]. In the 100, actually, I have the No. 1 time in the state with a 10.38. My best 200-time is a 21.40. I think I'm ranked top ten in the nation."

In addition to the 100- and 200-meter dash, Boyd, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound receiver, runs the 400-meter dash, and the 4x200-meter and 4x400-meter relay.

On Tuesday during the Big South 3A/4A Conference Track and Field Championships, Boyd broke his own year-old record in the 100-meter dash with a preliminary time of 10.43 seconds. He also placed first in the 200-meter with a 21.97-second time, and second in the 400-meter with a 52.76-second time. The finals are scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

Boyd will run in the NCHSAA 4A State Track Championships on May 28.

Throughout his recruitment, Boyd spoke mostly to John Blake. Since signing in February, though, Boyd has communicated more with Charlie Williams, UNC's wide receivers coach.

"We talk about everything – how's school going, I give him updates on my track meets, and how each other's families are doing," Boyd said.

With the depletion of UNC's receiving corps following the season, Boyd and Williams have discussed the playing time possibilities for this fall.

"My plan to come in thinking I'm the best receiver," Boyd said. "I'm going to come in and work hard.

"Coach Williams told me I'm probably the fastest of all the receivers now – that's a plus. I just need to hit the weight room and get a little bit bigger and I'll be ready to roll."

With his track season and academics taking up most of his time, Boyd hasn't been able to spend as much time in the weight room as he would like. He has received a workout plan from Jeff Connors, UNC's strength and conditioning coach, and plans to follow that once his track season concludes.

Academically, Boyd has some work left to do to become qualified.

"Everything is looking good, actually, with qualifying," Boyd said. "My grades are up and I'm retaking the SAT this Saturday. I'm feeling really good about it. I'm going to be doing a lot of studying this week."

Boyd will graduate from Ashbrook on Jun. 13 and plans to arrive in Chapel Hill two days later.

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