Boyd Has ND As His Top Offer

Spencer Boyd's family was so excited about his latest scholarship offer, that they wanted the 5-foot-10, 165-pound athlete from Cape Coral (Fla.) High to verbally commit.

There's no doubt Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis feels the same way.

Last Thursday, the Irish offered Spencer Boyd a full-ride, joining Wake Forest, Duke, Marshall and Central Florida.

"They were ecstatic," Boyd said of his family. He could end up playing running back or cornerback in college. "They loved it, all of them."

Boyd feels the same way about Notre Dame, but isn't rushing into any college decision. He is also hearing from West Virginia, Florida and several other programs.

"I want to go through the process first," Boyd said. "I want to visit the school and get more of a relationship with the coaches before I commit.

"I'm going to try and get up (to Notre Dame) during the summer, but if not, then I'm going to use one of my officials if I can."

This past season, Boyd played in just eight games because of an injury. He rushed for 620 yards on 102 carries, with eight total touchdowns. In only five games on defense, Boyd had 30 tackles, and used his 4.41 second speed in the 40-yard dash to return an interception 104 yards for a score.

Boyd has no preference for what position he plays on the next level. He is just looking for the right fit.

"I love it on either side of the ball," Boyd stated.

Boyd isn't sure where the Irish coaching staff likes him, as that didn't come up during his conversation with Weis.

"He asked me if Notre Dame were to offer you, would you be interested, and I said I'd definitely be interested," Boyd began.

"He was a real nice guy. Seemed real down to earth. He asked me about my grades and stuff like that, he seemed very concerned about my grades. I have good grades by the way, a 3.2 GPA. I told him I want to try and graduate early, and enroll somewhere in the spring, and go ahead and get to work and get a head start."

Through letters, Boyd has been hearing from Notre Dame for awhile, but last Thursday was his first-ever personal contact with the coaching staff. He now plans to stay in touch on a regular basis.

"I know they're a top-notch school," Boyd said. "They get a lot of great players every year. This year they got Cierre Wood from out of California. I know they get a lot of good players and I know I'd have a good chance there.

"I'm open to any school that offers me, but Notre Dame is a great offer. They're No. 1 on my list out of my offers right now."

A list that should grow.

Boyd visited West Virginia for a junior day two weekends ago. He will attend one of Florida's spring practices in March. He is also going to junior days at Central Florida and South Florida.

Boyd isn't exactly sure when he'll make a college decision.

"Whatever school I end up going to, I want to feel like I'm at home, feel completely comfortable with the school, campus and everything," Boyd explained. "Also, they have to have great academics. I want to major in sports medicine, and I want to make sure wherever I go they have a good graduation rate."


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