Boyd Gets To Know Weis

There's no way that Notre Dame assistant coach Bernie Parmalee is offended.

"I haven't called him yet," Spencer Boyd said. "I'm supposed to call him."

While Parmalee waits for the standout athlete from Cape Coral (Fla.) High to give him a buzz, he's cool because his boss talks to him on a regular basis.

Since Notre Dame offered the 5-foot-10, 175-pound Boyd a scholarship a little over a month ago, head coach Charlie Weis has kept in contact.

"He emails me maybe twice a week with team updates on the practices and stuff like that," Boyd said. He also has scholarship offers from places like Michigan, Stanford and Vanderbilt. "I call every once in a while to talk to him.

"It's the only head coach I talk to. I've also talked to Stanford's head coach, but with Notre Dame it's different. I talk to coach Weis a lot."

Because of that, Boyd likes Notre Dame a lot.

"It shoots up the interest level I have in them. Me and coach Weis have a really good relationship right now. Probably one of the best I have with any coaches. We talk and he shoots me updates, and the other coaches don't really do that as much. It's a real good relationship I have with him right now."

Boyd also holds scholarship offers from Purdue, Duke, Mississippi, Marshall and Central Florida, and is hearing from other programs like West Virginia, Florida and Miami.

"Right now I'm just taking it all in stride," Boyd said. "I'm open to any school that offers me, but they're are some schools I'm more interested in right now with Notre Dame being one of them, because I talk to coach Weis so much and have such a good relationship with him."

Boyd will get to meet Weis in person for the first time in mid-April, when visits Notre Dame for the spring game on the 18th.

"I want them to show me all their facilities there and academic programs and all of that, like the weight room and stadium," Boyd explained. "I also want to see if I feel comfortable when I get there, and see if I can spend my next four or five years of my life there."

As a junior, 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.

Schools are recruiting Boyd to play running back and cornerback. Weis hasn't specified one way or the other.

"I'm probably thinking they want me on the defensive side, but if it's on the offensive side, I don't mind what side of the ball they need me on as long as I get to play."

Boyd would like to make a college decision before the start of his senior season, and maybe as early as the end of spring, but he doesn't want to put a timetable on it.

"I want to take my visits before deciding," Boyd said, adding that visits to Michigan, Purdue and Ohio State are possibilities when he's in the Midwest checking out Notre Dame.

"As long as I go in and feel like I'm at home somewhere, the people, the coaches, everybody there makes me feel like family, that's going to be the main part of what I'm looking for," Boyd said.

"I know that Notre Dame has a great graduation rate, so that's something I won't have to worry about with them. If they make me feel at home and feel like family, that's going to have a big part of my decision." Top Stories