Sometimes it takes schools a little time to see the potential of a recruit, but it didn't take the Irish long to warm to Spencer Boyd (5-foot-11, 176-pounds). The Notre Dame staff liked the cornerback from early on and that confidence is paying off for the Irish.
"Notre Dame was one of the first schools to offer me and they were the biggest offer that I had," Boyd said about his recruitment. "They showed me love early on, so I've liked them since then. When they offered I wasn't at the weight that I am now. I think I was about 165-pounds and I don't think a lot of schools wanted to offer me because they thought I was small and they wanted to see me play more. Notre Dame didn't really care about that, and I liked that about them. I've gained the weight now and I'm about 176 pounds. Now when other schools see me, they want to offer me.
"We've had a lot of schools come in lately, so its kind of hectic being pulled out class to talk to coaches at school, but it hasn't been too bad. My most recent offer was Georgia. Notre Dame is still my leader, but I want to visit Georgia. I've never visited them, but they're in my top-3 now. There are some other schools that I want to visit after school, during the summer. Michigan and Notre Dame are the other two, but Notre Dame is my No. 1… they're leading everyone."
The Bulldogs and Wolverines have a lot to offer athletes, so the Notre Dame coaches still have their work cut out for them.
"I know Georgia is consistently good every year," Boyd explained. "They have a good team, and if you want to play in the SEC, they're a strong team. If I want to stay down south they're an option. Other than that, I don't know much about them, which is why I want to visit them.
"Michigan has a lot of Florida boys on their team. I didn't have a chance to meet many of the players when I visited, but I met a few of them. Coach Rodriguez and his whole staff are real good people, I talk to them a lot. It seems like a nice place. I know that it gets pretty cold, but that's something I can deal with. They have nice facilities and I liked their strength coach. He seems like he could put a lot of muscle on me. He seemed like he got real fired up. Ann Arbor doesn't seem like a big party town, it seemed like it was laid back, and I liked that. If I wanted to find something to do, I wouldn't have to travel that far, because Detroit is right around the corner."
Boyd made an unofficial visit to South Bend in April. That visit was enough to give the Irish a slight lead on the competition.
"I went up to the spring game," Boyd explained. "I have a real good relationship with the coaches. Coach Brown has pretty much taken over my recruitment. The little time I was there, when we talked about football, he helped me out a lot. I think the things that he can teach me will take me far in football. If I football doesn't work out, I'll have a degree from Notre Dame.
"I met a lot of players at Notre Dame. I hung around Robert Blanton; he's pretty cool. I hung around Robert Hughes; he's real cool. I also met Ian Williams and Emeka Nwankwo. I also met Jamoris Slaughter. That was a good experience. I talked to them and they all said they liked it and that it was the best decision that they ever made. It's a quiet laid-back place and you don't have to worry about getting into trouble or trouble finding you… I like that. If you want something to do, Chicago isn't that far away."
Notre Dame is recruiting Boyd on the defensive side of the ball, but the athleticism he brings to the field has some schools opting for a wait-and-see attitude.
"Some schools are recruiting me as an athlete and some schools are recruiting to play corner," Boyd said. "I guess corner is the position that is needed the most at the schools that I have offers from. A lot of them are recruiting me as an athlete and asking me which side of the ball I want to play on. The position that has the least amount of depth is where I want to play, so that's corner.
"I play running back for my school and Tennessee is one school that's recruiting me at running back. Most of the schools recruiting me are also recruiting me as a return guy. I love kick return. I don't do much punt returning, but I like kick return a lot. I was one of the best kick returners in the state as a sophomore. My junior year they really didn't kick the ball to me. I think I returned one."
Georgia has joined the growing offer sheet of Notre Dame, Michigan, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, West Virginia, Duke, North Carolina, South Florida, Pittsburgh, Rice and Illinois. Although the interest in Boyd is increasing by the day, schools better toss their hat in the ring soon, as a decision from Spencer is likely to come within the next couple months.
"I'm thinking about making my decision in late June or early July; most definitely before fall," Boyd said.