Dangerous, Exciting, High Character

Spencer Boyd is a special athlete that could make a difference on either side of the ball for Notre Dame, but the Irish would like to see what he can on the defenisve side of the ball. IrishEyes spoke with several Scout.com recruiting analysts to get their opinion of the standout from Cape Coral High School (Fla.)

Scout.com has ranked Spencer Boyd as their No. 29 rated cornerback. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound athlete has spent most of his time on the offensive side of the ball, but Notre Dame coaching staff sees his future on defense.

"He is a very fluid athlete that will be dangerous in the secondary," Chad Simmons, a Scout.com's South Recruiting Analyst said of Boyd. "If he gets his hands on the ball, then he will be a major threat to make a play. He needs to work on his back peddle and his explosiveness when coming out of his breaks, but he has good quickness, nice change of directions, and a major strength with his ball skills."

When he has the ball in his hands he is dangerous. As a junior, Boyd only played in eight games, but he still managed to rush for 620 yards on 102 carries, with eight total touchdowns.

"Boyd has played mostly running back where his quickness and vision produce on a consistent basis," Geoff Vogt of SunStateFootball.com said of Boyd. "He has logged plenty of reps at DB over the last two years as well. A football player, Boyd just makes play after play. His willingness to hit and game speed project well to the defensive backfield.

"He's an exciting player to watch play football. Quick feet with speed, he makes people miss in space. He is also very physical, running hard between the tackles and seldom going down on first contact. He takes that play-making ability to the defensive side of the football where he has shown a knack for making plays. He was outstanding at cornerback at the BadgerSport/NewLevel 7on7. He was consistent and locked down some of the top WR's from the Sunshine State."

Georgia, Michigan, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, West Virginia, Duke, North Carolina, South Florida, Pittsburgh, Rice and Illinois also offered Boyd. Scout.com's Southeast recruiting analyst, Mike Bakas believes the Irish landed a quality athlete that will need to develop his defensive skills.

"First off, he's a high character kid," Bakas said of Notre Dame's 13th commitment. "One of the first things that jump out at you when talking to and getting to know him is how nice a young man he is. He takes his academics very seriously and has a good head on his shoulders.

"On the football field, his main position as a junior was running back so it'll be interesting to see he does as a full time corner in a very loaded Cape Coral secondary. At 5-10, he doesn't have ideal size but he's big enough. His wingspan will be an asset to his size. Athletically, he has a lot of what you look for. He runs well, he has good ball skills, and he's big enough. He just doesn't have great size, elite speed, or elite cover skills and those are a few of the reasons why the Florida schools didn't recruit him. He is, however, a gamer with a lot of nice tools and brings a lot of quality intangibles to the position to be considered a major Division 1 cornerback prospect. Nice pickup for the Irish."

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