Boyd Names New Favorite

NORMAN, Okla. — Not landing an offer at OU's Junior Day could have frustrated 2013 Vian (OK) HS offensive guard prospect Rob Boyd, but it didn't and instead made his decision just that much clearer.

"Today was kind of an eye opener and Tulsa's definitely for sure my No. 1 now," Boyd said. "So, yeah there it is. Tulsa, you know, is my school right now."

Prior to that, it was firmly a two-horse race, two horses in the Sooner State.

"Really it was OU and Tulsa," Boyd said. "It's always been OU and Tulsa. That's it really. So, I mean, I like some other schools, but I can't really see myself going there and being there. It was always OU and Tulsa, between those two."

The fact that OU centers/offensive guards coach James Patton and the rest of the Sooner coaching staff elected not to offer Boyd tilted the seesaw heavily in Tulsa's favor.

So, why didn't they offer?

Well, it's really quite simple and Patton broke that down to Boyd.

The Sooners brought in a pair of solid guards in the 2012 class, including John McGee and Kyle Marrs and stand to return four more in the fall of 2013 with Gabe Ikard, Bronson Irwin, Adam Shead and Nila Kasitati all coming back.

Because of that, until Ikard and Irwin graduate--they'll be seniors a year from this fall--there's really no major need at the guard position.

"Coach Patton was straight up with me, said, ‘Man, we're focusing on tackles this year,'" Boyd said. "And pretty much I think if I was a year older, I'd already have got an offer because they were maybe on guards last year. But this year, they're really going tackles and they're not really offering guards, so he was pretty honest with me about it. So, I mean, other than that, it was a pretty good day."

Still, though, he holds out hope for that OU offer.

"Well, he said that it's a possibility I could still get an offer," Boyd said. "But they're pretty set on tackles. They got a lot of guards last year, so yeah, he said there's still a chance. ‘Don't give up on it, but we're really after tackles.' So, I mean, I wasn't heartbroken over it. It was kinda disappointing, though.

"I was kind of expecting that offer, but I've got other places, you know. And I can still get an offer from there, so it wasn't too bad of a deal."

Outside of not getting the offer, he said it was really a great day and great experience.

The players were "down to earth," which really impressed him.

And he got to meet several members of the coaching staff, including Patton and head coach Bob Stoops, as well as some of the players.

Sooners Illustrated and will continue to track Boyd's recruitment, so stick right here for the latest.

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