Last season, I went to an Orange High School game to watch Penn State-bound Jason Alford (DT, 6'4" -265lbs) play. On the first play of the game, an Orange High School running back made two moves and sprinted off right tackle for a 70-yard touchdown. The RB finished the game with over 150 yards rushing and a number of tackles from his safety position. I was surprise to find that he was only a junior. I left the game impressed with this RB, whose name is Cory Boyd. He is now one of the best prospects in the state heading into his senior year.
Boyd lists his favorites, in order, as Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina State, Rutgers, and North Carolina. He has scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Rutgers, South Carolina, Virginia, Penn State, and Maryland.
Why is Maryland his leader? Boyd likes the coaching staff, the atmosphere, and feels very comfortable at the school. He likes the big school feel along with the suburban area. Maryland has shown a lot of interest in him with the volume of letters and other mailings.
He would like to play safety rather than running back in college. He feels that his body type is more suited for the safety position and prefers the defensive side of the ball.
He plans to major in communications.
He has no plans to attend any camps with the exception of a number of plan tournaments at various schools.
He has no plans on committing early and admits that he is waiting for his childhood favor to offer - Michigan. Therefore, he will keep his options open.
He is looking for a program where he can win. A program that is not too far away from home but far enough to be "away", a place where he can be isolated.
What are his feelings on Rutgers? Although he does have a desire to leave the state, he likes what is happening at Rutgers. He admits that he is drawn to the school but would like to leave the state. He feels that Rutgers is an upcoming program and will rather be a contributor than just another piece.
We will check back with
Cory next month.
Donald "Big Dog" Forbes: BigDog@Rutgersfootball.com