One of nation's best visits USC

The Gamecocks played host to one of the top wide receiver prospects in America on Saturday, as 4-star Ashbrook (Gastonia, NC) standout Jheranie Boyd made a return trip to Columbia, SC. Boyd first got a glance at what South Carolina has to offer when he visited during one of the Gamecocks' spring practice sessions back in March. Read inside for an update on how his second visit to USC went.

During his first visit to Columbia, the 6'3", 185 pound Jheranie Boyd got to check out the Gamecocks' football facilities and weight room, but said he was hoping to see more of the campus and learn more about USC's academics this time around. He wasn't disappointed.

"I toured the campus and saw the academic center and everything," Boyd said. "I liked it a lot. The campus is real nice. The stuff they have on the campus is real nice, too. They had like a big fitness (Strom Thurmond Fitness and Wellness Center) place with four basketball courts, a big pool outside, and beach volleyball. It was real cool. It was real nice."

Boyd's recruiter of record Coach Ray Rychleski and USC wide receivers coach Steve Spurrier, Jr. both spent the day making the elite prospect feel at home in Columbia.

"I spent like the whole day with them. I like them. They're down to earth. They're two guys that fit my personality," Boyd said. "(Spurrier, Jr.) seems like a coach I could get along with and could have fun with."

With Boyd having a positive visit to South Carolina, the obvious question is - How much did it actually help the Gamecocks' position with him?

"I mean, South Carolina was always high, because it's close by and I can get playing time early. So I still like them a lot."

Boyd plans many more trips this summer, including visits to Clemson, UNC, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, and possibly Southern Cal.

Boyd, who possesses an unreal 43-inch vertical, has seen his offer list explode over the last few months. His newest offers are from LSU and Georgia.

"I mean, I like them, but they seem like they're pretty much stacked and have good people already lined up," Boyd said of his two newest suitors.

Boyd has 32 offers and has just recently cut that list in more than half. He is now concentrating on these 15 schools, in no particular order: NC State, South Carolina, North Carolina, Missouri, Clemson, Florida, Oregon, Southern Cal, Florida St, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Auburn, and Alabama.

At the end of June, Boyd will cut his list down to 10 and again down to 7 or 8 before his senior season starts. He will then likely take all five of his official visits and then come to a decision when he feels the time is right.

"It probably will go all the way to signing day. I was thinking about graduating early, but I kind of want to enjoy my senior year. If I do decide to leave early I'll decide earlier," Boyd said. "They tell me that (graduating early) would be a good thing to do. One reason I want to leave early is because I can learn the offense and I can really start as a true freshman. Some people can't start as true freshmen until their third or fourth game because they don't know the offense 100 percent."

The big-play receiver says he plans to return to the Palmetto State during his senior season, but doesn't know if he will use up his official visits for schools so close.

"I probably won't use those officials for South Carolina and Clemson because they're so close and I can just visit the campus and everything. I'll probably go to a couple of Clemson and South Carolina games, and I'm probably going to go to that game when they play against each other. I don't know though, if my list does get lowered to about 7, I might use one of those for a visit to a close school."

The Ashbrook star hauled in 47 passes for 1,151 yards and 11 touchdowns last season, and he is considered the No. 31 wide receiver prospect in America according to

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