Spencer Boyd, a 5'10-175 pound athlete from Cape Coral HS, that enrolled early at Notre dame this past spring will transfer to USF this fall, and be eligible for the 2011 season.
"Everything is going great," said Boyd. "I just finished my class here at Notre Dame, got an ‘A' in it. Now I'm heading back to Florida and I'm going to be a Bull."
Spencer enrolled at Notre Dame this past spring, but decided to leave after the spring session due to family matters and to be closer to his family, including his 2-year-old son, but needed to complete a summer anthropology class to be admitted at USF.
"That was the plan, I spoke with Coach Holtz and he said that as long as I got an A in my class then I could consider myself a Bull. I definitely got an ‘A', so I'm going to be a Bull."
Boyd has already begun the enrollment process at USF and is just waiting for his final transcripts to be sent up and get the final word.
"I filled out the admission paperwork online," said Boyd. "Now we just got to go step-by-step from there, and go through the process."
There was talk that due to Boyd's father's medical, that Boyd could be eligible for a hardship waiver that would allow him to play immediately at USF, but they decided not to apply for it and he'll be eligible in 2011
"We didn't try for the hardship, so I'll have to sit out the year," said Boyd. "After that I'll have four years of eligibility remaining."
Another Big East program was heavily pursuing Boyd, but his desire to get back to Florida and what South Florida had to offer made USF his best choice.
"USF is so close to home and I had some family issues and wanted to be closer to my son, so they were the best place for me," said Boyd. "I've been by the school many times; they got a great campus, facilities, and coaching staff. T Its South Florida, you can't beat that and you can't beat the weather."
"They also told me how they're building everything up," said Boyd. They told me all about the new dining hall, practice fields, and facility upgrades, so it's going to be even nicer."
Boyd said he's built a relationship with the Phil USF coaching staff, especially Coach McGeoghan and Head Coach Skip Holtz over the last few months, making his decision easier.
"Coach McGeoghan is definitely a real nice guy, and we've built a relationship since we've been talking," said Boyd. "I spoke to Coach Holtz several times and he seems like a real nice guy, and has big plans in store."
Coming out of high school Boyd was a 3-star athlete that could play on either side of the ball, but was ranked No. 60 at the corner position. As a senior he intercepted six passes and broke up 12 others while making 53 tackles, while gaining 516 rushing yards and scored five touchdowns at running back. An injury kept Boyd out of the first four games of his junior season, but finished with 30 tackles and an interception, and 620 yards and six touchdowns on offense. Boyd starting at receiver as a freshman then was moved to running back rushing for over 1,000 yards during his sophomore season. Where he'll play for USF isn't set in stone yet.
"They haven't said where exactly, and are looking at me on both sides of the ball," said Boyd. "They're looking at me for receiver, but are also looking at me on the defensive side of the ball. "I don't have a preference, I learned a lot about DBs over the last six months, but I also like to have the ball in my hands. But I'll do whatever is best for the team."
If Boyd does end up at receiver, he's well aware of Bull's QB B.J. Daniels and what he can do on the football field.
"He's a great athlete, I watched him several times last year," said Boyd. "I could definitely see myself catching balls thrown from him in the future."
Boyd said he's friends with several Bulls and former Bulls from his hometown, and that made things that much simpler.
Now that he's in the fold, Boyd said he'll turn to playing recruiter for the Bulls with some players from his area, one being linebacker Edsel Caprice.
"I talk with Edsel all the time," said Boyd. "It's between USF and North Carolina, a few players up there like Trey Boston are recruiting him, but I'm going to work on him and get him to USF."
Spencer is still in Notre Dame but said he'll be returning to Florida on Thursday. Right now he is gearing to be in Tampa August 4th for the start of two-a-days, and is looking forward to getting things started at USF.
"I feel real good about everything now and glad it's all over with, said Boyd. "I'm really looking forward to getting over there and starting a new chapter with USF. I'm real excited."