'08 Unwrapped: Robbie Boyer

Yet another recruit for Stanford in Orange County this year is junior wide receiver Robbie Boyer at Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. The Monarchs primary weapon in the receiving game is also cousins with their quarterback, who is one of the nation's elite underclass prospects. Boyer has Stanford as one of his two early favorite schools and puts a high value on academics.

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei High School has long had a history of good passing offenses, though they've been spending the past couple of seasons employing a strong ground game.

In 2007, with quarterback Matt Barkley a year older, the Monarchs should be throwing the ball substantially more, and receiver Robbie Boyer (6-0, 170) hopes to benefit from that.

"I hope so.  I think we will be passing more," says Boyer.  "It will be Matt's junior year, so we should be opening up.  It should be fun."

Boyer and Barkley have a good connection, helped largely by the fact they are cousins.  The pair figure to be playing catch a lot this fall.

As he prepares for his final season of high school football, Boyer is hoping to shine for the Monarchs and see more colleges pick up their interest in him.

"I don't have any offers just yet, but I've been talking with UCLA and Stanford quite a bit," Boyer shares.  "I went up to UCLA's Junior Day and have been looking at them, and I am going up to Stanford for their Junior Day and their camp.  Those are probably my top two schools.  I'd love to go there [to either school] and be able to play in the Pac-10 and get a great education."

San Diego State, Yale and Harvard have been some of the other schools that Boyer has been in contact with.

"I've been emailing back and forth with San Diego State a lot," Boyer notes.

Boyer says that though he has a desire to stay on the West Coast, he's open to anything.

"I prefer the Pac-10 and to stay on the West Coast, but I want to check out my options. The only campuses I've been to are Stanford, UCLA and USC, so I want to take some time to check out other schools," he comments.

At the same time, he and Barkley continue to talk about the possibility of playing together in college, though Boyer has a year on Barkley.

"We've dreamt about that since we were little, and that would awesome and ideal," Boyer admits.

The junior wideout is currently carrying a 3.87 core GPA with honors and AP classes, and he took the SAT earlier this month.  Academics and a strong education will play a big role in his recruitment.

"Yes, that is something I'm looking at very seriously, the academics of the school," Boyer offers.

Earlier this month, Boyer worked out at the Air 7 Quarterback Camps with some of the top quarterbacks in the West as one of the few receivers.  He'll head down to Texas for another round of the Air 7 Camp this weekend.

"It was good.  I just wish I had more time to work with the quarterbacks," Boyer says.

Next month he will be at the Scout.com Combine in Los Angeles and will also attend the Nike Camp at Stanford.

During his junior year, Boyer caught 39 passes for 623 yards and three touchdowns for the Monarchs, his best game being an eight-catch, 115-yard performance against Long Beach Poly and the vaunted Jackrabbit defense.  Of his 39 catches, 29 were for first downs or scores.  He was All-Trinity League and earned All-State Underclass honors as a junior.

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