Boyd visiting the Lone Star State

Aggie Websider's David Sandhop visits with Kentucky native Aaron Boyd, a blue-chip wide receiver who is suddenly interested in Texas A&M. What is he looking for from the Aggies this weekend? Why the sudden interest in A&M? Aggie Websider has this and more.

With a new coaching staff at Texas A&M that plans to put a greater emphasis on the passing game, the Aggies are trying to find some playmakers at the wide receiver position. With 6-foot-4 pass catchers Jeff Fuller and Sedrick Johnson already on-board in this class, the Aggies are definitely going big with future targets for quarterbacks Stephen McGee and Jerrod Johnson.

But with 6-foot-5, 205-pound receiver Aaron Boyd from Lexington (KY) set to visit College Station this weekend, this wide receiver class could get even bigger and definitely better for the new Texas A&M regime.

So how did a receiver from Kentucky get involved with a Texas school that has primarily recruited Lone Star talent in the past?

"My brother is a back-up quarterback for the Houston Texans," Boyd said. "He told me that Coach Sherman is a great coach and knows how to get the ball to his receivers. Coach Sherman called me and after talking to him I decided I wanted to visit and take a closer look."

Considered the consensus No. 2 prospect in the Blue Grass state, Boyd has already officially visited Kentucky with four visits remaining. His second visit will take him to Texas to see the Aggies, his first trip to the Lone Star state.

"I've never been to Texas and I know just a little bit about Texas A&M," Boyd said. "I know that they care a lot about football and they have a good business school which is what I want to major in." Being that he's unfamiliar with the university and the football program, what will the Scout.com four-star receiver look for on his visit this weekend?

"Everything is important," Boyd said. "I want to have a good time, meet the coaches and players, and just take it all in and see how I feel afterward."

Boyd certainly likes what Coach Sherman has said so far about his pro style offense and his philosophy to get the ball into the hands of his playmakers, which is an important factor in deciding between his favorite schools.

"I want to play for a team that will get the ball to its receivers and spread the ball around," Boyd said. "I really don't have a leader among my six favorites."

Those six include Kentucky (12/14), Texas A&M (1/12), Missouri (1/18), Arkansas (1/25), Florida and Auburn. He has offers from all schools with the exception of Florida and Auburn.

Certainly, Boyd's impressive list of suitors reflects his talent, and his size definitely plays a big role in his success on the field, but the blue chip receiver is a well-rounded pass catcher with skills that set him apart from many prospects.

"My strength is my ability to go get the long ball and find a way to make the catch," Boyd said. "I'm also very confident with my hands and I think I run good routes. I'm working hard to get my speed down to a 4.5 40. I'll need to get faster because the game is much quicker at the college level."

Still, Boyd is a special talent which is reflected by his productive senior season with 15 touchdowns scored and over 1150 yards receiving. The Kentucky native indicated that he plans to take his remaining visits and will have a decision close to Signing Day.




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