40 Acres Forecast: Kris Boyd

We continue our look at scholarship players on Texas' 2015 roster with talented freshman DB Kris Boyd.

Kris Boyd

Position:

CB

Height/Weight:

6-foot-0/188 pounds

High School:

Gilmer, Texas

Year:

Freshman

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2015 Preview

Boyd is one of three elite cornerbacks the Longhorns signed in 2015 along with Holton Hill and Davante Davis. He’s got elite speed [reportedly ran the fastest 40-yard dash on the team recently] and the right amount of arrogance that you want in a lock-down cornerback.

He’ll compete with Davis, Hill, Bryson Echols, and Antwuan Davis for playing time either behind senior Duke Thomas or at the currently vacant other corner position that would have been Sheroid Evans had he not gotten injured in spring camp.

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HD Projection

Boyd has looked solid in practice so far and is taking advantage of Hill not being out there due to injury. He and D. Davis seem to have the inside track on that other starting cornerback spot right now ahead of Echols and A. Davis.

As Vaughn stated last week, he’ll lean toward playing the younger guys ahead of the older guys because they are more of an investment. Neither Echols (junior) or A. Davis (sophomore), haven’t done enough to be the clear-cut favorite for the other CB spot.

Hill is going to factor into this as well. It’s only a matter of time. But the longer he stays out and the more that Boyd shows the willingness and ability to learn under Chris Vaughn, the harder it’s going to be to take playing time away from Boyd. He has a chance to be special.

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How he ended up on the 40 Acres

In the end, this one came down to the Longhorns and Aggies.

He took two late official visits, one to each of the Lone Star rivals, but just felt more comfortable in Austin.

One factor that weighed into this was the Longhorns handing out an offer to his younger brother Demarco Boyd in October. The Aggies didn’t offer Demarco until it was about time for Kris to make his decision.

It was an extremely close battle but Boyd eventually made the decision to commit to Texas at the same time as fellow freshman Holton Hill.

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High School Highlights

Coached by current UT assistant Jeff Traylor at Gilmer High School ... an all-state and three-time all-district honoree … selected to participate in the 2015 U.S. Army All-America Bowl … invited to participate in Nike’s 2014 The Opening … named second-team 4A All-State as a defensive back by the Texas Sports Writers Association, and honorable mention by the Associated Press in 2014 … chosen Co-MVP and first-team All-District 5-4A … played both running back and defensive back … rated No. 41 (No. 8 CB) nationally and No. 8 (No. 2 CB) in Texas by Scout… totaled 1,052 rushing yards and 22 TDs on 107 carries (9.8 ypc) and 808 receiving yards and nine TDs on 36 receptions (22.4 ypr) on offense as a senior … also recorded 43 tackles (32 solo) with one tackle for loss, two interceptions, four pass breakups and one fumble recovery on defense … part of an offense that averaged 59.4 points and 536.1 total yards per game, including nine games of 60 or more points and two games of 80 or more … also part of a defense that allowed just 17.1 points per game… [info from this last section gathered from TexasSports.com]

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