Boyd Has Local Faves

Considered one of the best defensive back prospects in SoCal, <b>Jerome Boyd</b> from Los Angeles Dorsey has a good pedigree, and favors staying close to home for college...

Looking to follow his father into a long career in football, defensive back Jerome Boyd, 6-2, 185, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey, is being tracked by a pair of local schools as well as some national schools.

The son of Jerome Boyd Sr., who played at Oregon State and with the Seattle Seahawks, Jerome Boyd has a pretty strong top three potential schools to date. "I really like UCLA, USC and Florida State," said Boyd, who many believe is possibly the best defensive back in the Los Angeles City Section this year.

In addition to those three, he is also hearing from Washington and Oregon.

Also playing wide receiver, Boyd is built for safety, free safety being his preference, while having the frame to put another 15-20 pounds on by the time Signing Day comes around. On top of the size, Boyd has excellent speed, and his desire to run track in college will also play a heavy role in where he goes. "I definitely want to run track, it will help me get faster for when I am playing football," said Boyd.

Boyd said that UCLA is currently recruiting him the hardest. "Coach Bieniemy is recruiting me the most right now and I really like him. He knows my dad too. And Coach Dorrell is writing me a lot of handwritten cards and seems like a real good guy."

While Boyd has a handful of Pac-10 schools contacting him, he prefers to stay local. "UCLA and USC are my two favorites and I would like to stay close to home. If other schools are better for me, though, I'll definitely listen."

Incidentally, Boyd has only been at Dorsey for a year, spending his first two years at Hueneme high school, where they have a trio of defensive backs (Alex Morfin, Josh Pinkard, Charles Dillon) that are college prospects.

"Yeah, we would have had a pretty good secondary if I had stayed, but I like it at Dorsey."

Boyd will take the SAT for the first time this summer.

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