2009 Two-Way Athlete James Boyd

As a quarterback, Los Angeles Jordan's James Boyd threw for 2,500 yards in his junior season, but the athletic 6-5, 230-pounder is getting recruited for another position, and he just received his first scholarship offer from the Pac-10...

When we saw Los Angeles (Calif.) Jordan athlete James Boyd last summer at the B2G Elite Football Program, the athleticism that has caught the eye of many college programs was on display.

Boyd worked out with the quarterbacks that weekend, showing flashes despite still being a bit raw. He also looked to be about 200 pounds.

Now, at 6-5 and 230 pounds, Boyd is being pursued by several schools as a defensive end, and he picked up his first scholarship offer this week.

"Coach (Eric) Yarber from Arizona State liked me as a defensive end so they offered me," said Boyd. "I was very excited to get that first offer."

And more schools could be joining the Sun Devils in offering Boyd.

"Oregon State is talking about offering me and Washington State is saying the same thing," said Boyd. "Both of them said they would finalize things when they get back to the office."

More schools are showing interest in Boyd, or coming by the campus to eyeball him. "Washington, UCLA and Arizona have all been in contact, and Syracuse and Notre Dame are sending me a lot of mail. Boise State and USC have come by the school, too," said Boyd.

Boyd said five schools are standing out for him. "My top five are Arizona State, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington State and Washington," said Boyd. "I always liked Arizona State, but I don't have any favorites right now. I like that Arizona State was my first offer. I'm supposed to go and camp there and it depends on how I like it out there, but if I like everything, I could commit there."

But Boyd said that commitment probably wouldn't come for a while. "I want to visit every school I'm interested in and then come back and talk about it with my family," said Boyd. "I don't want to commit right now."

Boyd attended UCLA's Junior Day in March and the Bruin staff is showing interest in him. "I went when they played Cal for basketball and visited the campus, and took a tour," said Boyd. "That was a fun day to be there. Coach (DeWayne) Walker is recruiting me and he's real cool."

With interest in both of the Los Angeles schools, does Boyd feel the pressure to stay close to home? "I would like to travel and se the world and see some other schools. And my mom said it's up to me wherever I go," said Boyd. "But if I could play at UCLA or USC that would be nice."

Boyd said that while he'll play quarterback again this fall for Jordan, his future clearly lies on defense. "Right now, all I'm hearing is defensive end," said Boyd.

And he'll work with the defensive ends when he attends the UnderArmour/Scout.com Combine this month. He'll also attend camps at Arizona State, USC and UCLA. But when he returns to B2G this summer, he'll work with the quarterbacks at the skill position-only camp.

"I still want to improve as a quarterback because I'm starting there again this year," said Boyd.

As a junior, Boyd had 72 tackles and 11 sacks, recovered six fumbles, blocked a punt and had a sack. Offensively, he ran for 161 yards on 27 carries and scored five touchdowns and passed for 2,499 yards and 23 touchdowns (112 QB rating) for Jordan.

Academically, Boyd said he'll be a full qualifier.


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