Boyd Targets L.A. Schools

James Boyd, the 6-4.5, 215-pound defensive end prospect from Los Angeles Jordan, is turning a good spring into scholarship offers, getting his third Pac-10 offer this week. He has the local L.A. schools targeted with more summer camps...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Jordan athlete James Boyd (6-4.5, 216), is now up to three Pac-10 scholarship offers, with the most recent one coming on Thursday.

"I got an official letter from Coach (Tyrone) Willingham at Washington offering me," said Boyd. "They offered me as a defensive end. Washington State and Arizona State also offered me as a defensive end."

And Boyd thinks more could be coming in the next few weeks. "I think Oregon State is the next school to offer me and if I do good at the USC and UCLA summer camps, then I could get an offer from them," said Boyd.

Boyd was hoping to attend the UCLA 1-Day Camp last weekend, but it conflicted with the Watts Summer Games, in which he led Jordan to an unbeaten day.

"I threw like five touchdowns a game," said the two-way player who also plays quarterback. "And since we didn't have a defensive end, I played safety and had like five picks."

So Boyd will take in the three days of the UCLA camp starting June 22nd, which will be the kickoff to a very busy week for him.

"I'm doing all three days at UCLA's camp, then the next two days at USC and then I'm going over to B2G the end of that week," said Boyd.

Boyd is hoping his camp appearances and showings will get the hometown schools to pull the trigger and offer. "I really like both of those schools because they're close to home and I like the coaches at both schools, so that's why I need to do good at them," said Boyd.

Boyd said that Syracuse has come on strong of late and both Boise State and Nebraska told him they were impressed by his film.

For now, though, six schools stand out, all from the Pac-10. "My top schools are Arizona State, Washington State, Oregon State, Washington, UCLA and USC," said Boyd. "I don't really have a leader, but I'd say I have high interest in Arizona State because I went to their camp and they were the first school to offer me. I know I'll love every place I go, though, so they all probably would be high interest after I see them."

He's not in a real rush to decide.

"I want to take all my visits before I do what I have to do and commit," said Boyd.

Boyd said that he'll work with the defensive ends at the USC and UCLA camps, but B2G will give him a chance to work as a quarterback, which he'll play again this fall.

At the UnderArmour/ Combine in Los Angeles last month, Boyd earned all-combine honors, working with the defensive ends.

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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