James Boyd Discusses USC Commitment

One of the most intriguing prospects coming into the Rising Stars Camp was the multi-talented James Boyd for L.A. Jordan. Boyd arrived at the talent rich Rising Stars Camp a bit under the radar but by the end of the two-day camp, everyone had learned his name and the USC coaches knew they had found a diamond in the rough.

One of the most intriguing prospects coming into the Rising Stars Camp was the multi-talented James Boyd for L.A. Jordan. Standing 6-5, 230 pounds with tremendous natural athleticism, Boyd played quarterback and defensive end on his high school team last year and participated as a safety and tight end at passing tournaments and camps this summer.

Boyd arrived at the talent rich Rising Stars Camp a bit under the radar but by the end of the two-day camp, everyone had learned his name and the USC coaches knew they had found a diamond in the rough.

"It was good," Boyd said of the Rising Stars Camp. "I saw some of the top defensive ends like Devon Kennard, some of the top linemen and some of the USC commits. I got a good workout and the coaches were great. Everybody was working hard in the drills.

"All of the linemen were good and put up a good fight. That's how I get better, playing against the top players and Rising Stars was one of the top camps I have been to. All of these camps are helping me out."

Boyd, who is listed as a three-star defensive end by Scout.com, knew a strong performance at the Rising Stars Camp could earn him a scholarship offer from USC, but was still caught off guard when Pete Carroll called him into his office with the good news.

"It came as a surprise," Boyd said of the USC offer. "I worked hard and knew if I had a good showing I probably would get an offer. I had a good showing and was one of the top defensive ends in the camp and I got the offer and committed.

"They were like ‘we want to offer you.' I sat there for like two seconds to think about it, and at that moment, I felt like I wanted to be a Trojan so I just went ahead and committed."

While many fans hadn't heard much about Boyd, USC assistant coach Ken Norton Jr., who Boyd says is one of the main reasons he committed, has been recruiting the ultra-athletic prospect for quite some time.

"He's a cool guy. That is why I committed because he had a big role in it," Boyd said of the USC assistant. "He showed me love regardless and never gave up on me. He has recruited me since tenth grade.

"Ken Norton had a big role in my recruitment. I went down to the Coliseum, touched the field and visualized myself in front of the USC fans and it felt like home. I want to stay close to home so I committed."

Now that Boyd has joined the 2009 recruiting class the only question that remains is ‘what position will he play?'

"Right now, they are talking about defensive end or SAM linebacker," Boyd said. "I just want to go anywhere that they need help."

"It's going to be good to play with the top players from around the nation, play for a hall of fame coach, a good staff and the No.1 trainer."


Boyd manhandles the offensive lineman at the Rising Stars Camp.

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