At 6-4.5, 218 pounds, Boyd has the athleticism to play a number of positions on both sides of the ball, and has Pac-10 coaches competing to get his signature on February 4th.
The four-star recruit took his official visit to USC this weekend, and according to his high school coach, Elijah Asante, the trip went a long way in strengthening his commitment to the Trojans.
"He had a great time on the visit," Asante said. "As of right now, he's an SC guy. He's theirs to lose, and he's solid with his commitment, but he is still going to trip to Washington."
On his visit, Boyd was able to get more comfortable with Pete Carroll and his newly constructed staff, and is excited to learn from coaches with so much NFL experience.
"That's a big factor. One thing about Coach Carroll is he is able to lure NFL coaches, and really quality guys," Asante said. "They lured the special teams coach from the Raiders, the offensive coordinator from the Broncos and Morton came from the New Orleans Saints last year.
"Carroll is one of the few guys that can lure these good NFL coaches back to the college ranks. He's been doing a great job of that."
As we are just over a week away from Signing Day, the Trojans will have to hold off a late charge by the Washington Huskies, and a pair of former assistants, Steve Sarkisian and Nick Holt.
"I think it will take something special," Asante said. "(Steve) Sarkisian would have to really, really do something special to get him to change his commitment because he is pretty strong with SC."
Boyd, who is being recruited as a defensive end/outside linebacker at USC, is intrigued with the possibility of playing quarterback on the college level, and could receive that opportunity at Washington.
"The only way I could see it possibly happen if they appeal to his interest to play quarterback, and offered his best friend and teammate Delvon Purvis," Asante said. "It would have to be something on that level to get him to change his commitment."
Boyd is scheduled to take his official visit to Washington on Jan. 30th.
Stay tuned to SCPlaybook.com for updates on this intense recruiting battle.
James Boyd looked like a natural coming off the edge at USC's Rising Stars Camp.
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