Scout Ranking: #19 Defensive End
James Boyd is one of the most intriguing and athletically gifted players in USC's recruiting class. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound prospect played a number of different positions at L.A. Jordan High School and starred as a quarterback and defensive end. Boyd recorded 106 tackles, 8 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries on defense and passed for 4,266 yards and 44 touchdowns as a senior.
Boyd showed his tremendous upside at USC's Rising Stars Camp where he dominated some of the top offensive linemen during the one-on-one drills. He's an all-around athlete that should steadily improve under USC defensive line coach Jethro Franklin.
According to Carroll: "James Boyd is an extraordinary kid. He was an MVP in his league as a quarterback, and also caught passes and ran the ball and played WR and TE and was an extraordinarily effective DE and rusher. And he is leading his league in scoring and rebounding. He's an extraordinary athlete. We've never had a guy who could do that much coming to play defensive end here."
Reason for Choosing USC: "Ken Norton Jr. 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."
Future Impact: Boyd will benefit greatly from being able to focus on one position in college and has unlimited potential. He will have to compete with players like Nick Perry, Devon Kennard, Malik Jackson, Wes Horton and Kevin Greene in the next four years at USC, but has the quickness and strength to become a real difference maker off the edge.
Defensive end James Boyd has the potential to be a great pass rusher at USC.
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