While the transition to the Pac 12 has meant less incoming junior college players for the Utes, when they find one they like, Coach Whittingham and company make that player a priority. One guy that fits that bill is Chaffey College's Toure Boyd, who picked up his first BCS level offer from the Utah.
"My recruitment has been going great. New Mexico State offered me last year and now Utah has offered."
Utah's offer to Boyd this week was a group effort, and they have an in with ties to Boyd's family.
"Pretty much all of the coaches offered me. They were all in a room and I talked to Coach Shah and Coach Erickson. I just found out that Coach Shah grew up with my uncle."
That offer is his biggest to date, and that meant a lot.
"Utah is my first BCS offer, so that's big for me. New Mexico State isn't Utah, so to get an offer from a big school like Utah is amazing."
Boyd watched Utah closely last season and sees the program as one that is close to turning into a Pac 12 power.
"I saw that they had a tough year in the Pac 12, but they were always close in all of their games. They're definitely a program that is a sleeper school that could blow up. I've always liked them, even before they joined the Pac 12."
Boyd, like many prospects at the junior college level, would like to play early, and that will be key in his recruitment.
"I'm looking for a school that really wants me and recruits me hard. A school that is prestigious and where I can get playing time. Coming from a JC, I want to be able to play right away."
He's not 100% sure when he's going to make his commitment, but Boyd could end up doing so over the summer.
"I don't have a timetable for committing. My family wants me to decide before my season so I may do that."
Boyd is on track to graduate early so he can be on campus for spring ball in 2015 at whichever school he chooses.
"I'll be graduating in December and enrolling early. I could redshirt this year and have 3 years to play 3, but I'm not sure I want to miss this season."
At 6-1, 185 pounds, Boyd could end up playing either safety or corner at the next level.
"Most schools are recruiting me as a corner, but Utah is recruiting me as both a safety and a cornerback."
Boyd reports a 4.43 40 time and considers himself a physical corner.
Boyd Loving Utah Early
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