Southern speedster sky high for WSU visit

IT HAS ONLY been about three weeks since the Cougars offered Josh Boyd but the WSU staff has made quite the impression on the Georgia running back. So much so, he says this weekend's trip out to the Palouse is all he can think can about. He also tells CF.C he'll enter the official visit to Wazzu with two schools at the top of his list, but one of them is standing out to him most.

That school is Washington State.

"My top two right now (are) still Syracuse and Washington State, but to be honest with you, I'd have to say that the Cougars have the edge right now," said Boyd (5-10, 180, 4.5). "I'm feeling very comfortable talking with their coaches and the relationships I've already built with them without even meeting them in person.

"That's kind of why they stick out to me and I'm very excited to get up there for my visit. Taking the trip to Pullman is all I can think about right now."

Boyd, out of Snellville, Ga., won't arrive on the Palouse until Saturday for that night's 7:30 p.m. homecoming tilt against Idaho, and the South Gwinnett High product won't leave the WSU campus until Monday.

"I'm really just looking to get a feel for the place," Boyd said. "I want to know how a normal day would be for me. I know I'm going to get an academic tour, so I mentioned some of the majors that interested me to Coach (Jim) Mastro. I want to see the campus life too because it's a place I might be for the next 4-5 years. I just want to see if I could see myself living there."

HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH Mastro is another reason why Boyd said he's very interested in the Cougs right now. The two have struck up quite the bond and Boyd said the Cougar running backs coach has had good things to say about Boyd's possible future in crimson.

"He's told me how the Cougs really want me right now and how he think I could come in and make an immediate impact for the team's offense," Boyd said. "I had my official visit set for late in October, but he told me he wanted to get me on campus earlier than that, so fortunately, we were able to make it work for this weekend.

"Coach Mastro thinks I can flourish in the offense and it's great hearing how confident he is in my abilities. To hear him say he thinks I can come in and make plays for them next season is something great to hear."

THROUGH THREE GAMES this season, Boyd's South Gwinnett team is 1-2, but Boyd has rushed for nearly 300 yards and three touchdowns. His speedy and elusive abilities, he said, is why he thinks he could also come in and be Pac-12 ready by next fall.

"I still have some things I want to improve on, but I think I can come in and be a playmaker," Boyd said. "I think I could bring a little bit of my southern style and show the Cougs how we 'ball out in Georgia (laugh)."

In addition to WSU, Boyd also holds offers from Syracuse, Indiana, Northern Illinois, South Alabama, Buffalo and several others - a mix of close to 20 big and small schools all told. He added that since being offered by Washington State in mid-August, he's seen increased interest from Colorado and Missouri.

"I'm going to sit down and talk with my family before I make any kind of decision," Boyd said. "This is a big decision for me and I want to make sure I'm 100 percent confident with which school I want to pick."

Only time will tell if that school is Washington State.

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