With the spring recruiting period starting in a couple weeks, Arlington (TX) Oakridge receiver Bronson Boyd wanted to get a head start on his recruitment. So with his highlight tape ready to go, the three-star receiver personally started reaching out to schools and coaching staffs to introduce himself.
One of the schools that heard from him was the University of Wisconsin, which awarded him with his first power five conference offer Wednesday.
“(Receivers Coach Ted Gilmore) told me what he likes about my game is my size and my hands,” Boyd told BadgerNation. “He also told me how he likes how I run my routes. He said he liked my persistence in trying to get recruited by Wisconsin.”
Contacting the Badgers several times over the last several weeks, Boyd first heard from Gilmore two weeks ago. When researching schools he wanted to contact, the history of Wisconsin’s strong academic background and developing players piqued Boyd’s interest.
“I’m all about school,” Boyd said. “They also send players to the N.F.L. who have become big time players, so that really stuck my eye in Wisconsin. I decided that’s one of the schools I would like to go to, and I needed to get their attention.”
The 6-3, 185-pound Boyd finished his junior year with 60 receptions, 1,200 receiving yards, 1,500 all-purpose yards and eight touchdowns. After signing three players projected to play receiver in the 2016 class, Gilmore wants to add a couple more options in 2017.
“He’s basically told me to come up there in the spring to check it out to see if I like it,” said Boyd. “Since he offered me, we’ve been building a relationship. He’d be the guy coaching me for four years if I decide to go there, so it’s been good so far.”
Holding another offer from Colorado State, Boyd said he’s getting interest from Georgia, Miami, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Washington State. He doesn’t have any visits currently scheduled but has hopes of attending camps at Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.
The immediate goal for Boyd is to add 10 pounds of strength and muscle and his frame to tip the scales at 195 at the start of his senior year.
“I’m trying to get my maxs up, as well as my vertical and speed,” said Boyd. “I’ve got to get my 40 (yard dash) down to a low 4.4 (seconds) by next season. I’ve been working really hard since the season ended. I’ve been in the weight room every day training for speed and my vertical every day.”