Boyd has Pac-10 offer

Coming off a 10-4 season, Louisville's Western High School has a season for the ages. The Warriors reached the 4A state semi-finals before falling to Allen County-Scottsville in a hard fought contest. One of the biggest reasons for Western's success was junior Jalen Boyd.

Coming off a 10-4 season, Louisville's Western High School has a season for the ages. The Warriors reached the 4A state semi-finals before falling to Allen County-Scottsville in a hard fought contest. One of the biggest reasons for Western's success was junior Jalen Boyd.

Jalen Boyd and his Warriors had a historic season, reaching the school's first semi-final and fighting their way through a tough schedule all the way.

"I am very happy with my team's performance this year. We went further than any team at Western has ever been," said Boyd. "We won the regional championship for the first time in school history."

Boyd (6-foot-1, 185-pounds) has great size as a defensive back and is also working to improve the other areas of his game.

"I feel that my strength as a player is my nose for the ball. I like to be where ever he ball is," he said. "I would like to improve in my ball skills so that I can play strong safety at the next level," he said.

Boyd feels like that goal and others are within reach.

"Next year I think I can be an elite player in the state if I put the work in that it takes," he said. "This off-season I plan on getting my weight to around 210 so I can have an even bigger strength advantage than I already have," he said.

College coaches have already shown interest in Boyd and he's got one scholarship offer to show for his efforts thus far.

"I'm hearing from Louisville, Kentucky, UCLA, Stanford, Ohio State, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Indiana, Arkansas, Illinois, Western Kentucky and Nebraska," he said. "I have an offer from Stanford and I'm expecting one from Arkansas," he said.

Jalen has had an opportunity to check out a couple of the schools on his list in person.

"I've visited Arkansas and I loved it down there. I've also visited Louisville and Kentucky. The thing I love about them is the atmosphere with the fans and facilities," he said.

Jalen Boyd also has connection to the University of Louisville, which is not only his hometown school, but his father's alma-mater. Lavell Boyd, Head Coach at Western, is a former Louisville Cardinal. The elder Boyd being coach and father makes things interesting for Jalen on the field.

"Being the son of a coach; it puts more pressure on me to do the right things," he said. "He expects a lot from me, so I try hard to be the player that he and I know I can be," he finished.


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