Last year's 1A state championship game proved to be an exciting one as Abbeville emerged with the win over Bamberg-Ehrhardt. One of their top defensive prospects, cornerback Tevin Boyd, was one of their staples all year. We caught up with Boyd as he's looking to make some noise on the recruiting front soon.
The 5'10 160 pound prospect talked at length about how it felt to perform in his biggest game to date against Bamberg last year.
"It was very exciting, it felt great to play in front of thousands of people and have fun doing it. Since it was my first year starting I felt like I had something to prove to my city. It was the biggest and best game of my life. I also had the hardest hit of the game and two touchdown saving tackles."
In hopes of repeating as state champions this coming season Boyd and the Panthers say they realize a number of things must take place for that chance to become a reality.
"In order to win another state championship we are going to have to come out this year and set the tone high and show teams that we are hungry for another state title. It is going to take hard work and dedication to get back to state, and we are going to have to play as a team and not individuals. Some of my personal goals for this season are to be a leader on and off the field, and show younger guys the way. This year I'm going to try and be a All-Lakelands and All-Region cornerback."
That hunger can also be attributed to Boyd as he's waiting to hear from colleges after a strong junior campaign. He told us about his statistics from last season as well as recalling his top performance of the season.
"Last year I had 60 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 5 interceptions, 2 for touchdowns, 1 fumble recovery, and I don't remember how many pass break ups I had."
"My best game was against Blacksburg. I had two interceptions, one of them I returned 50 yards for a touchdown. It was so memorable to me because it was the first game where my grandfather had came to and I laid it all out for him."
Boyd spoke about his strengths and weaknesses and how he's been working on improving this summer.
"My biggest strengths on the field are my ball skills. I'm very disciplined with my eyes and like to play the deep balls. I have been working on my speed a lot and trying to gain weight. Sometimes I put on the parachute to get faster and other times I pull the sled to get my legs stronger."
We also talked at length about which school posed the biggest challenge for him last season. Some would've guessed that the state title game gave him a tough go of things but being a cornerback a prolific passing attack gave him the most fits.
"I'm really looking forward to playing Chester and Lamar. I'm ready for Chester because when we played them our defensive backs were still young and inexperienced. I felt like we didn't play to the best of our abilities. Come September they will get our best shot."
"I'm ready for Lamar because they are just a good football team and I like the way they play. When we played last year it was down to wire and we came out on top, but they never gave up and I like that about a team."
Despite a solid junior season Boyd says he's not hearing from many schools yet. That's another aspect he'd like to see change soon with his senior year almost set to begin in another month or so. Boyd says there's a few key factors that he'll be looking for when choosing a college.
"When I go to college I want to get early playing time but I'm willing to earn my playing time by showing the coaches that I can play on their level of the game. I would also like to play in a live atmosphere."
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...TEVIN BOYD
Bench press: 230 pounds
Squat: 325 pounds
Power clean: 195 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.7 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.4 seconds