July 22, 2008

Jheranie Boyd narrows to 10

He isn't on the verge of making a decision, but Rivals100 wide receiver Jheranie Boyd has trimmed his list and is making progress in the recruiting process. Which schools made the cut fresh off his visits to Florida for Friday Night Lights and to Florida State for the Seminole Showcase?

The Gastonia (N.C.) Ashbrook wide receiver has narrowed things down to 10 schools. The lucky schools?

"Florida, Clemson, Florida State, Auburn, (North) Carolina, NC State, Illinois, Missouri, Southern Cal and Oregon," Boyd said. "I just visited Florida and Florida State recently and they were both good. The trip to Florida was just great. That was probably my best visit yet. I was just really comfortable there."

Boyd went on to talk about why each school is still in consideration.

"Urban Meyer came and talked to me. I didn't have to go and talk to him. I liked that a lot about Florida.

"With Clemson I feel real comfortable with the coaches and their coaching style. Florida State is known for getting guys to go pro. They put out All-Americans and they've won national championships. They're building up their team again with guys like E.J. Manuel.

"I really like Coach Franklin's system at Auburn. They use the same terms and terminology that we do at our school. Because of that I feel like I could contribute right away. NC State has shown me a lot of love. They want me real bad. They're looking for a deep threat so I could probably start right off the bat. I feel like I could catch about 80 balls every year there. I've talked to Coach Andy McCollum probably more than anybody else.

"Carolina has a very diverse coaching staff. They're sort of like an Ivy League school, too. If you get a degree from Carolina you can pretty much get a job anywhere doing anything.

"With Illinois ... well, you know, I'm from Illinois. I really like Coach Keith Beathard. He has a brother that's with the Carolina Panthers, so they have that connection to the NFL. They're also looking for someone to compliment Arrelious Benn.

"Missouri runs a wide open offense. They've told me that if I catch 10 or 12 passes in a game then it will have been a bad game. Oregon really needs receivers. Everybody's been telling me I need to go check out their facilities. Plus, their jerseys are sweet," he laughed.

"With Southern Cal, I like Coach John Morton. He thinks I can be an impact player at their 'X' position. They would have me move around and get me in a lot of 1-on-1 coverages."

Boyd already knows of four official visits he plans on taking.

"I'm definitely going to be taking some officials to the schools further away from home," he explained. "I'll go to Illinois, Missouri, USC and Oregon. Then I'll pick one school that's closer to home. I'll be taking some unofficials, too. I'm probably going down to see a game at Florida when they play Miami and I'll go some other places."

Boyd is rated the No. 7 wide receiver in the nation and the No. 33 prospect in the Rivals100. As a junior, he caught 47 passes for 1,151 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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