August 15, 2008

Jheranie Boyd down to five

Gastonia (N.C.) Ashbrook wide receiver Jheranie Boyd is ranked as the No. 4 wide receiver in the country and the No. 32 player overall. With more than 30 scholarship offers, the 6-foot-2, 184-pounder has his pick of top programs. And heading into his senior season, the speedy wideout has narrowed his list of schools down to what appears to be a final five.

"My list is down to five and these aren't in any order," said Boyd. "It's North Carolina, NC State, Florida, Clemson and Auburn. Those are the five and I probably won't take official visits to all of them. I've been to all five of them on unofficial visits so I'm not sure which ones I'll take official trips to if any."

But Boyd certainly wants to see as many home games of his top five as he can this year.

"I want to see North Carolina play Virginia Tech and Auburn play LSU and Florida play Miami if I can," he said. "And I'd like to see Clemson and NC State play someone good, I just haven't looked at all the schedules yet. The only one I think I'd do on an official visit would be Florida probably, but I'm not sure. I want my family to be with me on my visits and I know they can only pay for me so we'll see what happens."

Boyd breaks down what he likes about each of his favorites.

"For North Carolina, I really like the area and it's a building program. I want to major in Communications and Stuart Scott from ESPN went there and he's always talking about UNC so he must have liked it and it got him pretty far. I like coach Shoop and coach Blake and Butch Davis is one of the best coaches in the country.

"NC State has a pro-style offense and they got Sean Glennon last year and he's going to be really good. I got to see him throw and I think he could start this year at some point. Coach Bible and coach McCollum are recruiting me there and I like them a lot.

"Even though Florida runs that spread offense which no NFL teams run, I loved the campus and the facilities down there, they were amazing. It's more of a catch-and-run offense than the others on my list but they will always be in the hunt for a national title with coach Meyer there. Coach Gonzales and coach Carter are recruiting me for Florida.

"Clemson has so much talent on that team I don't see why they don't win the ACC every year or a national title. They have some really great athletes. The area is a little country but I liked it and I like the coaches recruiting me -- coach Napier and coach Swinney. They are recruiting me really hard and want me to graduate early and come in and play right away.

"And finally Auburn, they run the same offense we do at my high school so the transition would be pretty easy. I like coach Franklin and his offensive style and coach Price is also recruiting me from there. We went down there in the summer and I liked what I saw."

Boyd claims no leaders but won't drag the process out too long since he's already seen his favorites.

"I'd like to see some games and make my decision at our homecoming game so near the end of my season," he said. "I think it would be cool to be able to do it in front of all our students and fans. By then I should have seen all I need to see and be able to make a decision."

Boyd is ready to have a breakout season as a senior. He had 47 catches for 1,151 yards and 11 scores as a junior and hopes to crush those numbers this year.

"With the new offense we're putting in, more of a spread, I'm going to catch a lot of passes," he said. "I really want to have a big season."

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