One of the top wide receiver recruits in the 2009 class was in Blacksburg on Saturday, not to participate in the camp but to get a feel for Virginia Tech, which is one of the programs he is still considering. Ashbrook (Gastonia, N.C.) star Jheranie Boyd came away with a positive feeling from Saturday’s visit, in particular about Virginia Tech’s coaches and campus.
“It is away from everything, so I wouldn’t get distracted,” Boyd said, referring to Virginia Tech’s campus. The one day experience was his first ever visit to Virginia Tech. “I could go there and be real focused on my grades and everything. I also liked how the buildings on campus were all built with stone and brick.”
With respect to Virginia Tech’s coaching staff, Boyd said, “I felt good being around them. I had a good vibe. I felt comfortable around them. They are coaches I could see myself around for three, four or five years. Coach Sherman was good. I know he is somebody I could get along with.
“It seemed like they ran a good camp. I know the defensive backs were beating up on the wide receivers, so I wanted to get out there.”
Had Boyd participated, onlookers would’ve seen a 6-2, 180-pound receiver with sub-4.5 speed in the 40 and a 44-inch vertical leap. While those qualities are very impressive, the rising senior star points to other parts of his game as his strengths.
“I would say my jumping ability and the fact that I’m real physical are my strengths,” said Boyd, who averaged 24.5 yards per catch en route to hauling in 1,151 yards and 12 touchdowns last season as a junior. “I’m not going to get bumped off the line. I try to run over corners, to beat them up. I try to learn something new at each camp I go to. I work on my routes. I just try to gather a lot of knowledge to be able to do a lot of things.”
Boyd, who cut his list down to 15 schools last month, narrowed his list by three more schools on Sunday. He is now considering 12 schools including Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina, N.C. State, Ohio State, Oregon, Southern Cal and Virginia Tech.
“I’m trying to get down to a top 10 soon,” said Boyd, who added that he is “pretty much wide open” among those 12 schools. “Before the season starts, I want to be down to six or seven.”
Boyd’s visit schedule continues tomorrow, when he will begin a tour of the “big three” Florida schools...
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