Having great bloodlines, Jerome Boyd (6-2, 185, Los Angeles Dorsey) could follow his father, a former Oregon State and Seahawks player, to the NFL. For now, Boyd is content working on whittling his list of schools down and focusing on his senior year.
“I have a written offer from Arizona, and verbal offers from Washington, Oregon and UCLA,” said Boyd.
All four are recruiting him as a free safety, though he says he can play either safety position in the secondary.
“Those four are my top schools, but I don’t really have a favorite from them. I’ll take my time,” Boyd said.
Boyd had a solid year in his first year at Dorsey after transferring from Oxnard Hueneme High. He did well enough that he expects that to translate into a stronger senior season, in which more offers come rolling in. “I’m in no hurry to make a decision, so if more schools get involved, then fine. I am going to take some trips, and I’ll make my decision whenever I feel like it is the right time,” said Boyd.
His chief recruiter at UCLA has been coach Eric Bieniemy. “Coach Bieniemy is real cool. He is a good coach, and I know he has a lot of experience as a player. I hear from Coach Dorrell, too, and he is cool.”
Boyd has been to the UCLA campus several times, though, and doesn’t expect to take an official there.
With his father being a former player, Boyd has a built-in counselor when it comes to dealing with recruiters. Boyd said, “He knows what they say and what they want us to hear, so he is a help when it comes to that, and cutting through some of the b.s.”
Ranked #6 in the West, Boyd has designs on moving up the charts, and knows it is possible with a good senior year. “It’s on me. I know what I need to do to have a good year. I want to play early in college, so I need to focus now,” said Boyd.