May 13, 2008

Boyd taking a look at the Buckeyes

Ohio State's recruiting net at the wide receiver position has been one of the widest nets of recent years with the Buckeyes looking at players from well beyond the borders of the Buckeye state. One player that Ohio State has recently offered is intrigued by what the Buckeyes have to offer and even though Gastonia (N.C.) Ashbrook high school wide-out Jheranie Boyd doesn't know as much about Ohio State as some other schools he knows enough.

"I felt really good (getting the offer) and I know they are one of the (national) powerhouses," Boyd said. "It felt really good to get that offer. People have been telling me about Ohio State and to check them out and see how they are."

The 6-foot-2, 184-pounder is already a member of the current Rivals100 and has the offers to back it up with most of the eastern seaboard having already offered and interest stretching all the way to the west coast with the Pac 10. Is it strange for the four star receiver to see so many schools as interested in him as they are?

"It's weird with some of these colleges that have been out here," Boyd said. "Some have never been around our area and its crazy… even with like Southern Cal out here but it feels good."

Jim Bollman had a chance recently to check in on Boyd's school and inform him that an offer would be coming soon in the mail (which he has already received). Aside from being a "powerhouse" nationally, what else does Boyd know about the defending Big Ten champs?

"I know they have a really big campus and that they send a lot of people to the pros," Boyd said. "They also have Terrelle Pryor so I know that their offense is probably going to be set."

The Pryor-effect has been felt with several top national prospects talking about a chance to play with the former No. 1 national recruit. What does Boyd think about the opportunity to play alongside the highly touted quarterback?

"I don't know (laugh)," Boyd said. "They say he is going there to work as a passer… I am not used to (playing with) a quarterback that runs and throws the ball so if I decided to go to Ohio State that would be (different) to adjust to and everything."

One way or the other the type of offense that the Buckeyes are running is something that sounds good to Boyd and the coaches have also told the talented receiver where he might get his first look if he chooses to come to Columbus to play.

"The coaches are telling me that they are balanced out with throwing and passing and they said if I come there I would start at the X position because of how I have speed and I can jump up," Boyd said.

Does it hurt the Buckeyes being fairly new in the picture with several ACC and SEC schools being on Boyd's recruiting radar for some time?

"I am considering (Ohio State) and I will have a top ten list that I want to reveal this summer and they are definitely in the top ten," Boyd said. "I probably want to take an official visit down there and see how everything is."

During Boyd's junior season he racked up more than 1,100 yards on 47 receptions and 11 touchdowns. What personal goals does Boyd have during his senior season in order to make himself the best possible receiver out there?

"My goals this year is to work on my routes and my cuts and getting my steps right," Boyd said. "I have been working on routes that I might be doing in college and possibly in the NFL and everything."

A NFL dream might still be a ways off but the talented Tar Heel state product has a pair of NFL players that he has modeled his game after.

"It is two players, Marvin Harrison and Terrelle Owens," Boyd admitted. "I am physical like T.O. because I am 6-3 and they say I am a big receiver but then I have speed like a slot receiver. I run a 10.45 (seconds) in the 100 so those are the two players I really look up to."

Does Boyd celebrate like T.O.?

"We can't celebrate (laugh) I will wait until I get to college to do that," Boyd joked.

Sadly there are no celebrations in college either without the risk of a 15-yard penalty and the ire of the head coach.

"I will try and do something, maybe I will just celebrate on the sidelines," Boyd said.

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