Making the Grade?

Three-star defensive tackle Jeff Boyd (6-3, 280, 5.2), from Warren Central High School in Indianapolis (Ind.), has helped lead his team to a perfect 15-0 record and the 5A state championship--Warren Central beat Chicago Carmel 35-14. Boyd finished the year with over 40 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and 10 sacks.

Indianapolis DL Jeff Boyd (ranked No. 48 by Scout.com) took his first official visit last weekend (December 9) to West Virginia. "It was a great visit," said the defensive tackle, who lists at 6-3, 280 pounds. "I really liked getting to meet everyone and I love how dedicated the town is to the Mountaineers. It was right after coach Rich Rodriguez decided to stay and it just felt like a giant party. Everyone was really happy. It's a very special place and you can just feel it there. They have a great family bond.

"I also loved their weight room," Boyd said. "It's the third biggest weight room in the country and they have one of the best strength coaches too."

He says West Virginia leads slightly over Mississippi, Louisville, Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky.

Boyd says all of his favorites have offered except the Wolverines. "My grades aren't in a position for them to offer me," Boyd, who has a 2.0 core GPA and 14 ACT, said. "They said they need to see what I get on the SAT and I just took that on December 2. I've got a tutor and I think I'll be fine. I just need to make sure the schools know that I'll qualify."

Boyd says the school that is recruiting him the hardest is Kentucky. "They seem to call every day and tell me that I could be a big impact on the team.

"I plan to take all four of my other visits too," Boyd said. "I still have some time left and want to see everything I can."

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