Elite WR prospect favors Gators


Published: Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at 12:14 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at 12:14 p.m.

One of the nation’s top wide receiver prospects showed why he’s being sought after by some of the best colleges in the country at Florida’s Friday Night Lights camp in mid-July.

Gastonia, N.C., Ashbrook High receiver Jheranie Boyd dazzled all night with his superb footwork and blazing speed. He continually left cornerbacks looking confused and forced many to get overly physical as he simply outmatched his competition.

Boyd said he had a great time at UF’s biggest camp of the year, but he wasn’t as impressed with the talent he faced at times.

“I thought the corners were going to be (better),” the 6-foot-2, 184-pound Boyd said. “From my standpoint I thought they were OK. It was fun just competing out there, but I thought (the corners) were going to be a little more physical, but they didn’t really play me up close.”

The opposing defenders may not have been very impressive to Boyd, but Boyd said his experience at UF definitely was. He rated his visit a “10 or 11” out of 10 and ended the night with the Gators leading for his services.

“This is the best visit so far,” said Boyd, who is rated the No. 33 prospect and seventh best receiver in the country by Rivals.com. “I don’t know if anyone’s going to beat this one. The weight room, the facilities, the head coach (were all impressive).

“This was the first time the head coach came downstairs (from his office) to just see me. Usually I have to go up there to see him. It’s great. Nothing gets better than this. I might as well go on and commit."

But even with all the excitement from that July 18 Friday night, there will be no commitment from Boyd for a while.

Boyd said he hopes to visit schools like Ohio State, USC, Clemson, Missouri, Oregon and maybe a few other schools before he sits down and makes a decision about his future. While Florida is the early favorite, Boyd doesn’t expect to make a commitment until either the middle of his season or after.

Boyd went on to compete at Florida State’s Showcase Camp the next day and also visited the University of Miami earlier in July.

“I’m just going to see what else is out there because I don’t want to rush the process,” he said. “I know some people commit and then de-commit and that makes them look bad. I’m going to take my time and look at all my options.

“Everyone was kind of even. I did favor Clemson a little bit, but Florida is obviously ahead. I’m about to cut some more schools off the list and probably make a top eight or top ten. I’m just evaluating everybody.”

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