May 14, 2009

Are Bulldogs in mix for Boyd?

As recently as one week ago, Cape Coral (Fla.) defensive back Spencer Boyd told IrishIllustrated that Notre Dame was a clear No. 1.

But that was before Georgia suddenly jumped into the mix.

Although the 5-foot-10, 178-pound athlete admits to having a great relationship with Irish coaches, Boyd told UGASports that the Bulldogs' offer earlier this week is something certainly worth considering.

"Georgia is definitely one of those programs that I like," Boyd said. "It's a good school, a good team, and now that I've got an offer, they're definitely going to be at the top of my list."

But beating Notre Dame and Michigan out for his services may not be easy.

Boyd said he continues to get major interest from both schools and has also built outstanding relationships with coaches from both staffs.

He recently attended Notre Dame's Blue-Gold and came away more than impressed.

But Georgia assistant Bryan McClendon is willing to give it his best shot. McClendon just returned from Cape Coral, Fla., where he offered Boyd his scholarship.

"It really came out of the blue," Boyd said. "I had really heard anything from Georgia, but Coach McClendon said that they had been watching me on film and wanted to offer. He said he had to see me in person."

The interest is at least mutual.

Boyd said he plans on visiting Athens sometime in mid-June before he makes his commitment at some point in July.

"I'm looking forward to it. I'm sure I'll like what I'll see," Boyd said. "I'm not going to wait too long (to make a commitment), no later than early July. If it takes longer than that, it is what it is. I'm just looking forward to learning more."

Last year Boyd played both ways for Cape Coral, rushing 102 times for 620 yards and six touchdowns while making 30 tackles with one interception on defense.

Georgia is recruiting Boyd as a cornerback.

"I think I've got pretty good feet," Boyd said. "I still want to get stronger and faster, better at reading routes, things like that. But I will."

Boyd isn't the only Cape Coral player getting a lot of attention.

Teammate and cornerback Jaylen Watkins has already committed to Florida and the two have been friends for years. But Boyd said both realize it doesn't appear that they will also be teammates in college.

"We talked about that a little bit, but I think it's kind of obvious now we'll be going different directions," Boyd said. "It certainly looks that way."

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