Rayshawn Boyce did not play in his junior season because he was moving from out-of-state but there is a clear leader now in his recruitment and a decision could come soon.
"I think San Diego State has the edge right now pretty much," Los Angeles Salesian assistant coach D'Vah Thomas said. "He's going to take a trip down there this next weekend or so and he might make that decision to be an Aztec. I think that's what he's leaning toward. It's been his dream school since he was young."
Boyce, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound defensive end, has always had interest in San Diego State and that coaching staff has seemingly done a tremendous job recruiting him.
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Thomas said he has had extensive talks with San Diego State assistant coach Tony White and as the process continued the Aztecs kept showing a lot of interest in Boyce, who also has an offer from Houston.
"I told Tony White when he was checking in that I have a cousin that loves San Diego State and I said he should take a look at him," Thomas said. "I sent Tony a picture of him and he said he looked good. He went to camp and did well.
"He didn't play last year because he was moving from out of state. He moved like two or three times during the season so he didn't get a chance to play last year so he didn't have any film.
"Tony White waited until the time was right and looked at his athleticism and how he did at the camp and how he did working out and made the offer. His dream came true when San Diego State offered."
The early returns on Boyce are positive and Thomas even compared him to a former Los Angeles Salesian standout, high praise for someone who missed last season.
"He just got in pads and he did really well this weekend in our hitting drills," Thomas said. "He looked very comfortable. He's a bigger Davon Moreland for us. He's great off the edge and he's doing big things on both sides of the ball."