Westwego (La.) Archbishop Shaw is a program used to winning and so is its star defensive back Chad Boyd. Boyd helped lead Shaw to the 5A state finals in 2007 but so far 2008 has not gone quite as smoothly. Despite that, Boyd has been receiving plenty of college attention and expects his team's play to pick up as well.
"We lost to St. Paul and Brother Martin this past week," Boyd said. "We're 0-2. It's different but it's not all negative. We've got some positives going because most of our team is very young and we had to do a lot of maturing in a short period."
Boyd has been limited with his ball skills, playing with a cast, because he had fractured his wrist in a scrimmage. However, he is still making an impact, spending most of his time at safety.
Leading up to the season, Boyd went to several camps including camps at Nichols State, Southeastern, Alabama and Ole Miss. That work paid off as Boyd has several offers to date.
"I've been hearing from a couple schools," he said. "I've got offers from Tulsa, Northern Illinois, Tulane, Louisiana Tech and Nichols State. When I talk to these coaches and everything I'm comfortable with all these guys and I feel like I'll fit right at home wherever I go."
At 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, Boyd is a physical player and has the ability to play either safety or cornerback in college and schools are looking at him at both spots. One school that Boyd is targeting is the Ole Miss rebels.
"I'm hoping Ole Miss offers," he said. "I went to the camp and I went to the junior day and I really liked it out there. It's a great facility and I've been talking to the coaches and that's the main school I'd like to hear from."
Beyond the Ole Miss offer, Boyd doesn't really have any favorites, nor does he have a problem with location, near or far.
"A couple of schools are local, a couple of schools are far away but then when you think about it, like at Northern Illinois, my former teammate Ryan Walker went up there to play and he says you think it's far but it's really only a two hour flight. It's not as far as you think."