Los Angeles Jordan four-star athlete James Boyd was easily one of the most impressive players at Wednesday and Thursday's Rising Star Camp at USC. So it was no surprise the 6-foot-4, 211-pounder walked away with an offer from the Trojans after the camp.
It was also no surprise he committed to the Trojans.
"When I walked down the tunnel at The Coliseum, I told myself that I can see myself playing there in that stadium in front of those fans," Boyd said. "I've watched USC since I was little. Now I get a chance to play for a Hall of Fame coach in Pete Carroll, a great defensive coordinator in Nick Holt and a great defensive staff."
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Boyd said his relationship with Ken Norton Jr. also played a big factor in his decision.
"Ken Norton Jr. did a great job recruiting and one of the main reasons going USC," Boyd said. "I have such a great relationship with him. He's a great coach. Playing close to home was another thing. They were recruiting me as an athlete and perhaps a SAM linebacker. I'm very happy with my decision."
Boyd said he still plans to take all five of my visits, including trips to Arizona State, Washington and Washington State. But he made it clear he plans on playing for the Trojans.
"This is something I've always dream of," Boyd said. "It's amazing it's come true."
As a junior, Boyd threw for 2,499 yards and 23 touchdowns on offense. Then he turned around and had 72 tackles and 11 sacks on defense.