Cory Boyd is one of the top defensive backs in the Northeast and has set up all five of his official visits. With plenty of offers in hand, he still remains solid with his top five, but two stick out.
"South Carolina and Virginia Tech are my two favorites," said the 6-foot-1, 186-pound Boyd. "I love the coaches at those places and they are both offering me the chance to compete for playing time early on. I haven't been to either school but will take official visits to both."
Boyd has official scheduled all five trips. He will visit South Carolina (Dec. 13), Wisconsin (Dec. 20), Virginia Tech (Jan. 10) Virginia (Jan. 17) and Boston College (Jan. 24). How was Boyd's senior season?
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"I had more yards last year but this year was good too," said the senior from Orange, N.J. "I think I had 1,235 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns. South Carolina is recruiting me as a running back, but just them. The other schools I like are all listing me as a defensive back or an athlete.
"A few schools probably just want me to commit then see where I'd fit best on their team. I return kickoffs and punts too and did an okay job with that."
Does playing time or position matter and will it play a role in his decision?
"When you get down to it I'll play wherever they need me or wherever I will be able to see the field the most. But I would like to at least get a shot at running back. I would like to play early, but being realistic I really have to wait and see.
"If I get to a school and they think I need to redshirt then I can do that, or I could play right away. I'll probably wind up at a school with a lot of competition, so I'm not saying I'll come in and start right away. Whatever the coaches think is most important.
"I've talked to Coach Holtz at South Carolina and that was something pretty big, because he's like a legend. I thought I was going to be nervous or something but he was a really, really funny guy. I knew he was a great coach, but he seems like a guy that you can talk with about whatever comes to your mind."
Boyd said he will take his official visits and then make his final decision. While South Carolina and Virginia Tech were his leaders, he is leaving the door open for the other three teams in his top five to make an impression. Boyd currently has over 20 offers to major programs.