While there are many top-flight prospects who play both ways and dominate at both positions, but it is rare indeed that a player is dominating at quarterback and defensive end, but that happens to be the case for athlete prospect James Boyd (6-5, 230, 4.8) from Los Angeles (Calif.) Jordan.
"What is amazing about James is how he can switch mindsets from playing quarterback to defensive end," Jordan coach Elijah Asante said. "That's why we call him the bi-polar express.
"To give you an indication of what I'm talking about, James threw for 2,499 yards and 23 touchdowns on offense. Then he turned around and had 72 tackles and 11 sacks on defense.
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"James was voted City Section defensive lineman of the Year by the coaches," Asante said. "There aren't that many players with his size, speed and athleticism. You just don't see players like James every day.
"James even made all-city in basketball and he is now playing baseball for Jordan," Asante said. "He's a very rare player.
Boyd was one of 12 players who showed up at UCLA two Saturdays ago to take in the Cal game that ended on Josh Shipp's magical shot.
"Coach Rick Neuheisel spent a lot of time with James," Asante said. "He seemed to bond with Coach Neuheisel.
Besides UCLA; USC, Oregon and Arizona State are also showing Boyd recruiting attention.
Boyd is scheduled to go to the NIKE Camp at Palo Alto in April. He's also planning on taking the Rising Seniors Camp at USC and UCLA's three-day camp in late June.
Despite all the accolades that Boyd has received he is just coming into his own as an athlete and has a very high ceiling.
While most schools like him as a defensive end, there are some that like him for his quarterback ability.