Four-star athlete prospect James Boyd (6-5, 230, 4.8) from Los Angeles Jordan is one of the best all-around athletes in California. Do you want proof? How many players do you know who play both ways as a quarterback and defensive end while dominating at both positions?
That player is Boyd. The obvious question is how hard it to change mindsets from the pursued to pursuit.
"It is easy," Boyd said. "I know what a defensive end can do and what he's thinking, and I know what a quarterback can do, and what he's thinking. It gives me an advantage.
"I like both positions the same and I don't have a preference what position I end up playing in college."
Boyd was one of the standouts at the recent NIKE Camp held in Los Angeles two weeks ago. He participated in the camp as a defensive end.
"I started slow on the agility drills, but I picked it up," Boyd said. "I learned what I need to work on at defensive end.
"I have the speed to get around an offensive tackle, but I'm going to work on my technique."
Boyd has a busy camp schedule in the near future. He will attend Arizona State's camp from June 2nd to June 4th. He will also attend UCLA's three day camp in June, USC's two-night camp also in June and the B2G Camp in late June.
Though Boyd has yet to receive an offer, that should change very soon as he is getting recruited by the likes of UCLA, USC, Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, Washington, Villanova, UNLV and Notre Dame.
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.
In an earlier interview with Jordan coach Elijah Asante, he had the following to say about his talented two-way and two-sport athlete.
"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."