Penn State new leader for Boyd

Carnell Boyd is the first to admit his head is spinning a little.
A week ago, the Lithonia (Ga.) Martin Luther King athlete was committed to Akron. But when several other schools began to show interest, he de-committed. Today, he claims a new favorite, and it's a program that came out of seemingly nowhere to offer him a scholarship during the weekend.
Penn State.
"As of right now, they are [the leader]," Boyd told
Boyd, who likely will play receiver in college, was scheduled to have an in-home with Nittany Lions defensive coordinator Ted Roof on Monday, but according to Boyd things changed due to the death and funeral of former Penn State coach Joe Paterno.
Now, the plan is for Roof to visit Boyd on Wednesday.
"He's coming to the school … he's coming to track practice," Boyd said. "Then I'll have an in-home."
To date, Boyd has yet to speak to Roof, or for that matter anyone from Penn State. One of his high school coaches has handled all of the communication thus far.
"It means a lot for a tradition-rich program like that to offer me," Boyd said. "I've been looking on the Internet to see if they have my major. I've looked at the roster. Looked at the coaching staff. They went to a bowl game even with all the stuff going on. You know it's a good program."
If Boyd's in-home goes well, he likely will make an official to Penn State this weekend.
In the meantime, other schools also are trying to get him on campus. Colorado State is one of them. Hawaii is another. According to Boyd, he also has heard from Nebraska and Pittsburgh.
"A lot of schools want me to come visit this weekend," Boyd said. "There's a lot going through my head. All these schools coming in that late. But that [Penn State offer] is a big offer. That's a big-time school."
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