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The Recruiting Guy:
Texas running back hoping for Hog offer
Running back Rakeem Boyd.
Running back Rakeem Boyd is a big fan of Arkansas’ offensive philosophy and believes he's a good fit for the Hogs’ rushing attack.
Boyd, 5-11, 198, 4.5 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Houston (Texas) Stratford has 15 scholarship offers from schools like Michigan, Nebraska, Missouri and Utah. Video highlights CLICK HERE
He said an offer from the Razorbacks would place them high on his list.
“They would stand pretty high because that’s my type of offense,” Boyd said. “That’s my style, you know going straight downhill.”
He rushed 194 times for 1,996 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior and was named 19-5A District Co-MVP. He has a couple of visits in mind for the near future, but isn’t close to a decision.
“Michigan, I’m looking to go up there and maybe Mizzou,” Boyd said. “I’m not sure yet, but I’m open. My recruiting is open right now.”
Boyd recorded a time of 4.57 seconds in the 40 dash, 4.16 pro-shuttle, 35.6 vertical jump and a power ball toss of 34 feet for a 106.26 SPARQ rating at the Nike Football The Opening Regional at Arlington High School on March 15.
In early January, Boyd was awaiting his first scholarship offer and then the flood gates opened and the offers started coming in.
“They just came like in a two week span I had five and the next week I five again,” Boyd said. “It's just been going crazy.”
College coaches often reach out to prospect by direct message on Twitter. While that can be a positive, recruits often over do it by tweeting at all day, including during school hours.
Boyd’s coach urged him to limit his time on Twitter and not let it be a distraction.
“You can talk to them after school and not during school,” said Boyd of college coaches. “They’re just on it all day tweeting, tweeting, tweeting. I really don’t get on it that much.”
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