Ground Gainer: Syracuse, Washington State Battle for 2014 RB Josh Boyd


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He’s no stud quarterback like Tajh Boyd, but Georgia running back Josh Boyd could be a difference maker in the Syracuse backfield somewhere down the line. The Norcross (GA) High School product is having a solid senior stint in the state of Georgia’s sixth-best high school program. As a member of the 2014 recruiting class, Boyd has his services down to a two-horse race between Syracuse and Washington State.

The 5’10”, 160-pound back averages just less than 110 rushing yards per game and has scored eight touchdowns on the ground for the Blue Devils. Boyd visited WSU back on September 21 and Scout reported that “everything stood out” to him. Scout also notes both the Orange and Cougars are the only schools Boyd has “high interest” in. He’s got offers from lower-tier FBS teams such as Air Force, Buffalo, Indiana, Northern Illinois, Ohio, South Alabama, Toledo, UAB and UNLV.

Watch Boyd’s highlights here.

Boyd transferred from South Gwinnett Prep High School in Snellville, GA. Current SU running back George Morris II played for Central Gwinnett. Norcross High lost its leading rusher in Alvin Kamara, the all-class player of the year who signed with Alabama. The Blue Devils earned the honor of 2012 Class AAAAAA champions, but had major holes to fill after seniors like Kamara departed. Boyd has entered and produced big time.

Prior to the season’s start at the end of March, he was named the top RB at the Atlanta MVP Camp. Boyd runs a 4.4 40-yard dash and displays a lot of quickness out of the backfield. Evidence from his highlights, he’s a back who very rarely gives up on a play and can burn you from all angles, up the middle, from the left or right, anywhere. Boyd does have a small body but makes up for it with his speed. He’d absolutely thrive in George McDonald’s up-tempo pistol offense.

The Orange offered Boyd back on May 19 and it’s unclear if it has any edge over the Cougars to land him. The WSU visit is the freshest campus in Boyd’s mind now. Mark Sandritter of SB Nation CougCenter reported in September before Boyd’s visit the reason Washington State recruited him because his high school team had recently played in a nationally televised game.

Boyd’s numbers at Norcross compare almost exactly to last year. The 2-star Boyd is literally mimicking his Gwinnett 2012 campaign, as he finished with 760 yards rushing and nine touchdowns last year.

SU represents Boyd’s first major BCS offer. He has the makeup to join an already talented 2014 RB group in Ervin Philips of West Haven and West Genny’s Naesean Howard. Agility-wise, Boyd offers just as much speed as the other backs. The program also continues to build its ties in the state of Georgia by scouting Boyd. Six current Orange hail from the Peach State and Syracuse can only recruit more.

Posted by: Brendan Glasheen

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  1. Terry says:

    What is he-5’10 160lbs or 174lbs or 180lbs. Rivals has him 5’10″ 174lbs I believe them. They have him at 4.5 in the 40. He does show speed, but no real quickness to miss tackles!! At 1st contact he usually goes down. And another issue with me and his 2 star ranking shows this is by NO LONG TD runs on his highlight film!! With that speed he should score big time at least ONCE!! The speed won’t hurt, but his FB abilities are definately “2 star” material and nothing more!! Even on ST teams one touch and he’s down so I really don’t know where he’ll play????

    Do not forget the 19 abused PSU kids. The NCAA did!!

  2. chris says:

    Any kid that can change his direction that quick is something the Orangemen haven’t had in the backfield for decades and maybe longer. He will need some S and C work . If it done properly his speed and quickness shouldn’t be affected. I don’t see that kid coming to the East coast side of the world.

  3. Hopefully we’ll be able to snag 1 or 2 high profile guys before LOI day but next year for sure we’ll need to prioritize the RB/ath position’s as the best ones can alway’s play the corner if they don’t pan out!Terry’s right though that even though stars aren’t always right they usually are and we need some more 3 or 4 star type talent.5* guys are a dream and rare and if you can get one every 5 or 10 years your lucky unless your Bama/Fla/OSU or ND/Mich.Heck I think only 12/25 players a year get that fifth star.

  4. Ron,I hate bye weeks!?!But at least the Jints won again!!Navy beat Pitt?Wow but Navy’s nobody’s pushover!

  5. Ron says:


    I don’t see that kid coming to the East coast side of the world.

    I really hate to knitpick,but aren’t we talking about a RB from the state of Georgia? I think he’s already on the east coast,don’t you agree?

    @Russell Dangerfield;

    Yes Russell I don’t like them either. The 2013 season has me all screwed up. Coming off a bye week and having a 12:30 pm game,horrible man just horrible.

    I haven’t heard before now but Navy beat Pittsburgh. WOW!!!!!

  6. BigDiptakesNoLip says:

    Custis is 6’6″ and runs a 4.4/40… I’m not impressed necessarily w/ Boyd. SU needs beef upfront, OL & DL…. not guys who will hardly get the ball? At this point, the SU class of ’14 is leaving much to be desired.

    Old people are the life blood of cemeteries, “Happy Hollows Eve”

  7. Nice to see your still your old,colorful self BigDipdontakenolipper Ha Ha.

  8. Andy says:

    Lower tier FBS teams? Northern Illinois would beat the piss out of Syracuse.

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