Thursday, November 6, 2008

Ashbrook's Boyd commits to Tar Heels

Gastonia Ashbrook receiver Jheranie Boyd, a top 50 national recruit, committed to North Carolina Thursday.

Boyd (left) is a 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior with 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash and a 43-inch vertical leap. National recruiting service ranks Boyd as the No. 32 overall prospect in the class of 2009. This season, Boyd has 42 catches for 773 yards and eight touchdowns this season. He'll play in the Green Wave's regular-season finale Friday against rival Hunter Huss at home Friday. Ashbrook is 4-6 this season.

Boyd chose the Tar Heels over Illinois, Missouri, Oklahoma and N.C. State.

National recruiting website ranks Boyd as North Carolina's No. 4 senior recruit. Four of the top five in scout's list have committed to the Tar Heels: No. 2 Donte Moss, a 6-4 defensive end from Northside; No. 3 Justin Dixon, a 6-1 liniebacker from Smithfield-Selma; and No. 5 Jared McAdoo, a 6-3 defensive tackle from Chapel Hill.

Scout's No. 1 in state prospect, Fayetteville Britt lineman Xavier Nixon is considering the Tar Heels, along with Clemson, Florida, LSU, Miami (Fl), N.C. State and Notre Dame.

Butler linebacker Hawatha Bell, the No. 6 statewide recruit, also has North Carolina among his finalists along with Illinois, Maryland, N.C. State, South Carolina and Wake Forest.

Also at Thursday's pep rally at Ashbrook, Boyd's teammate, Willie Kennedy, a 5-11, 180-pound safety with 4.6 speed, committed to Colorado.

-- Langston Wertz Jr.