Stephenson’s Jared Boyd finds everything he wants at Duke

Jared Boyd goes against Stephenson teammate Kadetrix Marcus in a recent 7-on-7 practice. (Photo provided by jared Boyd)

Jared Boyd goes against Stephenson teammate Kadetrix Marcus in a recent 7-on-7 practice. (Photo by Rusty Mansell/

Look out for the football-playing Duke Blue Devils.

That’s a word of warning from Stephenson cornerback Jared Boyd, who became commitment number 19 for the Blue Devils this past weekend. Coach David Cutcliffe has since picked up a 20th verbal for the Class of 2011 – from another cornerback named Tin Burton from Florida — and that’s one of the reasons Boyd says Duke will soon be a team to contend with in the ACC.

“I think they’re starting a new era at Duke. I really do,” said Boyd, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound defensive back who counts Georgia Tech among his multiple scholarship offers. “I think Coach Cutcliffe is turning it around at Duke they’re getting ready to make a move in the ACC. They’re going to be contending for championships soon. I honestly believe that.”

So sincere is Boyd that he committed to the Blue Devils while on a visit this weekend. He took a Tobacco Road tour with his parents, stopping in at North Carolina and N.C. State before arriving at Duke on Saturday.

In his words, the Blue Devils “blew me away.”

“Actually I didn’t think I was going to commit this early,” Boyd said. “But I went up there and looked around and it was amazing. We left the visit with my parents and we drove around and went to get something to eat and that’s when I told  them I knew I wanted to go there and I wanted to commit.”

What specifically was the attraction?

“What sold me on Duke, number one, was Coach Cutcliffe,” Boyd said. “He’s done well everywhere he’s been, Ole Miss, Tennessee and now Duke. They showed us a plan they have and it’s good one and that was impressive.

“Number two is education. Bar none, it is the best education you can get on the East Coast. It will open doors for me that no other SEC or ACC school can do. That’s just the truth. And of course, the opportunity to play early. A new era means opportunities for new players and I think I’m a guy who can come in there and help them right away. They got another commitment from Tim Burton from Florida. I’ve talked to him and we feel like we can do some big things in that secondary.

“I wanted to get to all the schools that offered me. We did that. We had a checklist about all the schools and just went down that list on each one and nobody could beat Duke.”

And that apparently includes Georgia Tech, at least for Boyd.

“That’s a good school, too, and I liked them a lot,” he said. “But this recruiting thing is kind of weird that way. Some people just fall off sometimes and it’s hard to explain why. I just felt more at home and more comfortable at Duke.”

It’s not like it was slim pickings for Boyd. He has at least 15 offers, including a favorites list of Ole Miss, Stanford, Illinois and Syracuse.

Boyd becomes the eighth Stephenson Jaguar to accept a scholarship offer this year. He joins kicker Colin Anderson (UAB) and quarterback Jordan Tarver (Kent) in making commitments in the last week.

More on Stephenson’s recruiting exploits later.

50 comments Add your comment

william cranman

July 26th, 2010
3:57 pm

How about commenting on Wilder skipping Friday Night Lights. Is that true?


July 26th, 2010
4:04 pm

No sign of Wilder

There was no sign of five-star athlete James Wilder II (Tampa, Fla./Plant) as the night began. The 6-foot-2, 220-pounder was one of several no shows, including four-star linemen Giorgio Newberry (Fort Pierce, Fla./Central) and Tim Jernigan (Lake City, Fla./Columbia).

Plant head coach Robert Weiner said that Wilder and teammates Phillip Ely and Tony Posada were planning on going to the showcase but Ely was the only player present and he did not work out.


July 26th, 2010
4:33 pm

Since it’s widely been considered that Wilder was down to UGA and UF, I would like some clarification on what that no-show means for the Dawgs.

Barack Dawg

July 26th, 2010
4:41 pm

Wilder was not at Friday Night Lights but don’t go jumping to conclusions GeoffDawg. He actually decided to stay longer on his visit at Florida State. He has seen enough of UF to know what to do there. He spent time at UGA. I think he is finishing up his visits in preparation of making a decision at the end of the summer and he did not need to go back to UF to see more since he has already seen plenty there. He is supposed to go back to UGA with his family as well.

I think you assume that he is going to Florida until he says and confirms otherwise. That is just my opinion though. I would love to have him at UGA but UF has to be ahead.


July 26th, 2010
4:46 pm

Concrats to Jared Boyd – Duke is indeed a very fine school, and Cutcliffe is going to really improve their football program. I just hope Tech still beat them.

My only concern is if Cuttcliffe is no. 1 reason, he could up and leave next year. Beleive me if he does turn around Duke program the next Big Time opening from major football programs will be at his door, That’s what happen to Spurrier.


July 26th, 2010
4:55 pm

Good for Jared Boyd and for Duke. Coach Cutcliffe has already gotten interest from big time schools because of Duke’s turnaround and he showed real commitment to Duke last spring when Tennessee came calling. He wanted to stay and keep building the progam. His actions allow student-atheletes believe him when he says Duke will be a winner. I look forward to seeing Mr. Boyd in the Duke secondary.

Sanford Flush

July 26th, 2010
4:56 pm

Is Bryce Brown going back to UT? I sure hope not cause
that guy is one heckava RB!


July 26th, 2010
5:08 pm

BTTF-If Cutcliffe was going to leave, it would have been to UT last year..Duke will be his last job!


July 26th, 2010
5:14 pm

The best “eduction” on the east coast? Pretty funny considering the context of the quote, but I’ll give Mr. Boyd the benefit of the doubt and lay the typo on Mr. Towers.


July 26th, 2010
5:29 pm


Sanford Flush

July 26th, 2010
5:49 pm

Duke Football is like a pill that helps someone fall asleep
and nothing more.


July 26th, 2010
5:56 pm

Good to see a player coming out of high school that cares about his education. In a perfect world that is what every college athlete would be like.


July 26th, 2010
6:04 pm

This boy has just made the biggest plunder in his football career,why chooses Duke instead of the likes ole Miss, standford GA Tech etc etc. He got to be kidding,. If this was academic driven GA Tech and Standford should have been his choice, b/c they are way up there.


July 26th, 2010
6:10 pm

No matter which way you cut it…Wilder skipping on FLA’s biggest recruitment weekend of the year was a slap in the face. NO WAY he misses that event if he was really interested in FLA. FSU and UGA have to be the only ones left in the running…..hopefully it will be UGA and have a good feeling about it too


July 26th, 2010
6:17 pm


If I were a 5-star prospect and was on the high side of the academic scale….I would put Duke and Stanford on my wish list…and going to either school would fine with me. Both campuses are beautiful, and each is loaded with great looking co-eds who would probably be smarter than me. Hard to beat that deal if you are more than just a jock waiting to go to the NFL. This kid seems to have a prospective for life that is wiser than the before mentioned.

…concerning Wilder….

Just like the other post said…..he fully intended to come to FNL but wasn’t going to work out anyway…and just decided to stay longer at FSU because his visit went so well and his dad and one of the coaches are very good friends. His not going to FNL has absolutely nothing to do with his consideration of Florida. He knew nothing about FSU and tons about Florida…that’s all. And he is going back to Georgia…probably…for the same reason. He likes both Georgia and FSU…but I think he really wants to play at Florida (and I think his family in Tampa wants him to do the same…2-1/2 drive every Saturday from Tampa to Gainesville….vs. long drive to FSU and a a flight to Atlanta and a drive to Athens every Saturday. I think the Gators are still in the big lead and the team to beat still. Things could always change…as we know with any prospect. But I think he sees all the talent that has come and is coming to G’ville and he wants to be part of it all in the next few years….and going to the Gators will make it easy for his family to him at it all as well. Not a slam dunk for the Gators anymore….but probably still a heavy lean that way.


July 26th, 2010
6:25 pm


take your biased blinders off….or just wake up from you silly dream. You should be reading to much into Wilder missing FNL (he went last year when there were a lot bigger names)…it was no big deal to him or the Gators as far as his recruitment is concerned…other than I think FSU made a good move up (but not to the top). Jernigan (DL) has been to FNL before as well and to the Florida campus (and several games) and was participating an event elsewhere the next day….and he has a been a big Gator fan since he was a little kid. The Gators, I don’t believe, are in serious contention for Newberry (OL).


July 26th, 2010
6:32 pm

Lastly…..Ely (QB)….went to FNL and did not even participate….no way he goes to Gainesville and backs up Brantley, first, and then (1)Driskel, (2) Burton, and (3) Murphy (who might move to WR because he is such a great athlete) for the next 3 to 4 years.


July 26th, 2010
6:56 pm

FLA is very deep already with RB’s. Meyer flip flopped on him for what position he was being recruited for…the “having trust” comments Wilder continually refers to came after Meyer decided to tell him he could come at RB.

Footlong Dawg

July 26th, 2010
7:12 pm

TAMPAGATOR… measures men ?? Gaytore ???

Delbert D.

July 26th, 2010
8:20 pm

Chip, did Mr. Boyd actually say this?

“Bar none, it is the best eduction you can get on the East Coast.”

Delbert D.

July 26th, 2010
8:21 pm

Wilder is reported missing???

Delbert D.

July 26th, 2010
8:25 pm

I’m starting a rumor that Pat Haden has contacted Cutcliffe about the USC job next year. Since I’ve posted it, now “Cutcliffe” and “USC” may come up in a Google search.


July 26th, 2010
9:01 pm

Footlong Dawg….

and I am sure that should be rephrased to be a metaphor…..

Why are there so many homophobic Dawg fans? Do the women on that campus refuse your desires and advances that much….or are you just revealing your own true feelings with all your “gay” this and “gay” that post comments? Your anti-reality posts also tend to highlight your obvious lack of ability to communicate on an intelligent level. Man…this is the 21st century…and the civil war didn’t end yesterday. I am starting to understand the true meaning of the word….”Dawgpound”….sorry…I couldn’t resist lowering myself to your level just once.


July 26th, 2010
9:57 pm

Georgia Tech did not offer Boyd…too small for a CB in a 3-4 defense. Anyway…best wishes to him though…seems like a great kid and I wish him all the best at Duke. He is a good cover corner.

Chip Towers

July 26th, 2010
10:14 pm

hiveredtech: The kid said Tech offered so I have to take his word for it, not yours. Sorry. . . .

Delbert D.: No, the very articulate Jared Boyd did not say that. Your fat-fingered correspondent did. . . .

As for Wilder Talk, I tweeted that he didn’t show at FNL and why over the weekend. Y’all be sure to follow me on Twitter. Will touch on it tomorrow or later this week but got a bunch of personal biz having to attend to. Good news is everybody is going to be all right.


July 26th, 2010
10:49 pm

Duke’s a great school, and they have a good coach. Good luck to him there.

jag count

July 26th, 2010
11:18 pm

i am a stephenson fan. i find it very peculiar that ever time a story about stephenson or its kids come up, that they’re certain bloggers that come out of no where with negative comments. A kid picks an education based institution over an athletic based program and you question his judgement. What do you think is wrong with that scenario.


July 27th, 2010
2:46 am

As long as Mike Hamilton is A.D. in Knoxville, Coach Cutcliffe will not be the Vol coach. Cut took the
Duke job after Hamilton refused to consider a Fulmer / Cutcliffe succession plan. Derek Dooley is the
right man at the right time in K-ville.

George P

July 27th, 2010
7:51 am

Jared Boyd did not have an offer from Georgia Tech.


July 27th, 2010
7:55 am

Regarding your story on a kid going out of state and of Duke – WE DON’T CARE!

It all adds Up

July 27th, 2010
8:07 am

The NCAA to interview UGA’s Green. That does not sound so good.
Is he going to be ineligible all year now? Thats the only real
threat at wr for the dawgs….

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Randy Hall

July 27th, 2010
10:52 am

Today is Tuesday, July 27th, what happened to the “Ten @ Ten?”

jag count

July 27th, 2010
11:37 am

t you are an azz


July 27th, 2010
11:37 am

where oh where have you gone chip towers?? I miss my 10 @ 10 and good recruiting info i have been so bored this past week because i cant ever find your recruiting posts anymore on the ajc.


July 27th, 2010
11:45 am

according to Rivals, he did have an offer from GT..


July 27th, 2010
12:58 pm

hiveredtech and George P:

Please, don’t start acting like those UGA fans. If Duke and Stanford offered him, he obviously had the grades for Georgia Tech, and if Stanford and Ole Miss offered him, he obviously had the ability for Georgia Tech, plus the fact that he was a 3 star recruit for both Rivals and Scout. Rivals has him as the #38 CB, Scout the #44. So if Georgia Tech didn’t want him, or didn’t go after him hard enough, blame this staff, which seems to be more interested in 4 and 5 star kids from Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, D.C., Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Ohio than taking care of home. GT has played in one major bowl game in 50 years, and they think that they can ignore quality 3 star athletes at home to recruit with the big boys? Nonsense like that will get Johnson fired. O’Leary set his aspirations too low in recruiting because he didn’t want to be here. Johnson looks to be setting unrealistic expectations because he wishes that he was at a “big name” school too. Well sorry, CPJ, but you aren’t at Miami or Ohio State. You are at the best job that you could possibly get while running that offense, so you had better start acting like you love it or leave.

The idea “he is a pretty good cover corner but we are getting bigger CBs for our 3-4 defense” is laughable. This kid is already taller than Javier Arenas, who at 5′9″ and 190 lbs. (and this was at 22 years old, not 17 like Boyd) was an All-American and a 2nd round draft pick for Nick Saban. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ backup CBs are 5′10″ and 5′9″, and one of those is a guy who played on Saban’s national title team at LSU. There is a HUGE DIFFERENCE between 5′10″ like this kid and those 5′6″ – 5′7″ guys that Willie Martinez used to recruit for UGA.

This is a kid that Georgia Tech really needed to have if for no reason other than to get more kids from that Stephenson football factory. This year, there are 7 kids from that school at the 3 star level or above, and none are headed to Tech. And how many Stephenson kids did GT sign last year, or the year before?

A guy with good height, speed and cover skills who would have done great at GT academically, and they let him slip right through their hands to one of the few coaches in the ACC who knows anything about big time football in Cutcliffe. Great job CPJ.


July 27th, 2010
1:21 pm

COngrats to Jared and his family. He has a great family, I coached his little brother. I know you will do big things. Coach Sea

jesse james

July 27th, 2010
1:41 pm

I wonder what star I was when I was in school. Who in the heck decides how many stars a kid is worth. Half the guys that decide this stuff never played a day of football in their life. Cut out these recruiting shows and all this star stuff. If you can play we will know it without the star label.


July 27th, 2010
1:48 pm

rduck, I think Jared would know if he got an offer from Tech. Rivals is hardly the” end all” in accurate reporting. Why not just believe the kid and say that Rivals made a mistake?


July 27th, 2010
1:57 pm

Paddy, I think you misread rduck. He said that he did have an offer according to Rivals.


July 27th, 2010
2:27 pm


So now you say that CPJ is ignoring the state of Georgia for other states. Wasn’t his recruiting class last year almost exclusively from the state of Georgia?? And isn’t one of the indicators of a good program how many players you get from out of state? Plus, you are complaining that he is going after 4 and 5 star players and ignoring the 3 star ones? All we read here is the UGA fans coming on here and talking about ALL the 3 star recruits CPJ gets and the 4 and 5 star ones that he doesn’t. So according to you he ignores the 3 star recruits and according to UGA fans, all he GETS are 3 star recruits.

From reading your post, you would think that the entire GT recruiting year was based on getting this one kid from Stephenson. CPJ recruits based on the needs of the program. Leave it at that.

Chip Towers

July 27th, 2010
3:44 pm

Randy Hall: Sorry. Wife hospitalized. Having to tend to her needs. Will resume asap.


July 27th, 2010
10:47 pm


No offer

July 28th, 2010
4:05 am

Boyd had no offer from GT, good luck to him – hope your wife is ok.

jag count

July 28th, 2010
7:38 am

if this kids doesnt sign with tech or uga you talk about? i got one for you neither school has won anything significant in 20+ years, so what makes you better be happy for the kid and move on. he had offers from all the schools reported and made his choice if the bloggers dont like it so what. our society is starting to cut down kids because of college choices. WOW. according to the bloggers GT and UGA get the recruits they want so why are we not saying congrats to this kid and not bashing him.

Dawg Tired

July 31st, 2010
2:10 pm

This young man seems to have made a wise decision. A degree from Duke is a very valuable asset in life. Anyone who criticizes the young man for picking a school like Duke has some real serious problems in his own life.

I live very near Duke and think it is a real possibility that Coach Cutcliffe may finish his career at Duke. He flat out turned down UT and college football does not get any more big time than the SEC. Duke is a great school and the work environment is second to none. With time, Cutcliffe can win more games than he loses at Duke. He is in a basketball conference at a basketball school. Winning seasons in football have been few and far between. He can be relatively free of job pressure at Duke. The ACC is not that strong in football (note who was conference champion last year – a team that lost at home to a poor Georgia team). Given time, he can occasionally compete for an ACC title at Duke. If he does, everyone will be pleased as will he.

Dawg Tired

July 31st, 2010
2:12 pm

Chip – Sorry to hear about your wife. I am praying she is ok.


July 31st, 2010
9:31 pm

All these guys saying Boyd didn’t have an offer from Tech when clearly he did…(Rivals and Scout don’t just pull their info out of the air)
Why say he didn’t when you have nothing to back it up? Is that the Tech way, if you don’t like reality make stuff up? Silly!

Dekalb football fan

August 1st, 2010
11:41 am

Good choice for him . He won’t be able to hide this year when they play ML King ,for that matter none of their Dbs will be able to hide.