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May 27, 2011The news of Mesquite Horn linebacker Kyle Boyd's decision to bypass a life of Division I college football and join the United States Marine Corps was no doubt a shock.
When contacted, Boyd told SicEmSports.com that he informed the Baylor coaching staff about three weeks ago was thinking about making this move. He said he told head coach Art Briles last week that he enlisted. There is a history of family which has served in the military.
Boyd declined to reveal details about other reasons for the decision. However, it was something that naturally drew Briles' respect.
"America is in good hands,'' Briles said. "It's hard to fight the USA. We can fight other universities for other players. He's a great young man.''
Boyd has not asked for his release from his letter of intent. And Baylor does not have to give one either. Theoretically, Boyd could go through his commitment for however long that lasts, return to Waco, enroll in school and still have four years of eligibility. It's not uncommon for that kind of thing to happen. Briles cited Danny Watkins' situation.
Boyd doesn't ship out for basic training in San Diego until Feb. 14, 2012. In the meantime, he said he plans on taking some college classes in the fall.
Of course, Boyd's move opens a scholarship. The Bears are expected to have 19 signees from this class enroll in the fall. As reported earlier this year, Baylor has moved away from Iowa Western Community College defensive back David Whitmore. Whitmore's academic situation still has not been resolved.
Briles didn't discount the idea that another player or two could be added over the summer but didn't said it was a done deal either.
Should that not happen, there would be about 22 scholarships available for the 2012 class. Of course, that's always a floating number because of attrition. And while running back is a position that needs to be addressed, the coaching staff is also heavily scouring the junior colleges throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.
In the Buckeye State
Earlier this week, Baylor assistant Brian Norwood traveled to Youngstown, OH to visit speedy twins Chris Davis and Demetrious Davis.
Each is holding approximately 20 offers. Since Ohio doesn't have a formal spring football schedule like Texas does, Davis said Norwood watched the two of them go through a weight lifting routine followed by them running some routes.
Of course, the May evaluation period doesn't allow for coaches to interact with players on campus. However, Davis said that the two of them should be coming Texas to visit SMU and Baylor either the week of June 6 or June 13.
"Coach Norwood seems cool,'' Chris said. "It seems like he would be easy to get long with. They invited us to their camps, but I'm not sure we're going to do them. We just want to visit the school and get to know the coaches better. We'll see.''
Here they come
The first wave of the 2011 class should be arriving in Waco either Tuesday or Wednesday. It won't be all 19 but about six.
The known recruits who said they are coming include Euless Trinity defensive lineman Suleiman Masumbuko, Allen wide receiver Jonathon Lee, Waco Midway defensive lineman Beau Blackshear, Knoxville, (TN) Catholic punter Spencer Roth and Fort Scott Community College defensive back Joe Williams. Tatum running back B.J. Allen graduates on June 3 but said he expects to come to Waco that following weekend.
It's expected that the balance of the signing class will arrive sometime in July. That will include College of the Sequoias defensive back K.J. Morton.
Waco defensive back Will Hines continues to add to his list of offers. He added Kansas this week Port Arthur Memorial quarterback Terrance Singleton began his 7-on-7 season last week at the Houston Texans state tournament. The team went 2-1 but was disqualified for not wearing mouth guards, Singleton said .Wichita (KS.) Collegiate defensive end Trace Clark's father, Stevan said they continue to maintain contact with Baylor. "We speak to the coaches are still serious about Baylor. We want to get down there soon, but it is looking like July,'' the elder Clark said.