VAUGHT: Keeping Boyd will not be easy

VAUGHT: Keeping Boyd will not be easy

Getting Indianapolis defensive linemen Jeff Boyd to commit to Kentucky was difficult. Making sure he signs with the Wildcats in February might be even harder. Kentucky has several pluses. First, Smith's scholarship offer was the first one Boyd received.

Getting Indianapolis defensive linemen Jeff Boyd to commit to Kentucky was difficult. Making sure he signs with the Wildcats in February might be even harder.

"It's tough right now because of all the text messaging coaches can do. Our safety had 70 text messages from coaches the other night," said Steve Tutsie, Boyd's coach at Warren Central. "There are a lot of guys pulling at Jeff right now. The Big Ten is on board with offers. We will try to finish this out and I know (UK assistant) coach (Chuck) Smith will continue to recruit him because obviously the word in 2000 is de-commit. That's about the most famous word in recruiting now.

"Hopefully, we will get things set. I try to impress on our kids to stay true to their word because that is a reflection on all of us. It was early when Jeff committed, but hopefully we can see the ship sail. I hope it works that way."

Kentucky has several pluses. First, Smith's scholarship offer was the first one Boyd received. Second, Warren Central, which has won three straight state titles and has had four players play professional football, had never had anyone even offered a scholarship by a Southeastern Conference school until Boyd got UK's offer. Now Arkansas and Mississippi State have also offered him. Third, Boyd is well aware of the success former UK defensive lineman Dewayne Robertson has had in the NFL. Fourth, Tutsie believes in SEC football.

"If Jeff goes to Kentucky, the opportunity to go to the NFL is there. The reason the SEC is the best conference is because the defensive linemen are the best around," Tutsie said.

Getting Boyd could potentially start a pipeline to Warren Central like UK has started at LaGrange, Ga. (Wesley Woodyard to Braxton Kelley to DeMoreo Ford). Warren Central has several Division I prospects annually and UK has offered at least one other Warren Central player this year.

Tutsie noted that his best receiver, Adrien Robinson, never hung around with Boyd much in the past. Now that has changed. "Before not a lot of people were following Jeff because he didn't do the right things. Now it's unbelievable how that has changed. Adrien never hung around with him. Now they are talking about going to the same place," Tutsie said.

Robinson doesn't have an offer from Kentucky yet, but he does have offers from Indiana, Arkansas, Mississippi State, West Virginia, Marshall and Louisville. Don't be surprised if UK offers. The same could be said for Warren Central running back Darren Evans, who was impressive Saturday in Louisville and has offers from Mississippi State, Louisville, Arkansas and others. Kentucky has offered Warren Central safety Jeremy Finch, who has committed to Michigan where another Warren Central player, Chris Graham plays.

"Darren improved his stock at the combine. He has a whole bunch of offers, but he wanted to come and compete. He's looking at Ohio State and Michigan, but he wants to go somewhere that running the ball is important. In this one-back offense, Darren is a valuable commodity because he is fast and strong. A lot of people don't know it because we don't throw the ball a lot, but he has very good hands," Tutsie said.

So he could be a versatile, all-purpose player like UK star Rafael Little? "He could most definitely be like him. That kind of guy is the X-factor in football right now," Tutsie said.

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