- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
The ESPN 300 defensive end from Lee’s Summit (Mo.) West commited to Kansas State on Friday, choosing the Wildcats over Arkansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma State.
“It felt perfect for me, and I’m glad me and my best friend are going together,” Boyd said. “I called the coaches today. They were excited.”
The 6-foot-4, 255-pound defensive lineman took an unofficial visit to Manhattan with Ramirez earlier this month and took in KSU’s Big 12 title-clinching 42-24 win over Texas.
That experience ending up playing a major role in Boyd’s decision.
“I mean, it’s K-State,” he said. “I was really impressed with how they handled Texas.”
Boyd, a four-star recruit who’s the No. 2 ranked prospect in the state of Missouri, said he’ll play either end or outside linebacker for the Wildcats. He’s now the highest-ranked member of Kansas State’s 2013 recruiting class and its 16th pledge. Boyd continues an impressive run for KSU of eight verbal commits in the month of December.
In November, Boyd was reportedly arrested and cited for resisting arrest and possession of marijuana at his high school after an incident involving a vehicle search by a school administrator. He was also suspended for one game this season for unrelated and undisclosed disciplinary reasons.
“I just want to go to Kansas State, play my best and try to make the program better and myself better,” he said.
Boyd is the nation’s 16th-ranked defensive end prospect and is No. 193 in the ESPN 300. He’s the third end in KSU’s class and the second to join this week after Devon Nash (Lincoln, Neb./Iowa Western Community College) gave his pledge on Thursday.
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