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Tulsa lands in state OL Rob Boyd

3/31/2012

Following a successful Tulsa junior day visit in February, offensive guard Rob Boyd (Vian, Okla./Vian) was down to Oklahoma and the Golden Hurricane.

Once Boyd was told an offer most likely wasn’t going to come from the Sooners, it made his choice a lot easier.

Boyd, on campus for a spring practice, verbally committed to Tulsa on Saturday afternoon.

“It just felt right,” Boyd said. “I felt more welcomed and more wanted here than anywhere else.”

Boyd said once he told Tulsa coach Bill Blankenship the news, Boyd knew he had made the right decision.

“The coaches were ecstatic. They pretty much threw a party in Coach Blankenship’s office when I told them the news. This is amazing,” Boyd said.

Boyd, 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, is considered one of the top in-state prospects for the 2013 class. He went to OU’s junior day March 3 where he was told the Sooners are looking for offensive tackles and not really targeting guards for this class.

Boyd was a little disappointed, but he said it wasn’t something he could control. He talked it over with his family and prayed about it until he knew it was time to make his decision.

It is all coming full circle for Boyd who said the first college football game he ever saw was between Tulsa and Boise State when he was in elementary school.

Whether it was at junior day or Saturday, the one thing Boyd felt on all his visits to Tulsa was a sense of home.

“I feel comfortable here. I feel like this is where I’m supposed to be. This is where I belong, and I’m really happy with my decision.”

Boyd also had offers from Memphis and Navy. Boyd is the first commit for Tulsa’s 2013 class.