Throughout the 2015 season, Christian Boyd, who played defensive tackle for Mona Shores (Mich.) High School as a senior, saw his college options open up. First he received NAIA interest before netting numerous Division II scholarships, and he also drew the attention of Michigan and Michigan State throughout the process. Boyd opted to attend a year of prep school since was a year younger than most players in his class, and Milford Academy is utilizing the 6-foot-3, 285-pound lineman to the best of his ability.
“It’s going really well,” Boyd told Today’s U. “We are 6-0. I feel I am getting better technique and overall getting better as a football player. Getting ready for the next level.”
And judging by his Hudl tape, his transition to the New York prep school has been quite smooth. Stationed in the middle of the Milford defensive line, Boyd shows good timing with a lightning-quick jump off the line, has a high motor and clogs running lanes with his ability to take on blocks. When combined with quick, explosive hands, Boyd has the tools to compete for playing time in college.
“I trained at MagFit in St. Joseph (Mich.) after my senior season ended and over the summer,” Boyd said. “There, Ryan Magley worked me out with functional movements, plus [I was] going to a lot camps and picking up techniques from college coaches. Also, here at Milford Academy, their strength and conditioning program is great! I’m in the best shape of my life.”
As a result of this training, Boyd has continued to hear from many of the schools that showed interest the first time around.
“[I’ve] got a lot of interest from Purdue,” Boyd said. “I’m on Penn State’s radar, a few I-AA Schools, and Eastern Michigan was waiting on film.”
Now that his midseason film is out, Boyd is furthering his relationships with these staffs and trying to find the right fit. When it comes to the Boilermakers, Boyd hears from Purdue frequently and has his eyes on visiting West Lafayette (Ind.) in the near future.
“They send a lot of mail, and me and coach Melvin have a great relationship,” Boyd said. “I hope I’ll get to visit a game soon.”
As for Penn State and Eastern Michigan, both schools are recruiting Boyd and mentioned their intentions to revisit Milford to get a better look at him during one of the evaluation periods.
“They will be at our combine at the end of the year,” Boyd said.