Rock Hill to The Hill

Rock Hill to The Hill

Mere months after signing Gatorade National Player of the Year Justin Worley, Tennessee is recruiting a guy who played a key role in helping him earn that honor.

As a junior at Northwestern High in Rock Hill, S.C., last fall, Jerry "B.J." Boyd caught 103 of Worley's passes, parlaying them into more than 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Worley and Boyd made for such a dynamic passing tandem in Rock Hill that they may reunite on The Hill. Boyd was among the 200-plus prospects attending the Vols' recent summer camp.

"My quarterback, Justin Worley, goes down here," B.J. Boyd said. "He played quarterback with me last year, and he said it was great here. He and my coach (Jimmy Wallace) suggested I come here to visit."

Boyd, a 6-0, 177-pounder, thoroughly enjoyed the camp.

"I liked the way the coaches coached us to run routes different," he said. "It was new because I've run a spread offense, going deep all the time. They've got some nice routes here. And I liked the VolBall stuff. It was pretty fun."

Asked to explain VolBall, Boyd replied: "It's like a pickup game. It's like Ultimate Frisbee except with a football."

Like most prospects visiting Tennessee, Boyd was impressed with the facilities.

"I liked the indoor practice facility," he said, "and the dorm was nice, too. I ain't never been to a place that had an indoor practice facility with turf and stuff. That's pretty nice."

Based on what he saw of Tennessee's attack last fall, Boyd can envision himself fitting well into it.

"I like the offense," he said. "It's a good style."

Tennessee's was the first camp Boyd has attended. He has no scholarship offers to date but said "Clemson and ECU and a lot of 'em are showing interest."

Boyd hopes to play in the NFL one day, so he wants to select a college that can help him achieve that goal.

"I'm looking for a school that will push me hard ... right into the next level," he said.

Boyd played shooting guard for Northwestern's basketball team at one time but said he gave up the sport "to focus on football and grades."

Asked if his grades will be good enough to qualify for college admission 14 months hence, Boyd nodded.

"Yes, sir," he said. "My mom and sister are keeping on top of me about my grades."

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