Varsity Preps

2015 Watch List ATH Brandon Boyce, University School

2015 Watch List ATH Brandon Boyce (6’0, 245) of University School in Florida currently has verbal offers from Eastern Michigan, Rutgers, and Western Kentucky. He’s also being recruited by Nebraska, Michigan, FSU, UCF, Vanderbilt, and Arkansas.

Boyce spoke about the programs that have offered him.

“At Rutgers, I really like LB coach Dave Cohen. Nick Internicola committed there last year, we’re best friends. He tells me everything about Rutgers and I want to take a trip, see everything for myself.

“I speak to the Western Kentucky and Eastern Michigan staffs occasionally. I would really like to take trips to both campuses and see what they have to offer.

“I’ve also had contact with Miami and UCF. Both defensive line coaches at those programs said they really like me.”

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Boyce told Varsity Preps he’s open to any university that shows interest, but reported that Nebraska’s program has him intrigued.

“I’d really like to have an offer from Nebraska. Honestly, I don’t know too much about the program, but when the coaches came during the spring, they all said they like me and would be back to see me play in the fall.”

Boyce talked about what factors will be important to him as he chooses a program to play for.

“The academics and atmosphere, if I can picture myself living somewhere for the next four years, if the student body is nice, the campus, those things will be important to me.”

University School’s athletic defensive tackle also doubles as a fullback, delivering punishing blocks to would-be tacklers, protecting his teammate, also listed on the 2015 Watch List, RB Jordan Scarlett. Boyce admitted he’d like to play defense on the next level.

“I’m hoping I play defensive tackle or middle linebacker, because I’m a big hitter, I can move, and I can cover,” he pointed out. “But I can play fullback, too.”

Last season, Boyce recorded 68 solo tackles, 16 TFL, and six sacks. In 2013, he has his sights set on a double-digit sack total.

“I’m aiming for 10 this year. I know that’s unheard of from a defensive tackle, but I intend to reach my goal.”

He explained why he thinks he’ll reach his lofty goal.

“I’m a hard worker and quicker than most tackles in my class. I get off the ball faster than opposing offensive linemen, which is why they can’t block me.”

University School will once again be a state power and be in the mix for a state championship, but Boyce insisted they must improve defensively to seriously contend.

“In my opinion, we have to get better on that side of the ball. I think we are better than last year already,” he said. “We worked harder than we did last year, and if we continue to work as a unit, as a family, we’ll reach our goal of winning the title.”

— Michael Bradley

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