Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Boyd, Renner lead Carolinas QB class

Two of the quarterbacks scheduled to sign today with Carolinas schools stand out as head and shoulders above the rest, according to national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell.

He said the best quarterback commitment in the Carolinas comes from Tajh Boyd of Hampton, Va., who has chosen Clemson. Boyd earned co-MVP honors at the prestigious U.S. Army All-America game despite playing with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.

Boyd plans to have surgery but hopes to be available for the start of practice in August.

“Boyd has great accuracy,” Farrell said. “He has a feel for the game, he’s a leader and he’s got tremendous vision. . . .He’s not going to be a tuck-and-run guy. He’s clearly a pro-style passer.”

Second-best in the Carolinas is Bryn Renner, the North Carolina commitment from Springfield, Va. Renner is the son of a coach and has impressed Farrell with his knowledge of the game.

“You can tell he’s been around football for a long time,” Farrell said. “. . .I just like that he’s got a good work ethic. He’s a kid that’s going to be in the film room a lot.”

Other quarterback commitments in the Carolinas include Everett Proctor (N.C. State), Brendan Cross (Wake Forest), Rio Johnson (East Carolina), Andrew Clifford (South Carolina) and Sean Schroeder (Duke).

Farrell had difficulty picking the best of the rest, but gave the nod to Schroeder, who’s from Dana Hills High in California. He said Schroeder might not turn out to be the best because he will be surrounded by less talent at Duke.

But all things being equal, Farrell is impressed with Schroeder.
“I’ve just got a feeling about him,” Farrell said. – Ken Tysiac