Published Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 | 11:16 a.m.
Updated Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 | 4:22 p.m.
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Which of Bishop Gorman's four straight football state championship teams was the best? Does Centennial, or someone else, have a shot at knocking off Gorman in basketball? Join Las Vegas Sun sports reporters Ray Brewer and Case Keefer to discuss these questions and more in this episode that bridges the gap between football and basketball seasons.
UNLV quarterback Nick Sherry will have another weapon in the passing game starting next fall.
Boyd, a three-year starter at Basic and one of Southern Nevada’s most athletic players, caught 66 passes for 1,081 yards and 18 touchdowns this fall to finish his three-year varsity career with more than 2,500 receiving yards.
As a junior, he had 65 receptions for 1,118 yards and eight touchdowns, and during his freshman year, Boyd caught 40 passes for 430 yards and two touchdowns.
“He is just a hard worker. He has the size. He has the speed,” Cahill said. “He’s a competitor — that’s the biggest thing.”
He picked UNLV over an offer from Utah State, and also had interest from San Diego State, Duke, UNR and others.
Sherry passed for 2,350 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2012 in leading a balanced UNLV offense. Boyd said the prospect of playing alongside Sherry was exciting. "To put up numbers like that as a freshman is amazing," he said.
Boyd is also one of the top basketball players in the area and has a lanky frame that can easily be developed. And, for the first time in his life, he’ll be focused strictly on football in the offseason, instead of balancing his time with basketball.
“He has a lot of potential to grow,” Cahill said. “He is going to do big things there.”
Boyd said UNLV coaches expect him to contribute immediately, which was one of the main reasons why he picked the Rebels.
(I picked UNLV) because they aren't afraid to play a lot of freshmen and sophomores," Boyd said.
Boyd is the second local to commit to UNLV’s 2013 recruiting class, joining Liberty High running back Niko Kapeli. Verbal commitments are nonbinding and don’t become official until national signing day in early February.