Gilmer defensive back Kris Boyd signed his national letter of intent on Wednesday, officially making him a Texas Longhorn.
The consensus four-star defensive back was the 14th best player in the state of Texas and the 98th best player nationally, according to 247's composite rankings. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Boyd picked Texas last Friday with close friend and future teammate Holton Hill. Later that day, his little brother, linebacker Demarco Boyd, committed to Texas as well.
Boyd picked Texas over Texas A&M and Florida State, with the Aggies being the biggest threat to steal him away. On Monday, his name circulated in rumors that he was wavering on his commitment and could possibly flip to Texas A&M. He put those rumors to bed on Twitter:
And there were rumors until the last minute that he might somehow end up an Aggie, but after milking Boyd for all the subscriptions Texas A&M sites could possibly sell, he was in the end a Longhorn.
Burnt Orange Nation's Wescott Eberts believes the additions of Hill and Boyd are good signs that Texas can reestablish itself as DBU:
The last top-10 cornerback the Horns landed from the state of Texas was Adrian White in 2010. And White flamed out of the program before he could make any type of impact. So did Marcus Davis in the 2009 class, meaning that Texas hasn't landed a high-level cornerback prospect who panned out since Aaron Wililams in 2008.
That's a long time.
...In Hill, Texas is getting the type of size that Strong covets at the cornerback position. As tall as many outside wide receivers, Hill is capable of getting into the body of opponents with his long arms to re-route them off the line of scrimmage.
In the last 10 years, the Horns haven't had a high-level cornerback prospect with Hill's attributes.
Boyd joins an impressive class of defensive backs for Charlie Strong and Vance Bedford, including Holton Hill, DeShon Elliott and Davante Davis.