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Three-star offensive lineman Larry Boyd narrows list to 8 schools, includes Illinois

Good morning. Welcome to the Orange Minute for Tuesday, June 28.

The latest NCAA dead period is underway for college football recruiting, but that didn't prevent some good news for Lovie Smith on Monday. Three-star offensive lineman Larry Boyd (MO) has narrowed his college list to eight schools, and he included the Fighting Illini. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound prospect also named Missouri, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa State and Kansas State.

247Sports ranks the big Missouri native as the No. 432 overall player, and No. 16 offensive guard in the class-of-2017. Here's our scouting report of Boyd (you can find his HUDL tape at this link).

Overall, Boyd's tape is one of the best I've seen over the past year -- he's a terrific pass and run blocker. Boyd has benefited from huge size advantages over defenders at times, but that shouldn't take away from his great measurables and skills. He's nasty, tough, aggressive, physical, and he never stops working.

Although his feet are great most of the time, Boyd occasionally crosses over instead of side-shuffling, which leaves him vulnerable against more athletic rushers. That should improve with more coaching and experience.

  • Excellent Strength
  • Excellent Power
  • Great Quickness
  • Great Burst
  • Great Speed

Final Rating: 9.0 (Four-Star)

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